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.

Events & Announcements
Six ACE-WIL Projects Approved for Funding

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has announced the first round of successful applicants for the $9,000,000 in one time funding that was announced in September of 2019. Six of the successful projects were on behalf of ACCE-WIL. Here is a brief summary of those projects.

Project: Inventory…

Humans of ACE
Meet Rhianna Nagel

This month’s humans of ACE blog profiles Rhianna Nagel. Rhianna currently works out of UVic’s Division of Learning, Teaching, and Innovation as the community engaged learning (CEL) coordinator. Her role involves working on student learning outcomes, community infinitives, classroom dynamics, and community-university relations.

Events & Announcements
November 2019 ACE-WIL PD Recap

Crawl, walk, run!

-by Lindsay Wood

These were wise words shared by keynote speaker, Athena Szabo, at the ACE-WIL PD session on November 20th 2019 advising members on how to approach data driven decision making in their organizations. ACE-WIL members representing 18 post-secondary institutions across BC came together in person…

Humans of ACE
Meet Larry Iles

By Tara Bond & Mitch Clingo

For this month’s Humans of Ace blog, we spoke to Larry Iles, Experiential Learning Coordinator with the Career and Experiential Learning Department of Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

Historian, Starbuck Addict, and Mildly Amusing.  Larry Iles has been in Education for 25 years.  He was…

Events & Announcements
November 2019 ACE-WIL PD

Registration is now open for our upcoming ACE-WIL PD event in Vancouver!

Humans of ACE
Meet Shannon Danson

For this month’s Humans of Ace blog, we spoke to Shannon Danson, co-op coordinator with the Applied Science co-op program at Simon Fraser University. Shannon has had a chance to work in both the private and public sectors in career education with a diverse population. Helping students is one of…

Humans of ACE
Meet Jennie Nilsson

Jennie is currently working as a Co-op Coordinator at the University of Victoria and is our new ACE-WIL President. She has been volunteering for ACE-WIL for the last 14 years both as a Member and Co-Chair of the Pro-D Committee and has helped plan several conferences. Three words Jennie’s co-workers…

Events & Announcements
Lighting up a new era of Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning

Read about the highlights of the 2019 “Light It Up” ACE-WIL conference in beautiful Victoria, BC.

Award Winners
2018 ACE-WIL Outstanding Service Award

We are delighted to award the 2018 ACE-WIL Outstanding Service Award to a long-term member, volunteer extraordinaire, and advocate for enhancing the learning experiences of students and our ACE-WIL community, Jennie Nilsson of UVic.

Co-op Wisdom Series
ACE/WIL Conference 2019 - Keynote Speaker Recap


“You are perfect!”, words of wisdom from Ivan Coyote’s late grandmother that we all need to listen to. The ACE-WIL 2019 Conference in Victoria, BC kicked off with a powerful, engaging, funny and educational keynote presentation by Ivan Coyote. Through stories of personal experience, lessons on proper language and…

Award Winners
2018 ACE/WIL Industry Partner of the Year

The Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning BC / Yukon is pleased to announce the recipient of the Industry Partner of the Year Award for 2018: DND-CFB Esquimalt.

Humans of ACE
Meet Shawn Read

Meet Shawn Read – Humans of Ace Blog
Jean-Luc Lemire

For this month’s Humans of Ace blog, we spoke to Shawn Read, Co-op Coordinator and chair of the Career and Experiential Learning Department of Thompson Rivers University. From working with small business owners and distributing federal wage subsidies to…