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Expand your horizons and explore the possibilities for exciting careers that you’ve never before imagined! Visit important Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, develop your leadership skills and enjoy an extraordinary, bilingual experience. Select from one of 14 theme weeks. Don’t forget—first come, first served!

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  • The arts permit us to define ourselves, rather than allowing others to do it for us. Meeting professional artists (contemporary dance, theatre, percussion, multimedia, etc.), participants explore various mediums of expression that free their creativity. Through the means of arts and culture, they reinforce their belief in themselves, develop their creative thought, and find their own voice.

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    May 16, 2018

    VIDEO: African Drumming with Fana Soro at Arts & Culture Week

    For the last few years, Ivory Coast drummer Fana Soro has been offering worksphops at Encounters with Canada's Arts & Culture week. More than just drumming, his performance gives students insights into the joys and richness of African Culture.

    May 10, 2018

    $100 discount for the August 2018 Arts & Culture Week!

    EWC launches its new calendar with the unique Arts & Culture week from August 26 to September 1, 2018. Discover a world of creative possibilities, stimulating activities and life-long lasting experiences and memories.

  • This week is for teens with an entrepreneurial spirit who dream of starting a business or play a key role in tomorrow’s business world. They will meet with successful entrepreneurs in both traditional and online businesses; participate in a Dragon’s Den-type activity where participants can elaborate and submit business ideas to seasoned entrepreneurs; and visit innovative national and international businesses.

  • Participants learn about the significance of Remembrance Day. They hear from Canadian veterans, explore the history of Canada at war while at the Canadian War Museum, and visit the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Programmed by Veterans Affairs Canada.

  • In this era of instant communications, electronic and social media are essential sources of information. Guided by communication specialists, participants develop their critical and creative thinking through hands-on learning activities and workshops. They also gain first-hand experience about the world of radio and television at CBC studios in Montreal.

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    October 23, 2017

    VIDEO: Participants take up the Communications Challenge

    In October 2017, Communication & Social Media participants took up the Communication Challenge. Divided in teams, they had to produce a video about one of the week's events. Resulting videos were imaginative, lively and fun! Watch this video created by Cameron, Emmy, Isaac and Zaya.

  • Participants take advantage of Ottawa’s position as the nation’s political capital. They see, first-hand, our government in action and how the country’s democracy works. A VIP tour of Parliament, workshops with parliamentary interns, a mock election and presentations by politicians, ministers, senators and/or political attachés are featured.

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    March 23, 2018

    Democracy & Youth Mock Elections

    On March 22, 2018, the Democracy & Youth participants took part in Mock elections and met with MPs Peter Schiefke and Martin Shields.

  • The ultimate Canadian experience! New and first-generation Canadians make friends from across the country. They discover Canadian history, culture and heritage in the nation’s capital. They tour the many sites and attractions of Ottawa, and visit a beautiful animal park. And the Canada Day fireworks are a must-see for everyone!

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    July 5, 2018

    EWC Participants Celebrate Canada

    From June 26 to July 2, 2018, 130 students from across Canada came to Encounters with Canada in Ottawa to celebrate our great nation. They discovered Ottawa and its sites, visited Parliament, learned about Indigenous traditions, and took part in Canada day celebrations.

  • In search of an adrenaline rush? This week explores action-filled careers, challenging those afraid of nothing. Participants meet police officers, firefighters and paramedics, who advise them of the demands of a career as a first responder. At the end of this exciting week, participants better understand how to handle emergency situations and receive certification from HeartSafe in CPR & defibrillation or Safetalk.

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    September 21, 2018

    VIDEO: Alumnus Brian Knowler meets with EWC First Responders Participants

    Encounters with Canada alumnus Brian Knowler (Science & Technology 1989) returned to EWC to meet with First Responders Participants.

  • Globalization, human rights, diplomacy. Participants open up their eyes to the world by meeting ambassadors, senior officials, development experts and NGO representatives. Participants engage in conflict resolution workshops, and visit the Diefenbunker and Canadian War Museums. They finish their week with a moving citizenship ceremony and witness people from around the world become new Canadians.

