Co-operative Education Opportunities and Mentorship Programs

Thirty years of co-operative education

Thirty years. That’s how long the University of Ottawa has used its Co-op Program to give thousands of students—many of them from the Telfer School—genuine opportunities to put their knowledge, skills and training to use at one of our partner organizations. These co-operative education placements also enable our students to kick-start their careers while they’re finishing up their studies.

More co-op partners

And the program keeps getting better. New partner organizations emerge continually. This year, our school secured funds from the Government of Ontario’s Global Edge Program. This money will enable ten students next year to use international co-operative education opportunities to gain a first-hand view of life in the modern global economy.

More co-op students

At the same time, the number of Telfer School students taking advantage of the Co-op Program keeps getting bigger. This year, 426 Telfer School students made valuable contributions to many key government departments, leading public-sector organizations and successful private firms.

The government departments that host the most Telfer co-op students are:

The public-sector organizations that host the most Telfer co-op students are:

The private firms that host the most Telfer co-op students are:

Even more guidance, encouragement, hands-on training

Several other Telfer School initiatives give our students the guidance, encouragement and hands-on training they need to achieve academic success and professional growth.

  • The Telfer School Peer Mentorship Program partners first-year Telfer BCom students with friendly, active and high-achieving fourth-year students who provide sound advice and help create an environment in which younger students can achieve their own success at our school.
  • Building on the overwhelming success of the Peer Mentorship Program, we launched the Executive Mentorship Program. The program matches accomplished senior executives—most of whom are Telfer graduates—with current Telfer students who are peer mentors, enabling these student leaders to access valuable advice, direction and coaching from practical experts in their fields of study. A similar program will be launched next February for Telfer MBA students. Although many people are responsible for the instantaneous success of the Executive Mentorship Program, special thanks go to Dean’s Advisory Board members Ann Marie Sahagian, Doug Dempster and Hélène Joncas—early supporters of the program who have shown how easy and rewarding it is for alumni to remain engaged with their alma mater.
  • Consulting projects make it possible for Telfer MBA students to tackle real-life business challenges under the supervision of Telfer School professors and the mentorship of professional management consultants accredited by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.
  • Residencies give Telfer MHA students unique opportunities to strengthen their leadership skills and put into practice their health-management training. A vital element of these residencies is the participation of preceptors—senior executives in host organizations who have a vested interest in cultivating the next generation of healthcare leaders.

    MHA Preceptors, Kathleen Stokely, Executive Director, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, Greg Fougère, Executive Director and CEO, Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre, Brian Malcolmson, Director, MHA Program, University of Ottawa, Robert Babczak, Administrator of the MUHC Board of Directors at McGill University Health Centre, Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO, Accreditation Canada and Randy Penney, CEO, Renfrew Victoria Hospital

  • Internships with local organizations enable students in the Telfer School’s Master of Science in Health Research and Master of Science in Management programs to fulfil their rigorous research and practice requirements.

We would like to thank the mentors, residency preceptors and field sponsors who have made our school such a supportive environment for personal, academic and professional growth in 2010–2011.

Telfer School student Jade St-Laurent fully appreciates the transformative value of participating in the Co-op Program:

Jade St-Laurent

Jade St-Laurent

“As soon as I arrived at the Telfer School, I decided to enrol in the Co-op Program so that I could get some work experience. After doing my first three work terms in Ottawa, I wanted something unusual and more challenging for my last term. When the people at the program office told me about scholarships for students who wanted to do a work term abroad, I leapt at the chance. I found a work term in France in my field of study—marketing.

Working in Paris enabled me to learn French work methods and meet many people. It strengthened my sense of independence and resourcefulness. In fact, the experience of working abroad and having to adapt to the customs and practices of another country is incredibly rewarding. It opens you to the world. The summer I spent in Paris was the best summer of my life! To have the full university experience as well as acquiring work experience before starting a career, I strongly recommend that all students consider joining the Co-op Program and doing a work term in another country. Go forward! Don’t wait for others to help you reach the top.”