Explore the work of ACE-WIL and Co-operative Education in BC / Yukon through our blog. Here you will find inspirational stories from students, profiles of all our award winners, and wisdom from the wonderful humans that contribute to the vision of ACE-WIL.

Award Winners , Success Stories
Jessica's Co-op Success Story

Jessica Jun recently completed a 12-month co-op term at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and will be graduating with a B.Sc. in Integrated Sciences from the University of British Columbia.

As a co-op student, Jessica worked closely with the medical writing team and Canadian Research Initiative in Substance…

Award Winners , Success Stories
Robin's Co-op Success Story

Robin Stone is currently completing the fourth year of her Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting degree at Camosun College and she completed her co-op work term in the IM/IT Capital Investment Branch within the Ministry of Citizen’s Services for the BC Government.

During her work term, Robin played an…

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Interview with BCIC Tech Grant recipient Virtro

Can you tell us a little about your company?

Virtro is is a female led VR/AR content studio, based in Gastown, Vancouver. Incorporated just over a year ago,
we have released VR and AR games on a range stores including Playstation VR, Steam, Oculus, Google Play
and the…

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Jiliane's Co-op Success Story

In 2015, Capilano graduate Jillian Courteau was preparing for a summer co-op placement role in Vancouver with Destination Canada. She had landed the role as a component of her Tourism Management Cooperative Education Diploma at Capilano University—after having applied for every available position that looked interesting.

“Especially the jobs I had…

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Peter's Co-op Success Story

Passionate about oceanography, Camosun College alum Peter Van Buren credits his experience in the Co-operative Education program with landing his dream job with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Institute of Ocean Science.

Getting insights from co-op staff into employers’ recruitment needs and processes “greatly impacted my approach in seeking employment,” he…

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Drew and Andrew's Co-op Success Story

Andrew Hunt can speak to the value of co-op education.  As a former Okanagan College student, Hunt’s career began with a Co-op placement, and after completing two Co-op terms with Metro Vancouver (then the Greater Vancouver Regional District), he was offered a job immediately after graduation.

As superintendent of the…

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Ainsleigh's Co-op Success Story

UVic biochemistry and physics graduate Ainsleigh Hill is currently studying Mathematics and Computer Science at UBC. A long-time advocate for Co-op, Ainsleigh has blended real-world work experiences into her programs at both universities. Despite only being 21 years old, Ainsleigh seriously impressed her co-op employer during her two work terms…

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Finn's Co-op Success Story

In 2016, UVic Sociology student Finn Deschner was awarded the “Co-op Student of the Year” award from his department after his successful placement with Alberta Environment and Parks. We spoke to Finn during his second Co-op term, asking him to reflect on the experience of working a long way from…

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Taylor's Co-op Success Story

In 2015 Taylor Mckinney had the incredible opportunity to complete an 8-month Co-op term in Whitehorse, working with the Communications Unit of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). At the time Taylor was studying at Simon Fraser University, and her interest in the work of INAC was driven by a…

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Genevieve's Co-op Success Story

Selkirk College alumna Genevieve Thibault had actually graduated from the Recreation Fish and Wildlife Program when she walked through the doors of Selkirk’s Co-op Education & Employment Services (CEES) office.

Thibault was looking for an opportunity that would be pertinent to her completed studies, and as Selkirk College’s CEES Assistant Olga…