As technologies, like artificial intelligence, continue to advance innovation in the workforce, University of Waterloo co-op students are playing a crucial role in digital transformation.  

In 2022, the Employer Impact Award recipients utilized student talent to help feed the world, digitize the insurance landscape, and gain international perspectives.  

On October 5, 2023, during the fourth annual Employer Impact Award virtual ceremony, Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) recognized the following standout employers: 

Award Recipient Honourable mention

Impact In Innovation 

Dundas Life 

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc 

Impact in Sustainability  


Purpose Building Inc  

Impact in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion  


Nuclear Promise X  

Impact in International Experience  


The Argus Group  

Impact on Student Experience  


Thomson Reuters  

Impact in Research  


Cosm Medical Corp  

Loopio hosts diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) ambassador awards to highlight behaviours that reflect DEIB in the workplace.  

Bosch offers its students an opportunity to explore Germany during their co-op terms by pairing them with Germany university students, offering vacation time and helping students find accommodations. 

Liberty helps students develop a sustainability mindset by participating in initiatives that advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 

Dundas Life, a startup highly dependent on Waterloo co-op students, encourages an entrepreneurial perspective that provides meaningful work. 

Geotab offers co-op students professional development opportunities in areas like branding, networking and resume writing. 

Ceragen has co-op students conduct research in the lab to isolate organisms, conduct biochemical tests and extract food DNA with the goal of minimizing food insecurity around the world. 

“This year’s Employer Impact Award recipients helped our students further develop an understanding of essential topics such as equity, diversity and inclusion and sustainability,” says Norah McRae, associate provost of CEE. “Through memorable work-integrated learning experiences, our students are better prepared to enter a changing workforce.”  

CEE employers provide work-integrated learning opportunities for more than 25,000 co-op students. More than 7,500 employers from 60+ countries work with Waterloo to access student talent from the world’s largest co-op talent pool. Waterloo’s co-op and work-integrated learning programs help students develop skills that prepare them to tackle the workforce. 

“Waterloo co-op employers continue to utilize our standout students by putting them in a position to succeed professionally,” says Ross Johnston, executive director of Co-operative Education. “By providing a highly inclusive and strong learning environment, it enables our students become future-ready.”  

Learn more about the Employer Impact Awards and the process to apply each year.  

Learn more about the winners

Meet the 2022 CEE Employer Impact Awards recipients

Dean Video: 2022 CEE Employer Impact Awards