Building WIL programs isn’t an exercise in corporate philanthropy – it’s a smart way for businesses to get ahead

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This is an excerpt from an article originally appeared in the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance’s Educated Solutions journal. Read the full publication here. Written by Isabelle Duchaine, BHER Manager.


Apprenticeships, co-ops, internships or field placements. Applied research projects, service learning, bootcamps and hackathons. Call it experiential learning, out of classroom knowledge, or work-integrated learning (WIL), the challenge remains the same – students want more of it, and employers are realizing the possibilities.

Currently, aggregated studies suggest that about half of Canadian university students, and 65 to 70 per cent of college students, take part in some form of work-integrated learning. The problem isn’t an issue of demand – an Abacus Data study on work-integrated learning found that 89 per cent of students support more work-integrated learning programs, a fact supported by OUSA’s research. Rather, we suffer from a lack of supply.

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An excerpt from an article written by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University.  Dr. Fortier is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum and Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Val Walker, Executive Director of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. It can be read in full at The Hill Times


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This is an excerpt from an article written by Richard Florizone, president of Dalhousie University and Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates. It can be read in full at The Chronicle Herald...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by the Business/Higher Education Roundtable co-chairs,  Waterloo, and can be read in full at The Globe and Mail


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This is an excerpt from an article written by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waterloo, and can be read in full at The Globe and Mail


Since the World Economic...

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Excerpt from an article by Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada, in The Globe and Mail.


We are only at the beginning of a tech-skills shortage. Canada’s tech industry must work closely with academia and...

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An excerpt from an article by Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC, and chair of BHER’s work-integrated learning taskforce. This article originally appeared in The Globe and Mail. Read the full publication here...

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This is an excerpt from an article originally appeared in the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance’s Educated Solutions journal. Read the full publication here. Written by Isabelle Duchaine, BHER Manager.


Apprenticeships, co-ops, internships or field...

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We are living in a fourth industrial revolution – millions of jobs in sectors as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, and retail have the potential of being automated. A recent report by the Brookfield Institute for...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Daniel Komesch of Polytechnics Canada, and can be read in full at The Globe and Mail.


Automation has become a scary word lately. As new...

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An excerpt from an article written by Dr. Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto. It can be read in full at The Globe and Mail.


For too long, we have watched our best...

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An excerpt from an aericle written by Elizabeth Cannon, President of the University of Calgary. Read in full at The Globe and Mail.


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