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Co-op Program Directory

The Co-operative Education Directory is a comprehensive listing of the post-secondary co-operative education programs of member institutions in Canada.

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Emery-Dufault Award

About this Award

The Emery-Dufault Award was established by CAFCE in 2003 in recognition of the contributions of two of the founding fathers of co-operative education in Canada, Dr. Charles Leslie (Les) Emery and Professor George Joseph Dufault.  Les Emery first introduced the idea of co-operative education to Waterloo College Associate Faculties, the forerunner of the University of Waterloo.  His proposal and subsequent work led to the establishment of the first co-operative education program in Canada.  George Dufault set up and headed the Department of Co-ordination during its first year (from 1957 to 1958) at Waterloo College Associate Faculties.  This was the forerunner of the current Co-operative Education and Career Services Department at the University of Waterloo.

Charle Leslie (Les) Emery (1912-1993)

Les EmeryDr. Les Emery first introduced the idea of co-operative education to Waterloo College Associate Faculties, the forerunner of the University of Waterloo. His proposal led to the establishment of the first co-operative education program in Canada.  In the spring of 1956, Waterloo College, which had a small arts and science program, was intent on expansion but had not yet established in what fields it should do so.  At the same time Les Emery, who had overseen the establishment of the Provincial Institute of Trades in 1950 (now George Brown College, Toronto), was searching for a suitable location for setting up another provincial technical school.  On a visit to the Waterloo area, he heard about Waterloo College and made a fortuitous visit to Dr. Gerry Hagey, then president of Waterloo College and its newly established Associate Faculties. Read more...
Photo Credit: University of Waterloo

George Joseph Dufault (1912-1980)

George DufaultMr. George Dufault joined Waterloo College Associate Faculties on February 1, 1957.  It was his wide-ranging industrial engineering experience as well as teaching experience that led to his being hired by Les Emery.  George Dufault was immediately assigned the task of setting up and heading the Department of Co-ordination, the forerunner of the current Co-operative Education and Career Services Department at the University of Waterloo.  As well as hiring staff for the co-op program and visiting potential co-op employers his early responsibilities also included recruiting the first students and faculty for the fledgling institution in association with Les Emery. Read More...

Wall of Fame:

  • 2014: Andrew Andrade (University of Waterloo) and Rumman Ullah Khan (Fanshawe College)
  • 2013: Alex Chen (University of British Columbia) and Kristen Leigh Metz (Sheridan College)
  • 2013: 2012: Hangrui (Henry) Shi (University of Waterloo) and Mohammed Mahfuz Chowdhury (Sheridan College)
  • 2012: Lisa Hodgins (Assiniboine Community College) and Laura Pittman (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • 2011: Melissa Bailey (University of Manitoba) and Sven Hansen (Georgian College)
  • 2010: Mona Jalili (Simon Fraser University) and Lori-Beth Pentsa (Conestoga College)
  • 2009: Katelyn Mueller (Simon Fraser University) and Daryl Walker (College of the North Atlantic)
  • 2008: Kate Gardiner (University of Waterloo) and Kevin Ginley (Camosun College)
  • 2007: Kristin Harris (University of Waterloo) and Marisa Havens (Conestoga College)
  • 2006: Jit Seng Chen (University of Waterloo) and Jaksa Panic (Conestoga College)
  • 2005: Jan Verspoor (Simon Fraser University)
  • 2004: Marc Slingerland (University of Lethbridge)
  • 2003: Jane Nunnikhoven (Simon Fraser University)