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In this issue:
  1. President's Message
  2. Free Indigenous E-learning Course
  3. 2020 ACE-WIL Industry Partner Award Winner
  4. 2020 ACE-WIL Outstanding Service Award Winner
  5. Humans of ACE - Drew Jenkins
  6. BC WIL Survey Highlights
  7. ACE-WIL May Symposium Results
  8. ACE-WIL Fall Symposium - Save the Date
  9. Update on Student Work Placement Program Funding
  10. ACE-WIL Professional Volunteers Wanted
  11. Survey invitation - Indigenous WIL Resource Hub

President's Message

Greetings ACE-WIL Membership,

I’m writing to all of you from my office just steps away from the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC Vancouver Point Grey campus on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. For those of you unfamiliar with the Centre, I encourage you all to learn more about it through the link provided.

Although the campus is still relatively quiet, with the continued reduction of COVID-19 cases and steady increase in vaccination numbers, I’m hopeful about the possibility of meeting with some students, staff, faculty, and partners in-person in a few months.

With Phase 2 of the Co-op and WIL call for proposals recently closing, I am also eagerly anticipating seeing what new projects will be funded for this upcoming 2021/2022 academic year.

Thank you for your participation in our ACE-WIL Town Halls over the last year. With significant member turnouts, they’ve been successful in helping us connect during these times when we’ve had to stay apart and to do so in a more inclusive way.

Thank you also to all the ACE-WIL committee members for your efforts on behalf of our association and membership. Special thanks to Sanya Sivic, who has been co-chair of the Communications committee since 2018. Sanya will be stepping down from her role at the end of June.

We are looking forward to welcoming new members to our committees soon. I've enjoyed getting to know my fellow members through this work as well as continuing to learn and build my skills through these opportunities.

Although we’ll be taking a summer break from both the town halls and our E-News, we plan to restart them in the fall.

Anna Jubilo (She/Her/Hers)

Free Indigenous E-learning Course

First Nations University of Canada has partnered with Reconciliation Education and BMO Financial Group to launch the Nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ eLearning course. The course is available for free for all Canadians throughout June, and is intended to “promote healing, equity and respect of Indigenous cultures and values in Canadian Society” through education. The course has been developed to meet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to actions and recommendations, and includes a personal account as well as an introduction to the impact and legacy of Residential schools. BMO will also be providing $250K to FNUniv to provide financial assistance for Indigenous students through a variety of different supports, including entrance level scholarships, business student scholarships, and emergency bursaries.
Bringing Indigenous Perspectives to Canadians: First Nations University of Canada, Reconciliation Education and BMO launch new eLearning to mark National Indigenous History Month (

2020 ACE-WIL Industry Partner Award Winner

PCL’s student program is well-established across Canada and has an objective of developing high-potential students with the promise of becoming major contributors to the organization. Students are treated as salaried employees and are provided with challenging experiences and exposure. In 2020, PCL hired over 440 students across Canada into many disciplines. During orientation, students are introduced to many resources, including the student handbook, training and leadership development opportunities, student communication platforms, goal-setting templates, and mentorship opportunities. Read more


2020 ACE-WIL Outstanding Service Award Winner

Lindsay is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) on the ACE-WIL board and in programming and training. Lindsay has advocated for WIL practitioners to become certified in emotional intelligence (EI), resulting in 76 individuals in 20 BC institutions in obtaining the EQ-i certification. Research indicates emotional intelligence is a vital skill encompassing most of the essential skills identified as gaps for 21st century students and there is an immediate need for PSI educators to be trained. Read more


Humans of ACE


Over the next few months, you’ll meet the ACE-WIL Membership Committee, the committee that welcomes and takes care of our association’s members. First up, we’re excited to introduce Drew Jenkins, Co-op Coordinator at Simon Fraser University this month.
I consider myself a lucky guy. Some might say happy-go-lucky. And luck was how I happened upon my career in Co-op. Technically I was “networking” with a friend of a friend at a dinner party, back in the days before Covid, when that sort of thing was allowed. There might have been beverages involved, but I cannot remember or confirm that.
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BC WIL Survey Highlights

Learn how WIL employers and community partner across BC have been impacted by the pandemic and what they expect to see in the coming 6-12 months. This research, conducted by the BC WIL Council through UBC, highlights the positive outlook for WIL hiring, the future of remote work, and more.

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ACE-WIL May Symposium Results

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 2021 ACE-WIL May Symposium! It was very well attended, we all learned a lot and as you can see (right), most people thought it was a success. We couldn’t agree more 😊. We hope you had a chance to view the recordings! If not, they are available in the Resource Hub
Dates for Fall Symposium finalized - Save these dates!

  • Tuesday November 9th, 16, 23rd from 12 – 5 pm
We look forward to seeing everyone for the Fall Symposium and sharing more innovative ideas!
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Update on the Federal Student Work Placement Program Funding (SWPP)

This program provides wage subsidies for employers to hire post-secondary students across Canada.
  • Delivery partners will cover up to 50-70% of wages *Some funding partners have updated the wage coverage to 75%*
  • Coverage is a function of the student’s eligibility and applicable Delivery Partner
  • Funding allows for a remote workplace (work from home) arrangement
  • Flexible start and end dates
*Note: The COVID-19 flexibility measures will be extended until April 2022. This means that eligibility such as, the net new criteria will be waived. This also means that post-secondary institutions will be eligible to apply for funding. For the most up to date information, please visit the website of the funding partner of your choice.
SWPP Eligibility:
  • Candidates must be enrolled at a Canadian college or university, enrolled in a program or course where the student complete a work placement
  • Employers must be a Canadian business, organization or non-profit
    • With the COVID-19 measures, post-secondary institutions may be eligible to apply for funding
  • Funding from SWPP cannot be stacked with other Federal Funding (NSERC, IRAP, etc.)
  • Allows for work from home arrangements and flexible start and end dates
  • "Net new" hire restrictions have been removed. All co-op students are now considered for funding

ACE-WIL Professional Volunteers wanted

Are thinking about contributing your professional skills and knowledge to advance the profession of Co-op Education Work Integrated Learning? ACE-WIL has many great committees, projects, and tasks where career practitioners are needed to contribute and give back to our communities of practice. Volunteering for ACE-WIL is an excellent way to expand your professional development and network with a fun group of like-minded people.

Check out the list of ACE-WIL Committees and reach out if you would like to get involved.
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Survey Invite: Indigenous WIL Resource Hub

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Indigenous WIL Resource Hub Joint Working Group, I invite you to participate in a needs assessment survey. This survey has been created collaboratively with the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Indigenous Programming in Co-op and Work Integrated Learning in BC Post-Secondary Institutions. The JWG includes members from the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, Langara College, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Your responses to this survey will guide the creation of resources that will support post-secondary institutions in developing and/or enhancing WIL programming for Indigenous students.

This project comes in response to the Truth and Reconciliation report’s Calls to Action 7, 10(iii), 63(iii), 92(ii-iii) on employment and education disparity. Funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the resources designed for the Hub will be made accessible to all co-op and work integrated learning (WIL) practitioners across British Columbia.

The survey, found here (, is expected to take 15-25 minutes to complete. Please submit your responses by Wednesday July 14th.
The results from this survey will not be attached or traced back to your name. Survey results and findings may be anonymized and distributed to project partners and participants, included in reports and potential publications, and used as reference material in the development of the Indigenous WIL Resource Hub.

If you have questions or comments about this survey or project, please reach out to Julianna Nielsen at

With sincere gratitude for engaging in this important initiative,

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