About Launch 2020

The OCDSB is hosting LAUNCH 2020 for students to have an online experience which involves presenters from multiple pathways guiding you through your journey. If you are feeling lost or unsure about your future, this event will give you an insight of different pathways like joining the workforce, engaging in an apprenticeship, going to college, travelling, enrolling in a gap year program, or going to university. We want everyone to know that all options are a first choice; your decision is important and valued. LAUNCH 2020 will also help you gather information on what is available, as well as hear about different opportunities and learning experiences from current students, employers, and apprentices.


We will be able to release all of the Session details very soon, so check back soon!

  9:00am - 4:00pm



You Be You: What is Unconscious Bias?

We all make quick assessments of others without even realizing it. We are not born with bias. Biases are formed by past situations, experiences, background and culture. Unconscious biases typically exist towards gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability (both physical and mental), and weight. Most of us will say “I see people for who they are” but do we? Unconscious biases affect and impact decision making both professionally and personally with real impact. Having these biases can affect the future path you’re on. Recognizing, managing and mitigating unconscious bias, particularly gender bias amongst young girls and teens, promotes diversity and inclusion. Diversity defines who is on the team. Inclusion defines who gets to play. Let’s all play together!

 10:40am - 11:25am

 11:35am - 12:35am

Featuring OCDSB grads who are currently pursuing pathways in entrepreneurship, apprenticeship, university, gap year, college and the workplace. Hear their stories of challenge, triumph and trial and error.

  1:00pm - 1:45pm

  1:55pm - 2:40pm


Frequently Asked Questions

Only OCDSB students can attend. In fact, you’ll need to use your official OCDSB email address to register.
We’ll have a full program for you, including a keynote presentation, a student panel, and multiple breakout sessions for you to pick and choose your favourites.
No problem! Go live to the one you’re most likely to want to ask questions. Presenters can only answer questions in the live sessions. The other sessions will be recorded and available for you to watch after the fact, except the keynote session, so make sure to show up live to that one!
The event is powered by vFairs and is friendly across browsers. If you have any problems, the vFairs tech crew is ready to assist you at EMAIL.
Yes, please. If you don’t, you won’t be able to access the event.
You won’t be able to access the event until December 2 at 9:00 a.m., when the event starts.At that time, when you click on “sign in,” you’ll just need to input your email address and you’ll be let in.