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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 1, 2004- Justin Trudeau will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies of the fifth annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Career Fair, which will take place October 26 to 28 at St. Pius X High School in Ahuntsic. More than 3,000 Secondary IV and V students will be attendance over the three days.

Mr. Trudeau will kick things off on Tuesday morning and then meet with students in the kiosk area. The education and empowerment of youth are priorities that have dominated Trudeau's professional and personal life. Shortly after completing a B.A. in English Literature at McGill University, he moved to Vancouver to earn a B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia. For the next four years, he devoted himself to teaching children of all ages, in public and private schools, in a wide range of subjects. Now living in Montreal, he chairs the Katimavik Board of Directors. He is working with various organizations and levels of government to increase the skills and engagement of Canada's youth in a wide range of areas. In addition, he is working for French language radio station CKAC as a talkshow host. Last summer he covered the Olympic Games in Greece. The son of the legendary Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada, he gained national attention when he spoke so passionately at his fatherís emotional funeral.

This yearís Career Fair theme is once again "Focus on Tomorrow." It is being sponsored by Rogers Wireless ( and Service de Peinture Eric Incorporť (

The Student Services and Adult Education and Vocational Services Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program, Chairman Tina Stoupakis, the guidance counsellor at Vincent Massey Collegiate, notes that the main objective of the Career Fair is to provide Secondary V and senior adult education students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them. For the second successive year the final day will be devoted to Secondary IV students, providing them with an opportunity to start charting their respective futures two years in advance of graduation. "We feel very fortunate to be in an expansion mode," says Ms. Stoupakis "The earlier we get these young people looking towards their post-secondary options, the better."

Rogers Wireless and Peinture Eric will both meet with students over the course of the three days and discuss potential employment opportunities.

Each participating Secondary V high school and adult education student will take part in a general session of 30 minutes in the St. Pius X auditorium, during which time presentations will include information with respect to CEGEP and vocational educational programs, as well as admission requirements. There will also be testimonials from EMSB vocational education students who are presently finishing their programs. The dynamic Hugh Adams, guidance counsellor at Lester B. Pearson High School, will serve as the moderator on stage. Students will then have the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities and the Canadian Armed Forces. Secondary IV students will only be exposed to the latter part of the program, since this is only an introduction for them. The charismatic Hugh Adams, who just retired as the guidance counselor for Lester B. Pearson High School, will be back as the eventís emcee.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213