Co-operative and Experiential Education Employer Impact Awards

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The Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) Employer Impact Awards is a program designed to recognize and honour co-operative and experiential education employers for their industry excellence and the incredible opportunities provided to University of Waterloo students.

With a global network of more than 6,800 distinguished employers in over 65 countries, CEE’s employers provide quality work-integrated learning experiences, as well as opportunities for growth, training and development, to more than 22,500 students from the University of Waterloo. Our students are successfully prepared to enter the future workforce thanks to the commitment and guidance of our valued employers.


 Now, it’s time to be celebrated for the incredible work you’re doing!

If you have made an exceptional impact in your field, while also contributing to the growth and development of our co-op students,

we want to hear your story.

Submit your nomination to be considered for one of the CEE Employer Impact Awards. To be eligible, your company must currently be registered as a University of Waterloo employer and have provided a work term to one or more students in 2019.  

We welcome our employers to apply to more than one of the awards to acknowledge the impact that they are making in their industry, but please note that employers will only be eligible to win one of the six awards in a calendar year.


Employer submissions are now closed.

Announcing the award winners

Winners will be selected before the end of May 2020, with the exception of the Impact on Student Experience Award. Winners of this award will be announced at the end of June 2020 to allow time for student votes to be calculated. All employers who submit a nomination will be contacted regarding the status of their submission.

Award prizing

CEE Employer Impact Award recipients will receive:

  • Recognition at the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • An invitation to a VIP dinner with University of Waterloo president on Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • Acknowledgement of your award win displayed on a plaque in the Tatham Centre
  • A short video highlighting your industry excellence and contributions to the students employed by your organization (shareable across all platforms)
  • An award seal for use on your company website and social media, which could also be used in advertising and email signatures
  • A feature-spot on the University of Waterloo’s HIRE website and social media
  • A mention in any press/media releases associated with the awards (appearing in various university publications)
  • On-campus interview day enhancements

 Awards and criteria