The Business Department offers a range of courses from the grade 9 Business Technology course and grade 10 Introduction to Business course, to advanced grade 12 courses that offer a more specific and in-depth focus in certain areas of business to prepare for a variety of post-secondary pathways with a focus on business studies. Students taking business classes have an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of business, apply and experience the curriculum through simulations, experiential learning opportunities and differentiated tasks. Students will also develop their communication skills, with a focus on speaking within a business context to a professional audience. Students will be challenged to apply higher-order thinking skills to solve real business problems.

Course Descriptions

Enriching the Curriculum

The Business department supports a variety of initiatives and activities to complement the core business curriculum.

Co-Curricular Clubs


DECA is a business case-based club that gives students an opportunity to gain hands on experience in the business world. The club allows all students in grades 9 through 12 (whether they are in the business SHSM or not) to gain hands-on business experience outside of the classroom.

Students are given an opportunity to enter case competitions as a team or individually. Events are broken up into various marketing and business-related fields including marketing, management, law, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, and human resources.

The OTHS team meets weekly and students are given time to practice with advisors. Each week students build and develop decision-making, teamwork, problem solving, and independent thinking skills - all skills proven to be very beneficial in a business environment.

The 2011/2012 team was well represented at the Regional Competition in Hamilton. A large number of students made it onto the Provincial Competition in Toronto.

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The Investment Club

Each of the members of the Investment Club manages one million dollar portfolios in hopes of maximizing returns, learning & fun. Club members learn about managing trading risks, buying and shorting stocks as well as how to use derivatives. The derivatives the students use include call options and put options. The students soon learn that the leverage provided by using options could provide opportunities for extreme changes in portfolio value in very short time frames. We look forward to welcoming more students to the club.

Field Trips and Guest Speakers

Marketing and Entrepreneurship (BMI3C and BDI3C)

The trip to either the Eaton Centre or Sherway Gardens and gives the students an ability to analyze the distribution, pricing and promotional strategies of various organizations.

Business Leadership (BOH4M)

The trip to Planet Laser allows students to experience a team-building activity as a method of building corporate culture and teamwork within an organization.

Guest speakers are invited to speak to students about Business Leadership.

Grade 12 Accounting (BAT4M)

Offered to a limited number of students, the No Limits Conference is a unique opportunity to network with and learn from Chartered Accountants in a business setting.

A professional portfolio manager also speaks on company valuation toward the end of the semester.

Grade 11 Law (CLU3M)

The grade 11 law field trip is to the Brampton Courthouse on 7755 Hurontario Street. This field trip gives the students a chance to observe many Ontario Courts of Justice in action. They also meet with a judge in a question and answer session.

Grade 11 Accounting (BAF3M)

CA and CMA are invited to speak to the class regarding the professional designations available within accounting.

Grade 12 Law (CLN4U)

The grade 12 law trip is to the Toronto Courthouse, 361 University Avenue. This field trip gives the students a chance to observe an Ontario Superior Court in action. This trip focuses mainly on more serious criminal trials.

Grade 12 International Business (BBB4M)

The International Business field Trip is an opportunity for students to develop an appreciation for culture in a business context. Students will enjoy ethnic food while learning about business etiquette and the impact of cultural and customs on business.

Business Specializations

The Business CertificateStudents who earn 6 or more Business Studies credits, including Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Information & Communication Technology, International Business, Marketing and Business Leadership, Law and Economics or Business Co-op, qualify for a Halton Business Education Certificate.

Please see a guidance counsellor if you have any further questions.

Specialist High Skills Major Program

At OTHS we offer a Business SHSM program.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. A SHSM program enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments and helps them focus on graduation and on pursuing their postsecondary goals.

Additional information on all SHSM and regional programs can be found on the School to Career website as well as on the Ministry of Education website.

Contests supported or run by the department

If you are interested in any of these business-related contests, please see Ms.Dolan for details!

  • Halton Region Programs and Contests. Several offered through the Halton Region.
  • OBEA Contests. Several contests are available for all different functions of business
  • CMA Make it Happen. This is a big group challenge which may lead to $5000 for the school.
  • Sprott Business Competition. Run a business and compete against fellow students. Then go on and compete against regional and provincial teams.
  • McMaster High School Business Heroes Competition. Involves marketing plans.
  • Youth Entrepreneur Programs in Halton. You have to be in Halton to compete. Includes a business plan competition and summer ventures.
  • Getting Smarter About Money is by InvestorEd and has three separate contests.


The Prosperity One award goes to a graduating student who has focused on Business Studies, has achieved high academically and contributed to school life while being a student at OTHS.

The Curran Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student that has taken 3 or more business courses, with at least 2 taken at the senior level and is responsible, caring and a good citizen. Mr. Curran was an OT business teacher.

Relevant Links to other information or resources including post-secondary programs

Please do not hesitate to ask any one of the business teachers about post-secondary planning and information.

We also recommend that students use the following web site to compare post-secondary options and data.