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Keynote Speakers


Tina Varughese

Professional Speaker


Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair

Anishinaabe & Professor at the University of Manitoba

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Sessions Sneak Peak

Indigenous Community First: Consultation is Key

Bryanne Smart, University of Waterloo and Renee Livernoche, University of Victoria

Indigenous communities have historically experienced research happen to them, and in ways that tend to be extractive . This session demonstrates and shares how research should be done in collaboration with Indigenous communities, to co-create, and co-develop research outcomes with the most benefit.

Does Not Meet the Standard: Failure in Assessment Practices in a Flexible WIL course

Lisa Stowe, University of Calgary

Assessing Work Integrated Learning can be a complex task given the number of the assessment partners involved, the changing and unpredictable nature of a work placement and the academic expectations of the university institution (Ajjawi et al, 2020).

Better Supporting Our Students and Employers During Internships: A Winning Formula!

Marie-Claude McDuff et Fabienne Aubert-Lapointe École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

In 2022, we realized that our current practices for supervising our interns no longer met the needs of university students. The post-pandemic context has raised issues of anxiety among interns, resulting in a greater need for coaching and mentoring.

Us, Humans: Re-imagining WIL reflective assessment in an AI-powered world

Danielle Moed, Toronto Metropolitan University

The introduction of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tools (e.g., ChatGPT) within the public domain notably disrupted higher education, presenting complex challenges and unique opportunities, and sparking a paradigm shift within teaching and learning, particularly with respect to assessment practices (Alasadi & Biaz, 2023).

Following Best Practices for Curriculum Design in Co-op has Many Advantages Beyond Student Learning

Claudia Sperling, Camosun College

Have you ever found yourself feeling like your academic partners don’t understand the learning that occurs in work-integrated learning? Perhaps they seem to perceive co-operative education simply as ‘work experience’ or like a wonderful student service that is not related to academic planning and coordination?


Dive into the vibrant social scene at our conference! Join us for a variety of engaging and entertaining activities planned by our dedicated social committee, ensuring an unforgettable experience filled with networking and fun.

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