Dear CEWIL Members,
It was wonderful to see so many of you in Montreal and Thank You again to Concordia and the amazing team that put on such a great conference! It was also a great opportunity to bring the membership up to speed on everything that has been accomplished since we voted to expand our mandate last November. During the Town Hall we shared our new logo, mission and vision, along with our finalized definition for work-integrated learning and our list of nine different forms of WIL, click here to view the definition and descriptions. There were many fantastic breakout sessions and our conference team is collecting all the presentations, which you will be able to access on their conference website in due course.
After the conference was over we had the opportunity for each institution to send a representative to a plenary session with the Public Service Commission (PSC). After an overview of the Federal Government’s recruitment strategies and priorities, as well as an update from CEWIL, we broke up into five different regions and met with our PSC regional reps to discuss current challenges and potential partnership opportunities. It was a wonderful opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship with the Federal Government on both a national and regional level.
The next day we hosted our 2nd National Conversation on the Future of Work-Integrated Learning in Canada. In addition to CEWIL Board members and members from the Government Relations committee, we had representatives from federal and provincial governments, industry and industry consortia, and a number of other organizations. We had a great line-up of speakers including Benoit Tessier from ESDC, Val Walker from BHER, Norah McRae on behalf of CEWIL, and others. Our Keynote was John Stackhouse, Senior VP, Office of the CEO, RBC, speaking about their report called “Humans Wanted: The Coming Skills Revolution”. I would encourage all of you to take a moment to read the report and it can be found here. We then broke into working groups, which included developing a national strategy for WIL in Canada, exploring mechanisms for national WIL data collection, and developing a needs assessment tool to help employers connect with WIL students.
Coming up we will be holding our AGM and ProD session on October 24th, hosted by your incoming President, Kristine Dawson, at Conestoga College. We will be voting on a number of bylaw changes around our membership structure and voting rights, and you will be receiving more information about this very soon. If you are not able to attend in-person, you will be able to connect via video. Stay tuned for more information about the AGM and an exciting ProD session.
In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of summer and looking forward to an exciting Fall ahead!
All the best,
CEWIL Canada President 2017/18