From supporting a vital social project in India to developing an innovative mindset right here in Kitchener-Waterloo, University of Waterloo students continue to develop critical skills for the future of work. This is all thanks to our outstanding employer partners.

For the first time, six employers are being recognized with a Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) Employer Impact Award for excellence in their industry and providing outstanding opportunities for Waterloo students. Announced October 8, this year’s recipients include:

  • Impact in Innovation – Shopify Inc.  
  • Impact in Interdisciplinary Recruitment – Arup Canada Inc.  
  • Impact in International Excellence – Curvegrid Inc.
  • Impact in Research – The Centre for Applied Genomics 
  • Impact in Sustainability – Avani Bio Energy  
  • Impact on Student Experience – Splunk  

“It’s an honour to work with our global network of employers to create rich, quality-learning experiences for students,” Norah McRae says, associate provost of CEE. “Collectively, we future-proof our economy by developing adaptable, resilient and talented students with a strong desire for lifelong learning.”  

A win-win partnership

CEE employers provide work-integrated learning opportunities for more than 23,000 co-op students. More than 7,100 employers from 60+ countries come to Waterloo to access student talent from the world’s largest co-op talent pool. The program continues to help students develop skills that make them ready to tackle the workforce. 

“Every co-op experience creates a space for our employers to harness the power of students’ enthusiasm, academic knowledge and interest in learning,” Ross Johnston says, executive director of Co-operative Education. “Through such supportive and inclusive co-op experiences, our students find meaning and are enabled to be future-ready.” 

Get to know all the award recipients and learn more about their work below.

Employer Impact Award Honourable Mentions