Dear member,

As you know, there is some political unrest occurring in some of our school boards in the Province of Ontario. After a long deliberation along with additional information from the OSSTF Provincial Office (see information below from the OSSTF office), it was decided that the 2015 OCTE Conference will proceed as scheduled. The OSSTF has written back to us with this memo: "The strike rules committee has ruled that members who are participating in a local strike must not participate in external voluntary activities related to their employment as a teacher, which includes Subject Association activities". As it stands right now, it is only the members of those boards who are on strike will not be able to attend the conference.

The decision was based not only on our contractual agreement with the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel, but also that we are a Provincial Subject Council who is providing professional development for Science & Technology and Technological Education teachers in our province.

Hope this helps clarify any uncertainties.

Kevin Shea
Chair - Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE)

Enter for your chance to win $2,000 towards your school!

The prizes in this year’s “It’s Your Job” video contest have been doubled! First place videos will now earn $2,000 for the student team and another $2,000 for their school. Second and third place videos will earn $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, for both the student team and their school. As in past years, winning videos from Ontario will go on to compete for national prizes.

It’s not too late to enter! The deadline for video entries to the “It’s Your Job” video contest is March 27, 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their creative skills while demonstrating the importance of workplace safety.

As in previous years, the public will be given an opportunity to vote for their favourite short-listed video. Fan Favourite voting will take place May 2 - 10, 2015. Further information will be coming in the next few weeks about how to vote for your favourite, so stay tuned!

OCTE Conference Reminder....Register Now!!

The 2015 OCTE conference is fast approaching and we encourage you to register for the early bird special that will end on March 31st.  This year's theme is "Look Fors to Safety". The conference will be from Thursday, May 7th to Saturday, May 9th, 2015 and will take place at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario. When booking a room, please ask for the Conference Bookings and mention the OCTE Conference. We have a block of rooms set aside for the conference.

This year's conference has a variety of workshops associated with safety and curriculum content. There are over 48 workshops being offered to reflect all Broad Based Technology areas. Our Keynote Speaker this year is Karin Lindner who has written several books encouraging young people to enter into the trades. The Trades have always been looked upon as labour intensive, dirty and low levels of wage/income earnings. Karin will provide some insights on the myths behind these views.  This year’s conference would not be successful without our vendors display area. There will over 40 vendor displays looking at all areas of the Broad Based Technologies.

Also NEW for this year is one day workshop for Elementary Science & Technology teachers and will be held on the Saturday, May 9th.  These high-interest activities and creative lesson ideas will support both scientific inquiry and technological problem solving, with emphasis on safety and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).Participants, both new and experienced, will take part in ‘make and take’ project-based workshops, using a variety of resources. We are certain that this year's offerings will be of great interest to teachers, and promote student engagement from K-8.  The cost for this full day workshop will be $100.00 (HST included) which includes breakfast, lunch and all materials/resources for the projects. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dave Graves  gravesd@hdsb.ca) or Kevin Shea (kevin.shea@ocdsb.ca)



It’s Your Job 2015 Student Video Contest

The Ministry of Labour is accepting entries to the 2014/15 “It’s Your Job” video contest. All Ontario secondary school students are eligible. Get your creative students ready to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. Students and their schools can win cash prizes and provincial and national recognition! The deadline to submit videos is March 27, 2015.

To learn more about the contest, please visit: Ontario.ca/VideoContest

See, share and show the videos to your students! Check out our 2013/14 winners for some inspiration.


Concours de vidéos étudiantes « C’est votre travail » 2015

Le ministère du Travail accepte les inscriptions au concours de vidéos « C’est votre travail » 2014-2015, ouvert à tous les élèves des écoles secondaires de l’Ontario. Préparez vos élèves créatifs à produire une vidéo originale utilisable dans les médias sociaux pour montrer l’importance de la sécurité au travail. Les élèves et les écoles peuvent obtenir des récompenses en argent en plus d’une reconnaissance provinciale et nationale! L’échéance pour le dépôt des vidéos est le 27 mars 2015.

Détails du concours : Ontario.ca/ConcoursVideo  Regardez, partagez et montrez les vidéos à vos élèves!

Trouvez l’inspiration chez les gagnants de 2013-2014.


New for 2014-2015 "OCTE Board Affiliation"



OCTE welcomes Karin Lindner as the Keynote Speaker for OCTE Conference 2015
Karin is the founder and owner of Karico Performance Solutions. She has found her calling and her true passion in helping individuals and manufacturing companies to become the best they can be.
An author, corporate coach and reputed keynote speaker, Karin enjoys working with leadership teams to increase their personal and organizational effectiveness by fully engaging the energy, talent and intelligence of the workforce.
 With more than 25 years of international corporate experience, Karin has acquired the knowledge and developed the tools to make a positive impact on her clients’ lives. Karin is a passionate promoter of the manufacturing industry. She is determined to help people discover the sexiness of the manufacturing industry – an industry that is critical to the wealth and prosperity of any country.

   for more information about Karin, visit  



If you are looking for documents to assist you with safety, look no further!! The new and updated safeDOCS



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