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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.

For the Partnership Portal, you should plan to seek a volunteer at least one month prior to the date of your planned activity.

The Partnership Portal features hundreds of industry professionals from across the Region of Waterloo, in a range of industries and sectors. A small sample can be located on the Partnership Portal page. Once you register, you will be able to see the full list. We are constantly recruiting new community members, and can help you find someone with specific expertise if you can’t locate such a person in the Partnership Portal.

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, which includes being under the supervision of an educator or assigned school staff for any in-school activity. 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.

When you register for the Partnership Portal, your name, school and information about your activity will be visible to prospective volunteers. Contact information will only be shared when a volunteer has accepted an invitation from you, or when you have accepted their request to participate. We request that educators use their board emails when registering. No information is accessible to students or other members of the public. All data is stored in a secure Salesforce.com facility. For more information, review our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

When creating a volunteer opportunity, you can seek volunteers who have specifically indicated an interest in volunteering virtually. 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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