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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.

  • 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.

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    March 15, 2019

    VIDEO: Business & Entrepreneurship Participants Take on the Dragons

    EWC Business & Entrepreneurship 2019 participants took part in a game inspired by the TV show Dragon's Den. From new apps, to travelling gear, food ideas, and schedule aids - their business ideas were truely inspired!

  • 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 take part in the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Programmed by Veterans Affairs Canada.

  • 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 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 25, 2019

    VIDEO: 2019 Democracy & Youth Mock Elections

    During their Democracy & Youth week at Encounters with Canada, participants from all over the country took part in a week-long mock election. See results in this video.

    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.

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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

  • Sponsored by the Vimy Foundation, History & Leadership (formerly Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age) students will explore Canada’s First World War history to develop their leadership skills. Using a century-old conflict as the starting point, participants will learn how to develop innovative leadership traits that can be successfully applied to their lives today.

    During the week, students will take part in interactive workshops, exchange ideas with special guest speakers, visit the Canadian War Museum, participate in the Vimy Day commemorative ceremony, and engage in many other stimulating activities.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    November 15, 2019

    Everyone Loves Tim Hortons and Misses their Mom’s Cooking. By: Shelby Laycock

    I have had the opportunity this week to participate in the media and communications week at Encounters with Canada in Ottawa. It has been an unforgettable experience where I have met people from across Canada and was introduced to other cultures.

    November 15, 2019

    My Encounters Experience. By: Chloe Hannan

    This week I had the amazing opportunity to participate in an experience of a lifetime. Encounters with Canada is a program where students from all over Canada with similar interests gather together to learn career skills that you can carry with you into your adult years.

    November 15, 2019

    I have never been more proud to be Canadian! By: Emily Bancroft

    Looking for an amazing, one week trip to the nation’s capital, to explore potential career options, try new things, with kids aged 14-17, from coast to coast to coast, for under $1000? Then Encounters with Canada, Canada’s largest youth forum, located in Ottawa, Ontario, is the place for you.

  • 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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    March 29, 2019

    VIDEO: Dr. Adrienne Junek speaks to Health & Medicine Participants

    On March 25, 2019, Dr. Adrienne Junek spoke to Encounters with Canada Health & Medicine participants. She told them about health-related careers and gave them pointers on how to be successful in that field. Ms.

    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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    March 27, 2019

    Special Offer: save $100 on April 2019 Science & Ecology Week

    April 21-27, 2019
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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.

  • 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 22, 2019

    VIDEO: Tech & Food Explores the Future of Canada's Agrofood Sector

    Farm Credit Canada President & CEO Michael Hoffort, an EWC alumnus, tells EWC Tech & Food participants about the future of Canada's Agrofood sector.

    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.