Local Coordinator – Ottawa Local Forum 2017-2018


French for the Future is a not-for-profit organization that supports and motivates high school students on their path towards bilingualism. French for the Future promotes Canada’s official bilingualism and the immediate and lifelong benefits of learning and communicating in French to students from grades 7 to 12 across Canada. French for the Future envisions a Canada in which all young people value our French heritage, appreciate francophone cultures and endeavor to excel in the French language.

French for the Future’s Local Forums are organized annually in fifteen (15) cities across Canada. These Forums are held entirely in French and consist of full-day interactive events that unite French as a First Language and French as Second Language high school students.

Students meet and participate in a variety of workshop and interactive activities, focused on the rewards of speaking French and becoming bilingual. This gives students the opportunity to discover and experience the cultural and professional value of continuing a bilingual education. It provides students with a positive French environment in which to practice their speaking skills. In addition, it also allows students to become aware of available options for pursuing post-secondary education in French.

Local Forum objectives

  • Promote official bilingualism among French as a First Language and French as a Second Language high school students and encourage students to remember that French can easily be part of their day-to-day lives
  • Motivate students to continue with their studies in French by realizing that the key to bilingualism lies with their own motivation, and taking advantage of opportunities to practice French

Through a highly interactive day spent entirely in French, the Local Forum will give students the opportunity to:

  • Meet other young leaders in their area
  • Network with bilingual professionals
  • Have access to interesting and qualified mentors
  • Attend creative and inspiring workshops
  • Participate in cultural activities and events
  • Share their thoughts and ideas
  • Become part of a dynamic community
  • Hear of opportunities to obtain bilingual summer employment or other work opportunities


The Ottawa Local Forum is to be held at the University of Ottawa on a school day, between October 23 and 27, 2017.

Scope of project

A Local Forum is a full-day event taking place during school hours, targeting a minimum of 200 participants to a maximum of 500 participants.

The Local Forum is organized for students of grades 9 to 11, and must include both French First Language and French Second Language students.

The Local Forum has the following structure:

  1. Welcoming Activity
  2. Opening Ceremony
  3. Workshops
  4. Cultural Activity (optional)
  5. Evaluation
  6. Closing Ceremony

The Local Forum Coordinator may also choose to invite post-secondary institutions, and organizations promoting programs of interest to students, to set up a display booth during the Local Forum.


  • Plan, organize and coordinate all logistics of French for the Future’s Local Forum in Ottawa;
  • Contact school boards, curriculum coordinators and teachers to promote the event;
  • Work with French for the Future’s national office to support promotion, including creative collateral (i.e., logo use, event programs, etc.);
  • Work supportively with local youth, professionals and volunteers (e.g. alumni of French for the Future National Ambassador Youth Forums, Local Forum committees, teachers and school board representatives) to recruit 200 to 300 students
  • Address all aspects of venue rental and relevant vendor transactions;
  • Develop and effectively manage the event budget;
  • Research local funding programs for which the event may qualify and assist with the preparation of grant requests;
  • Assist in the development of sponsorship opportunities;
  • Prepare agendas, coordinate meetings and support applicable committees;
  • Prepare all correspondence and handle administrative matters regarding the event, ensuring accurate and detailed records are maintained.


  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in event planning, coordination and execution;
  • Bilingualism (French/English) required: strong spoken and written skills in both languages;
  • Excellent project management and budgeting skills;
  • Experience with writing grant applications a definite asset;
  • Technological skills:
    • Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) – Required;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and capacity to work within a team;
  • Evidence of motivation, with a track record of taking initiative;
  • Candidates must be based in the Ottawa area
  • Must have a clear ‘vulnerable sector’ police record check;

Terms of employment

  • Contract from August 15th, 2017 to November 30th, 2017
  • Work remotely from home with a flexible schedule, workload equivalent to 3-4 days per week
  • $6,000, plus possibility of bonuses and commission

How to apply

Applicants must send their CV and cover letter (both in French) before May 15, 2017 at 5 pm Pacific Daylight Time. Please write “Coordonnateur/Coordonnatrice Forum local Ottawa” in the subject field.  Applicants must be able to work legally in Canada.

Please send your application to Pier-Nadeige Jutras, Executive Director, French for the Future at:

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be held in Ottawa on May 25th, 2017.

French for the Future is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Accommodations are available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.