Supporting Student and Employer WIL Relationships

2018 EWO Conference

Education at Work Ontario will be hosting its Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Conference May 23rd & 24th at “The George” Conference Facilities in downtown Toronto (80 Cooperage St).

The agenda this year includes the results of our 18-month feedback and strategic planning efforts that has charted a refreshed course for the organization. The strategic plan will be presented, discussed, and voted on for adoption. Your voice is important in this development.

In the theme of “Supporting Student and Employer WIL Relationships”, this conference will also feature:

  • Breakout sessions: These sessions are led by members who want to share their successes (and sometimes failures). All participants are encouraged to submit a breakout session topic (by emailing they would like to present around topics including: Student peer-to-peer mentorship programs, Job Development, Relationship Management, Addressing student/employer issues, Helping Employers work with Students with Disabilities, etc.
  • Employer Panel: Members will hear directly from co-op and WIL employers on relationship development and student mentoring before, during, and after the work experience.
  • Keynote Speakers: Based on member feedback from previous conferences, we will host two keynote speakers this year to cover topics from both Employer development and student development areas of practice

The conference will benefit professionals working in the field of Work Integrated Learning (WIL). It is an opportunity to learn from industry professionals, share ideas and network with colleagues.


EWO PD Conference – Day 1 – Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time Activity
08:30 – 09:30 Registration and Breakfast
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome and outlook for the conference
09:45 – 10:45 Strategic Planning Update from the Board of Directors
10:45 – 11:-00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Member Collaboration on Strategic Direction
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Keynote Speaker (student development theme)
14:15 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 16:00 Breakout sessions (member-presented sessions on employer and student development themes)
16:00 – 16:10 Closing Remarks
Evening Dinner and entertainment options (planned by EWO)

EWO PD Conference – Day 2 – Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time Activity
08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast and checkout
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
09:35 – 10:45 Employer Panel
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Breakout sessions (member-presented sessions on employer and student development themes)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Keynote Speaker (employer development theme)
14:30 – 15:00 Closing remarks

*Keynote speakers will be announced shortly

Registration Details:

  • Early Bird tickets: $199, if registered and paid by April 27 – Get yours today before they are gone!
  • Regular tickets: $250
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A block of 2-bedroom suites have been put on hold for the “EWO Conference” at a rate of $129/night at “The George” conferencing and summer accommodation facilities in downtown Toronto. These two bedroom suites can comfortably accommodate two conference delegates as they feature two private bedrooms, fridge, kitchenette, and full bathroom. Rooms have been held for May 22nd and 23rd, respectively. To book your accommodations, please call 416-761-8000 and mention you are booking into the “Education at Work Ontario” block of rooms.