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    October 6, 2017

    Participants Meet with Ambassadors During the Global Affairs Week

    Encounters with Canada Global Affairs participants had the opportunity to discuss life as a diplomat with Teuku Faizasyah, Ambassador of Indonesia, Raoul Delcorde, Ambassador of Belgium, Kareen Rispal, Ambassador of France, Beat Nobs, Ambassador of Switzerland, Diego Stacy, Ambassador of Ecuador

  • Be it law enforcement, correctional or legal services, this week focuses on law and order. Participants review case studies with law and social services professionals. They expand their knowledge of Canada’s legal system with possible visits to the Supreme Court of Canada, an Ottawa Jail Hostel and a police station.

  • This week provides the opportunity to join people whose inspiration is to care for others. Participants tour medical facilities and laboratories, study genetics and health research and explore medical ethics. They attend workshops such as midwifery, DNA and art therapy, and participate in discussions with recent university health science graduates, who provide valuable insights and information on future career options.

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    May 30, 2018

    Health & Medicine week a great insight into careers

    Participants Julie Van and Nicole Regular talk about their experience during the Medicine & Health week at Encounters with Canada.

    Find out more about EWC's Medicine & Health and other theme weeks.

  • It’s our planet. Participants study with biologists, botanists, ecologists and other science experts, as they share their expertise. They explore a provincial park to observe its unique flora and fauna, discover various conservation techniques, and visit the amazing Canadian Museum of Nature.

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    April 27, 2018

    VIDEO: Science & Ecology at Encounters

    From April 22 to 28, 115 participants visited Parliament, connected with nature at the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre, discovered the Gatineau Park, explored the Laflèche cave, and learned about Environmental Sciences at the St Lawrence River institute.

  • Participants discover fields ranging from DNA, forensics, robotics and space exploration. They tour research institutes and laboratories, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the newly redesigned Canada Science and Technology Museum. A Let’s Talk Science panel, featuring recent university science and technology graduates, provides valuable insights and information when considering future careers in these fields.

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    September 19, 2018

    EWC partners with Lockheed Martin Canada

    Encounters with Canada is proud to announce its partnership with Lockheed Martin Canada [NYSE: LMT] for this fall’s Science & Technology week, set for November 11-17, 2018.

  • Participants may start their adventure with dragon boating, wall-climbing, skiing, martial arts, Kin-Ball, Ultimate Frisbee and fitness boot camp, to name a few. They hear from accomplished athletes, Olympians and fitness experts, and participate in discussions about ethics in the world of sports.

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    September 10, 2018

    VIDEO: Sports & Fitness week at EWC

    For one week, Sports & Fitness participants got to try out a number of indoor and outdoor activities. They also talked to sports professionals about careers in the field of sports & fitness.

    June 4, 2018

    $55 discount for September 2 - 8 Sports & Fitness week!

    Special Promotion!
    Send in your signed application before June 30, 2018 and receive a $55 discount for the September 2-8 Sports & Fitness week!*

  • Participants explore innovative and exciting ideas to feed Canada and the world in the future. Sponsored by Farm Credit Canada, the week includes sessions with industry leaders, such as biotechnologists, sustainable food specialists and agribusiness managers. Participants travel from laboratory to field to discover the wide variety of opportunities in the tech and food arenas.

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    February 23, 2018

    VIDEO: Tech & Food at Encounters with Canada

    Michael Hoffort, Farm Credit Canada President and CEO talks about the first ever Tech & Food week offered for teens at Encounters with Canada.

  • Participants learn about Canada’s participation in the First World War, with a particular focus on the remarkable story of Vimy. Through hands-on workshops, students learn the full extent to which the Battle of Vimy Ridge changed our nation forever. Participants decode battlefield maps, discover the contributions of women on the home front, learn about the importance of rationing during wartime, find out if they are fit to be a soldier, and so much more! Sponsored by The Vimy Foundation, this week includes visits to the Canadian War Museum, Parliament Hill and the Diefenbunker, as well as a memorial guided tour and commemoration ceremonies.

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    April 17, 2018

    VIDEO: Students Remember Vimy at Encounters with Canada

    Dressed in their bright red sweaters, 127 students from every province and territory headed to Ottawa’s War Memorial for a ceremony commemorating the 101th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy.