This section presents information about the conferences and workshops organized by the Youth Media Alliance.  You can also access archives and revisit our past events.


Annually, the YMA present its Children, Youth & Media Conference. The conference is an idea exchange, training and development forum for Canada’s youth screen-based media professionals. More than 200 delegates are expected to attend this unique event, featuring leading experts who will address programming trends and provide insights into young people’s needs and interests. The lineup includes themed workshops, talks, screenings, discussions and meetings with prestigious guests from Canada and abroad.

The Children, Youth & Media Conference is a key forum for discussion among producers, broadcasters, distributors, creators and professionals from the television and digital media industry. It’s a unique opportunity for representatives from the various sectors of this industry to forge and strengthen ties while sharing ideas and knowledge. Building this type of synergy among all players is critical in this evolving industry. The commingling of skills and talent within the youth television and new-media community goes a long way toward improving the quality of homegrown productions, thus enhancing their value on national and international markets.

Objectives & Participants

Conference Objectives

  • To provide a forum for professional exchange amongst specialists in the field.
  • To provide updated information on target audiences.
  • To explore issues arising from new technologies.
  • To spur creativity.
  • To pique curiosity about youth production from abroad.
  • To encourage innovation and quality in homegrown production.
  • To discuss where the Canadian youth programming industry is headed.


  • Delegates: Youth screen-based media enthusiasts – those who think it up, produce it and deliver it (broadcasters, producers, writers, distributors, students, etc.)
  • Speakers: Local and international guests selected for their talent and expertise will share their experiences and show us their programs, digital products and cross-platform projects.
  • Panelists or Workshop Leaders: Recognized professionals and experts.
  • Reach: Up to 200 people from the children’s content community


Next Event

YMA Conférence Médias Jeunesse 2024

The YMA will be pleased to present its Youth Media Conference, to be held around November 13, 2024 (TBC) at Radio-Canada, Montreal - a one-day event.

Details to follow in October 2024

The conference is a forum for the exchange of ideas, training and development for young screen media professionals in Canada. Over 200 delegates are expected to attend this unique event, where leading experts will address programming trends and provide insight into the needs and interests of young people. The program includes thematic workshops, conferences, screenings, discussions and meetings with prestigious guests from Canada and abroad.

Alongside the conference's impressive list of speakers, panelists and moderators, the winner of The YMA 2025 Andra Sheffer Scholarship will be announced, The YMA AGM will take place and Board members elected, and finally The YMA Prix Jeunesse will be presented including the Munich Prix Jeunesse 2024.

To be continued

Past Events

2023 Conference