2020 CEE Employer Impact Award Recipients

Congratulations to our Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) Employer Impact Award recipients and honourable mentions. Get to know all the award recipients and learn more about their work below.

Impact in Innovation: Geotab

Geotab provides an open platform fleet management solution that helps businesses to better manage their vehicles and has grown to become the #1 commercial telematics company in the world.

Geotab has received this award because they integrate the fresh perspectives of co-op students into their work. They encourage students to solve important problems, explore new ideas, take on new opportunities, and more.

Watch GeoTab's Video | Read about Geotab's Impact

Impact in International Excellence: ASSA ABLOY

ASSA ABLOY provides reliable security and cutting-edge biometric technology to customers in a range of industries including businesses, governments, airports, hospitals, schools and more.

ASSA ABLOY is the recipient of the Employer Impact Award for Impact in International Excellence because they offer a collaborative cross-cultural environment for co-op students. Students are encouraged to collaborate across business units and across markets to build intercultural effectiveness and communications skills among others.

Watch ASSA ABLOY's video | Read about ASSA ABLOY's Impact

Impact in Research: Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The Odette Cancer Centre (OCC) is led by Dr. Edward Chow and is part of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. They offer a comprehensive cancer program committed to optimal, evidence-based and tailored cancer treatment plans.

Odette Cancer Centre is the recipient of the Impact in Research award in recognition of the opportunities they provide for students to lead and support cancer research and clinical trials. Students value the opportunity to work directly with cancer patients and to help improve their quality of life while building their own research skills.

Watch OCC's video | Read about OCC's Impact

Impact in Student Experience: Polar

Polar provides creative advertising technology to media agencies and publishers. With more than 200 clients in 30 countries, their social display product makes it easy for advertisers to repurpose their social ads as paid display ads.

Polar is the recipient of the Impact in Student Experience award in recognition of their success in offering students a supportive community through things like training and professional development. They work to provide students with opportunities to collaborate on meaningful, real-world projects.

Watch Polar's video | Read about Polar's Impact

Impact in Sustainability: Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), works closely with utilities, private sector partners, government and other stakeholders to facilitate research to help improve global access to sustainable and affordable energy.

WISE is the recipient of the Impact in Sustainability award for hiring students to work with a global network. They enable students to collaborate with international partners and help establish clean energy access for developing communities.

Watch WISE's video | Read about WISE's Impact

Honourable Mentions

Impact in Innovation 

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

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Impact in Interdisciplinary Recruitment  

NERv Technology

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Impact in International Excellence 

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)

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Impact in Research 

The Rhetoricon

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Impact in Sustainability 

 Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Impact on Student Experience 


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A message of congratulations from the Associate Provost

Congratulations to all of this year’s Employer Impact Award recipients! It’s an honour to work with our global network of employers to create rich, quality learning experiences for students. Collectively, we ensure a strong future economy by enabling our talented students to establish a lifelong learning mindset and develop the most in-demand skills for an increasingly complex future workforce.

Norah McRaeAssociate Provost, CEE