Going the extra distance
Waterloo recognizes outstanding co-op employers with inaugural Co-operative and Experiential Education Impact Awards
Waterloo recognizes outstanding co-op employers with inaugural Co-operative and Experiential Education Impact AwardsBy Namish Modi Co-operative and Experiential Education
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:
“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.”
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.
Shopify Inc. was founded to help entrepreneurs thrive in a world where competition occurs on a global scale and large players dominate markets through innovation. They were chosen as the winner of the Impact in Innovation Award because they:
Hear what Shopify team members and co-op students have to say about the innovative work they do.
Arup Canada Inc. is an independent global firm providing engineering design, planning and project management services in all areas of the built environment. They were chosen as the winner of the Impact in Interdisciplinary Recruitment Award because they:
Learn more about Arup Canada Inc from their leaders and the co-op students who worked for them.
Curvegrid Inc. was established in Tokyo, Japan in 2017 by two University of Waterloo graduates, Jeff Wentworth (BASC’ 06) and William Metcalfe (BMath’ 04), and offers blockchain middleware that makes it fast, easy, and cost-effective to build on multiple blockchain platforms. They were chosen as the winner of the Impact in International Excellence Award because they:
Hear from past co-op students, and Curvegrid’s CEO and founder and discover more about the rich international experiences they provide.
The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) is the genome centre, service as a core facility for SickKids Research Institute, A Genome Canada Genomics Technology Platform and the lead site of CGEn — a federally funded national genome sequencing network. They were chosen as the winner of the Impact in Research Award because they:
Hear from TCAG and former co-op students and discover more about the rich experiences they offer.
Nestled in the Kumaon region of the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, Avani Bio Energy is a community built on the principles of sustainability and local empowerment — harnessing the destructive energy in pine needles to generate useable energy for rural energy needs. They were chosen as the winner of the Impact in Sustainability Award because they:
Learn more about Avani Bio Energy from their founder and the co-op students that have worked for them.
Splunk is the world’s first Data-to-Everything Platform, allowing businesses to get a complete view of their data outcomes in real time to achieve business outcomes, adapt to new technologies and make preparations for a data-driven future. They specialize in big data, machine learning and edge computing on an unprecedented scale. University of Waterloo students voted for them as the winner of the Impact in Student Experience Award because they:
Hear the Splunk team share what makes the co-op student experience at their organization so unique: