CEE Employer Impact Awards

Thursday, October 5, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)
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The Employer Impact Awards honour Waterloo’s Co-operative and Experiential Education employers who have made a significant and meaningful impact on their co-op students, their industry and our campus community.

This event will honour a select number of CEE employers who have made a significant and meaningful impact on their co-op students, their industry and our larger campus community. With a global network of more than 7,500 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 25,000 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. We hope you can join us as we celebrate our incredible employer champions and hear the first public acknowledgments of our 2022 award recipients.


Ross Johnston

Ross Johnston

Executive Director, Co-operative and Experiential Education

Ross came to the University of Waterloo in 2009, after a corporate career spanning three countries. 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.


Norah McRae

Dr. Norah McRae

Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education

Norah McRae, PhD, is associate provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) at the University of Waterloo. Her involvement in co-operative and work-integrated education spans more than 20 years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement, community-engaged learning and intercultural competency development.

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James W.Rush

Dr. James Rush

Provost Vice-President Academic, University of Waterloo

Dr. James Rush was appointed Vice-President, Academic and Provost of the University of Waterloo on July 1, 2018. In this role, Dr. Rush serves as the chief academic officer, the chief operating officer, and the chief operating budgetary officer of the university. He works closely with the president, the deans, and the executive team in executing the university strategic and operational plans.