Council's Mission, Goals and Members

In 1979, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly known as CAFCE, established the Accreditation Council. Council members from across Canada articulate and review accreditation criteria for effective co-operative education programs as the needs of students, employers and institutions evolve.

Chair: , University of Waterloo


The Accreditation Council of CEWIL Canada provides leadership for the development of quality co-operative education programs.


  • Establish and maintain rules and procedures for the conduct of Accreditation Council business
  • Establish, review, and amend standards regarding which co-operative education programs will be accredited by CEWIL Canada
  • Receive and respond to suggestions and queries regarding accreditation standards 
  • Establish guidelines, documentation and procedures for evaluation of co-operative education programs 
  • Evaluate co-operative education programs presented to the Accreditation Council and award or withhold accreditation in accordance with the established standards
  • Establish a period of accreditation
  • Establish an appeal procedure
  • Recommend to the CEWIL Canada Board an appropriate fee structure for the evaluation of programs in order to maintain a self-supporting review and assessment procedure. All fees will be paid to CEWIL Canada.
  • Appoint review teams to conduct the review of co-operative education programs in accordance with the established guidelines and procedures. Teams shall be comprised of three (3) voting members of CEWIL Canada, one (1) of whom must be a voting member of the Accreditation Council
  • Survey CEWIL Canada members about co-op practice as appropriate
  • Maintain and update material for publications and the CEWIL Canada website such as Accreditation Standards and Rationale and Accreditation FAQ


  • An institution seeking accreditation must have at least one employee who is a current member of CEWIL Canada; institutions with de-centralized programs must have at least one member for each de-centralized unit
  • Each institution with accredited programs is invited to appoint a representative to become a member of the Accreditation Council. Institutions with de-centralized programs are requested to establish an institutional representative from among those with accredited programs
  • A letter is sent to the president, CEO or CEWIL Canada Board member who signed the application for accreditation, copied to the co-op contact person of the institution announcing their application results, and requesting a council representative for the six-year accreditation period if one is not already identified in the application, or, in the case of a re-accreditation, already a member of the council

Council Members:

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology: 
  • Camosun College: 
  • Capilano University: 
  • Centennial College: 
  • College of the North Atlantic: 
  • Conestoga College: 
  • Dalhousie University: 
  • École de technologie supérieure:
  • Langara College: 
  • Laurentian University: 
  • McMaster University: Alice O’Carroll
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland: 
  • Mount Saint Vincent University: 
  • New Brunswick Community College: 
  • North Island College: 
  • The Nova Scotia Community College: 
  • Redeemer University College: 
  • Ryerson University: 
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic: 
  • Simon Fraser University:
  • St. Francis Xavier University:
  • Université de Sherbrooke: 
  • Université Laval:
  • University of Alberta:
  • University of British Columbia: 
  • University of Calgary: 
  • University of Guelph:  
  • University of Lethbridge: 
  • University of Manitoba:
  • University of New Brunswick Saint John:
  • University of Ottawa:
  • University of Prince Edward Island: 
  • University of Regina: 
  • University of Toronto (Scarborough): 
  • University of Victoria: 
  • University of Waterloo: 
  • University of Windsor: 
  • Wilfrid Laurier University:

Past Chairs:

  • 2016/19:  Muriel Klemetski, Simon Fraser University 
  • 2014/16:  Karen Reimer, University of Guelph
  • 2012/14 : Rocco Fondacaro, University of Waterloo
  • 2010/12 : Karen McCargar, Wilfred Laurier University
  • 2008/10 : Jenny Reilly, University of British Columbia
  • 2006/08 : JoAnne Akerboom, Dalhousie University
  • 2004/06 : Carmen Poulin, Univerity of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa
  • 2002/04 : Joanne Thomas, University of Victoria
  • 2000/02 : Karen McCargar, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 1998/00 : Bruce Lumsden, University of Waterloo
  • 1996/98 : Karen McCargar, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 1995/96 : Pamela Racher, Mount Royal College
  • 1993/95 : Doreen Godwin, Simon Fraser University
  • 1992/93 : Gilles Joncas, Université de Sherbrooke
  • 1991/92 : Gordon Lancaster, Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 1990/92 : Randy Klawitter, University of Waterloo
  • 1988/90 : Lynne Crouch, Georgian College fo Applied Arts and Technology
  • 1986/88 : William Holbrow, University of Regina