Virtual Conference Series 2020 Agenda

Opening Keynote Address
Tuesday, October 13

Keynote presentation & Exhibitors
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wes Hall

Opening Keynote: Wes Hall

Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative

Wes Hall is an established innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As Executive Chairman & Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, he has been named one of Canada’s most powerful businesspeople. [In 2009, Wes was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ontario, Canada and, in 2011, received the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. In 2020, Wes was appointed to the Ontario government’s Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, a five-person advisory group of experts tasked to review and modernize the province’s capital markets regulations. In 2015, Wes was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award and in 2017 received an honorary doctorate, both from the University of the West Indies.

Wes is also known for generosity, leveraging his business success to benefit others with a number of impactful charitable initiatives. He is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative, committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians.

Thursday, October 15

Breakout Sessions & Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Option #1
Mohawk College’s Experiential Learning Micro-Centres
Amanda Malkiewich & Lorraine McKellar (Mohawk College)

Mohawk College is hacking education and addressing disruption in the classroom by expanding the learning landscape and taking learning beyond the typical classroom setting. In 2018 and 2019, a number of experiential and work-integrated learning opportunities were developed and supported through the province of Ontario’s Career Ready Fund, including Mohawk’s seven micro-centres. Designed to address a need in the local community and expand the learning opportunities for Mohawk students, the micro-centres provide students with hands-on, real-world learning experiences, beyond a typical classroom.

Breakout Option #2
Meaningful WIL in Online Classrooms
Heather Powell (University of Guelph)

Learn how to provide practical and meaningful WIL experiences in an online classroom, with using proven examples from an online mandatory co-op preparatory course that has a class enrollment size of over 900 students. Participants will be provided clear step by step examples of how they can implement these WIL activities in their online courses.

Breakout Option #3
How to Engage in Ethical Advocacy Work in Career Development
Andrew Bassingthwaighte (Brock University)

When encouraging client self-advocacy or advocating on a client’s behalf, it is vital that career professionals be aware of ethical considerations such as informed consent. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the four common types of advocacy that participants may find themselves involved with as part of their work with students alongside key ethical considerations to be aware of.

Tuesday, October 20

Breakout Sessions & Exhibitors
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Option #1
This is 2020?
Kathryn Leistner (McMaster University)

Innovation is the process of reconsidering, redesigning, and redeveloping what we already do. Career practitioners of the future do not need to recreate the process, but we need to evaluate what and how we do things. This presentation takes into consideration how McMaster Engineering reconsidered their position as career and co-op educators, resulting after two years in a 32% increase in co-op work terms and 119% increase in engagement at career events. It also focuses on how we created a revitalized atmosphere, began using new forms of technology to collaborate, reduced our email communication and created a remote structure in a unionized environment. It’s a new decade, how do we begin to work in a way that will keep us innovating?

Breakout Option #2
Listen, Learn and Leverage: How content can create loyalty
Kari Pasick Stewart & Vickie Groh (University of Waterloo)

The demand for WIL is increasing, and the national conversation around the future of work is getting louder. Strategic engagement with WIL employers will be critical to the success of any WIL program, and creating employer champions is key. Learn how the University of Waterloo leveraged their own data to create content that opened doors and engaged their employers in a new way.

Breakout Option #3
The Reflective Practitioner in Co-op, Career & Experiential Education
Sandy Howe (Brock University)

The key elements involved in this session will be understanding reflective practice by examining the definition of "reflection", a brief history of key theorists, where this fits in Kolb's Experiential Learning cycle, etc. as well as exploring how a variety of models for reflective practice can be used and implemented with students, as well as in Co-op and WIL classes/programs and/or career consulting sessions.

Breakout Option #4
Can we make WIL programming more inclusive?
Jamie Kunkel (University of Toronto - Scarborough Campus)

The presentation will start with an overview about what privilege is and why it matters in WIL. This will be discussed in terms of how inclusion is supported in education settings, how it looks in the workplace and WIL, and what some of the gaps might be. Common student concerns related to WIL, dissecting the impacts of privilege, and what perspectives should be considered when deciding next steps for support will be discussed. The session will end with a discussion on some practical steps that practitioners can take back to their workplace to make small but meaningful changes in creating more inclusive WIL programming.

Thursday, October 22

Breakout Sessions & Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Option #1
Flexible Curricular Internships
Danica Matovic (University of Guelph)

Learn about a new internship course in the agri-food industry that was piloted in the last year at the University of Guelph and hear about its challenges, opportunities, outcomes, and future prospects.

