CEWIL and EWO Student of the Year Awards

If you know an outstanding student who you feel should be recognized for the impact they have made as part of a curricular Work Integrated Learning or Co-op opportunity, consider nominating them to represent U of T for the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada and / or Experiential & Work-Integrated Learning Ontario (EWO) Student of the Year Awards.

The Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee collects nominations from academic divisions and works to identify the most qualified students to put forward for each of the awards.

CEWIL Student of the Year Awards

Each year, CEWIL’s Student of the Year awards celebrate students from across Canada who have made a significant impact on industry and community partners, as well as their educational institutions, through their commitment to work-integrated learning (WIL). Post-secondary institutions are invited to nominate one candidate for the Student of the Year for Co-operative Education at a University award, and one candidate for the Student of the Year for Other Forms of Work-Integrated Learning at a University award. Student winners receive $1000 from CEWIL in recognition of their contributions.

Since the University of Toronto can only put forward one nomination per category, the Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee identifies the most qualified students across all received submissions.

Eligibility for the 2021 Student of the Year Awards (this may change for future years).

To be eligible for the 2021 Student of the Year awards:

  • A student must be an undergraduate, diploma, or postgraduate student registered full-time in a recognized post-secondary work-integrated learning program at a CEWIL Canada Member institution throughout the period from January – December 2021.
  • A student must be nominated by a CEWIL Canada institution member with support of the partner organization. A CEWIL Canada institution member may nominate no more than one (1) candidate per award type (Co-op or Other Forms of WIL).
  • Each nomination must focus on one WIL experience in 2021, even if the student participated in more than one. Candidates may not be nominated twice in two consecutive years for a work-integrated learning experience that spans two calendar years.
  • The work-integrated learning must fall under one of the 9 WIL categories as per the CEWIL WIL Definitions and must be curricular in nature (this means that students participating in a Work Study position or an RA position are not eligible).
EWO Student of the Year Awards

EWO’s Co-op/WIL Student of the Year Awards are presented to students who have showcased exceptional job achievement, extra-curricular involvement, academic achievement and a strong contribution to Co-operative Education or Work-Integrated Learning. Post-secondary institutions are invited to nominate up to two candidates for the Co-op Student of the Year award, and one candidate for the WIL Student of the Year award. Student winners receive an award of $750 from EWO.

Since the University of Toronto can only put forward two nominations per category (where possible, from different programs), the tri-campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee identifies the most qualified students across all received submissions.

Eligibility for the 2021 Student of the Year Awards (this may change for future years)

To be eligible for the 2021 EWO Co-op Student of the Year award, a student must:

  • Be nominated by an individual from an EWO member institution or a participating co-op employer.
  • Have completed a co-op work terms that meet EWO’s Definition of Co-operative Education.
  • Be a full-time student in an undergraduate, graduate, diploma, advanced diploma, or certificate program at the institution.
  • Complete the nominated work term within the calendar year.

To be eligible for the 2021 EWO WIL Student of the Year award, a student must:

  • Be nominated by an individual from an EWO member institution or a participating co-op employer.
  • Have completed WIL that meet EWO’s Definition of Work-Integrated Learning and that is curricular in nature (this means that students participating in a Work Study position or an RA position are not eligible).
  • Be a full-time student in an undergraduate, graduate, diploma, advanced diploma, or certificate program at the institution.
  • Complete the nominated work term within the calendar year.

Submission Guidelines

*NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2021 STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS, THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED ONCE WE HAVE DETAILS FOR 2022 AWARDS*

Remember, you must first submit your nomination to the Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee, who will review all nominations from across the University of Toronto and select the most qualified nominees to be sent on to CEWIL and EWO.

Ready to submit your nomination to the Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee? Follow these steps:

  • Review the eligibility criteria for the CEWIL and EWO Student of the Year Awards to confirm the student(s) you wish to nominate is eligible for these awards
  • Gather the nomination package material required for the Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee. Nomination package must include:
    • Nominator Statement: A brief statement providing context for why you have chosen to nominate this student, ideally this will speak to their impact on industry/community partner(s) and their educational institution.
    • Student’s Resume, clearly indicating where and when they completed their 2021 WIL or Co-op experience for which they are being nominated and including extra-curricular activities.
    • Student’s Personal Statement: The personal statement should be written by the nominee (student) and should outline the student’s involvement in Co-op/WIL, including why they participated and what they gained from the experience, how the experience impacted their career, academic and personal development, as well as the impact they had on the external organization with which they engaged. Two page maximum.
    • CGPA (for EWO nominees only).
  • Complete the nomination package online HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • How do I become involved with the Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee at U of T?

    The CEWIL Nomination Awards Committee at U of T aims to include broad representation from U of T in the selection process. If you would like to be involved in the process, please feel free to email: el.vpiue@utoronto.ca.
  • How does the Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee at U of T select the students who will be put forward?

    The Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee at U of T uses a rubric based on the CEWIL and EWO criteria, respectively to identify the most qualified students to put forward each year. If you would like to be involved in the process, please feel free to email: el.vpiue@utoronto.ca.
  • What are the timelines once I have submitted my nomination package to the Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee at U of T?

    The Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee at U of T will review all submissions and will select the nominees to be put forward by Monday, January 10th. If your nominee is selected, you would be responsible for gathering the additional submission requirements by the deadline dates for CEWIL and / or EWO (currently TBD).

Previous U of T Winners

Selina Quibrantar

  • Winner: 2020 CEWIL Student of the Year Award for University Other forms of WIL Award
  • Winner: 2020 EWO WIL Student of the Year Award

“Food connects us all,” says Quibrantar, a fourth-year human biology and population health student. “There are systemic social, economic and health issues related to food insecurity, but there’s also a human factor.”

Selina is driven to foster change at the local and global level through investigating ways to address food insecurity. Her contributions were recognized by both CEWIL and EWO in 2020.

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CiQuinya Morton

  • Winner: 2020 CEWIL Student of the Year Award for University Co-op Award

“I strive to build pathways for other students of colour. I have done this by leading the change,” says CiQuinya Morton, who will graduate with her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Co-op Specialist in Accounting degree from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2021.

CiQuinya works tirelessly to identify and dismantle systemic barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace and the community. Her contributions were recognized by CEWIL in 2020.

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Contact Information

Thank you for working with us to recognize the incredible contributions of U of T students participating in Work-Integrated Learning and Co-op Opportunities!

If you have questions about these awards, please feel free to reach out to us: el.vpiue@utoronto.ca.

The Tri-Campus CEWIL and EWO Nomination Awards Committee:

  • Clare Gilderdale, Special Projects Officer, Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education 
  • Sania Hameed, Experiential Learning Officer (Research & International), Experiential Learning & Outreach Support (ELOS), Faculty of Arts & Science 
  • Marlyn de los Reyes, Co-op Coordinator, Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op Program, Engineering Career Centre, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
  • Arjuna Thaskaran, Student Development Coordinator, Finance, Management Co-op, UTSC 
  • Stephanie Vega, Experiential Learning Officer, Experiential Education Unit (EEU), UTM 
  • Julie Witt, Integrated Learning Experience Coordinator, UTSC