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Waterloo Institute for Leadership in Work-Integrated Learning @ WACE: WIL@WACE

June 26-27, 2023
Waterloo, Canada

Applications now closed.

We’re offering the Waterloo Institute for Leadership in Work-Integrated Learning @WACE (WIL 2 @WACE)for those in senior leadership positions of Work-Integrated Learning programs. The Institute is designed to cover a suite of topics of particular relevance to WIL leaders such as: a WIL leadership framework, quality, strategic partnerships, research and data, equity, diversity and inclusion, Indigenous relations and innovation. An opportunity to introduce additional topics of interest will be available. We will structure the Institute with a combination of delivered content and small group discussions to allow participants to spend time delving into areas of particular interest, learn from each other and build a leadership community globally.

We are organizing this in-person Institute in partnership with WACE to leverage participants’ travel to the Waterloo Region for the 2023 WACE World conference (June 28-30). The timing of the Institute allows participants to continue to reflect on the learnings from the Institute and build their leadership community of practice during the following days at the conference.

Apply today for admission to the Institute. Acceptance will be determined by level of seniority, diversity of participants and within the discretion of the WACE Secretariat. Please see details on the application form.

Applications now closed with acceptance confirmed by Feb 28, 2023.

Inquiries can be made to: Dr. Norah McRae

Application Form

Fee: WACE members $750/person (WACE non-members $1000) includes: all sessions, three breaks, one lunch and one dinner.


Day 1: June 26, 2023 

8:30-9:00am: Introductions and Roundtable

  • Introduction of individuals, context and presentation of leaders’ burning issues

9:00-10:00 am WIL Strategic Leadership Framework: Judie Kay

  • Introducing the WIL Strategic Leadership framework developed by ACEN
  • Small group discussion applying the framework to your burning issue: What leadership capabilities are required to address this issue?

10:00-10:30 Break and Networking

10:30-11:30 Quality in WIL: Norah McRae

  • Introducing the AAA WIL Quality Framework and other quality framework resources
  • Small group discussion applying the quality framework to your burning issue: What quality steps are required to address this issue?

11:30-12:30 Lunch         

12:30-1:30: Strategic Partnerships: Governments and Advocates:  Anne Fannon and Shabnam Ivkovic

  • Advocating with the governments and partnership with peak bodies
  • Small group discussions: how will you develop the government and advocate partners needed to address your burning issue?

1:30-2:30: Strategic Partnerships: Industry and Community:  Ross Johnston and Suman Armitage

  • Employer engagement strategy and partnership with industry associations
  • Small group discussions: how will you develop the industry and community partners needed to address your burning issue?

2:30-3:00 Break and Networking

3:00-4:00: Strategic Internal Partnerships: Faculty and Staff:  Andrea Prier and Jen Woodside

  • Collaborating with faculty and engaging staff to developing innovative WIL programs
  • Small group discussion: how will you develop the internal partners needed to address your burning issue?

4:00-5:00: Research and Data for strategic decision making in WIL: Judene Pretti and Dave Drewery

  • An overview of research and data analytic methods and other research resources
  • Small group discussions: what research/data analysis is required to address your burning issue?

6:00-9:00pm: Join members of the WACE Executive Committee and WACE Global Strategy Council for a reception and dinner

Day 2: June 27, 2023

8:30-9:30 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EDI-R) in WIL and Indigenous Relations (IR) and WIL: Colleen Phillips Davis and Bryanne Smart

  • Overview of EDI-R and IR WIL strategies
  • Small group discussion: What does EDI-R and IR mean for your burning issue?

9:30am-10:30 Innovations and the Future of WIL: Judene Pretti and Norah McRae

  • The future of WIL and using the Horizon’s framework for innovations in WIL
  • Small group discussion: What innovations would address your burning issue?

10:30-11:30 Special Topics

  • Based on participant interest as expressed on the application, an addition session will be delivered

11:30 – noon Closing

  • Final reflections from participants on learning and application towards their burning issue and next steps

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