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We need your help! An event of this size could not happen without volunteers, so consider being a part of this unique national event, coming to Ottawa for the first time in over 40 years. Have a look at where we could use you. If you don’t see something that fits, drop us a line at or phone 613 562 5800 (4775).

 To register as a volunteer for CWSF2008, please click here to access the Secure YSF (Youth Science Foundation) Registration System.

Exhibit site (Montpetit Gymnasium)

The exhibit site team will be responsible for preparing the Exhibit Site for the exhibitors on Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th of May during the day and in the evening.  On the 10th and 11th of May this team will assist with set up (transporting projects to the correct floor locations); assisting exhibitors while they set up and take down; locating signage; providing security; assisting with packaging and storage.  The team plays an important role at the event, as the Exhibit Site is key to the success of the fair.  Some heavy lifting may be required.


The hospitality team members are the face of the fair.  They put on a smile to greet participants at the airport, at the train station and at the University of Ottawa. They smile when handling luggage.  Smile at the information bureau.  They will also help with the set up of the accommodations and all meeting rooms during the fair.  An important aspect of Hospitality is Participants Communications.  This fair exists for the students, it is important that we are constantly monitoring their feedback to ensure they receive a well rounded and memorable experience. 

Special Events:

The Special Events Team will be involved in the planning and the executing social events during the fair.  The volunteers will ensure that these events are exciting, organized and fun.  These events include the Opening Banquet at the War Museum, the BBQ at Science and Technology Museum, the Carnival at Carleton University, the Discover the Byward Market, the closing Banquet at the Congress Center and most of all the “City Chase” in center town.


Registration and Judges Support:

This team provides logistical and technical support for the Judges and the Communications team.  They will be responsible for Lost and Found, Messaging and Fair Information and Translation Services.  This team is also responsible for participant registration, registration of Judges, as well as the Daily News letter “The ByTown Crier”.  The opportunities for members of this team are great and varied.


The operations team is made up of volunteers who are involved in nearly every aspect of the fair.  They may be involved in security, special events operations and many other areas of the event.  This team is perfect for those volunteers who like to be kept busy and are comfortable working together as a team to accomplish a common goal.  Some heavy lifting may be required.


This team must have excellent writing skills in English or in French.  You will be asked to be up early for breakfast to distribute the “The ByTown Crier” the fair news letter.  You may be asked to support the media visiters.

Note: In accordance with the Youth Science Foundation Canada Policy, each volunteer attending CWSF2008 during the 8-10 day are required to "provide proof of a current criminal record check, or clear criminal record to their Region as a condition of participation in the CWSF." If you need to obtain a letter from us, please email

'Police Records Check' Document