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CEWIL 2023


18-21 JUNE 2023



Why Attend CEWIL 2023?

CEWIL CONFERENCE 2023 is designed to inspire attendees to expand the possibilities for the field of Work-Integrated Learning.

Since 1973, CEWIL Canada members from post-secondary institutions across the country have worked in partnership to develop resources to promote the highest quality of post-secondary work-integrated learning programs. This is achieved through a national forum of professional WIL practitioners by establishing national standards and promoting the value of postsecondary work-integrated learning and by delivering opportunities for learning and sharing of best practices.

At CEWIL 2023 you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with faculty and WIL Practitioners

  • Learn wise practices and hear about the latest research in our field

  • Meet colleagues from across the country

  • Get inspired and learn new strategies for dealing with shared issues

  • Expand your circle of influence and grow your stakeholder base

  • Provide thought leadership by presenting your ideas, research, or programs. 

Conference Crowd

Registration is closed

Thank you for your interest in CEWIL 2023: A Sea of Opportunity. As our venue has reached the maximum capacity for delegates, registration is now closed. To be added to our waitlist or for more information, please contact Jennie Nilsson at

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Corey Seemiller  

“Who is Generation Z”

Dr. Corey Seemiller is a seasoned educator, researcher, and speaker on Generation Z. Her work has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times as well as in other news publications, podcasts, and journals around the world. With now more than a quarter million views, her TED Talk on Generation Z at TEDxDayton showcased how Generation Z plans to make a difference in the world. Her books include Generation Z Goes to College, Generation Z Leads, Generation Z: A Century in Making, and Generation Z Learns. She also co-authored the Gen Z Voices on Voting research report and the Campus of Tomorrow report and just completed her largest Gen Z study to date with more than 30,000 participants from 32 countries. Dr. Seemiller received her Bachelor's degree in Communication, Master's degree in Educational Leadership, and Ph.D. in Higher Education. She currently serves as a professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University.

Jennifer Menard-Shand

“Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation in the Workplace”

As an Indigenous French-Canadian entrepreneur, Jennifer Ménard-Shand always dreamed of leading a purpose-driven organization. Today, she lives that dream as the founder and CEO of Staff Shop, an award-winning certified diverse staffing and recruitment firm. Through sharing her inspirational entrepreneurial journey as well as insight into truth and reconciliation in the workplace; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and the labour market, she inspires leaders and their teams to reach their full potential both at home and work.


Ménard-Shand began her career in 2008 at one of Toronto’s most trusted full-service recruitment agencies, The Bagg Group (now TalentWorld). In 2013, she created Bagg @Your Service, the organization’s first hospitality and events division, before purchasing her creation in 2018 and evolving it into Staff Shop. Today, her company services hundreds of clients across North America and deploys thousands of employees across Canada as a full-service staffing and resource firm with eight service lines and a focus on global expansion.


A First Nations Ojibwe, Ménard-Shand’s entrepreneurial story celebrates the triumph of resiliency. She is a survivor of oppression having faced alcoholism, abuse, neglect, trauma, abandonment, and imposter syndrome throughout her life. She is committed to breaking the silence and putting an end to generational trauma and unhealthy cycles. There is no limit to the positive impact Staff Shop and Ménard-Shand can have on humanity. This is what drives her to do her best and inspire others to reach their full potential and leave a legacy worth following for future generations.


The Venue

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Situated along the scenic Halifax waterfront, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel offers easy access to the shops and restaurants along the boardwalk as well as the Historic Properties. Fuel up for a busy day in downtown Halifax with a cup of Sissiboo Coffee Roaster Ltd coffee at Balancing Rock Coffeehouse, enjoy the harbour views from the seasonal outdoor Stone’s Throw Patio, or join Harbourstone Pour House for seasonal dishes sourced from here in Nova Scotia. Additional hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool and a fully-equipped gym. Thanks to the convenient downtown hotel location, you're perfectly placed to explore Scotiabank Centre, Casino Nova Scotia, Citadel Hill and more. 


