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Career Day

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Career Day 2022 featured five panels (listed below) and opened with Getting the Gig.  This panel shared what qualities and attributes they look for when hiring, as well as other tips on how to get the gig.  Each panel discussed details about their responsibilities, how they got started in the industry and replied to questions from participating attendees and the Student Ambassador.  Links to Career Day Panels are available on the panel titles.
Expanding on the longstanding Career Day tradition of connecting students to experienced professionals, Professors/Program Coordinators were invited to nominate a Student Ambassador to represent their school on the panel.  The Student Ambassador participated in a virtual meeting prior to Career Day and during the virtual event, they were able to ask questions from previously polled fellow students or ask their own.  
The 2022 Michael Monty Scholarship Award was awarded to Kate Otterbein, Fanshawe College, who accepted the award during the event.   

“Students from ten OAB member colleges had excellent questions and received lots of takeaways. The future looks bright for the media industry,”

said Gina Lorentz, chair of the OAB Education Liaison Committee.


Getting the Gig
 Radio, Television & digital:
Moderator: Paul Ferguson, Vice President, Programming & Operations, Starboard Communications 
Wendy Gray, General Manager CHGK/CJCS & Director Of News Vista Radio
Scott Pettigrew, Station Manager, Acadia Broadcasting
Tim Wieczorek, Executive Vice President, Torres Media
News, Talk & Podcasting 
 Radio & digital:
Moderator:  Scott Kitching, News Director, Blackburn Radio-London
Amanda Cupido, Director Talk & Talent, Global News Radio Toronto
Mark Leger, Editor, Huddle & Director of News Content, Acadia Broadcasting
Jeremy Logan, Weekend News Anchor, MZ Media
& Student Ambassador:  Amy, Fanshawe College
Sales, Promotions & Marketing
Radio, Television & digital:
Moderator:  David McTeague, Promotions Manager/Sponsorship Development, JAZZ-FM
Cora Cambly, Publisher, Newswatch, Dougall Media
Grace Howley, VP Sales, Asst GM Radio Division, MZ Media
Tracy Lamoureux, GM Ontario South East & GSM Ontario South, Vista Radio
& Student Ambassador:  Devin, Algonquin College
Announcers, Producers & Creative
Radio & digital:
Moderator:  Paul Thomas, PD & Asst GM, The New Classical FM & Zoomer Radio, MZ Media
Ryan Daramsing, Digital Content Administrator, Evanov Communications
Pooja Handa, Morning Show Host, CHFI-FM, Toronto
Ian Solecki, Director of Operations, Bayshore Broadcasting
& Student Ambassador:  Roshan, Humber College
TV News, Sports, & Operations
Television only, featuring:
Moderator:  Keri Ferguson, Anchor, Global Peterborough & Global Durham
Lindsay Dunn, Sports & Music Reporter, CITY-TV
Amy Saracino, Manager, Broadcast Operations, Global News
& Student Ambassador:  Shivangi, Conestoga College
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:  Title Sponsor:  Evanov Radio Group, Panel Sponsors:  Fanshawe College, Loyalist College, MZ Media, & Friend Sponsors:  Central Ontario Broadcasting, Quinte Broadcasting, 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/.  Deadline for entries is Friday, January 28, 2022.

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,  Director of News Vista Radio Ltd., GM/GSM 2day FM & Juice FM Stratford
  • 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.