“I’m very pleased to announce that Ross Johnston will assume the role of Executive Director, Co-operative Education, effective June 19,” writes Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education Peggy Jarvie in a memo circulated last week.
“Ross came to the University of Waterloo in 2009, after a corporate career spanning three countries,” continues Jarvie. “Since then, he has led the employment relations team through a period of reorganization and substantial growth, developing and implementing strategies and practices that have retained and attracted co-op employers, supported students and their supervisors on work terms, and contributed to strong co-op employment results. Ross has contributed to several collaborative initiatives across the University community, and currently sits on the boards of Canadian and US co-operative education associations. A proven leader with a strong base of experience, Ross’ energy and enthusiasm for co-op situates the University well for continued growth and innovation.”
The refined role of Executive Director, Co-operative Education was announced during a reorganization of the experiential education unit in February 2017.
“In the new role of executive director, co-operative education, Ross will provide leadership in co-op in an environment of increasing focus on experiential education by government, media and the public. Areas reporting to Ross include employment relations, student and faculty relations, and communications and marketing. Operations and the centre for career action continue to report to me. Recruitment of a new director of employment relations to replace Ross will begin soon.”
“Please join me in congratulating Ross on his new role,” Jarvie concludes.