Registration for this year’s Professional Development Virtual Conference Series is now open.

Get ready for takeoff with keynotes, panels, and presentations related to EWO’s core values: Learning, Integrity, Inclusivity, and Student-centeredness. This year’s conference is designed to benefit all professionals in the field of experiential (EL) and work-integrated learning (WIL). This year’s conference will take place over 4 half days:

  • Wednesday, November 2: Afternoon
  • Thursday, November 3: Morning
  • Wednesday, November 9: Afternoon
  • Thursday, November 10: Morning

As we explore EWO’s core values, and support the evolution of future skills and the future of work and learning, this conference will feature: 

  • Keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions
  • Networking opportunities


Register by Friday, September 2 to take advantage of the Early Bird rate.

  • EWO Member Early Bird: $125.00 (ends September 2)
  • EWO Member Regular Registration: $150.00 (September 3 – 26 extended to October 3)
  • Non-EWO Member Regular Registration: $175.00
  • Presenter Registration: $100.00

Your ticket to the event includes full access to all 4 days of the Virtual Conference Series.  You can attend all keynote and breakout sessions and participate in the networking opportunities.

  • Breakout sessions will be recorded and available for viewing by registered attendees post-conference.      
  • Note to EWO members – Please log in to the member’s portal when prompted to do so during the registration process.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, November 2
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Coffee Chat
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Opening Keynote
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sponsor Coffee Chat
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Adopting, Developing, and Offering New Technologies in Experiential Learning
Diogo Vieira

Work-Integrated Learning in Graduate Programs
Dinuka Gunaratne, Letitia Henville, Darren Zanussi

Navigating Integrity with Co-op & WIL Employers
Joanne Foxton, Kyle Walker, Jodi Derrick, Catherine Gillespie
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Networking
Thursday, November 3
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Coffee Chat
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session: The Future Ready Talent Framework
Dr. Norah McRae, Associate Provost Co-operative and Experiential Education, University of Waterloo
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Sponsor Coffee Chat
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

An Evolutionary Tale of Community-engaged Learning in Medical Sciences
Sarah McLean, Jedd Sardido

Accessibility: AODA and WIL
Richard Wikkerink, Jennifer Woodside, Jessica Lang, Shandy Johnston

Joanne Foxton
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Are Employers' Recruiting for Personality?: An Analysis of Non-cognitive Keywords in Job postings and its Impact on School to Work Transition and Inclusivity
Laura Gatto

Increasing Access to WIL Through Innovative On-line Employer Engagement
Aida Viveiros, Dario Guescini
Wednesday, November 9
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Coffee Chat
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session: National Survey on Sexual Harassment in EL
Britney De Costa, Possibility Seeds
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sponsor Coffee Chat
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Student Consultation: Emerging Themes in Co-op Student Experience
Andrea Santi, Sara Qassim

The King's Promise: A Co-curricular Approach to Career Development
Jenny Richmond-Bravo

Lessons from the Remote Shift in Work Integrated Learning
Ken Chatoor, Amy Kaufman
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

A New Innovative Interdisciplinary Master's Program: Fostering Authentic Learning Experiences and Interdisciplinary Collaborations Within the Medical Sciences
Nicole Campbell, Jedd Sardido

Confronting Implicit Bias - Preparing Students for Service-Learning in the Community Using Forum Theatre Techniques
Koreen McCullough
Thursday, November 10
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sponsor Coffee Chat
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Students’ Approaches to Learning and Work Adjustment during a Co-op Work Term
David Drewery

The Student Voice: How Experiential Learning Is Guiding Our Future
Allison Chevrier
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Sponsor Coffee Chat
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Closing Keynote
The Honourable Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks

Conference agenda is subject to change without notice.

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