23rd WACE World Conference
The 23rd WACE World Conference was held at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada, from Wednesday, June 28 to Friday, June 30, 2023.
This international conference, organized by the World Association for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (WACE), brings together leaders in industry, government and academia, as well as experts in cooperative education gather from around the world to present research and case studies, exchange information and know-how, and build human networks.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report calls for 94 actions toward restoring a balanced relationship between Indigenous Peoples and settler communities in this country. Following its release in 2015, territory acknowledgements are being used in communication materials and heard at the beginning of meetings, conferences, and public events as an act of reconciliation and respect towards the First Peoples of Canada.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across Canada and our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within the Office of Indigenous Relations.
WACE 2023 World Conference Theme
The theme of the WACE 2023 World Conference is: The future of work: engaging work-integrated learning to achieve innovation, entrepreneurship and economic recovery in an uncertain world
WACE is the only international professional organization dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating for cooperative & work-integrated education programs within industry and educational institutions.
Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (CWIE) is a term created by WACE to acknowledge and embrace all forms of experiential learning utilized by industry and educational institutions to prepare the next generation of global professionals. CWIE is an encompassing term that includes: cooperative education, internships, semester in industry, international co-op exchanges, study abroad, research, clinical rotations, service learning and community service.
WACE strives to create, implement and maintain events, programs and services geared to the support and expansion of the Global Industry and Institutional Partners network and the entire CWIE community.
Notes about the 2023 Conference
WACE 2023 will be hosted in-person at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. However, as international restrictions and travel guidelines continue to evolve due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference format is subject to change.