Co-op Student of the Year Awards 2019

The voice of post-secondary co-operative education in Ontario

The EWO Co-op Student of the Year Award recognizes Ontario Co-op students who have showcased exceptional job accomplishment, extra-curricular involvement, academic achievement and a strong contribution to Co-operative Education.

Students nominated:

Christina Weng, Sheridan College
Michael Peitz, Georgian College
Singithi Kandage, Conestoga College
Sudiksha Kurichh, Durham College
Kevin Robinson, Mohawk College
Sarvesh Badhwar Sheridan

Brad Klassen, Brock University
Zain Virani, Brock University
Jessica Mo, McMaster University
Alison Darling, University of Guelph 
Shannon Fenwick, University of Guelph 
Justin Walker, University of Ottawa 
Roslyn Stanislaus, University of Toronto 
Michelle Montminy, University of Windsor 
Aryeh Weinberger, York University
Keer Liu, University of Waterloo 
Eric Song, University of Waterloo

Our Committee is pleased to announce the winners for the College and University Awards for 2019:

Portrait of Christina Weng

College Winner: Christina Weng, Sheridan College
Christina Weng is a student in Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Interaction Design program. Christina earned a prestigious position with Microsoft Vancouver Garage where after a cross-Canada flight she was instrumental in the rebrand and user experience design of a Microsoft product that now has 120,000 downloads.  
Christina has won many hackathon competitions, and was even flown to California to compete in a Stanford-hosted hackathon where she received two awards. She is the Co-founder/President of the “Hackademics” club at Sheridan and raised over $12,000 in sponsorship funds for the club.   
 Christina is an incredibly inspirational mentor to other students through resume workshops, portfolio reviews, mock interviews, job search articles she’s publishing and a Co-op podcast! Christina is a tremendous example for students of what can be achieved through a strategic job search. She will graduate from Sheridan in April 2020 and has already accepted a full-time offer from Facebook in California.

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University Winner: Brad Klassen, Brock University
Brad's programming and statistical knowledge has allowed him to significantly improve existing models and practices, directly leading to a significant increase in profits and reduction of costs. This positive impact at the Royal Bank of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and Canadian Tire have led to very positive performance reviews including multiple returning offers. His community involvement has been evident through volunteer experience raising money for the Federated Health Charities and increasing diversity in the technology workplace. During his four years of studies in BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics, he has been an Honour Roll & Dean's Honour List Recipient for all his years of study and has been nominated for the Golden Key International Honour Society for being identified as the top 15% in the faculty. In January 2020, he will be returning to Brock University to pursue a Masters in Statistics with a focus in Computational Statistics.

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Honorable mention: Zain Virani, Brock University
During Zain's co-op term at the Niagara Region, he became proficient in using various applications including Power BI, Visio, and Excel. and gained experience in research, summarizing documents, data analysis, client communication, business improvement tools and techniques, and visual reporting. As for soft skills, he learned about time management, professionalism, and networking.
His role in a variety of projects at the Niagara Region was to take not very-usable data and extract the required information to create Power BI dashboards. Being called the "Power BI expert" in the department pushed him to better his skills in the software and deliver high quality work that he could be proud of. His co-op placement at the Niagara Region has reinforced his desire to work with quantitative data, especially within the government sector, where the findings have implications not only for the business units, but also for the society at large.

EWO 2019 Co-op Student of the Year Award Committee:

Lauren Broderick | University of Waterloo (Co-Chair)
Andrew Bassingthwaigh | Brock University
Trent Jarvis | Mohawk College (Co-Chair)
Tammy McDowell | Georgian College
Paul Needham | George Brown College