Outstanding Canadians share words of wisdom at Maclean's OnCampus Virtual Fair

    Vincent Lam, Seamus O'Regan, Julie Payette and David Chilton among
    experts to speak at exclusive event for students

    TORONTO, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - Maclean's, the magazine students have trusted
for more than two decades to provide the most comprehensive information needed
to make the best higher-education decisions, is pleased to announce the lineup
of speakers at the Maclean's OnCampus Virtual Fair. This virtual, online
event, coming October 22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EST), makes choosing a school
easier by giving students direct, instant access to faculty experts and
representatives from Canadian universities and colleges. It all takes place
with the convenience of your laptop or desktop - no travel, no lineups, no
    Among the luminaries making hour-long online presentations are: Vincent
Lam, emergency room physician and Giller-prize-winning author of Bloodletting
& Miraculous Cures; Canadian astronaut Julie Payette; The Wealthy Barber
author David Chilton; Gerald Butts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund
Canada and former principal secretary to the premier of Ontario; Jeff Rybak,
student and author of What's Wrong with University: And How to Make it Work
for You Anyway; Seamus O'Reagan, host of CTV's Canada AM; Colin MacDonald,
lead singer of The Trews; Roger Mooking, musician, host of the Food Network
show Everyday Exotic and executive chef at two of Toronto's leading
restaurants; Kim St-Pierre, women's national hockey team goalie and two-time
Olympic hockey gold medalist; and Dr. Richard Heinzl, founder of the Nobel
Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders Canada.
    Each speaker's presentation will include a lengthy Q&A session, open to
all of the fair's visitors.
    "We've created an online event that will give students from anywhere in
the world an unparalleled level of direct, instant access to experts from
Canadian colleges and universities," said Tony Keller, Maclean's managing
editor, special projects. "Plus, they can get practical advice and inspiration
from our incredible lineup of speakers."
    Taking place inside a virtual conventional hall, prospective students can
visit university and college booths, pick up information from each of the
schools, chat with their peers and with higher educational experts, and have
their questions answered - instantly - by university and college admissions

    What else you'll find at the fair:

    -  Interactive instant messaging booths, allowing students, teachers and
       parents to participate for FREE, regardless of location. All you need
       is a computer!
    -  A chance to talk directly with university and college representatives
       from across the country
    -  Live presentations and the latest information from some of Canada's
       most sought-after institutions
    -  Expert education and career advice
    -  On demand access for 90 days
    -  prizes to be won!

    Association partners are the Association of Canadian Community Colleges
(ACCC) and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).
    Students can register and enter the fair at www.macleans.ca/oncampusfair.
    Vervegirl, Fuel and vervegirl.com will also be offering opportunities to
register for the fair.

    About Maclean's:
    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. In
addition to enlightening, engaging and entertaining 2.8 million readers with
strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists
in the fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics,
business and culture, Maclean's has long been the Canadian leader in coverage
of higher education. Four out of five first-year university students report
using Maclean's to help them choose their current university. (Source:
Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium, survey of first-year students,
2007). Maclean's publishes four annual issues devoted to higher education: The
University Rankings Issue (November), the Professional Schools Issue
(September), the University Student Issue (February) and the book-sized
Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities (available year-round).

    About Maclean's OnCampus:
    www.macleans.ca/oncampus is Canada's only website devoted to daily higher
education news. The site attracts nearly 300,000 page views per month with a
mix of news, advice, bloggers, exclusive rankings and the new Scholarship

    About Youth Culture:
    Youth Culture is a media company that communicates with the youth market
- 9 to 24 years of age - online and in print, with websites, magazines,
in-store and in-school promotions. Youth Culture publishes five magazines with
corresponding websites: Vervegirl (in English and French), www.vervegirl.com
and Vervegirl Daily e-newsletter; Fuel (in English and French),
www.fuelpowered.com; and B-zone, www.bzone.ca. Magazines are distributed free
to schools of all denominations, private and public across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Louise Leger, Public Relations, Maclean's,
(416) 764-4125; Kaaren Whitney-Vernon, President & Publisher, Youth Culture
Group, kaaren@youthculture.com, (416) 595-1313 x256

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