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Co-op Employer of the Year
The Asper School of Business Employer of the Year is selected by the Co-op Office, Faculty and co-op student body based on a number of qualifying principles. The criterion used to select the recipient of this award is based on the following principles:
  • Quality of work experience and commitment to sharing business practices that relate to a student's field of study;
  • The opportunity to engage in meaningful work that contributes to the employer's business goals;
  • Organizational buy-in to the benefits of experiential learning embodies in co-operative education;
  • The mentoring relationship provided to the student during the work term, including consistent positive support and constructive feedback to the student;
  • Positive orientation to the workplace, allowing a student to feel welcome and to become an integral, contributing member of the team.

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2016 Co-op Employer of the Year:
24-7 Intouch Contact Centres

2016 Co-op Employer of the Year24-7 Intouch Contact Centres is an innovative, fast-paced and rapidly expanding organization with global operations. Over the past two years they have become strong supporters of the Asper Co-op Program, providing students with transformative experiences. Three students nominated the company after working in different departments.

According to the nominees, the company encourages students to make a direct impact towards the company’s goals, and enhances business understanding and skills by providing students to work on cross-functional projects with teams throughout the organization. The students also praised the company’s fast-paced work environment, which “teaches you how to react quickly, multi-task, and always be ready and open to the unexpected.” One student said, “My manager inspired me to improve myself professionally by pushing my boundaries and encouraging me to ask ‘why’ – she offered a combination of trust and support, which allowed me to flourish in my role.” Another said, “I was encouraged to ‘lean in’ and not only complete the work at hand, but also to challenge and re-invent processes along the way.”

In addition to providing outstanding mentorship and exposure to business concepts, 24-7 Intouch made working fun. “The experience is like no other, and you will wish your work term didn’t have to end. This is one of the most modern, innovative and unique companies in Winnipeg."

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2015 Co-op Employer of the Year:
Shelter Canadian Properties Ltd.

Shelter Canadian PropertiesIt is our great pleasure to announce that Shelter Canadian Properties has been named the Asper Co-op Employer of the Year.  The recipient of this year’s award is a first time co-op employer who the Asper Co-op program is looking forward to working with in the future.

In nominating this deserving organization, the student identified several key qualities of their work term that made their experience an exceptional one. In the student's words, I was given the opportunity to make a direct impact towards the company's goals by completing meaningful work as well as identifying key strategic goals for my department. I was given full responsibility and trust to transition our departments reporting to new accounting systems and was able to successfully launch the program making reporting more efficient and accurate. Each responsibility and task I was given was provide with a focus on giving me the chance to work with something new that benefitted my growth as a student and as a business professional.

In addition to being provided with outstanding mentoring and learning, the student in reflecting on his experience said "... My manager and the team I worked with have been the greatest contributors to my professional growth yet. The amount of knowledge I have gained has impacted my career and academic development immensely. My employer gave me the chance, the knowledge, and the trust to take part in the redesign and implementation of key business processes within the department and to create lasting change in the company. This experience will remain with me as I progress through my studies and throughout my professional career.”

As a result of this exceptional student experience, the Asper School of Business would like to present this 2015 Co-op Employer of the Year Award to Shelter Canadian Properties.

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2014 Co-op Employer of the Year:
Acuity HR Solutions

Acuity

The recipient of this year’s Asper School of Business Co-op Employer of the Year is a growing company with strong connections to the Asper School of Business and a history of supporting, and indeed participating in, the Co-op Program.

In nominating this deserving organization, the student identified several key qualities of her work term that made her experience an exceptional one.  These included, A conscious effort to customize the work term to the student’s learning goals and career interests in order to provide an enriching experience. The freedom and trust to complete her work independently with high impact to the operations of the firm. Strong mentorship including full integration to the team with access to high level business meetings and events which enhanced professional competence.

In addition to providing an outstanding learning environment, the student upon reflecting on her experience, said “…the entire team has deeply contributed to my knowledge and understanding of the processes and legislation that comes with performance management, health and safety, and employee relations.  Team meetings helped me understand that the role of a human resource professional is to maximize each employee’s potential for their personal success and for the success of the business. This perspective will remain with me throughout my HR career."

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2013 Co-op Employer of the Year:
Traffilog North America

TraffilogIt is our great pleasure to announce that Traffilog North America has been named the Asper Co-op Employer of the Year.  The recipient of this year’s award is a first time co-op employer who the Asper Co-op program is looking forward to working with in the future.

In nominating this deserving organization, Traffilog’s co-op student identified several key qualities of her work term that made her experience an exceptional one and an integral part of her growth as a young professional.  The student noted that “…my manager and my team enabled me to develop my creative and critical thinking skills, increased my confidence in my ability to contribute and enhanced my understanding of my strengths.”

The Asper School of Business Co-op program allows students to bridge theory and practice, and results in a richer, more meaningful learning experience. By graduating with a year of professional work experience already under their belts, our students are prepared to make valuable contributions to Manitoba companies – immediately. And by partnering with co-op, employers have a direct hand in training Manitoba’s future business leaders.

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2012 Co-op Employer of the Year:
The North West Company

North West Company

The recipient of this year’s Asper School of Business Co-op Employer of the Year was nominated by multiple students.  The North West Company has been a staunch supporter of the Co-op Program since its inception in 2007.

As a result of The North West Company’s continued commitment to the program, students on campus are actively talking about the positive corporate culture and business practices that make their experiences within this organization an integral part of their growth as young business professionals.  

It is indeed an honour to present this award to The North West Company.  We are grateful to the HR team and managers that have provided outstanding opportunities to our Co-op students over the past six years.  We very much value our partnership and look forward to continuing to work with the North West Company in the future.

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2011 Co-op Employer of the Year:
RBC - RBC Capital Markets

RBC - RBC Capital Markets

It is our great pleasure to announce that RBC and RBC Capital Markets is the recipient of the Asper School of Business Co-op Employer of the Year for 2011.  Since opening their doors in 1864, RBC has grown to become one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies providing banking, wealth management, insurance and capital markets services on a global basis. RBC demonstrates their vision of "always earning the right to be our clients' first choice" through our values -- service, teamwork, responsibility, diversity and integrity.   RBC and RBC Capital Markets have been strong supporters of the Co-op Program. As a result, our co-op students have learned to: apply finance, accounting, project management and human resources knowledge in a dynamic business environment; built self esteem and confidence; and developed outstanding networks and mentors within the business community.

As described by the student who nominated the company for this award:

"The amazing opportunities and experiences given to me by RBC during my Coop terms were what motivated me to nominate them for employer of the year. I was given the opportunity to do everything full-time investment bankers did. I created pitchbooks (some of which caused RBC to win significant mandates), I was brought to many high-level meetings with companies such as Richardson and Time Warner, and I personally emailed the CEO’s of major corporations every week to maintain relationships and give them market insight. This is unheard of for someone in their third year of university.Because of my work experience with RBC, school became much more relevant and I returned to Asper with a significantly improved understanding of my subjects. RBC, however, did not just improve my academic career. It challenged me both personally and professionally, teaching me how to deal with high-pressure situations, tight timelines, and a variety of different people. The long hours taught me how to push myself further than I ever thought I could go and never to give up."

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2010 Co-op Employer of the Year:
Wellington West Holdings Inc.

Brad from Wellington WestThis year's recipient is a Winnipeg success story founded in 1993, and now one of the largets and fastest-growing independent full-service investment firms in Canada.

Among their many corporate achievements, this firm has earned a spot as Best Employer in Canada for the past six consecutive years, was named one of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies in 2010 and was once again recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 2010 - for the tenth time since the company's inception.

In his nomination letter, Matt Younger, one of their co-op students, stated: "Entering the office felt like stepping on the basketball court with the Dream Team. To say I was initially intimidated would be an understatement, but the level of respect and acceptance I was given from day one surpassed anything I could have imagined. I was always included in corporate activities, my suggestions and opinions were taken seriously, I was addressed as an equal and given an opportunity that I will never take for granted. I felt like a valuable member of a winning team."

In recognition of your outstanding support of the program and the opportunities provided to our co-op students, The Asper School of Business is very pleased to announce that Wellington West Holdings Inc is the Asper School of Business Co-op Employer of the Year for 2010.

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2009 Co-op Employer of the Year:
GE Capital Solutions

GE Capital SolutionsOur award winner this year was among our first co-op employers in the summer of 2007. Although a global leader in business - in fact ranked by Forbes in 2009 as the world's largest company - they maintain an office in Winnipeg. Their first co-op placement was based out of their Vancouver office - one of Asper's first national placements. They have continued to offer outstanding opportunities to our students here in the Winnipeg office ever since.

Co-op positions within GE focus on working closely with the Account Management team to help businesses achieve their goals through innovative, customized financing. Students develop a strategic mind-set, financial and business acumen, and the keen ability to listen, understand, and communicate effectively with clients to support growth in the business. Students analyze both public and private companies' financial statements and ratios; research industries and provide background information to support credit decisions. They are exposed to professional client interaction and learn to build positive working relationships with clients while assisting to manage client accounts.

Students work directly with the Branch Manager, Regional Credit Manager, and Account Managers, receiving exemplary mentorship and daily feedback that allows them to build their finance and professional business knowledge.

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2008 Co-op Employer of the Year:
The North West Company

The North West CompanyThe North West Company has been a staunch supporter of the Co-op Program since its inception in 2007, embodying all of the above noted principles. As a result, our co-op students have learned to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-life business environment, built self-esteem and confidence, and developed outstanding networks and mentors within the business community.

The North West Company's profile has increased dramatically as a direct result of the organization's support of the co-op program, and students on campus are actively talking about the positive corporate culture and business practices that have made The North West Company a highly successful international organization.

 It is indeed an honour to present this award to The North West Company.  We are grateful to the HR team and managers that have provided outstanding opportunities within the organization and look forward to continuing to work with The North West Company in the future.

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