Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 06/14/2016 - 08:45

 Message About Events in Orlando, Florida - from Director John Malloy and Chair Robin Pilkey
"Sadly, we have once again seen another senseless act of violence unfold in the world, this time in Orlando, Florida. The thoughts of the Toronto District School Board community are not only with the victims, families and friends impacted by this act of terror, but the larger LGBTQ community that was targeted by an act of hate. As the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, this story will no doubt be prevalent in the news in the upcoming days. With this in mind, our Professional Support Services staff have prepared the following tips that may help with discussions with your children, who may experience a wide range of reactions and emotions at this time." Please click here [] to read the tips on the Board website.
This week at FHCI...

1. Culminating Activities: Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 17
Many classes are completing Culminating Activities this week. It is important that students meet Culminating Activity deadlines as outlined in the Culminating Activities schedule distributed last month. If your child cannot meet a stated deadline, contact the school prior to the deadline to determine possible options.

2. EQAO Math Test for Grade 9 Students: Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14
Students in Grade 9 mathematics classes this semester will write the EQAO Math Test in their classes on Monday and Tuesday. Students with an IEP that includes the accommodation of extra time and students enrolled in ESL in Semester 1 or Semester 2 will be allocated extra time up to double time.

3. Vocal Showcase: Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 PM
If your child is performing on Tuesday evening, we will have a seat for you in the audience. Please be sure to come.

4. Locker Clean Out: Wednesday, June 15, Period 1
We will take some time out of Period 1 on Wednesday for students to do a clean-out of lockers. This is the time for students to dispose of unneeded papers and uneaten lunches.

5. Civics Exam: Thursday, June 16
Students currently enrolled in Grade 10 Civics will write their final course exam on Thursday during their Civics class.

6. Last Day of Classes: Friday, June 17
There is no staff meeting on Friday, so classes will begin and end at regular times. We will follow an adjusted schedule to allow for the end-of-year assembly.
Period 1 9:00 - 11:15 including assembly
            Period 2 11:20 - 12:20
Lunch 12:20 - 1:20
Period 3 1:20 - 2:20
Period 4 2:25 - 3:20

Looking ahead...

7. Tutorial: Monday, June 20, 9:00 AM-11:45 AM
All teachers will be available to provide individual assistance to students preparing for end-of-course exams.

8. Exams: June 20-27
Please be sure you and your child know when each specific exam is schedule. If your child is too sick to write an exam, contact the school prior to the exam to determine possible options.

9. End-of-course Review: Tuesday, June 28
Students will meet with their teachers to review results of culminating activities and end-of-course exams. We will follow a Day 1 Schedule:
Pd 1: 9:00 - 9:20
Pd 2: 9:25 - 9:45
Pd 3: 9:50 - 10:10
Pd 4: 10:15 - 10:35
Only students may attend end-of-course review. Students who are unable to be present on June 28 may speak to the office staff about a later opportunity to review end-of-course evaluations.

10. Lockers Emptied: Tuesday, June 28 by 12:00 noon
All lockers must be emptied and locks removed by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 28 so the caretakers can begin their locker cleaning. We are unable to store items left in lockers so please be sure your child's locker is emptied and the lock removed by noon on Tuesday, June 28.

11. PA Days: Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30
There are no classes or meetings with students on June 29 and 30. Staff will be onsite preparing for the coming school year.

12: Semester 2 report cards mailed: Thursday, June 30
Please ensure we have your current address so delivery of your child's report card is not delayed.

