Advance research for global impact

three students on co-op looking at a screen

The Work-Learn Institute (WxL) is the only institute in the world dedicated to research on co-operative education and other forms of work-integrated learning. WxL is a living lab based on decades of future-proven experience as leaders in work-integrated learning.

Goal: Advance research for global impact

Our Work-Learn Institute conducts, facilitates, and shares the results of research into co-operative education and work-integrated learning using data from one of the worlds largest databases of student talent and a network of over 7,000 employers globally.

The research reveals insight and is applied throughout CEEs programming to ensure relevance to the future world of work and the information needs of policy-makers and government.

We also tap into our vast co-operative education recruitment database to discover how we should evolve and share our research with: 

  • our faculty partners to integrate our learnings with the academic curriculum,

  • our colleagues across CEE to improve our career and professional development programs for students,

  • our employers to enable them to manage the entire talent pipeline through resources in our supervisor’s toolkit, and

  • the global WIL community.

What makes us unique:


  • Develop signature longitudinal research programs that investigate outcomes for our students and our alumni
  • Equip our employers with insight from our data and resources to enhance their ability to attract and manage the talent of the future
  • Reach new audiences (e.g. government, employers, community partners) with new strategies of knowledge mobilization
  • Respond to WIL-related research interests and needs as CEE and the University embark on the five-year strategic plan
  • Develop an international visiting scholar program
  • Engage in research collaboration with international partners

Academic institutions can benefit tremendously through strong relationships with industry and community partners. Not only can those relationships lead to high quality co-op or work-integrated learning experiences for students, but also provide insight on the evolving realities of work so that academic institutions can equip learners with what they need to be successful.

Dr. Judene Pretti, Director, Work-Learn Institute.