Celebrate U is our employer appreciation and recognition event which is held every other year in June.
In 2010 we established 3 awards for Arts & Science Co-op employers, an Ambassador Award with faculty and employer categories, Employer of the Year, and Student Choice Award.
With the growth of our programs, in 2015 we introduced the Arts, Science and Technology categories to represent and recognize the breadth of employers we work with.


Ambassador Award

This Award goes to an employer, faculty member, and a student who has supported us through our programming this year. Hiring is not a factor for this award, we look at the role they have played in providing advice and guidance to students, fostering growth, advocating for, and representing co-op in your department/organization and within the community.

Employer category - Vishnu Ramcharan - Ontario Science Centre

Faculty category - Dr. Zakzanis, Department of Psychology, UTSC

Student category - Amrita Annamunthodo, 4th year Biological Chemistry Co-op


Previous Winners

  • Roshan Guna - Baycrest
  • Honey Crossley - Working Skills Centre
  • Renee Baptiste - RBC
  • Dr. Hasenkampf, Department of Biological Sciences, UTSC


Student Choice Award

This award recognizes a co-op employer for providing an excellent co-op work term opportunity based on the quality of work, the opportunity for skills development and training, and the guidance and direction provided to students while they are on work term. Students who were on work term from Summer 2014, Fall 2014 or Winter 2015 could nominate their employer for this year's award.

Arts category  - Ontario Power Generation, Lina Sagharian
Science category - Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Schulze
New Employer category - Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Dr. Campos

Previous Winners

  • Ministry of Finance - Noel Fernandez
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre- Katrine Milner
  • University Health Network - Dr. Alexander Singer


Employer of the Year

This award looks at both participation in the program activities, hiring activity (across the terms) and the type of work term experience that this organization provides our students. 

Science category - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Arts category - Financial Services Commission of Ontario
Technology category - CaseWare International Inc.

Previous Winners

  • Ontario Shores
  • Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network