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 08:41

 On Wednesday May 18, 14 students from Forest Hill competed in the Don Mills Programming Contest. Despite the fact that all students were competing for the first time against students from across the GTA, results were great! Everyone completed at least one of the challenges and two groups finished in the top 12.  Congratulations to all who participated and especially to teams Jacob Seiler and Josh Blatt who finished 12th and Dennis Qeska and Joey Tepperman who finished 11th!
The contest is organized by Don Mills Collegiate using the DMOJ (Don Mills Online Judge), a modern contest platform, judging system and archive of programming problems developed by students at Don Mills CI.
This week at FHCI…
1. Markbook printouts issued to students: May 30 to June 3
Please ensure your child brings home a Markbook Printout for each of this semester’s courses. This important documentation gives you information about your child’s standing in his/her courses as we enter end-of-year evaluations. Teachers will be issuing Markbook Printouts this week to all their students.
2. Culminating Activities Begin: Monday, May 30
Please review the Culminating Activities Schedule distributed to students and parents/guardians in mid-May. Attendance is required during the evaluation of a Culminating Activity. If your child has a Culminating Activity evaluation and is too sick to participate, please call the school on the morning of the evaluation to ensure you have the missed evaluation form to be completed by your child’s physician.
3. Award applications due: Tuesday, May 31
If your child is graduating this year, please encouraging your child to complete and submit an award application. We use the information students provide to assist us in selecting award recipients. Applications must be received in the main office by the end of the day on Tuesday.
4. Regular Schedule: Tuesday, May 31
Please note we are running a regular schedule on Tuesday. There is no Staff Meeting and no late opening. Classes will run from 9:00 AM to 3:20 PM as usual.
5. Coffee House: Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 PM
Please join us for Coffee House on Wednesday at 6:30 in the foyer. This is a delightful evening of performances in a casual setting. Your presence will add to the enjoyment of the evening.
6. Grad Breakfast: Friday, June 3 from 8:15 AM-8:45 AM
All graduating students received an invitation to our annual Grad Breakfast in the Fountain Courtyard on Friday morning. 2016-2017 Prefects will be serving the grads bagels and juice. Please encourage your graduating child to make an early start to the day and join the rest of the grads and staff as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students with the support of their teachers.
Looking ahead…
7. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 PM
Our school council meeting this month follows the annual Grade 8 reception for incoming Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians. You are invited to attend the School Council meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, June 8 in the Staff Room on the main floor.
8. Athletic Banquet: Thursday, June 9
Details will follow.


Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


This week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 05/16/2016 - 09:22

• Congratulations to Amir Sedaghatian and Justin Shapiro in their exceptional performance at “Make Your Pitch” last week at the ‘Make Your Pitch’ competition. Justin made the live pitch on behalf of the two-person team in front of hundreds of people at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, as well as throughout the Make Your Pitch bootcamp. The pair did an excellent job in this year’s competition and I send them congratulations on behalf of the whole FHCI community.

• Students received the Culminating Activities Schedule at school last week. I will email it to parents/guardians on Monday for your reference. 

• The June exam schedule will come to you before the end of May.
This week at FHCI...
1.   Celebration Assemblies: Wednesday, May 18
On Wednesday morning, we will hold our 8th annual Celebration Assemblies where we honour students who have contributed to the life of FHCI. The parents/guardians of the honoured students have been invited to attend. There will be two identical assemblies, one for Grade 11 and 12 students at 9:45 and the other for Grade 9 and 10 students at 10:45. Following the second assembly we will hold a reception for students and their parents/guardians in the third floor Art Gallery.
Students will come to the assemblies according to grade, accompanied by their teachers.
The schedule for Wednesday is:
Period 1: 9:05 - 9:40
Period 2: 9:45 - 10:45 – Sr. Assembly
10:45 - 11:45 – Jr. Assembly
Lunch: 11:45 – 12:45
2.   So You Think You Can Slam Poetry Night: Wednesday, May 18
I am pleased to send along this message from the Social Action Club along with the attached flyer…
The Social Action Club is very proud to invite you to our second annual So You Think You Can Slam poetry night! Come join us onWednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM for a phenomenal evening filled with student poets, guest judges, and student entertainers while helping us spread social justice through literacy. Tickets can be purchased in advance at lunch in the main foyer or at the door for a minimum donation of just $5.
The Social Action Club believes that literacy is a powerful tool for social justice. That is why we are holding this fund-raiser and poetry night. All proceeds are being raised for Frontier College’s Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps that are empowering children and youth in more than 40 communities in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. For more information about this incredible program visit: ).
If you cannot attend the event, donations for Frontier College’s Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps are being collected in every home form class until Tuesday May 17th.
Why poetry?
Click the link below to see a poem performed by students from Get Lit, an American after school program that first inspired us to pursue literacy as a vehicle for empowerment and social justice.
Looking ahead…
3.   Victoria Day: Monday, May 23
There are no classes on Monday, May 23
4.   EQAO Numeracy Practice: Thursday, May 26
Students in Grade 9 Mathematics classes this semester will spend Period 4 on May 26 in formal practice for the mandatory EQAO Numeracy exam held in mid-June. The EQAO test counts towards student final course marks. Our school results will be publish in September 2016 and each student will get an individual report.
5.   FHCI Prom: Thursday, May 26
The FHCI teachers supervising the prom are looking forward to a wonderful evening. Parents/guardians of students who have purchased tickets for the prom are reminded of the requirement that students attending the prom remain drug and alcohol free prior to and during the prom. This includes activities at pre-prom parties and the prom itself. We rely on thecooperation of parents/guardians to ensure this requirement is met.
6.   Special Schedule: Friday, May 27
We will operate on a special schedule on Friday, May 27. On Friday, students will received their 2015-2016 Yearbook and participate in the annual Hillstock activities. Classes will end at noon. Details will follow.

