Interview with Vice President of InstarAGF, Stephen Simpson
Learn how Stephen Simpson's co-op experience led to his role as Vice President of InstarAGF, and how hiring co-op students provides value to the company."
Laurier's first Psychology and Neuroscience graduate
Emma Smith assisted children with disabilities in her first co-op work term and last summer participated in research studies through the Cerebral Palsy Discovery Lab at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. Smith has just become Laurier's first Psychology and Neuroscience graduate.
Business Technology Management students take home silver from international competition
Students from the case analysis team from Wilfrid Laurier University's Business Technology Management (BTM) program competed in their first-ever international case analysis competition in Vancouver from Feb. 12-16.
Laurier economics students win Bank of Canada's Governor's Challenge
A team of students from Wilfrid Laurier University's Lazaridis School of Business and Economics won the Bank of Canada's third annual Governor's Challenge, a national competition in which students take on the role of policy advisors who recommend what the Bank's key interest rate should be. The team included co-op students Jonathan Szeto, Salman-Hussein Hasham, Filip Lup and Marieh Ghafari Rahbar. Check out the full article and a photo of the team.
Co-op program joins Lazaridis School to open the TSX market
On March 21, 2017, The Co-op program joined Micheál Kelly, Dean, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Eric Sinclair, President, TMX Datalinx and Group Head of Information Services, TMX Group, Lazaridis School staff, students, and alumni to open the market to celebrate the Lazaridis School's 50th anniversary. Have a look at some photos and the video here.
Working at Manulife/John Hancock - A Co-op's Perspective
Business Technology Management
Read an article in the Brantford Expositor about the Bachelor of Business Technology Management program.
A Laurier graduate who has hired more than 137 co-op students is the recipient of Wilfrid Laurier University's 2015 Alumni Co-op Employer Award of Excellence. Follow this link for an article about Pete Gibel, senior vice president of merchandising for Staples Canada.
Jenna Pemkowski, a co-op student in Laurier's Bachelor of Technology Management program, has just released her debut album titled "Follow". The album is a 9-track pop/electronic collaboration with Toronto producer, Memorecks. Read more in this article in the Brantford Expositor.
Lineman of the Year
Co-op student Kwaku Boateng has been presented with the Ontario conference's lineman of the year award, the J.P. Metras Trophy. After the football season, the Business student will return to Kik as a junior financial analyst for the winter work term. Read more in this article in the Record.
Watch a video featuring co-op student Georgio Delgado, a tech entrepreneur who is building an Uber-like app for bikes.
Ryan Smolkin has returned to his alma mater to open his latest Smoke's Poutinerie location. Read more in this article.
Laurier Co-op Students Work in Front-End Development for Legal Startup Company
Laurier's Co-op Student of the Year
Kaitlin Ouellette-Matthews has been named the first recipient of the Equitable Life of Canada Student of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding students in the co-operative education program at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Follow this link to an article on Laurier's website.
Laurier co-op alumnus Shadrach Kabango (BBA '05) has been named the full-time host of CBC Radio's flagship show Q. The Juno Award-winning rapper, better known as Shad, was named to the high-profile position following a weeklong guest hosting stint in January. Follow this link for more information.
Dennis Mitchell recently received the Alumni Co-op Employer Award of Excellence for 2014. This award recognizes Laurier graduates who have been consistent, longstanding employers of co-op students who have provided significant training and mentorship and demonstrated support of co-operative education at Laurier. Laurier's Department of Co-operative Education presents the award annually, in partnership with the Office of Development & Alumni Relations.
Mitchell graduated from the Bachelor of Business Administration at Laurier in 1998 and has an MBA from York University. He played on the Laurier's varsity football team. And his desire to win has not dimmed since his days on the field. He has received five "TopGun" awards for knowledge of investments and influence in the Canadian market from Brendan Wood International, including two "team leader" awards.
Mitchell joined Sentry Investments in 2005, and has been Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer since 2012. He believes in hiring from within, and he wants to turn co-op students into full-time employees. Seven Laurier alumni currently work at Sentry, and the company has employed co-op students in 27 positions so far. In May, five co-op students will be starting at Sentry, and Mitchell has pledged to continue recruiting from Laurier.
Joe Overdevest, a co-op business graduate, is a leading fund manager for Pyramus Global, a Fidelity Investments company. Follow this link to a profile of Overdevest in the Globe and Mail.
In an incredible sweep, the Laurier JDC Central team has once again won the "School of the Year" title for an undefeated sixth year in a row, and the "Academic Cup" for a fourth consecutive year, at the JDC Central competition.
