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 - Angela Hoyt, CEO, Evolution Group - "Optimize Job Development: the little hacks that make a big difference"
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: Amazon, UHN, RBC, Wescam and Government of Ontario will be joining us as a part of the employer round table
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:45 AGM
11:45 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Arif Jetha, Institute for Work and Health, "Helping students with disbilities transition into the workforce"
14:00 – 15:00 Keynote Speaker - Isabelle Duchaine, Director, Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) - “Navigating change: 2018 Business Council Skills Survey”
15:00 – 15:15 Closing remarks

Keynote Speaker Bios

Angela Hoyt, CEO of Evolution Group Inc.

Angela has 30 years of workforce development experience in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. She started her career as a Job Developer and Manager of Employment and has been a consultant for the past 20 years. Angela specializes in securing employment for populations under-represented in the labour market, through employer engagement and job development. She recently completed her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University. Her thesis focused on the organizational and individual characteristics of successful Job Developers.

Dr. Arif Jetha, Institute for Work & Health

Dr. Jetha is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He is also an assistant professor (status-only) at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Jetha earned his PhD in behavioural sciences and public health at the University of Toronto, and an MSc in health community and development from the London School of Economics and Politics. He also held post-doctoral fellowships at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and the Institute for Work & Health.

Jetha’s program of research aims at understanding life course differences in the employment participation of people living with chronic disabling conditions. He is specifically interested in understanding early labour market experiences of millennial young adults and their impact on key transitions across life. His research also takes a systems perspectives to understand the role of policy-level factors and organizational conditions in the prevention and management of work disability. Arif utilizes a mixed-methods research approach to pursue his research program and produce findings that are relevant and usable for diverse stakeholders.

Isabelle Duchaine, Director, Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER)

As Director of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Isabelle Duchaine leads BHER’s external communications and several other initiatives that support its goals of increasing employment opportunities for young Canadians, boosting private sector and post-secondary research collaborations and helping businesses adapt to the economy of the future. Prior to this role, she worked as the Business Council’s communications officer, as a research fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BAH in history and political studies from Queen’s University and a Masters in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo.

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 until May 1. 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.