If you arrive in beautiful Halifax early there are some outstanding sights to be seen. 


Saturday June 17, 2023


Harbor Hopper Tour

About This Tour: Ribbit Ribbit! All aboard Atlantic Canada's most popular tour – a fun, fast-paced adventure that introduces you to the best of Halifax by land and sea! Sitting 10 feet high, you'll have an exclusive view of our vibrant city’s historic sights, such as Grand Parade and Citadel Hill National Historic Site. The adventure continues when you make your big SPLASH into the Halifax harbour! Your driver is now your Captain, and it’s time to explore. Prepare your camera for unique photos of George's Island, Cable Wharf, and the Halifax waterfront. This fully narrated amphibious tour is one you won’t soon forget! Ticket Prices (HST Extra): Adult- $45, Senior- $40.65, Youth- $25.70, Child- $16, Infant- Free, Family- $106

Tour Includes:  55-minute guided tour

Where to Board:  This tour departs from the Salter Street Parking Lot on the Halifax waterfront.

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Wine Enthusiast Tour

About This Tour: We invite you to share our passion for Nova Scotian Wines by joining us on a Sommelier-guided tour of our local wine region. Travel by bus to visit three very distinct wineries, enjoy lunch, and discover for yourself why Nova Scotian wines have been awarded over 200 international and national awards. The Wine Enthusiast Tour is open to those 19+ with valid, government-issued photo ID.

Tour Includes:7-hour tour, Sommelier guide, Transportation

Tours & tastings at three wineries: Bent Ridge Winery, Benjamin Bridge & Planters Ridge

Lunch at a local winery Bent Ridge: View lunch menu here

Schedule: Saturday June 17th 10:15am Departure to 5:15pm

Ticket Prices (HST Extra): Adult: $165 (price includes gratuity for restaurant server)

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Sunday June 18th, 2023


Peggy's Cove

1pm Departure 

Peggy's Cove Tour 1pm to 4:30pm

About This Tour: En route to this seaside village pass-by the Halifax Public Gardens, a quiet oasis amid a cosmopolitan city; see the Citadel National Historic Site, a fort perched high above the city; the Old Town Clock, a gift given to the city by Prince Edward the Duke of Kent in 1803; as well as other notable landmarks such as Province House, the naval dockyards and the famous Halifax waterfront boardwalk. As you travel along the winding coastal highway of the Lighthouse Route to the tiny fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, it is little wonder it has been an inspiration for artists and an irresistible lure for budding and seasoned adventurers for generation after generation. The colorful houses and fishing shacks perched atop the solid stone rocky outcrop that overlooks the restless waters of the Atlantic exhibit the wear and tear of the ocean and its punishing storms. Yet they endure, much like the small population of approximately 32 people who are year-round residents.

Tour Includes: 3.5 hour guided tour by bus

Ticket Prices (HST Extra):Adult: $68.90 , Senior 65+: $62, Youth (6-15): $48.25

Where to Board:  Peggy's Cove Tour by Bus departs from 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax

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Monday June 19th, 2023

Tall Ship Silva Tour 

About This Tour: Before you and your crew head out for a special evening in the city, we invite you to join us for a relaxing sail, an hour-and-a-half scenic cruise aboard the Tall Ship Silva. ..While you and your guests imbibe on Halifax’s signature ship, you’ll be treated to incredible views of the Halifax skyline, bustling waterfront and surrounding landmarks. This experience is perfect when hosting out of town guests, before an evening out or to kick-off a night of fun!

Tour Includes:1.5-hour cruise

Ticket Prices (HST Extra):$41.60

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Join Us as a

We are looking for advisory support in launching CEWIL 2023! Your ideas, advice and recommendations are welcome on program, sponsorship, social and much more! If you would like to volunteer, please complete the following form:

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As part of our efforts to ensure that you have a successful experience, we offer a number of helpful promotional marketing tools for all participants. Selected Sponsorship packages are available for our participants on the website.


For all sponsorship and branding opportunities, please contact:

Jennie Nilsson

Associate Director,



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