In the High School Division, three conferences are held during the year – providing students with valuable and meaningful learning experiences. These conferences are important for several reasons. Firstly, they are entirely student-run. This means that students gain real-life insight into what is involved in organizing a major event by seeing it through from the early planning stages all the way to realizing their vision. Secondly, students have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding in a personal area of interest. Finally, students develop their philanthropic interests by raising funds for a charity of their choice.
GEC (Gender Equity Conference)
Gender equity is not a woman’s issue. It is a human issue that affects each and every one of us. Both men and women should receive equal treatment – with neither sex experiencing discrimination based on gender. With these principles in mind, Mentor College held its first annual GEC (Gender Equity Conference) in 2015.
Among the speakers at the 2017 conference were the Whitney Wilson (Mentor alumnus and manager of the Partner Assault Response Referral Program), Rebecca Nava (also Mentor alumnus and sexual health educator trained by Options For Sexual Health), and Community Engagement Specialist Sarah Concannon.
The event – led by student event organizers Jasdip Saran, Sabrina Sunner, and Ria Kalra – raised funds for Because I Am A Girl, a charity that helps girls in developing countries lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.
Health & Wellness Conference
The central aim of the Health & Wellness Conference is to raise awareness of physical and mental health issues affecting teens. Mentor College held its first conference in March 2016.
The 2017 event was headed by highly-motivated students, Aaditeya Jhaveri, Adam Syed, Warren Wong, and Shankeri Vijaykumar. The conference was created in hopes of encouraging aspiring science students to be influenced by leaders in the medical field like guest speakers Dr. Devanesen and Dr. Suri.
The Health and Wellness Committee is very proud to announce the donations of $2000 each to SickKids Foundation and The Ripple Effect Charity.
MCBC (Mentor College Business Conference)
Started in 2011, Mentor College Business Conference (MCBC) is an annual event run by high school business students.
The students meet with and learn from leaders in the business world. In past years, MCBC students have heard from special guest speakers including top executives from companies and organizations. All of the proceeds raised from the event are donated to various charities and organizations.
In 2017, over $5000 from the conference – led by Havina Rajeswaran, Adam Syed, and Aaditeya Jhaveri – was donated to Opportunity International Canada – a microcredit organization that helps fight poverty in the developing world.