Celebrating 40 years! Here are the three recipients of the Co-op Awards

Celebrating 40 years of expertise, the University's Co-op program was yet again recognized in 2020 and retained its rank among the national top 5!

It is with sincere gratitude that we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the participating employers who continue to offer exciting and engaging internships for motivated students.

We would also like to highlight the work of these students who devote all their time and energy towards achieving success in the workplace through this unique experiential adventure.

On the anniversary of the co-op program, we would like to recognize three students who have particularly excelled during their respective internships.

These students, selected among hundreds of candidates, have demonstrated all the qualities required to perform their tasks. From Berlin to Ottawa, they have demonstrated great rigour, an amazing sense of leadership, and an exemplary attitude, all of which have reinforced the prestige of the University of Ottawa and contributed to its international reputation.

We are proud and honoured to present the winners of the co-op awards:

1st place :

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Justin Walker - Telfer School of Management - Finance

Justin is a fourth year student in Finance at the Telfer School of Management. He is involved in the Telfer Community as a teaching assistant and VP Finance of DECA. Through his internships at Joe Johnson Equipment, Public Services and Procurement Canada, and BDO Canada LLP, Justin had the chance to get fulfilling experiences and amazing opportunities. Working for the most meaningful real-property portfolio in Canada, the Parliamentary Precinct is one of his proudest achievements. He got to foster his sense of initiative by proposing new financial analysis tools to the department and contributed to the realization of a more sustainable and interconnected Parliamentary Precinct. His interest to learn from new challenges and make a meaningful impact where possible make him an outstanding and exceptional student. His supervisor, Yana Curkowskyj, says that “in just a short 4 months that Justin was a part of our department, he had made an imminent impact on our team and organization by leading in example and demonstrating leadership and organizational skills.”


2nd place :

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Danielle Carron - Arts Faculty - History

Danielle Carron is completing her final year of an Honours Bachelor in History. Her CO-OP placements have given her diverse work experience in areas of governance and justice. During her latest work term with the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, Danielle assisted in raising public awareness for issues such as climate change, LGBTQ2S rights, and Holocaust remembrance. Danielle is an exemplary student with a strong academic record and passion for student advocacy. Her supervisor, Miriam Kueller, says that Danielle is “exceptionally talented at designing tailor-made social media content that resonates with diverse audiences.”


3rd place :

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Gabrielle Feldmann - Social Sciences Faculty - Public Administration

Gabrielle Feldmann is completing her fourth and final year of a Bachelor’s in Public Administration. During her CO-OP placements, she had the chance to brief Deputy Ministers, write advice to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Minister of her department, conduct a TV interview, and much more! During her work-term with Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE), Gabrielle worked with 20 other students to identify and address a major organizational challenge within the Department and got to present those proposals to senior management. She continued working at WAGE since then and she is co-leading the implementation of a Department-wide initiative. Her supervisor, Marie-Jo Paillé, says that Gabrielle is “very reliable and self-sufficient, requiring very little direction. She is a very resourceful and autonomous worker”.

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