Dear CEWIL Canada Members,
As we approach the end of 2017 I can’t help but think what a monumental year it has been for us! As you know, your Board has been working over the last year to explore expanding our mandate to include other forms of work-integrated learning. At our AGM on November 15th, members voted overwhelmingly to move forward with this expansion by approving multiple changes to our bylaws. We also voted to change our name from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) to Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada). Additionally, we voted to add two new Board members and a call has gone out for nominations for a WIL Director-at-Large (College) and a WIL Director-at-Large (University).
There was much more that took place in 2017, including working tirelessly with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to advocate for a role for CAFCE, and now CEWIL Canada, in the distribution of $73 million through the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP). Members from the Government Relations Committee have been liaising with each of the Industry Associations as they are announced, and we continue to reach out proactively to strengthen our relationship. It was also through our government connections that we were able to find solutions for our co-op students who were experiencing issues with their pay, and that continues to this day. If you have any students who are experiencing problems, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
The benefits of our National Statistics Database has proven itself time and time again in our interactions with government, the media and other groups. I cannot stress enough the importance of each and every CEWIL Canada institution adding their information to this database. The more complete information we can provide, the stronger our voice becomes!
2017 was also the year of our “Better Together” conference in Vancouver, BC. This was the first time that all three Associations (ACE-BC/Yukon, CACEE and CAFCE) collaborated on a national conference and through the hard work of all the volunteers we delivered an outstanding conference. Thank you to everyone who worked on this conference – we truly were “better together”!
And 2018 promises to be even more exciting! Your 2017/18 Board, all of your Committees, the Directors & Managers Advisory Council and your Accreditation Council will all be working collaboratively to develop and implement an expanded mandate that allows us to have an even stronger national voice than ever before. It will take some time however, and we want to ensure that we are creating something that all of our members can be proud of and that benefits all of us. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve as your President and to work with such a truly amazing team as we build our future together.
With best wishes for a relaxing holiday season and an wonderful year ahead,
CEWIL Canada President 2017/2018
News and Upcoming Dates:
Co-op Student of the Year Award
CEWIL Canada is looking for its next University Co-op Student and a College Co-op Student of the Year (2017) and you can help! Completed nominations must be received at the CEWIL Canada office by Friday, January 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM (ET).
PD Event: Work Integrated Learning – Best Practices for Legal Risk Management
Developed as part of a unique partnership, this joint CAFCE, CACEE and OsgoodePD program, Work-Integrated Learning – Best Practices for Legal Risk Management, will provide a forum for discussing the legal compliance issues and legal risks that post-secondary institutions are seeing as they diversify the placement opportunities they are offering.
Date & Time: February 15, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Location: Osgoode Professional Development Centre | 1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON
Fee per Delegate: $395 plus HST (discount code: 00-WIL)
WACE: International Research Symposium
WACE will be holding their third International Research Symposium, June 23 – 27, 2018, in Stuttgart, Germany.
2018 National Conference
Concordia University is excited to host a bilingual CEWIL/ACDEC National Conference in Montreal, Quebec; a city known for its quality of post-secondary education and student life. You are invited to submit a proposal to share your ideas and best practices with practitioners and partners in the field of Co-operative Education, Work-Integrated Learning and Experiential Learning. From July 29th to August 1st, 2018, you will have an opportunity to come together to Embrace Change and present in one of four streams. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 15, 2017, 11:59 PM.