In the High School Division (Mentor/TSS), 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.
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.
Every year, the conference addresses a wide variety of topics in regards to equity, diversity and inclusion. The conference also includes the opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end of their talks.
In 2019, the conference hosted speakers Sofia Barrows (Gender allyship, inclusive vocabulary, micro-aggressions, and implicit bias), Andrew Pettit (Embracing equity at work and in sport), Cheryl Appell (Fostering an environment that supports the growth and development of women in law), Lindsay Monture (Truth and Reconciliation), and Terri Monture (Missing and murdered Indigenous women and strategies to combat these disappearances).
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.
In 2019, the event was focused on teenage mental health and mindfulness. Speakers included a psychotherapist who guided students through several activities to help them cope and reduce stress in their daily lives. She also also be addressed stress issues associated with the transition from high school to university. The other speaker will discussed wellness and mindfulness from a physical activity point of view.
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 2018, the conference welcomed 4 speakers to the panel. Featured speakers were Carol-Anne Schneider (Broker at Realty Executives), Braden Hill (Co-founder of AdmitKit), Samantha Angel (Creative director at Trellis Concepts) and Gogi Grewal (Sr V.P. of Business Services at Staples) to discuss their personal challenges and successes in business.