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Local school boards to host Vision of the Future 2024 conference

EducationLocal school boards to host Vision of the Future 2024 conference

Local high school students will get an up-close and hands-on look at  possible learning and career pathways in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB) and Grand Erie District  School Board (GEDSB) are hosting Vision of the Future 2024: The World is Waiting, the second STEAM  conference for secondary school students across the region to inspire innovative thinking and  creative approaches to problem-solving. 

“We’re thrilled to be working with BHNCDSB, as well as the many employers, post-secondary  organizations, and community partners whose participation in this event is broadening learners’  futures and opening up possibilities. It’s an exciting time to be able to use technology, innovation,  and creativity to think about problem-solving and creating a better future together,” said Susan Gibson, Chair of Grand Erie District School Board 

The Vision 2024 conference kicks off at the Sanderson Centre with a keynote address by best selling author and speaker Sam Demma. Following the presentation, hosted in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier’s Brantford campus, participants will take part in workshops and seminars with employers, educational and community organizations to explore developing technologies, encourage collaboration, and challenge thinking to make the world a better place. 

“The BHNCDSB is very proud that Mr. Page continues to dedicate himself to this wonderful  opportunity for students. When he organized and hosted the first event, the Board knew it was a  brilliant method to introduce incredible and often unthought-of careers to young people. Having  this opportunity available to all area students is definitely a collaborative approach to inspiring  leaders of tomorrow,” said Rick Petrella, Chair of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board. 

Grand Erie District School Board represents more than 27,000 students in 58 elementary schools  and 14 secondary schools within the City of Brantford and the counties of Brant, Haldimand, and  Norfolk as well as students from Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit  First Nation. With a dedicated staff of more than 2,900, Grand Erie is committed to learning,  leading, and inspiring. 

“Events like this allow young people to explore and better understand the intersections of  science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The Vision 2024 conference shows  what’s possible with the power of knowledge and collaboration to shape a boundless future,” added JoAnna Roberto, Director of Education, Grand Erie District School Board.

The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board offers faith-based education serving nearly 12,000 students from Six Nations of the Grand River, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation,  Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk Counties, and the City of Brantford. The district has over 1,700 full  and part-time staff committed to Belonging, Teaching and Learning, and Wellness for all.  

“We are excited to be working with our educational partners to present this valuable learning  experience. Any glimpse that our staff and students can get into the future, will help us prepare  them in the present. A special thank you to Dave Page for his vision and dedication,” concluded Mike McDonald, Director of Education and Secretary, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.

Vision of the Future 2024: The World is Waiting Event Details:  

• Wednesday, May 1, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

• Takes place at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts (88 Dalhousie St.) and  Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford campus 

• Keynote presented by Sam Demma 

• Workshops and seminars lead by Antler Group, Genome Canada, Hamilton Film  Festival, Indus Space, Otto, Premiere Institute, Let’s Talk Science, Spectrum Nasco,  Stem Cell Network and StormFisher Hydration

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