EWO & CEWIL 2019 Professional Development Conference & Symposium

Education at Work Ontario (EWO) and Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada are coming together to host this year’s Professional Development Conference & Symposium on June 18th and 19th at the University of Ottawa.

This event is specifically designed to benefit professionals working in the field of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). We hope you will join us and take advantage of opportunities to build your professional network, exchange ideas and best practices, and engage in conversations on the evolving world of experiential education.

As we strive to support the evolution of future skills and the future of work and learning, this conference will feature:

  • Keynote speakers. Hear keynote addresses from Patrick Borbey and Dr. Norah McRae. Topics will cover recruiting and building an inclusive and diverse workforce and culture, as well as the future of work and learning.
  • Breakout sessions. Enjoy a selection of professional development sessions led by EWO and CEWIL members who want to share their best practices in the field of work-integrated learning.
  • Future Skills panel discussion. Members will hear directly from government representatives, co-op and WIL employers, students, and EWO/CEWIL members as we discuss varied perspectives on future skills development.
  • EWO Annual General Meeting. EWO members are invited to join us on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Learning Crossroads, University of Ottawa.

View our conference agenda for additional details. Please note: the agenda is subject to be revised.

Welcome Reception & Networking Dinner

On the evening of Tuesday, June 18th, EWO and CEWIL will be hosting a welcome reception and networking dinner at Algonquin College’s Nawapon C100 – an incredible gathering space designed to empower and support Indigenous students. The reception will feature a keynote address from Dr. Paulette Tremblay, entertainment, cash bar, appetizers, dinner, and opportunities to network with your peers. Transportation will be provided between the University of Ottawa campus and Algonquin College.

Please note: this event was previously advertised as taking place at the Mamidosewin Centre at Algonquin College. This was an incorrect location listing and has since been updated. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause as you plan to join us.

A limited number of tickets are available for this dinner. If you wish to join us for this exclusive event, please purchase your ticket at the same time as your conference registration.

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Borbey
President, Public Service Commission of Canada

Patrick BorbeyPatrick Borbey was appointed President of the Public Service Commission in May 2017. Prior to that, he was Associate Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage since July 2014, where he oversaw the departmental mandate for Sport Canada, and worked closely with the National Capital Commission and the six National Museums.

Patrick has held a number of positions of significant responsibility, including as President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor); Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials; Chair of the Arctic Council; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Treaties and Aboriginal Government; Assistant Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs; Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services at both the Privy Council Office and Health Canada; and Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch at Health Canada.

Patrick was also Director General of Communications at Transport Canada, of International Cultural Relations at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, of Strategy and Plans at Parks Canada and of Finance at both the former Department of Communications and the Department of Canadian Heritage. He has also held senior positions at the Department of Labour and at Industry Canada.

Originally from Elliot Lake in Northern Ontario, Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (concentration in Political Science) and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. He has also been a long-time minor hockey coach.

Dr. Norah McRae
Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education, University of Waterloo

Dr. Norah McRaeNorah McRae, PhD, is Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo. Her involvement in co-operative and work-integrated education spans more than twenty years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement, community-engaged learning and intercultural competency development.

In 2016, she was awarded the Albert S. Barber award from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) for outstanding contributions to the field of co-operative education in Canada and was co-recipient for the BCCIE Award for Outstanding Program in International Education. In 2013/14 she was awarded the CAFCE Service Award for meritorious service to the association and in 2012 the CAFCE Graham Branton award for research excellence.

Her doctoral research examined conditions that enabled transformative learning during work-integrated education and led to the development of a preliminary theoretical model for learning during work-integrated education. Norah has been published in the International Handbook for Co-operative and Work-Integrated Education, the Asia-Pacific Journal for Co-operative Education, CEIA Journal and The World is my Classroom: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education.

She is a faculty member for the WACE Planning Institute for Global and Experiential Education and the WACE Assessment Institute. Norah has served as President of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education and is an Executive member of the World Association for Co-operative and Work-integrated Education Board of Directors.

Dr. Paulette Tremblay
Chief Executive Officer, Assembly of First Nations

Dr. Paulette TremblayDr. Tremblay is Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario. Having a long and distinguished career in education and administration, currently she is the Chief Executive Officer of the Assembly of First Nations. She was the Vice President of Education and Training for the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada, overseeing the design, development, delivery and maintenance of certification programs in finance and administration and professional development workshops, and participated in education research projects. She was the former Chair of the National Advisory Committee of the Purdy Crawford Chair for Aboriginal Business at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, and is currently an Associate Professor at Six Nations Polytechnic Institute and a member of the Financial Literacy Working Group for Indigenous Peoples with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. Dr. Tremblay was honoured to receive the prestigious Indspire Award for Education in 2015.


EWO and CEWIL members have their choice of accommodations from three locations. Please note: all rooms are subject to availability. Book your accommodations early to ensure you secure your preferred location.

The Westin

11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Cost per night = $259 (+ applicable taxes)

Discounted room bookings are available on Sunday, June 16 and Monday, June 17. Please book your room by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, May 17 to secure the discounted rate (based on availability). Approx. 10 minute walk to University of Ottawa campus.

On-site parking: $30/day (+ applicable taxes)
Valet parking: $48/day (+ applicable taxes)

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Les Suites

130 Besserer Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Cost per night = $235 (+ applicable taxes)

Discounted room bookings are available on Sunday, June 16, Monday, June 17, and Tuesday, June 18. Please book your room by Friday, May 3 to secure the discounted rate (based on availability). Use attendee password 190514. Approx. 7 minute walk to University of Ottawa campus.

Parking: $28/day (+ applicable taxes) with unlimited in/out privileges.

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90u Residence, University of Ottawa

A limited number of units are available on campus at the University of Ottawa, in the 90u Residence on Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18. Each unit features a shared kitchen, foyer, bathroom, and two bedrooms. If you would like to share accommodations, you are invited to make arrangements privately with your selected guest. Sharing accommodations will not affect the total cost of your stay.

Cost per night: $97 (+ applicable taxes)

On-site parking is available in parking lot K on the University of Ottawa campus.

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Registration Cost

Early bird rates are available for EWO and CEWIL members until Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Member prices will increase at all ticket levels after discounted pricing ends.

Early Bird Price Regular Cost
after April 12
Entire Conference & Symposium EWO & CEWIL Member Cost: $349 $399
Non-Member Cost: $449 $499
Tuesday, June 18 (EWO/CEWIL Joint PD Day) EWO & CEWIL Member Cost: $199 $224
Non-Member Cost: $249 $299
Wednesday, June 19 (EWO PD & AGM) EWO & CEWIL Member Cost: $199 $224
Non-Member Cost: $249 $299


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