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Career Day

 

 

Monday, March 5th, 2018, 11:00am-3:00pm

13th Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ Career Day

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ 13th Annual Career Day event was held on Monday, March 5th, at Corus Entertainment in Toronto. Thank you to Corus Entertainment for hosting Career Day 2018.  Fifty broadcast professionals volunteered to host tables for 350 students, from ten post secondary broadcast schools for this unique event.  
 
The 2018 Michael Monty Scholarship Award winner, Whitney Sarjeant, Mohawk College. Patrick Hanson, nominating professor accepted the award on Whitney’s behalf. OAB honours the memory of Seneca professor Michael Monty by awarding to a high academic and community-minded Ontario Broadcasting student an annual scholarship in his name. 
 
Additionally, a creative contest was held asking students to forward creative promoting Career Day. The best spot was sent in by Jessee Battiste-Resendes from Conestoga College. He received $500 cash and an OAB Prize Pack for his winning creative. 
 
The opening panel, “Your Future in Broadcast Media” was well received. Each panelist shared their stories and learning before opening the floor to questions from students. OAB Education Liaison Chair and moderator, Neil Mathur thanked the panelists for engaging the audience in a fun and practical career mined discussion.
 
The 2018 Panel:
 
  • Melani Mariani and Adam Ricard, Hosts, Edge Mornings with Melani & Adam
  • Mora Austin, Vice President, Larche Communications
  • Sam Nasrawi, Director, Branded & Original Content, Rogers
  • Wayne Williams, Program Director, Fresh Radio 95.3 & Y108 
Career Day provides a forum for soon-to-be graduating broadcasting students to meet with professionals in their field to talk candidly and ask questions. This allows them a level of access they would not normally have. The ever popular round-table discussions featured hosts from all areas of broadcasting and included: (alphabetically) Mora Austin, Mark Campbell, Laura Cook, Kid Craig, Francis D’Souza, Ron Dann, Navi Dhanoa, Rebecca Dunphy, Erica Dymond, Gwendolyn Earl, Mike Eppel, Patrick Gonsalves, Kyle Graham, Jonathan Green, John Grigg, Tyler Hodkinson, Jennifer Howe, Stu Jeffries, Kristina Kempf, Doug Kirk, Brian Labonte, Anne Lavrih, Mike Lazazzera, Ross Macleod, Becky Malacaria, Melani Mariani, Troy McCallum, Ben McConnachie Howarth, Nicole McCormick, Peter McKeown, Danielle Michaud, Jackie Moss, Tyler Mountain, Sam Nasrawi, Neil Parfitt, Chris Pottage, Adam Ricard, Geoff Rohoman, Stevie Samuels, Ian Solecki, Andrew Taucar, Kyle Taylor, Paul Thomas, Wayne Webster, Peter Wildeman, Wayne Williams, Rob Wong, Dan Wylie, and Michael Zitney.
 
Career Day sponsors have enabled the OAB to continue hold this event each year at no cost to individual students. Thank you to each of our sponsors: Host – Corus Entertainment; Platinum – Blackburn Radio, Broadnetworx, Capsule Media, Humber College, Mohawk College and National Captioning Canada; Gold – Applied Electronics Ltd, MZ Media and Seneca College; Silver – Durham College and Niagara College; Bronze – Fanshawe College.
 

 

Career Day is open to students currently enrolled in broadcasting or broadcasting related programs at post secondary schools in Ontario.  Registration is free, but on a first-come first-serve basis. Space is limited.  Student registrations will only be accepted via email from Educators.

Students will have a chance to ask questions and network with experts all afternoon at the roundtable discussions, which continue to be the most dynamic part of Career Day.  This event provides a one of a kind opportunity for soon-to-be-graduating students to speak candidly with experienced broadcasters. Broadcasters provide students first hand information on all aspects of the business in today’s marketplace.  Many of our broadcasters, who volunteer their time have found this day to be fulfilling and informative.  It provides them with students’ perspective on our ever-changing industry.

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters invites educators from all Ontario broadcasting schools to submit their nominations for the Michael Monty Scholarship Award.  Nominees will be judged on strong academic marks and on their efforts to make a difference by getting involved in extracurricular activities, like volunteering with student groups or organizations (i.e. campus radio or television stations, student unions, sports teams, local charities).  Nominations can be submitted online at http://oab.ca/events/career-day/oab-michael-monty-scholarship/.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

To register students, for sponsorship opportunities or to participate as a host at our next Career Day, contact Val Skivington at memberservices@oab.ca.  

 

more about Career Day

The roundtable discussions continue to be the most dynamic part of Career Day and includes broadcasters from all areas of radio and television. They provide a one of a kind opportunity for soon-to-be-graduating students to speak candidly with experienced broadcasters in all areas of the business. They give students first hand information on all aspects of broadcasting in today’s marketplace. Many of our broadcasters, who volunteer their time, return year after year. They’ve found this day to be fulfilling and informative, as it provides them with students’ perspective on our ever-changing industry. For more information, please contact Val Skivington at 905-554-2730 or memberservices [at] oab [dot] ca.  

OAB Education Liaison Committee is ~

  • Neil Mathur, Committee Chair & Professor, Radio Broadcasting, Humber School of Media Studies
  • Lisa Bowditch, Director, Media Operations & Infrastructure, Rogers Broadcasting
  • Doug Caldwell, President, Bayshore Broadcasting
  • Ron Dann, President, Blackburn Radio
  • Andrew Forsyth, Broadcast Consultant
  • Peter McKeown, National Format Director, Rogers Media
  • Ward Smith, VP News & Information Eastern Canada, Corus Entertainment
  • Paul Thomas, Program Director & Music Director, The New Classical FM

how to take part

Career Day is open to students currently enrolled in broadcasting or broadcasting related programs at post secondary schools in Ontario. Registration is free, but on a first-come first-serve basis. Student registrations will only be accepted via email from Educators. To register students, sponsorship opportunities or to participate as a host at our next Career Day, contact Val Skivington at the OAB, 905.554.2730 or memberservices [at] oab [dot] ca. Students interested in attending Career Day should contact their professors. Professors and coordinators are asked to email a list of students who would like to attend to memberservices [at] oab [dot] ca. Space is limited and only confirmed names received via email will be allowed entry.

about career day

In 2006, the Ontario Association of Broadcasters created an event designed to give back to broadcasting students from all over Ontario, and over the years this has become the must-attend event of the year for students. Each year Ontario College and University broadcast students are invited to meet industry representatives from Radio and Television. Broadcasters volunteer their time to speak candidly with soon-to-be graduating students about the industry and their field of expertise. Many return year after year to assist in this worthwhile event. At Career Day each year the OAB also presents the Michael Monty Scholarship Award to a lucky student, who’s not only strong academically but also gives back to their school and community by volunteering. The continued success of this event is due to the many broadcasters and educators who volunteer their time to participate, without whom, this event would simply not be possible. Thank you to everyone who has assisted us each year.