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


This week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 04:53

• FHCI School Council Education Series for Parents/Guardians
The FHCI School Council invites you to a presentation by Toronto Police Service, 53 Division, on Thursday, May 5. This is part of the School Council Education Series.  Officers from 53 Division will speak from 7:00-8:30 PM in the FHCI library. Topics will including reducing your vulnerability to fraud, scams, electronic harassment, break and enter, and auto theft. Details are in the attached flyer. Please come and bring a friend. All members of the community are welcome. If you plan on attending, please reply to the invitation by April 30.
 • Report Cards
Report cards were issued to students at the end of the day on Friday, April 22. Because of the ongoing teachers’ union job action, the report cards do not include personal comments nor Learning Skill indicators.
 With each of the two Ministry-required reports cards issued each semester, I send letters of commendation to full-time students who: 1) achieved an average of 80% or more on their FHCI courses; 2) improved their current average over their previous report card average; or 3) demonstrated exemplary attendance. With this April report card, I issued nearly 1000 letters to about 660 students. The names of the student recipients and an indication of the letter(s) they received are posted in the foyer.
 As you review your child’s report card, here are the school-wide ABCs to use as your point of reference: A) the average mark school-wide hit an all-time highthis report period of 79%; B) the average number of absences per student per class was just 3; and C) the average number of lates per student per class was a low of 1. I provide this information because we consistently see a strong connection between student absences/lates and academic achievement.
 If you wish to discuss your child’s results, please contact your child’s teachers, counsellor, vice principal or me. Together with you and your child, we can help develop a plan for improvement.
 • Spirit Week
This week is Spirit Week at FHCI. We kick off the week on Monday morning with a Pep Rally in the gym.
 This week at FHCI…
 1. Award Applications Available: Monday, April 25
Each year the FHCI Awards Committee meets to select graduating students for a number of awards, which are presented at commencement. In selecting the recipients, the committee takes into consideration the information students provide about themselves on their award application. If your child is graduating this year, please encourage your child to pick up an award application, complete it and return it according to the information on the application.
 2. Regular Schedule: Tuesday, April 26
We will run a regular, Day 1 schedule on Tuesday. The Late Opening is cancelled.
 3. Full Disclosure Date: Friday, April 29
For students in Grade 11 and 12 courses, Friday, April 29 is the last day to drop a course and not have the course result printed on the student’s transcript of marks. Friday is also the last day to request a change the level of study in a Semester 2 course.
 Looking ahead…
 4. FHCI School Council Education Series for Parents/Guardians: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Details of the presentation are outlined above.
 From Shelley Laskin, our trustee:
 School Year Calendars, 2016-2017 Now Approved
At the March 22, 2016 Regular Board meeting, Trustees approved the 2016-17 school year calendars for elementary, secondary and year-round alternative schools. On Thursday, April 14, 2016, the Ministry of Education approved the 2016-2017 school year calendars.  For a complete list of dates, click on the following link:

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Golden Falcon
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:30

 The Golden Falcon is published and the link is here:


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 06:12

 The FHCI School Council invites you to a presentation by Toronto Police Service, 53 Division, on Thursday, May 5. This is part of the School Council Education Series.  Officers from 53 Division will speak from 7:00-8:30 PM in the FHCI library. Topics will including reducing your vulnerability to fraud, scams, electronic harassment, break and enter, and auto theft. Details are in the attached flyer. Please come and bring a friend. All members of the community are welcome. If you plan on attending, please reply to the invitation to by April 30.
•     The FHCI community responded generously to the request from the Social Action Committee for clothing donations to New Circles in support of Syrian refuges. Now we have a real challenge in transporting the clothes to New Circles. The delivery is scheduled for Tuesday. If you have some free time and a vehicle, we could use your help. Please let me know if you can join the delivery team.
•     When students arrive at school on Monday, they will see ‘Pink’. On Friday, an enthusiastic group of students and staff decorated the foyer and main hallways for Day of Pink on Wednesday, April 13.  Please encourage your child to show support of the Day of Pink initiative by wearing something pink on Wednesday.

    What is the Day of Pink?
      April 13, 2016 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.
1.   Markbook Printouts: April 11-15
      Markbook Printouts will be given to students to take home from Monday to Friday this week. Please ensure you see all your child’s printouts.
2.   Prom Assembly: Monday, April 11, Period 3
      Students who plan to attend the Graduation Formal are invited to the assembly on Monday afternoon to here the arrangements for the afternoon/evening. Parents are required to sign the information letter, which includes a clear statement about the requirement that students attending the prom refrain from drug/alcohol use both before and during the prom. This includes pre-prom parties. We outline in the prom letter our reliance on the cooperation parents/guardians.
3.   Student Council applications available: Tuesday, April 12
      Students who wish to run for student council office for the coming school year may pick up an application in the main office. Applications must be submitted by April 20.

4.   School Council Meeting: Wednesday, April 13
      All members of the community are invited to come to the School Council meeting at 7:00 in the Staff Room on the main floor.
5.   PA Day: Friday, April 15
      This PA Day was added after the beginning of the school year and so does not appear in our Agenda Book. There will be no classes on Friday. The staff will be involved in Professional Development activities for the day.

Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Updates for the FHCI Community:
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 03/01/2016 - 06:18

• Report cards
The Toronto District School Board continues local negotiations with its secondary school teachers, represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). OSSTF is continuing a legal selected withdrawal of services that began on November 4 of last year. As a result, secondary teachers will not be completing the Progress Report scheduled for distribution at FHCI on March 9. You are invited to contact teachers directly to discuss the progress of your child.
OSSTF has indicated they will be completing the Provincial Report Card, including marks and attendance records, scheduled for distribution at FHCI on April 22 but will not be providing Learning Skills or Comments.
• Hockey
Congratulations to the Boys Hockey Team who played in the City Championship for their division on Friday and brought home another medal to add to our school collection.
• Signing Out
Please remind your child that students who wish to leave school during the school day, resulting in absence from class, must sign out in the office before leaving the school.
• Course Selection
All students must complete the course selection process by Tuesday, March 1. This includes five steps:
1) Logon to “MyBlueprint”. Students received step-by-step logon instructions earlier this month. Contact Guidance if your child needs assistance with the logon.
2) Select courses: normally eight courses for students entering Grade 9-11 and six courses for students entering Grade 12.
3) Print of the course selection sheet.
4) Add parent/guardian signature.
5) Submit the signed course selection sheet to Guidance by Tuesday, March 1.
• Toques, Locker Shelves
The School Council still has a few toques ($15) and locker shelves ($10) available for purchase through the Main Office.
This week at FHCI…
1. Markbook Printouts: February 29 to March 4
During this week, teachers in all courses will be giving students a printout of their achievement to date. Please note this printout will have limited information at this early point in student courses. More marks will be entered and included in the next printout issued during the week of April 11.
2. Course Selection Sheets Due to Guidance Office: Tuesday, March 1
Please ensure we have your child’s course selection sheet by Tuesday, March 1 so your child’s course requests can be included as we build our timetable for 2016-2017.
Looking ahead…
3. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, March 8
All parents/guardians are invited to attend this meeting at from 7:00 – 8:30 in the FHCI Staff Room on the main floor.
From Shelley Laskin, FHCI Trustee…
Joint Ward Forum
Monday, February 29 from 6:45 to 9:00 PM at Sunny View Jr/Sr Public School, 450 Blythwood Rd.
Trustee Gerri Gershon (Ward 13) and I invite parents, staff and community to join with us and parents, staff and community of Ward 14 for a conversation with Director John Malloy and a presentation with questions and answers on our 2016-17 Budget by Craig Snider. Gerri and I are looking forward to seeing you.
Presentation by Jennifer Kolari
March 30, 7:00-8:00 pm at Oakwood CI, 991 St Clair Ave West at Oakwood Ave 
Oakwood Collegiate invites all parents/guardians to attend a Parent/Guardian Presentation by Jennifer Kolari. She will be talking about how to use her CALM techniques as explained in her book, You’re Ruining My Life!” (But Not Really): Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting. This presentation will show parents/guardians the importance of communication in the parent/guardian-child relationship. Her website is: Light refreshments will be provided. Childcare is available if requested at
Peggy Aitchison