Laurier's 43-member student team was led by co-captains Morin and Nick Barbour, both fourth-year co-op students. Follow this link
for more information.
As a student at Wilfrid Laurier University, Bill Webb mixed his degree in business with co-op work terms and a position on the varsity rugby team. He credits his experiences in the classroom, in the workforce and on the field with having the biggest impact on his life.In January 2015, Laurier announced that Webb and his wife Dr. Agnes Wong have made a $1-million donation to Laurier's School of Business and Economics. The donation will support the construction of the university's new Global Innovation Exchange building (GIE). In making their gift, the couple hopes to give future students the same impactful experience that Bill had. To read more, follow this link to the article.
Brandon Snow '03, Greg Dean '08, and Stephen Groff '07
Brandon Snow (BA '03), portfolio manager with CI Investments Inc., and owner of two mutual funds, Kelt Exploration Ltd. and Alimentation Couche-Tarde Inc., recently won Lipper Fund Awards for three-year performance and announced as one of the biggest gainers among investment funds over the past year.
Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, Mr. Snow began honing his stock-picking skills at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he earned a BA in economics and financial management along with co-managers, Greg Dean (BA '08) and Stephen Groff (BA '07). The three first got their feet wet, separately, by running money with the Laurier Student Investment Fund, and subsequently they were hired by Boston-based Fidelity Investments. They were lured to CI Investments in 2011.
Read a profile of Brandon Snow in the Globe and Mail. Snow did co-op work terms with Gluskin Sheff + Associates before obtaining his economics degree from Laurier.Justin Hummel nominated Co-op Student of the Year
Justin Hummel, a BBA Co-op student at Laurier, has been nominated Co-op Student of the Year by Tina McAuley, Enterprise Operations Manager for Blackberry. As a regional business marketing coordinator during the fall 2012 work term, Justin helped execute events for an eight-city Canadian road show targeted to Blackberry's enterprise customers. He co-ordinated all aspects of registration, internal and external communication, logistics and post-event analysis.
Tina was impressed by Justin's intelligence, efficiency and work ethic. "Justin was by far the best co-op student that we have employed," she says. "He was constantly looking for new ways to improve processes and documents; he didn't wait to be asked to do something, and he was always going above and beyond the call of duty."
Co-op co-ordinator Colin McEwen supported Justin's nomination, noting his role in organizing an international student leadership conference in China for The Link and in running a fund-raising initiative for a school in Kenya.
Congratulations to Justin for his nomination as Co-op Student of the Year, sponsored by the Canadian Association For Co-operative Education (CAFCE). The winner will be announced during National Co-op Week, March 18 to March 22, 2013.
A team from Laurier, including co-op students Michael Yong and Christopher Gliszcynski, took home third place at the 2013 National Investment Banking Competition and Conference.
Congratulations to the Laurier team for its second-place finish at the 2012 CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge. The Laurier team, which included BBA co-op students Mike Cestas, Alex Garriock, and Matthew Jolliffe, was
Co-op students Eileen Devlin and Jordan Bishop led a delegation from Laurier to multiple first-place wins at the Jeux Du Commerce Central. Laurier was named School of the Year for the third straight year through the efforts of the 45 team mates. For
Kudos to co-op student Justin Hummel, who collected money to help children at a school in Kenya. You'll find more details about the impact of his efforts, along with a link to a video, in this article from The Record.
Follow this link to read about Brian Putre, an MBA Co-op featured in Optimus | SBR blog.
Corey Sherwood, a Laurier business co-op student currently on his first work term as a marketing intern with Xerox Canada in Toronto, has been named a Top 20 Under 20 for co-founding a new mentoring and resource website for secondary students and for
Lisa Nanakdewa gained enviable marketing experience during her recent work term at Hershey Canada.
For a contest for candy consumers, Lisa was involved in everything from writing rules and developing a website, to finalizing graphics for the point of sale material. Lisa wrote summaries of brand strategy, and then explained the strategy to media agencies. While investigating competitors, Lisa made use of the analytical skills she had developed in her first co-op term as a co-op associate brand manager at Novartis Consumer Health.
Lisa's supervisor, Jackson Hitchon, says "Lisa was extremely impressive in her role as a marketing intern, whether presenting ideas to agencies or providing insight on competitive activity."
For her part, Lisa enjoyed the position so much that she has decided to pursue a career in marketing.
A team of Laurier MBA students, including three co-op students, took home $20,000 after winning the Aspen Institute's 2011 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition for an innovative study that incorporated corporate profitability and env
Laurier business graduates have again excelled in professional accountancy exams, earning the highest mark in Canada on the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) case examination for the second year in a row and capturing the UFE Ontario gold medal.