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Tuesday, June 27th

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. International Research Council Meeting - IRC Executives only 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. National Association Meeting - National Association leaders only 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. WACE Global Strategy Council Meeting -GSC members only 

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. WACE Executive Council Meeting -EC members only 

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Shuttles from the Delta to the Hampton

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception (Hampton Inn)

8:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Shuttles from the Hampton to the Delta

Wednesday June 28th

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotels

8:00 a.m.  Shuttles from the Hampton Inn and Delta Hotel to Federation Hall, University of Waterloo.

8:00 a.m.                         Registration

8:45 – 10:00 a.m.            Opening ceremony and opening remarks

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.           Keynote: Around the WIL World in 60 minutes

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.           Networking, booths and poster presentations break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Indigenous curated lunch

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.             Session 1 (A-F), various locations

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.               Break

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.               Session 2 (A-E) , various locations

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.               Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.               Session 3 (A-E) , various locations

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.               Break

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.               Employer Panel Discussion (Fed Hall)

5:30 p.m.                          Shuttles from Fed Hall to the Delta and the Hampton

6:45 p.m.                          Optional dinner reservations

Thursday, June 29th

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.                Breakfast at hotels

8:00 a.m.                           Shuttles from the Hampton Inn and Delta Hotel to Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

8:00 a.m.                           Registration

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.                Session 4 (A-F), various locations

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.   Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.              Session 5 (A-E), various locations

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.            Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.    Session 6 (A-E), various locations

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.    Lunch

12:45 -1:00 p.m.                Walk to Hagey Hall

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                Fireside Chat with the Right Honourable David Johnston

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.                David Johnston book sale and signing 

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.                Session 7 (A-E) , various locations

3:30 p.m.                           Shuttles from Fed Hall to the Delta and the Hampton

5:45 p.m.                           Shuttles from the Delta and the Hampton to Tapestry Hall

6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.      WACE 2023 Gala dinner and awards ceremony

9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.      Shuttles from Tapestry Hall to the Hampton Inn and Delta Hotel

Friday, June 30th

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.                 Breakfast at hotels

8:00 a.m.                            Shuttles from the Hampton Inn and Delta Hotel to Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.                 Session 8 (A-E), various locations

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.                 Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.               Sweetgrass Braiding (Fed Hall)

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.             Break

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.             Global Charter recommitment

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.             WIL Handbook Launch and signing

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.     WACE IRS 2024 Presentation

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.     Closing ceremony

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.               Boxed lunch pick-up

1:00 p.m.                            Shuttles from Federation Hall to the Hampton Inn and Delta Hotel

Poster Presentations

Posters will be on display in Fed Hall for the duration of the conference. Presenters will be with their posters during the second half lunch on Wednesday and Thursday.

More Information

Papers Accepted from Colleagues in the Following Countries:

  • Australia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Accepted Presentations 

We are delighted to present a list of the following accepted presentations:

  • Embracing Skills-Based Hiring: A Win-Win for Students and Employers
  • Global Fluency and the Transdisciplinary X Thinker – Preparing Leaders and Learners for The Future
  • Outpace Future Disruptions: The Transformational Role of Data and AI in Work-Integrated Learning
  • GLOBAL WIL CAPSTONE GROUP: special session
  • To pay or not to pay: What can we learn?
  • Human-Related Competencies in the Future of Work
  • "It's different than most majors": Factors Impacting the Career Development of Entrepreneurship Students in a Cooperative Education Program
  • The 3-minute practicum: a new way for students to reflect and share their WIL experience
  • Sustainability Internships: A Way to Promote International Students' Sense of Belonging and Connectedness
  • Workplace Ideation, Planning, and Innovation Skills for Employment Success
  • How Nanyang Technological University successfully implemented compulsory internships for all undergraduates in the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and College of Science?
  • Having Fun: Successfully navigating an international research seminar in work-integrated learning
  • Experiential Education - Soft Skills: Hard Results
  • Chase for talent: A conversation about 2 unique and highly successful WIL models - University of Waterloo’s North American and Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University’s European approach
  • The impact of Work-integrated Learning and the internationalization of STEM training on youth employment in Africa
  • WILspace: Creating global connections for the future of WIL
  • The Role and Importance of WIL and community development to the Higher Education Institutions: A Green Innovative and Entrepreneurial Approach
  • Global Challenge: Building students employability skills for an uncertain world
  • How do students understand quality WIL experiences? A scoping review of the literature and agenda for future research
  • Entrepreneurship in a Faculty of Arts: Innovating an E-WIL ecosystem for UBC graduate and undergraduate Arts students at a large, research intensive university
  • Nudging Co-op Students: Towards an Application of Behavioural Insights to Co-operative Education
  • The Indigenous Work-integrated Learning Resource Hub: A needs-based approach to addressing barriers and opportunities for Indigenous students
  • Grad WIL Re-imaged - Supporting Graduate Students Through WIL for Innovation and Economic Development
  • Cultivating creative collaboration in a time of crisis - The origin story of a cross-institutional and multi-disciplinary WIL journal
  • A Global Skills Revolution - Adapting and Thriving in Tomorrow’s Work and Learning Ecosystem
  • Exploring challenges in WIL: A learning curve from an Indonesian perspective
  • Work-integrated learning for inclusion of individuals with disabilities in Malaysia
  • Multidisciplinary WIL: Impact Lab at the University of Waikato
  • Reinventing Thai Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (CWIE) for A New Global Context: Showcasing Thailand as Potential Partner for CWIE Collaborations
  • Partners in Applied WIL in Criminology Subjects
  • Quality standards for curriculum design and assessment in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL): A Canadian Model
  • Innovative Practices in Workforces Development in K-12 Teaching
  • An inclusive approach to developing student journalists employability: wise practice in action
  • Developing Innovative WIL in Canada: A CEWIL Canada Story
  • Bringing Experiential Engagement into the Introductory Psychology classroom through quiz interactions with avatars
  • The Practice of International WIL
  • Enabling inclusive employability: Designing work-integrated learning that supports students in uncovering who they are, and who they want to become
  • Preparing Future Proof Curricula to Boost the Economy and Contribute to Social Cohesion: a Western Cape, South African perspective
  • Supporting WIL student wellbeing
  • EXAKT4YOU - Interdisciplinary Service Learning from High Performance Computing and Rural Energy Solutions to Sustainability Communication
  • Student wellbeing challenges whilst on work placement: Preliminary results
  • Looking through the rear-view window: Lessons Learned from one Canadian Province’s Ministry of Advanced Education's Work Integrated Learning Funding Initiative
  • From the Classroom to the Community:  Implementing Work Integrated Learning in the Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

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.

Continue to check this page for updates to the WACE 2023 conference programming.

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