University of Manitoba Co-operative Education
Student Champion Award
Each year we celebrate the amazing contributions U of M students are making to the workplace through our co-operative education programs. The Co-operative Education Student Champion Award is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the workplace during their co-op work term, while maintaining a solid academic performance as a result of applying knowledge learned during their co-op placement.
Congratulations to the award recipients!
2017 Co-op Champion of the Year Award Winner
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Tiffany Pastrick (B.A.) is a bilingual second degree student completing her Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Wildlife Management; Major Co-op) at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Tiffany excelled in her co-op work term with Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre receiving accolades from Judy Robertson, president, and Roger Perron, project manager, at Wildlife Haven. Tiffany continues to volunteer at the organization, where she promotes wildlife education through participation in their outreach program, development and publication of educational tools including the book Wildlife in your backyard and expanding her experiences in wildlife care and management.
Tiffany has consistently been on the Dean’s Honour List, and excelled academically throughout her five years at the University. She recently completed a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course in pursuit of becoming a certified wildlife rehabilitator, as well as, a certified wildlife biologist. She is empowered by her co-op experience to contribute to wildlife conservation and rehabilitation in the future.
2017 Co-op Champion of the Year Award Honourable Mention
Faculty of Science
Mathieu McMurray is a Computer Science student at the University of Manitoba. Through the Computer Science Co-op program Mathieu has experienced placements in a variety of workplaces ranging from a small technology startup at the University of Manitoba’s SmartPark to Amazon.com in Seattle. He received full-time employment offers from all three of his co-op employers, accepting one at Norima Consulting where he will start work as a software developer this May. The Innovations Team at Norima combines technical expertise with leading researchers and companies to deliver innovative solutions for health care. Mathieu is proud to join this team and to have the opportunity to do work that will be meaningful and life changing for their clients.
Mathieu’s co-op experience has had a positive impact on his academic standings. He has been placed on the Dean’s Honour List in three out of the last four academic terms – a significant improvement over prior years. In an effort to give back to the Co-op program, Mathieu has volunteered his time as a mentor, helping future co-op students practice their technical interviewing skills. He has also acted as an ambassador for the Computer Science department at the University's annual event for high school students and their families. Mathieu credits his co-op experience with providing him the confidence and technical skills needed to succeed in his career as a Computer Scientist.