This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 17:35

 Congratulations to the Junior Boys Basketball Team on a brilliant season that took them to the South Region Championship game on Thursday at George Brown College. Their strong efforts all season earned us another medal to add to the school’s collection. It was great to see parents at the game, cheering on the young Falcons.
Note: Students who wish to leave school during the day which results in a class missed must sign out at the office before they leave the school. If your child contacts you for permission to leave school, please be sure you direct your child to the office.
From the FHCI School Council…
Now that there is ice and snow on the ground, help keep your child’s wet boots away from the rest of the locker contents with the use of an FHCI Locker Shelf. The locker shelf is three pieces of finished white particleboard. Two pieces sit upright in the locker on the left side and right side and the third piece sits across the two uprights, forming the shelf. We will have lockers shelves available for purchase in the main office next week for $10 for the three-piece set.
Next week at FHCI…
1. Family Day: Monday, February 15
No classes. I hope you enjoy the day with your family.
2. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, February 17
Please join us in the Staff Room for the monthly School Council Meeting at 7:00 PM
3. Black History Month Assembly: Thursday, February 18
If you are able to join us for this special assembly, please let me know and I will give you details of timing. I will keep a seat for you in the balcony.
Looking ahead…
4. Regular Schedule: Tuesday, February 23
There will be no late opening on Tuesday, February 23. Classes will begin as usual at 9:00 AM and finish at 3:20 PM.
5. Course Selection Sheets due to Guidance: Friday, February 26
If you need help with your child’s course selection for 2016-2017, please contact one of our counsellors, Ms. Ng or Mr. Israelovitch.


From our trustee, Shelley Laskin, comes this invitation to join her on Monday, February 29…
Ward 11, St. Paul’s Trustee Shelley Laskin & Ward 13 Don Valley West Trustee Gerri Gershon present a Joint Ward Forum
A Ward Forum is a regular meeting of parents, school community, Trustee and Board staff of schools in a ward/region.
Date:                           Monday, February 29, 2016,
Time:                           6:45 – 9:00pm
Location:                     Sunny View Jr/Sr Public School 450 Blythwood Rd
From Eglinton Subway Station take Bus 103 Mt Pleasant North to Blythwood or
From Davisville Subway Station take Bus 11A Bayview North to Blythwood
Child care is available.
            Draft Agenda
6:30 – 6:45                  Refreshments
6:45 – 7:15                  Welcome & Introductions & Updates –
                                    Principal Ted Goldring, Sunny View Jr/Sr PS
                                    Trustee and Superintendent Updates
                                    Updates from PIAC and FSLAC
7:15 – 8:00                  Discussion with the New Director
                                    John Malloy, Director, TDSB
8:00 – 8:15 Break
8:15 – 9:00                  Balancing the 2016-2017 Operating Budget
                                    Presentation & Questions/Answers
                                    Craig Snider, Comptroller, Budget Revenue & Financial Planning


Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 06:01

 This week at FHCI…
1. Exams: Monday, February 1
The last of formal, end-of-course exams will be written on Monday morning and afternoon.
2. Last day to complete changes to Semester 2 timetable: 12:00 noon, Tuesday, February 2
All timetable changes must be completed by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 2. After this time, Semester 2 timetables will be finalized and no further changes processed. If your child wishes to request a timetable change, please contact your child's counsellor on Monday.
Mr. Israelovitch: 416-393-1860 x 20042
Ms. Ng: 416-393-1860 x 20041

Note: There will be no classes on Tuesday, February 2
3. PA Day: Wednesday, February 3
There will be no classes on Wednesday, February 3. Teachers will be at school preparing for Semester 2 courses.
4. Semester 2 Begins: Thursday, February 4
Morning: Day 1, Semester 2 classes. Four classes in the morning



9:00 – 9:45

1 (A)

9:50 – 10:35

2 (B)

10:40 – 11:25

3 (D)

11:30 – 12:15

4 (C)

12:15 – 1:15


Afternoon: Day 1, Semester 1 classes. End-of-course-evaluation review



1:15 - 1:45

1 (A)

1:50 - 2:20

2 (B)

2:25  - 2:55

3 (C)

3:00 - 3:30

4 (D)

Looking ahead…
5. Course selection assemblies for returning students will be held February 8 – 11.
During the assemblies, students will receive information about selecting courses for the coming year.
6. Semester 2 Report Cards Issued: Tuesday, February 9
Students will return to their Semester 2 Period 1 class at the end of Period 4 classes to pick up their Semester 1 report card envelope for delivery to their parents/guardians.
7. An Evening for Building Bridges—Course and Career Information: Wednesday, February 10

This is a special evening for students in our ESL program and their parents/guardians. I will send a separate invitation to those students and their families.
8. Lunar New Year Banquet: Thursday, February 11
Tickets will be sold this week for the Thursday evening Lunar New Year Banquet at the Mandarin Restaurant at Yonge/Eglinton. All students are invited to attend.
9. PA Day: Friday, February 12
There will be no classes on Friday, February 12. Teachers will be involved in professional development activities that day.
10. Family Day: Monday February 15
There will be no classes on this holiday.
Peggy Aitchison


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 15:17

I am pleased to send you information for you to share with your child about “Make Your Pitch”. I first sent out this information in 2013. One of our students entered his ‘pitch’ and was one of six winners from across Ontario! I sent out the information again in 2014 and once more, an FHCI student was among the six winners. Last year our student competitor made it to the final round.
I hope we can keep up the great success we’ve had in the past three years. If your child is considering an entry, please let me know and I will be sure your child connects with the FHCI students who competed so successfully in the last three years.


In an effort to encourage Ontario high school students to consider a career as an entrepreneur, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure are pleased to be bringing back the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition,
Students in Grades 9-12 pitch their best business ideas in a two-minute video to be voted on by the public and a panel of hand-selected expert judges! 
Students create a two-minute video explaining their business idea. The video includes what problems their business idea will solve, who the customers will be, and why the business will succeed. This is for the chance to win prizes, mentoring and a trip to Toronto to pitch live at the OCE's Discovery conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 8-10, 2016. Students may present their idea in either English or French, whichever is most comfortable for them.
Twenty finalists will present their ideas to a judging panel at the Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery Conference in Toronto this April. The finalists will also receive business coaching.
Six winners will be selected and presented with reserved entry into Ontario's Summer Company program, which includes mentoring, training and a grant of up to $3,000 to help launch their business. If a winner does not qualify for the Summer Company program, an equivalent in support will be provided.
The Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition is a great way for students to gain valuable skills and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship that they can apply to real-world situations.
Prizes for the winning ‘pitches’ include:
1) Nymi Band from Nymi,
2) Muse brain-sensing headband by InteraXon,
3) Reserved entry into the Summer Company program
4) Award of up to $3,000 in funding to start their business, along with an award suite to be announced shortly.
Important Dates:
Video submission deadline is March 23, 2106.
See for all important dates



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