November 6, 2018

Glenforest students host Canada’s largest student-led conference on STEM education, careers

​Students at Glenforest Secondary School, in partnership with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), will host Xplore STEM, Canada's largest student-led conference to inspire students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career paths and education. More than 1,200 students from grades 8 to 12 across Canada will attend the all-day conference on Nov. 13 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton.

"Last year, the conference was attended by more than 1,000 students from across Ontario. This year, our conference sold out in 15 minutes with over 1,200 students from across the country planning to attend," says Cheri Riddell, principal of Glenforest. "We are so very proud of Glenforest students and staff for planning this event to inspire others to grow their passion and skills in STEM. It also allows our community partners to work with incredible students who may one day be their future employees."

Students will have the opportunity to hear keynote addresses, including:

  • Kim Cooper, Vice President of Partnerships, First Robotics Canada
  • Kristine Dawson, President of Co-operative Education, Career Services and Work Integrated Learning
  • Dr. Sarah Dickson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University
  • Hillary Marshall, Vice President of Greater Toronto Airport Authority

Special guest speakers include:

  • Peter Joshua, Director of Education, Peel District School Board
  • The Honourable Kristy Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
  • The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
  • Maria Attarian, Customer Solutions Engineer, Google
  • Krista Shibata, Leader, Women in Technology Initiative, IBM

The conference will feature opportunities for students to explore post-secondary pathways through speaker forums, interactive workshops, speed-mentoring sessions and exhibitor booths from some of the country's largest and leading organizations and institutions, including Toronto Pearson, IBM, University of Toronto, HP, Actuarial Foundation of Canada and more.

The conference has been entirely financed with the support of sponsors, including Microsoft, McMaster University, Seneca College, IBM, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. For a complete list of sponsors and more information on the conference, visit or follow @gfss_STEM on Twitter.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Pearson Convention Centre, located at 2638 Steeles Ave. E in Brampton. To view the event agenda, visit



Diana Wang-Martin, teacher and conference advisory, Glenforest Secondary School, 416-305-5873, [email protected]  

Veronica Pang, communications assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, [email protected]

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