Dear CEWIL Canada Members,
As April draws to a close, I am sure that most of you are starting to dream about the upcoming summer months and I hope that each of you is able to take some time to relax and recharge. Summer is coming - it really is!
In the meantime, your Board of Directors and all the various CEWIL Committees have been hard at work with developing and implementing our expanded mandate. In mid-February we had a week of events, discussions, and workshops regarding work-integrated learning. We started with a full day of planning and determined that our top priority was to seek clarity on the definition of WIL. We also knew we needed to ensure that our work was grounded in pedagogy through relevant research and that we would need to look to appropriate quality and standards. We recognized that CEWIL members would be seeking training and professional development, and finally we also recognized the importance of developing strong partnerships in order to strengthen our national voice.
The following several days were spent meeting with Directors & Managers, reviewing Accreditation applications (an unprecedented 14 were on the table!), and attending the Osgoode PD session on Work-Integrated Learning: Best Practices for Legal Risk Management.
The culmination of the week was when we hosted the first-ever national conversation about the Future of WIL in Canada, and Anne Fannon and Kristine Dawson did an amazing job of pulling the event together. Leaders from industry and industry consortia, along with federal and provincial representatives and key CEWIL members came together in facilitated discussions about defining the evolving landscape of student WIL experiences, data collection, technology solutions, and new partnerships supporting employer engagement in student talent development.
From the work we did in February we then reached out to each of the CEWIL committees to begin the process of reviewing current committee mandates and looking at what needs to be tweaked, incorporated or completely amended. This work is now ongoing. We are also in the process of selecting a vendor to rebrand our Association with our new name and we will be changing the website to reflect our new look with a new logo, a new template and new/updated content.
As you can imagine, all of this will take a bit of time, but even as we look to what needs to be accomplished, we cannot help but be excited for the future. This is a pivotal year for us and we have set ourselves on a very good path. I am looking forward to celebrating what we have accomplished to date at the upcoming 2018 Conference, hosted by Concordia University in Montreal!
And finally, I have a request. As you know, we now have a National Database and while many of our CEWIL member institutions are submitting data, we are still only at just over 50%. Data not only measures progress, it inspires it! Through our data we can measure our success, monitor our progress, identify gaps, and most of all, it is a powerful mechanism to inform and drive advocacy and policy. We have already been receiving requests for data from government and others, but without the complete picture, we can only tell part of the story. 100% national participation will strengthen our voice! Please submit your data and if you need any help or have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you all in Montreal!
CEWIL Canada President 2017/18
CEWIL Canada President 2017/2018
News and Upcoming Dates:
May 2, 2018: Opening New Doors: A Webinar on Employer Development presented by Kyle Crawford from Dalhousie University.
July 29 to August 1, 2018: Concordia University is excited to host a bilingual conference in Montreal, a city renowned for its quality education and student life. Under the theme of Embracing Change, we will explore how Co-operative Education, Work-Integrated Learning and Experiential Learning are evolving to meet the needs and demands of various stakeholders.