Explore the work of ACE-WIL BC/Yukon. Here you will find inspirational stories from students, profiles of all our award winners, news, events, resources and wisdom from the wonderful humans that contribute to the vision of ACE-WIL.

Humans of ACE-WIL
Meet Shannan Laing

Shannan is currently working as a Coordinator, Career Centre Programs (Co-op) at Douglas College and has enjoyed a rewarding and enriching career for 20+ years in the career development field in higher education after pivoting from recruitment and human resources. In the Spring of 2021, she joined ACE WIL as…

Announcements, COVID-19, Employer resources, Member resources
As post-pandemic recovery continues, BC organizations plan to ramp up post-secondary student hiring
News Release

As organizations across BC pivot to the post-pandemic reality, workplaces with a history of hiring work-integrated learning (WIL) students say they expect to return to typical hiring levels, and in some industry sectors, WIL hirings are expected to surpass historical norms.

According to a…

Announcements, Employer resources, Member resources
Surveys reveal how the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery has impacted hiring of BC post-secondary students
News Release

According to results from surveys conducted in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, as BC navigated the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and community partners who typically hire students through work-integrated learning (WIL) programs initially scaled back on student hiring but expect to be at 98% of their…

COVID-19, Member resources
BCWC survey highlights WIL employer response to pandemic and future outlook

In June 2020, while we were all striving to grasp the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on opportunities for WIL students and adjust our plans, the BC WIL Council (BCWC) decided to take action by reaching out directly to existing WIL employers and community partners to better understand their…

Announcements, Award Winners
2020 ACE-WIL Outstanding Service Award

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…

Announcements, Award Winners
2020 ACE-WIL Industry Partner of the Year

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…

Humans of ACE-WIL
Meet your ACE-WIL Membership Committee

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.

Episode 1: Drew Jenkins – the man, the myth, and the gilly…
Co-op Wisdom Series
ACE-WIL Symposium May 2021 - Keynote Speaker Recap

2021 ACE-WIL BC May Symposium: Sharing Innovation in WIL

Keynote Speaker Thursday May 6th, 2021

Linda Edgecombe: Resilient Living in 2021- How to get started in a state of Overwhelm

By Heather Workman

Linda Edgecombe kicked off the Keynote address with a bang by issuing a challenge for attendees: What…

Professional Development
April 2021 PD Recap
Creating Ripples of Change

On April 29th, 57 ACE-WIL educators representing 18 post-secondary institutions in BC came together for our Spring PD session on Anti-Racism Training (A.R.T) with skilled facilitators Thanh Tazumi, Naomi Wolfe and Sanchit Mittal.

The session included rich conversation, powerful personal stories, interactive activities, and tools on…

Employer resources
Hiring for and Cultivating Initiative

By Debby Reis

Does the idea of micromanaging a student employee prevent you from hiring a student? You’re not alone. 

The Conference Board of Canada and The Future Skills Centre published an Impact Paper identifying the number one barrier to small and medium sized…

ACE-WIL BC Symposium - May 2021

Sharing Innovation in WIL

Experience the learnings and shared impacts of the 66 Work-Integrated Learning initiatives spearheaded by public post-secondary institutions across British Columbia. Projects range from capacity building with students, employer recruitment and engagement strategies, WIL program development and resources to support equity, diversity and inclusion, to name a…

COVID-19, Success Stories
Elder iPad Distribution Project- Impact 2020 Story

ACE-WIL is pleased to recognize LeSandra Archachan, a business co-op student at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology who has won a prize for her story about facilitating an iPad distribution project to Elders in the Nicola Valley. LeSandra worked closely with her supervisor, Margaret Hohner, co-op…