into the WILderness

CEWIL Canada

Into the WILderness is weekly, topic-driven show where we dive deeper into the world of Work Integrated Learning or WIL.

Brought to you by CEWIL Canada, the lead organization for Work Integrated Learning in Canada.

All Episodes

Prior to March 2020, remote work terms were a rarity, an exception to the norm. Fast forward 20 months and they have become a staple in co-op programs across the country. On this episode we explore the assumptions, realizations and new realities of remote work terms; how they have reduced barriers to access and levelled the playing field for students. While there is no black and white solution, we discuss best practices, new hybrid models and how trust in your employees is critical to the entire process. Guests; John Daggett - Manager, Co-operative Education and Career Success, Georgian College, ON // Ryan Larouche - Talent Partnerships Consultant, Brock University, ON "Fallen Leaves" by Electric Wildlife

Nov 23

46 min 18 sec

At CEWIL we have defined 9 types of curricular WIL. While they all look a little different at each institution, there is consistency at the core of each type. This episode dives into the world of Community and Industry Research and Projects (CIRPS) to explore best practices, cultivating and nurturing community relationships and discovering what makes this type of WIL so interesting and innovative. We also have a healthy conversation about pet ownership and how many shoes is too many shoes! Guests; Ashley Nguyen - College Innovation Network Coordinator, College of the North Atlantic, N.L. // David DiPietro - Senior Experiential Education Coordinator, Brock University, ON "Fallen Leaves" by Electric Wildlife

Nov 16

59 min 32 sec

Championing the end-to-end career of environmental professionals is no small task. On this episode I sit down with ECO Canada to talk about their Student Work Placement Program, training and mentorship and the value of obtaining program accreditation. For more information on ECO Canada's SWP Program and funding check out their website Guests: Sarah Casorso - Senior Manager, Employment Programs, ECO Canada  // Yana Jay - Senior Manager, Marketing & Sales, ECO Canada "Fallen Leaves" by Electric Wildlife

Nov 9

36 min 16 sec

CEWIL Canada has seen a lot of changes over the past two years! As the organization prepares for it's Annual General Meeting (AGM) it's time to reflect back on these changes and look forward. On this episode I sit down with the current President and President-Elect of CEWIL Canada to chat about challenges, rewarding moments, insights for those looking to get involved, celebrity cooking and e-gaming. Guests: Cara Krezek - CEWIL Canada President, Director, Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON // Dr. Matt Rempel - CEWIL Canada President-Elect, Director, Career-Integrated Learning, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON "Fallen Leaves" by Electric Wildlife

Nov 2

42 min 28 sec

If you want insights into an industry that literally keeps the lights on in this country - this one is for you! On this episode I sit down with Electricity HR Canada (EHRC) to talk about their Empowering Futures program, discuss the unique competency framework they have developed, and take a deep dive into the electricity industry and the vast array of opportunities that exist for students and new grads - they don't stop at the meter! For more information on the Empowering Futures program and funding check out their website. Guest: Mark Chapeskie, VP of Program Development, EHRC "Fallen Leaves" by Electric Wildlife

Oct 26

43 min 33 sec

At CEWIL we have defined 9 types of curricular WIL. While they all look a little different at each institution, there is consistency at the core of each type. This episode dives into the world of Community Service Learning (CSL) and Community Engaged Learning (CEL) to uncover some of the truths behind this type of learning, explore the nuances of the terms themselves and question if they are truly a type of WIL or not.  Guests; Dr. David Peacock - Director, Community Service Learning Program, University of Alberta, AB // Rhianna Nagel - Community Engaged Learning Coordinator, University of Victoria, BC "Fallen Leaves" by Electric Wildlife

Oct 19

1 hr 1 min

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted a number of industries across the country and the tourism & hospitality industry is near, if not at the top of that list. The challenge now is how to address the labour crisis this industry is facing. On this episode I sit down with one of the newest Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) partners, Tourism HR Canada, and talk funding opportunities, COVID impact, empathy, workplace culture and most importantly - where WIL fits in this industry. For more information on the Propel program and funding check out their website or watch their most recent webinar. Guest: Joe Baker, Director, Tourism HR Canada "Fallen Leaves" by Electric Wildlife

Oct 12

43 min 38 sec

WIL often leads to the development of new skills or the strengthening of existing ones. The challenge for students is realizing this in the moment and taking the time to reflect. On this episode we explore the challenges that arise for students when trying to articulate skills and competencies on their resumes and during interviews, exploring solutions and different strategies for WIL practitioners and educators along the way.  Guests; Kerri Zold - Manager, Career Development and Experiential Learning, University of Windsor, ON // Laura Fyfe - Skills Translation Coordinator, Brock University, ON "Fallen Leaves" by Electric Wildlife

Sep 7

38 min 33 sec

Join Dan Lonergan as he takes a deeper dive into the world of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).  Before diving into WIL, we take a step back and talk about what WIL is, what it means, who’s involved, and what it means for industry and WIL partners. Guests Dr. Nancy Johnston - Past President of WACE, former Vice Provost, Students, Simon Fraser University, BC // Scott Davis - Faculty Relations Manager, University of Waterloo, ON "Fallen Leaves" - by Electric Wildlife

Aug 31

34 min 5 sec