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The Co-operative Education Directory is a comprehensive listing of the post-secondary co-operative education programs of member institutions in Canada.



Guidelines for 2018 Student of the Year Award


CEWIL Canada is looking to celebrate university and college students who participated in co-op and other forms of WIL in 2018 and you can help!   Submit nominations for two separate categories: WIL (Co-op) Student of the Year (2018) and WIL (Other Forms) Student of the Year (2018) to the CEWIL Canada office (membership@cewilcanada.ca) by Friday, January 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM (ET).  Each member institution is able to submit up to two nominations (one for each category).  Each winning student (2 from colleges and 2 from universities) will receive $1,000.  All nominees, their institutions, and employers will be acknowledged by CEWIL Canada in various ways.

The CEWIL Student of the Year Committee revised student nomination information for 2018 in line with our expanded mandate and in response to member feedback. Please read the new nomination guidelines thoroughly.  The nomination criteria has changed and the nomination process is simplified.   Nominees will be assessed on how their WIL experience positively impacted them, and how they have impacted their employer and their academic institution.  All applications must follow the current year's nomination process.  

Please share these revised guidelines with your campus teams. The new “WIL (Other Forms) Student of the Year” category will provide an opening to introduce our association to multiple units on your campuses and share the work that we do.  

We look forward to receiving your nominations by Friday January 25, 2019, 4 PM EST.

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Co-op Student of the Year Awards

About this Award

Since 1994, CEWIL Canada, formerly known as CAFCE, has chosen a student each year to receive the Co-op Student of the Year Award (CSOTYA). This award recognizes a wide variety of achievements -- job performance, academic performance and responsibility, and particular contributions to their co-op employer, to Co-operative Education, and the community-at-large.The award is presented to a college and a university Co-operative Education student. The two winning students will be celebrated during National Co-operative Education Week. They receive a certificate and a $500 cash award from CAFCE to recognize their achievements. All nominated students will receive a letter and certificate of recognition for their national nomination.

In addition, the two winning students will receive the Emery-Dufault Award ($500) in recognition of the contributions of two of the founding fathers of Co-operative Education in Canada, Dr. Charles Leslie (Les) Emery and Professor George Joseph Dufault.

Congratulations to all students nominated for  for Co-op Student of the Year (2017)!


Co-op Student of the Year Awards 2017

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) announces the 2017 Co-op Students of the Year: Emily Pass, University of Waterloo and Robin Stone, Camosun College.

Rising to the top, from a field of 27 nominees, Emily and Robin embodied all the attributes of outstanding co-op students by making a significant impact in their co-op work term, achieving high academic performance, showing commitment to enhancing the profile of co-operative education at their post-secondary institutions, and making a difference in their communities.



Emily Pass, Faculty of Science, Astronomy and Physics

Work term: Centre for Planetary and Space Exploration, University of Western Ontario

  • Emily single-handedly wrote and completed a data analysis pipeline for Colibri, a rapid-imaging astronomical experiment. Within 6 weeks, she had completed a year’s worth of work. She has created a 13-page scientific paper on her work, published in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. This successfully went through a rigorous peer-review process during her summer 2017 academic term.
  • Spoke to a group of prominent donors about the value of co-operative education during the 2014 University of Waterloo President’s Reception.
  • Served as both co-president and communications manager for the Waterloo Space Society, connecting industry experts to students.
  • Recipient of the Schulich Leader Scholarship, valued at $60,000. Emily is 1 of only 270 in Canada to receive this.



Robin Stone is currently completing the fourth year of her Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting degree at Camosun College and completed her second co-op work term in the IM/IT Capital Investment Branch within the Ministry of Citizens’ Services for the BC Government.

During her work term, Robin played an integral role in the successful completion of two major projects the first of which revolved around the investment intake cycle and its use of a new online application system. Robin developed training materials and sessions for all ministries using the new application system, and led the generation of quantitative and qualitative analysis on each case submitted.  

The second project involved a learning/training program Robin developed and proposed. This program, titled “The League of Digital Heroes”, connected leadership training and peer-support learning across the ministry and utilized a unique gamified platform. It is a program that provides leaders a practical way by which to apply any theoretical leadership concepts to a real-world setting.

Robin had a tremendously positive impact on the Ministry of Citizens’ Services during her work term and also on her community. She is an active member of Toastmasters where she holds various leadership roles and mentors other members in addition to leadership roles with Camosun’s student business competition group DECA and advocacy roles of the co-op program to her peers.


Honorable mentions were awarded to Victoria Marando from McMaster University and Shannon Nordal of Red River College College.





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