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Help your students picture what you're teaching

Educators across Waterloo Region use our free programs to connect students to learning experiences with local industry professionals.

How can the BEP help my students?

The BEP makes it easier for busy educators to connect their curriculum to the world of work.

Since 2002, our Speakers Bureau program has connected over 100,000 local student to career talks with local industry professionals. Educators can make a request for one or more speakers, which we fill from our roster of local volunteers.

The BEP also organizes multiple events and programs throughout the year, including:

For more information, review the following FAQs, navigate to our Initiatives pages, or contact us at the form below. We look forward to supporting your students in their career exploration!

I love that the BEP connects our classroom to authentic learning opportunities from the community. Students are excited when they can ask questions of experts from the “real world”. Teachers benefit from the up-to-date information provided by community partners.

—Jennifer ClarkeTeacher, Eastwood Collegiate Institute

Our students clearly enjoyed the event and gained great insight into six rewarding careers available within the local community. Along with discussing their work, the speakers sent a clear message of the importance of hard work, and learning from a variety of experiences. Our students were engaged and interacted nicely with the guests. Highly recommended.

—Adam HillierTeacher, Elmira District Secondary School

This is an excellent teaching tool for me because the speakers have first-hand knowledge of their field. All of them have been professional, courteous and honest about their work. Numerous parents and students have commented on the impact a particular speaker has had on them or their child, so I know these speakers have positively influenced my students' career choices.

—Lynn MandersTeacher, Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School

Educator FAQs

Our programs are geared towards students (and educators) in the Waterloo Region and Waterloo Catholic DSBs. Along with corporate and municipal partners, their funding makes these learning opportunities possible.

Requests for volunteers are accepted for 2 weeks in advance; however, to increase the likelihood of a successful match, you should plan to request a volunteer at least one month prior to the proposed date(s).

The BEP Speakers Bureau features people from across the Region of Waterloo working in a range of industries and roles. The majority of our Speakers have opted to create a career profile on our website, but we have many other volunteers available to you who are not listed there.

Whether you are looking for a speaker to represent a specific field or just a range of speakers for a career day at your school, we can help you connect to community members who are ready and willing to help!

Prospective volunteers are subject to a review of their application, including an interview, prior to participating in BEP programs. Volunteers are required to follow the practices defined in the Program Terms and Conditions for Volunteers. As per the policies of our local school boards, volunteers are not required to receive vulnerable sector screening for in-school volunteering because they remain under the supervision of an educator. As such, participating educators must agree to ensure appropriate supervision by an assigned school staff, in addition to other Program Terms and Conditions for Educators.

When requesting a Speaker, you can indicate whether your request is for in-person or virtual volunteers. As it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic, educators are expected to only request volunteers for in-person volunteering when it is allowed by their school or school board.

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