There was one thing in common among the over 140 organizations and their representatives that came together on March 22nd. They all believed in leveraging the skills and fresh knowledge of Dalhousie co-op students to advance projects, support business growth, and identify talent for future recruitment needs.
Dalhousie University honoured its top co-op employers and students at the inaugural Dalhousie Top Co-op Awards and Appreciation Reception, held during National Co-op Week 2017. Award finalists represented diverse industry sectors and included small-to-medium size enterprises as well as large multinationals, all demonstrating the motivation, enthusiasm and passion it takes to make co-op experiences inspiring ones. The event was a collaboration between Management Career Services, Science, Information Technology and Engineering Co-op Office, and Architecture and Planning Career Services.
“Together with our committed and supportive employer partners, we are able to foster experiential learning, enhance student-employer engagement, and serve the business community on a regional, national and international level,” said Anna Cranston, Director of Dalhousie’s Management Career Services.
“In 2016, over 1960 work terms across five faculties and 26 disciplines were completed by Dalhousie co-op students in Canada and across the globe,” said Doug Gallant, Director of Dalhousie’s Science, Information Technology and Engineering Co-operative Education.
Ray Simpson, Regional Sales Director with PepsiCo Beverages Canada, was among the top three finalists for the Top Co-op Employer Award in the Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods category: “We look at co-op as looking for future leaders for our organization and we’ve been able to leverage their knowledge with the programs and projects we’ve done to help us better our business. I think employers should take hiring co-op students as an opportunity. We have benefitted greatly at PepsiCo by getting feedback from our co-op students and applying that feedback to our projects and programs, and that helps us going forward.”
Public Sector category winner Paul MacNeil, Manager of Industrial Engineering with Canada Post, shares that his organization hires co-op students with the intent to build their recruitment pipeline: “We’ve had great success hiring Dalhousie co-op students at Canada Post. Projects that students have worked on during their work term have been implemented with great results. A key piece we consider when we hire co-op students is future employment. This has worked well for us and we currently have between 10-15 permanent employees that started out with Canada Post as co-op students. They’ve all proven to be excellent additions to the team.”
Top Co-op Employer Award finalists from nine major industry categories were all nominated by Dalhousie co-op students based on the quality of their co-op experience and the supervision they received from their employers. Nominations for the Emerging and the Legacy Employer categories were made by the staff of co-op offices based on the quality, quantity and diversity of their hiring practices and engagement with Dalhousie’s co-op offices. The complete list of award winners is shared below.
To learn more about hiring Dalhousie co-op students, please contact our co-op offices:
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