Congratulations to all the students and employers who won the Experiential Learning’s Co-op Awards! 

On March 6, all award nominees were invited to a celebration event at Cutten Fields. Six student co-op award winners and two employer winners were recognized for their outstanding work terms in 2023. 

The awards highlight how U of G’s co-op program truly benefits both students and employers; students build real-world work experience that will benefit them in their future careers, and employers benefit from working with enthusiastic students who bring skills, creativity and work ethic to their roles. 

2023 Co-op Award Winners 

Student Awards 

The co-op student of the year winners pose with their awards.
The Co-op Student of the Year Award winners. From left to right: Ashley Schotsman, Myah Robinson, Makayla Carter, Caleb Fretz, and Dipto Biswas.

Rachelle Sengupta, Equine Care and Management 

  • Associate Diploma Co-op Student of the Year 
  • Employed by South Tower Animal Hospital 

Myah Robinson, Criminal Justice and Public Policy 

  • Co-op Student of the Year in the BComm, BASc and BA category 
  • Employed by Canadian Centre for Cyber Security 

Dipto Biswas, Computing, Software Engineering 

  • Ian Pavlinic Memorial Award for Innovation Co-op Student of the Year in Computing 
  • Employed by City of Kitchener’s Digital Innovation Lab 

Caleb Fretz, Biological Engineering 

  • Co-op Student of the Year in the BEng category 
  • Employed by Purdue University 

Ashley Schotsman, Psychology 

  • 2023 recipient of the Collin Cureatz Memorial Award for Co-op Student Involvement 
  • U of G Career Peer Helper

Makayla Carter, Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 

  • Co-op Student of the Year in the BSc, BSc(Env) and BBRM category 
  • Employed by Kenvue 

Employer awards 

The co-op employers of the year pose with their award.
Co-op Employer of the Year Award winners. From left to right: Alex Mitro of the John F. Wood Centre and Rachel Jenkins of Magnet Forensics.

Magnet Forensics 

  • National Co-op Employer of the Year Award 
  • Nominated by Alana Bencich, Marketing Demand Co-op Student 

John F. Wood Centre 

  • 2023 Guelph Co-op Employer of the Year Award   
  • Nominated by Emily Bulmer, Marketing and Events Communications Coordinator 

Learn more about the award winners and nominees. 

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