Message from Kristine Dawson, President of CEWIL

Dear CEWIL Canada Members,

I am so pleased to be able to send greetings this week for our second annual National Co-op and WIL Week. CEWIL has acknowledged National Co-op Week for over 12 years and we are excited to be able to take this opportunity to celebrate our exceptional Co-op and WIL students from across the country, click here to see our 2018 Student of the Year winners.

It continues to be an exceptionally exciting time for work-integrated learning in Canada with landmark government investment in WIL announced today in Budget 2019. CEWIL has been carrying on strong advocacy work with federal and provincial governments and we are pleased to be able to offer our expertise to our many partner organizations. Click here to see our response to the 2019 Federal Budget released today.

As leaders of WIL in Canada, CEWIL is hosting several events in the coming months to support the expansion of quality work-integrated learning in Canada. We will host our second meeting of key national WIL stakeholders in April, and then again in May in order to find opportunities to collaborate and leverage our various initiatives in what we have coined a WIL Network of Networks. In Ottawa this June we will bring together participants for our third National Conversation on WIL to continue to find opportunities for action and engagement together. We are also partnering with our Ontario Regional Association Education Work Ontario or EWO to host a Symposium combined with their annual AGM and PD. This event that is focused on supporting employers, rural and northern communities and Indigenous students’ WIL experiences.

Finally, I’d like to remind you that we have an exciting opportunity to participate in the global WIL community close to our own backyard with the biennial WACE World Conference in Cincinnati Ohio this August. I am looking forward to meeting colleagues from around the globe devoted to advancing co-operative education and work-integrated learning – perhaps I will also have the opportunity to connect with other CEWIL colleagues like yourselves at the same time!

As we start to welcome the first signs of Canadian spring, I hope that you are also feeling renewed and excited for the work to come supporting students and employers.

Kristine Dawson
CEWIL Canada President (2018-2019)