Employer events

Upcoming webinar series for workplaces

Helping you get up-and-running with a WIL Student

October 29 Event November 26 Event January 14 Event

October 29

November 26

January 14

9:30 am to 10:30 am

12 noon to 1 pm

12 noon to 1 pm

Access emerging student talent to revitalize your organization and build diversity How BC businesses are using students to help them remain vital during the recovery Opportunities for healthcare sector organizations looking to add student talent
Does your business need an edge during recovery? Are you leveraging the energy, skills and diversity of BC’s post-secondary students through co-operative education, apprenticeships, internships and other types of work-integrated learning (WIL)?

Learn from HR professionals who have recruited, onboarded, and helped manage WIL students and how their organizations have benefitted; discover what funding is available for small- and medium-sized organizations and how it works; and gain insights on incorporating equity, diversity and inclusion into your student hiring process.

With nine types of work-integrated learning (WIL), there are many ways your business or organization can add post-secondary students to your team to add energy, new ideas and the latest skills to help pivot – or to stay the course – during the recovery and beyond.

Hear stories from three different businesses about how they’ve brought students onboard, how they’ve accessed funding, and how they’ve benefitted from student talent. Learn their top tips for a successful placement. Also, we’ll have two funders available to share details on how their funding works, what’s available and how to apply.

In response to the pandemic, the Federal Government announced funding to support the placement of 3,000 co-op students in the healthcare sector and in healthcare roles. Hear from BioTalent and Magnet – both are Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) partners – about how the funding works and what’s available.

You’ll also have a chance to hear from three health sector organizations about how they’ve worked with students, what they’ve learned and how you too can benefit by bringing a work-integrated learning (WIL) student onboard.

Free for CPHR Members
$29.99 for Non-CPHR Members
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Event Details

October 29 - Access emerging student talent to revitalize your organization and build diversity


Jordin Brotzel, BBA, CPHR Candidate

Coordinator, Regional Human Capital, MNP

Jordin Brotzel is an HR professional at MNP in the Okanagan Valley. She has experience in dynamic environments and manages recruitment, performance management, learning and development, retention and engagement for her team. Jordin works closely with post-secondary institutions to attract co-op students looking to gain experience in the accounting industry, with intent of bringing these students on as permanent team members once graduated.

Samantha Ng

HR Generalist, Human Resources, Safe Software Inc.

Samantha is the HR Generalist at Safe Software who is passionate about building connections and emphasizing the “human” aspect of Human Resources. Over the course of her career, she’s gained diverse experience working in post-secondary, professional services, and high-tech organizations to build her repertoire of skills in permanent and campus recruitment, payroll, employee relations, and more.

Kevin Tucker

HR Consultant

Kevin Tucker is a proven Human Resources generalist. After 15 years of professional experience as a Kelowna-based employee, 2020 has seen him offer HR consulting advice mostly within technology start-up companies. Kevin is an active supporter of supporter of student work experience, often brokering the resource needs of companies with available current talent from educational establishments.

Akanksha Thakur       

Program Coordinator, Equity Diversity Inclusion Resource Hub, Simon Fraser University

Akanksha Thakur is the Project Coordinator for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Hub at Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s Work Integrated Learning division where she has been engaged in programming that facilitates inclusivity and belonging for students on campus. She has helped curate inclusive curriculum for co-curricular courses at both, SFU and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Currently, Akanksha pursuing her MEd in Equity Studies in Education.

Cheryl Serpanchy

Regional Coordinator, Western Canada, ICTC | WIL Digital

As a regional coordinator for the WIL Digital program, Cheryl hails from Manitoba and liaises with businesses and organizations across the four western provinces. Cheryl has made a career of fundraising as community engagement specialist, co-creating social media conferences and connecting sponsorship in Vancouver and Victoria for over 20 years. She’s very passionate about digital technology and supporting entrepreneurs, and through her work at ICTC she’s able to make a positive difference on a global level.

Special Guest:

Jennie Nilsson

President, ACE-WIL BC/Yukon

Jennie Nilsson holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Victoria in the area of leadership studies and for the last 15 years has worked in the Co-operative Education Program at the University of Victoria. In her various roles, she has developed instructional materials, collaborated on projects with other work-integrated learning practitioners across the province and engaged new stakeholders to participate in co-operative education. Prior to taking on the ACE-WIL president role in 2019, Jennie spent 11 years working provincially, and 2 years nationally, to plan and deliver relevant and meaningful professional development to co-op and WIL practitioners.


Natasha Dilay

Manager, Career Learning and Development, Royal Roads University

As the Manager, Career Learning and Development (CLD) at Royal Roads University, Natasha leads a dedicated team of career staff who provide support, oversight and direction for both the University’s work integrated learning programs and career management services. Natasha has used her professional experience in academic course development, public relations and marketing to grow the CLD office from its first conception in 2012 when it supported two programs and approximately 50 students with two staff, to now with 12 programs and over 800 students. This is Natasha’s third term on the ACE-WIL board and is now serving as Vice President.

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November 26 - How BC businesses are using students to help them remain vital during the recovery

Details on our panelists and guests coming soon.


January 14 - Opportunities for healthcare sector organizations looking to add student talent

Details on our panelists and guests coming soon.

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