Grants & Awards

CEWIL Canada Research Grant(s) & Submission Guide

CEWIL Canada Research Grant(s)

The CEWIL Research Grant(s) (value up to: $5000 CDN each) was established in 2006 to promote research that helps to strengthen the development of co-operative education and work-integrated learning across Canada. The field of co-operative education and work-integrated learning benefits from research that provides a deeper understanding of what engages, encourages, and enriches students, faculty, employers, and staff, as well as studies which analyze various co-op and WIL practices and their outcomes. The grant is available to all co-op and WIL practitioners and researchers.

Why should you consider applying?

  • Connect and collaborate with colleagues across Canada
  • Produce and share meaningful co-operative education or work-integrated learning research
  • Obtain expert feedback, support and motivation to move forward with your ideas
  • Build co-operative education and work-integrated learning credibility within your own institution
  • Elevate you and your institution’s involvement in co-operative education and work-integrated learning
  • Provide a jumpstart for analysis and action in your own co-op or WIL program
  • Extend your continuing education (Masters, PhD) research in new directions
  • Contribute to CEWIL and Canada’s leadership in the domain of work-integrated learning and co-operative education.

Please note: Overhead costs are ineligible expenses for this research grant.


Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) seeks to foster research activity that will advance and enhance co-operative education and work-integrated learning (WIL) across Canada. Research will strengthen the development of co-operative education and WIL as a learning model, stimulate professional discourse, and help build bridges between co-op and WIL practitioners and the academic research community.

As part of this mandate, CEWIL established the Co-operative Education and WIL Research Grant in 2006. By establishing this grant, CEWIL is better able to:

  • Identify, promote, and support co-operative education and WIL research activity
  • Connect practitioners’ needs to potential research opportunities
  • Link co-operative education and WIL researchers both in Canada and internationally
  • Mentor those conducting co-operative education and WIL research projects and inspire others to consider such projects

The CEWIL Co-operative Education and WIL Research Grant is an annual award. The deadline for proposal submissions for 2021 has passed. Stay tuned for 2022 information!

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Albert S. Barber Award

About this Award

The Albert S. Barber Award was instituted in 1982 to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of the philosophy and practice of Co-operative Education in Canada. The award honours Dr. Albert (Bert) S. Barber, the “Father of Co-operative Education in Canada,” who played a major role in paving the way for the promotion and advancement of Co-operative Education in Canada. As a proponent of the co-operative concept, Dr. Barber consulted with universities and colleges across the country and abroad, leading to the introduction of Co-operative Education programs at many educational institutions.

Dr. Barber was instrumental in the creation of CAFCE, now CEWIL, in 1973 and served on many committees of the National Commission on Co-operative Education (New York), and the Co-operative Education Division of the Society of Engineering Education. Dr. Barber was the first Director of Co-operative Education Programs at the University of Waterloo and a recipient of the Canadian Centennial Medal from the Government of Canada for his contributions. Dr. Barber died in 1992 at the age of 85.



Nominees must be members of the Association who have demonstrated service to CEWIL. Nominators must be members of the Association. No member may nominate himself or herself. No member of the Board of Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada will be considered for the award while serving in an executive capacity. Although the award is available annually, there is no commitment by the Nominations and Awards Committee to make a selection each year.


Nominations are now open and can be submitted online here. The deadline to submit nominations 4:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Winners will be acknowledged (virtually) at the 2021 AGM on November 3rd.




The Albert S. Barber Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions made to the philosophy and practice of co-operative education in Canada. This award is sponsored by the University of Waterloo.

The following is an excerpt from the nomination application that was submitted for Norah McRae that speaks to her qualifications for this award:

"CAFCE is delighted to have the opportunity to recognize Dr. Norah McRae—Director of Co-operative Education and Career Services, and Director of the Office of Community University Engagement at the University of Victoria—with this award in recognition of her outstanding record of contribution to co-operative education leadership and scholarship over her 24 year career in the field. Norah’s nomination package speaks to the remarkable reach of her contributions. Her nominators from the University of Victoria and the Memorial University span the western and eastern coasts of the country. Her package was supported by letters from Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, the United States, and Australia, all attesting to the global impact of her work.

Norah started her career in this field in 1992 as coordinator for the small Arts co-op program at UVIC, moving to manager of the Business Co-op and Career Centre, and then, in 2007, she assumed oversight of co-operative education and experiential learning, and in the past year for community engagement, for her University. As testament to her ambition and desire to advance the theoretical framework for co-operative education, in the same year she assumed campus-wide leadership for co-op and careers at UVIC, she also started her PhD, completing the degree, through grit and determination, in 2014.

Norah has made substantial contributions to CAFCE throughout her career as a committee member, committee chair, and board member and, from 2011/12, as our President, assuming leadership at a time when CAFCE faced significant financial difficulties. During her one-year term she worked with the board to return CAFCE to financial health, a legacy which has enabled subsequent boards to take on important and strategic projects such as our National Co-op Statistics Database. CAFCE has recognized her service and scholarship with volunteer awards in 2000 and 2005/06, the Graham Branton Research Award in 2011/12, and the CAFCE Service Award 2013/14.

The impact of Norah’s scholarship and leadership extends globally through the World Association for Co-operative and Work Integrated Education where she’s served in a range of leadership positions, including the Board of Directors, since 1998. Norah has played a major role in the strategic development and delivery of programs under the WACE Institute, serving as a faculty member for the WACE Assessment Institute, co-chair of the International Research Group, co-founder of the National Associations’ meetings which WACE supports, and as an editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Co-operative Education. Norah has also collaborated with colleagues in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden on a Global Work Integrated Learning course with the aim of providing practitioners with an understanding of the relationship between WIL and learning theory, seeking to develop a global perspective on Work Integrated Learning.

If Albert Barber, whom many call the Father of Co-operative Education in Canada, was alive today, I’m certain he would recognize in Norah the passion for the value of co-operative education and the determination to advance this field so as many students as possible could benefit that he exhibited over decades at the University of Waterloo."

Previous Recipients:

2016: Norah McRae, University of Victoria
2013: Kirk Patterson, University of Waterloo
2012: Anil Raheja, Memorial University of Newfoundland
2011: Lisa Whalen, Georgian College
2008: Carmen Poulin, University of Ottawa
2006: Sonya Horsburgh, Mount Saint Vincent University
2005: Nancy Johnston, Simon Fraser University
2004: Joanne Thomas, University of Victoria
2003: Natalie Nossal, McMaster University
2002: Shani Pearson, Mount Saint Vincent University
2001: Peter Lapointe, SIAST Palliser Campus
2000: Karen McCargar, Wilfrid Laurier University
1999: Nancy Chiang, University of Waterloo
1998: John Fiset, Concordia University
1998: Michelle Strenkowski, Vancouver Community College
1997: Andrew Crichton, Memorial University of Newfoundland
1996: Graham Branton, University of Victoria
1995: Russ Winslade, Okanagan College
1994: Stuart Koch, Seneca College
1993: Peter Young, Memorial University
1992: Gordon Lancaster, Fanshawe College
1991: James C. Wilson, University of Waterloo
1990: Lane D. Desborough, University of Waterloo
Richard Pullin, University of Waterloo
1989: Gordon Partridge, Mohawk College
1988: Martin Hendy, British Columbia Institute of Technology
1987: Bernie Ladoucier, Sir Sandford Fleming College
1986: Bruce McCallum, University of Guelph
1985: Roy Sadler, IBM
1984: Raymond Wieser, University of Waterloo
1983: Gilles Joncas, University of Sherbrooke

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