Dr. James Downey was the Founding Director of the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) and was previously the president of the University of Waterloo. Co-operative education and its study is of interest to him because of how it has influenced the success of the University of Waterloo. His research interest lies in answering the question of how and why the University has been so successful in this sphere and how that success might be enhanced. He was instrumental in the creation of WatCACE and to setting its research agenda, thereby fostering a spirit of empirical analysis for co-operative education. While not actively engaged in co-operative education research at present, he remains interested in how the University can build on its singular achievement in this domain.