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Career Day

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The Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ 15th Annual Career Day event was held on Monday, March 2nd, at Corus Entertainment in Toronto. Thanks to Troy Reeb and Ward Smith from Corus for inviting us back to Corus Quay for Career Day 2020!  Fifty broadcast professionals volunteered to host tables for 300 students from these broadcast schools: Conestoga College, Confederation College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, Humber College, Loyalist College, Mohawk College andSeneca College.
View the 2019 video, courtesy of Seneca Media, here.
“Big Dreams, Small Steps”, the opening Panel featured: Alan Carter, News Anchor, Global News; Josie Dye, Morning Show Host, INDIE 88; Rishma Govani, Senior Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Global News; Jamie Johnston, Morning Show Host, Rogers Sudbury; and Paul Thomas, Assistant GM & PD, MZ Media. Everyone shared their experiences and opened the floor to questions from students. OAB Education Liaison Chair and moderator, Gina Lorentz thanked the panelists for engaging the students in a fun and practical career-minded discussion.
The 2020 Michael Monty Scholarship Award was presented to May Gabreyohannes from Humber College for the great work she does in her community. 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. 
The 2020 winners of the OAB Pro Radio Committee annual contest were announced at Career Day. Among the winners were Fanshawe students: Writer: RJ Lowe, Producer: Ethan Ralph, Voice Talent: Vanda Di Michele & Abe Peters, who tied for the win with their submission in the the Local category!
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) Lacy Atalick, Julie Borthwick, Jody Brooker, Mitch Burke, Chris Byrnes, Briana Carnegie, Alan Carter, Adrian Cheddie, Russ Courtney, Alan Cross, Ron Dann, Patrick Gonsalves, Wendy Gary, Jonathan Green, Alexandra Henderson, Jim Hilts, Jennifer Howe, Rob Johnston, Anne Lavrih, Amber LeBlanc, Troy McCallum, Jenn McKay, Sean McNamara, David McTeague, Shem Parkinson, Dave Newman, Kayla Pappaianni, Neil Parfitt, Scott Pettigrew, Walter Ploegman, Chris Pottage, Britt Ralph, Mathew Reisler, Shauna Rempel, Amy Saracino, Ian Solecki, Andrew Taucar, Kyle Taylor, Paul Thomas, Ed Torres, Rob Wong, and Eamon Zekkou. Thank you all for sharing your experience and time!
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, Humber College & Seneca College; Gold – Media Job Search Canada; Silver – Applied Electronics, CBS, Durham College, Fanshawe College & MZ Media; Bronze – Central Ontario Broadcasting, JJ Johnston, Loyalist College, Quinte Broadcasting, Ross Video, Starboard Communications, & Torres Media.
The Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ Education Liaison Committee is: Gina Lorentz (Chair), Jody Brooker, Doug Caldwell, Wendy Gray, Ward Smith and Paul Thomas.

2020 Photos, courtesy of Seneca Media, here.

more about Career Day

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 https://oab.ca/events/career-day/oab-michael-monty-scholarship/.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 21st, 2020.

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


OAB Education Liaison Committee is ~

  • Gina Lorentz, Committee Chair & Professor, Broadcast Journalism, Fanshawe College
  • Jody Brooker, Sales Manager, Quinte Broadcasting
  • Doug Caldwell, President, Bayshore Broadcasting
  • Wendy Gray,  Regional Cluster Manager, Ontario South & Director of News, Vista Radio Ltd
  • Ward Smith, Senior Vice President, Global News
  • 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.