Breakout Option #2
Using data to support student thriving in co-op
Richard Wikkerink & Brent Thornhill (University of Waterloo)

The Co-op Student Experience Project seeks to understand the holistic experience of co-op students at Waterloo using a data-driven approach to underpin a continuous improvement process. With the goal of learning from lived experiences of students through feedback mechanisms, a satisfaction survey was launched. Analysis of the qualitative data revealed themes related to how students perceive their experience. These themes led to the identification and implementation of learner-centered enhancements to support student thriving in co-op. Given the increased focus on wellness, the project team identified the need to change process, communications, and a more robust student feedback mechanism. This presentation will share the Co-op Student Experience Project team’s experience with gathering data, change management, actions taken, and next steps.

Breakout Option #3
Redefining Co-op Work Term Reflection: A Collaboration Among Co-op, Career & Experiential Education
Laura Fyfe & Christine Eaton (Brock University)

Recognizing the increasing demand for post-secondary institutions to prepare graduates for the ‘future of work’ and ever-changing labour market needs, co-op and WIL professionals are innovating ways to improve students’ ability to connect experience to skills. Brock has been a leader in the post-secondary space through the collaborative development of the campus-wide competencies for the last two years. With this approved competency framework, we will discuss our plan to integrate Brock’s competencies into new and existing skills mapping and self-assessment exercises. Using this new tool, our goal to improve how we support students in the identification of career ready skills through their various experiences at Brock. Additionally, we will share how we collaborate among Co-op, Experiential and Career Curriculum teams to integrate the Brock competency framework into our co-op student work term report. Our goal is to help students develop the ability to translate academic to career-ready skills through reflective practice.

Tuesday, October 27

Breakout Sessions & Exhibitors
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Option #1
CEWIL Presidents Panel
Kristine Dawson, Cara Krezek & Matthew Rempel

Join the past, present and incoming Presidents of CEWIL for a panel on all things WIL in Canada.

Breakout Option #2
How to make sense of data and tell stories using it
Susan Soikie & Hunain Kochra (University of Toronto - Scarborough Campus)

Are you overwhelmed by your data? Do you need more resources but are unsure of how to successfully demonstrate that need? Do your stakeholders receive spreadsheets and numbers instead of the meaningful data stories? This presentation will highlight some themes and best practices for approaching data such as using data to develop compelling business cases and shifting from data dumps to data storytelling. We'll also share the shift in culture the University of Toronto Scarborough Arts & Science Co-op department created to develop data curiosity across the team.

Some of our success stories demonstrating impact that we’ll share are related to using data to develop stronger faculty relationships, developing term benchmarks for recruitment activity, and changing our processes based on learnings from our data.

Breakout Option #3
Beyond Resume Critiques: Leveraging Student Volunteers in Experiential Learning Departments
Brittney McManus (University of Guelph)

The role of student volunteers in the Experiential Learning Hub at U of G has expanded beyond being the first line of defense for resumes and cover letters to ease the workload of co-op coordinators and career advisors; they are now taking an active role in supporting students in a deeper way and engaging in outreach that extends our presence on campus. Learn how the EL Hub Peer Helper team is now supporting students virtually through new appointment types and supporting experiential learning initiatives.

Closing Keynote Address
Thursday, October 29

Keynote presentation & Exhibitors
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ross Romano

Closing Keynote: Hon. Ross Romano

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Ross Romano is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Ross was a sitting member for the Select Committee on Financial Transparency and the Justice Policy Committee as well as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs. Ross was first elected to the Ontario Legislature on June 1st, 2017 during a by-election, and previously served as a City Councillor for Ward 6 of Sault Ste. Marie. A life-long resident of the Sault, Ross understands the challenges his community faces every day, as well as the opportunities that lie ahead. Whether he is at home or at Queens Park, Ross tirelessly works for the best interests of Sault Ste. Marie and the people of Ontario.

Born and raised on his family’s farm, Ross attended Algoma University before graduating from Windsor Law School. Ross practiced law in Sault Ste. Marie for twelve years before beginning his political career.

A former Chair of the local Downtown Association and Downtown Rotary Club, Ross also enjoyed coaching in the Sault Youth Soccer Association. When he is not cheering on the Soo Greyhounds, Ross can be found volunteering around the community, working in his garage, or spending time with his wife Heather and their three young children.

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