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Conference Details

The Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) invites OPSEU young workers, 35 and under, to submit their application for the 2018 Young Workers Conference which will take place from August 10-12 in downtown Toronto.  In addition to welcoming previous conference participants, the PYC would like to extend a special invitation to those who have not attended in the past.  We look forward to meeting you! 

This year’s event, “Back to Basics: Your Young Worker Survival Guide” will provide participants with an understanding of their basic rights and entitlements under the law and in their collective agreements. The conference will continue to reinforce the need for young workers to take an active role in shaping their future. Planned activities and workshops will be interactive. Participants will be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to build on the leadership potential of OPSEU. We hope participants leave the event with solid ideas that they can take back to their communities to make a difference.

Event participants will be selected by the PYC with assistance from the Equity Unit. The selection process will try to achieve a diverse group of attendees, representative of the young workers within our membership. All applicants to the conference will be contacted in June and will be advised of the status of their application.

Applications for this event are no longer being accepted  

Thank you to all those who applied.  Selected participants will be contacted in mid-June and will be provided with the necessary documents to confirm their attendance.  For any questions, please contact the Equity Unit at 

Tentative Conference Agenda

Friday August 10, 2018

5:00 to 7:00 PM Registration (dinner on your own)
5:30 PM Smudging Ceremony
7:00 to 7:20 PM Welcome, Conference Logistics, Meet the PYC
7:20 to 7:40 PM Icebreaker/Networking Activity
7:40 to 8:55 PM Panel Discussion – Organizing and Winning
8:55 to 9:00 PM Wrap-up and adjourn

Saturday August 11, 2018

7:30 AM Smudging Ceremony
8:00 to 9:00 AM Breakfast (not provided), Registration Re-opens
9:00 to 9:10 AM Conference Opening, Morning Announcements
9:10 to 9:30 AM OPSEU President, Smokey Thomas Conference Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:30 to 10:15 AM Keynote Address & Q&A – Leadership Development with Kwesi Johnson, Community Activist
10:15 to 10:30 AM Break
10:30 to 12:00 PM Workshop – Steward Basics
12:00 to 1:30 PM Lunch (not provided)
1:30 to 3:15 PM Workshop – continued 
3:15 to 3:30 PM Break
3:30 to 4:30 PM Workshop – Continue  
4:30 PM Wrap-up and adjourn, Dinner (not provided)

Sunday August 12, 2018

7:30 AM Smudging Ceremony
8:00 to 9:00 AM Breakfast (not provided)
9:00 to 10:30 AM Workshop – Health and Safety
10:30 to 10:45 AM Break
10:45 to 11:30 AM Mike Stroh and Michelle Gibson, Starts With Me Inc. – Mental Health and Youth Today
11:30 to 11:50 AM Closing Comments
11:50 AM to 12:00 PM  Conference Wrap-Up, Evaluation and Adjournment

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