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CEWIL Call for Proposals, 2023 

CEWIL’S 2023 Conference, A Sea of Opportunity, will be taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia June 18-21, 2023. Without an in-person conference since 2018, we are excited to host conversations, panels, and presentations on A Sea of Opportunity!

Dates to Remember

Call for proposals opens: October 20, 2022 

Application Deadline: December 16, 2022 

Evaluation of Proposals: December 17, 2022 – January 30, 2023 

Notification of Acceptance: January 31, 2023 

Deadline to accept the invitation to present at the conference: February 28, 2023 

Conference dates: June 18-21, 2023 

Calm Sea

Conference Themes

A Sea of Opportunity allows presenters to go in a variety of directions; here are some topics we would love to hear more about:

Engaging in Innovative WIL

Has your institution brought WIL to an unlikely academic discipline? Have you created a new model of WIL delivery? Reflection? Have you been funded through the iHub and would like to share your lessons learned? Let your mind free to share your take on innovative WIL.  


As Co-op and WIL practitioners, we participate in a number of communities. How do you foster community building, address sensitive issues or promote advocacy in the communities that you participate in? 

Strengthening Leadership in WIL

We are interested in hearing from directors, managers, and other educational leaders, to offer insight or ideas on topics related to managing people and programs in Co-op and WIL: performance evaluation, employee training and retention, or other topics that are of interest to leaders in our field.  

Leveraging WIL Research and Data

Share with us your scholarly research in Co-op or WIL and/or how you are using your institutional data to make a difference in your programs.  

Embracing Experiential Education

Tell us how you navigate the complexities and uncertainties inherent in co-educating with external partners.  

Presentation Formats


Cruise (World Café style workshop; 50 minutes)

These sessions will see different groups of delegates cruise around the room to chat about an issue or idea. When the bell rings, you will welcome a new group of delegates to hear new thoughts and feedback on your topic. Submit the topic, issue or problem you would like feedback on, and become a cruise ship host!


Zodiac (Ted Talk style presentation; 50 minutes)

Take your audience on a tour, as you guide them through your conference topic. Zodiac sessions are presentation style, though we do encourage ample room for Q and A. 


Ferry (Panel presentation; 50 or 90 minutes)

Just as ferries offer a wide variety of amenities and options, our Ferry presentation format allows for various perspectives on a chosen topic. We encourage you to partner with other departments or institutions around a theme and offer a panel presentation. If you would like to partner on a specific theme and would like to connect with other PSIs that may be interested, feel free to reach out to us at CEWIL, and we can connect you with like-minded potential panelists. 


Sailboat (Workshop style presentation; 50 minutes)

The delegates are your crew, and you are looking to host a workshop that puts the attendees to work. Sailboat presentations are more workshop than presentation, where everyone participates in order to keep the boat moving. 


Submarine (Research presentation; 25 or 50 minutes)

Take your delegates on a deep dive, as you share with the WIL community your research findings, how you’re leveraging data, or other scholarly endeavours.

Sailing on Sea

Additional Information

Additional Information

  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted via our online submission portal.

  • Proposals will be accepted October 20, 2022 – December 16, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

  • If you are submitting proposals for several sessions, you must complete one form for each session. 

Proposal Review and Selection Process 

All proposals will be reviewed by at least two (2) reviewers. Proposals will be blind reviewed based on the following criteria: 

  • Alignment and fit with conference theme/streams 

  • Interactivity and accessibility to a diverse audience 

  • Relevance to field of Work-Integrated Learning 

  • Clarity 

  • Quality and organization 

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