Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada

Canadian Association for Co-operative Eduction lol

Lakehead University's co-operative education program follows the guidelines under the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL).

Each year, CEWIL hosts National Co-op Week, to celebrate Co-op students and employers. During this week, students, employers and co-op educators are recognized for their hard work, dedication and continued support of creating co-op employment opportunities for our students.

In addition, CEWIL also has their National Co-op Student of the Year award. The winning student, their institution and employers will receive national recognition as a result of this award. In addition, the winners will receive a $1000.00 cash award (The Emery-Dufault award valued at $500 and the CEWIL award valued at $500.00).  

Lakehead University's Co-operative Education Program will select and submit nominations for two students each year. 

Criteria For Selection:

  • Contribution to Co-operative Education (i.e. co-op ambassador, assisting and promoting co-operative education);
  • Co-op job achievement;
  • Personal statement;
  • Student's Resume; 
  • Contribution to extra-curricular activities at school and/or the community;
  • Academic Achievement;
  • Overall assessment and personal comments by the Employer and the Co-op and Employer Relations Officer 

Education at Work Ontario

Education at Work Ontario is the voice of Post-Secondary Co-operative Education in Ontario. The mission of EWO is to advocate and facilitate co-operative education as an essential component of post-secondary education. 

EWO also host a Co-op Student of the Year Award, where the recipient will be presented with a certificated valued at $500.

The National Co-op Student of the Year Award is awarded by EWO., nominations for the award will be selected by the Co-op and Employer Relations Officer and submitted to EWO directly. For more information about this award, please visit