at the co-op employers reception, held Feb 6, are (left to right): Michel
Gagné (Pratt & Whitney Canada), Christine Webb (Director, Institute
for Co-operative Education), Norman Tam (MIS alumnus and president of 118 Company,
a co-op employer), Dr. Meral Büyükkurt (Director, JMSB Co-op Programs
and Academic Director, MIS Co-op Program), Michelle Myszka (HRM alumnus), Priya
Chopra (Marketing alumnus, LOreal Canada), Michael Nessim (Finance alumnus,
PriceWaterhouseCoopers), and Felice Moriello (Accountancy alumnus, Samson Bélaire/Deloitte
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About 300 people crowded into the downtown faculty
club for a reception on Feb. 6, held to honour long-time co-op employers and students.
The event was jointly hosted by Concordias John Molson School of Business
and Institute for Co-operative Education.
Eleven awards were given out
to companies who have consistently provided placements for co-op students: Bombardier,
Fuller Landau, Imperial Tobacco, Industry Canada, KPMG, Merck Frosst, PriceWaterhouseCoopers,
Raymond Chabot Martin & Paré, Rooney Greig Whitrod Filion & Associates,
and TD Bank. A special award also went to Pratt & Whitney for their exceptional
support of the co-op programs over the years.
The John Molson School
of Business offers co-op programs in accounting, finance, human resource management
(HMR), management information systems (MIS), and marketing. About 250 undergraduate
business students are involved in the co-op program at any one time. These students
alternate academic course-work with four different work terms, and graduate with
excellent work experience.
Meral Buyukkurt, director of co-op programs
at the School, said, The high rate of returning employers, even in hard
economic times, is evidence of the quality of the students we send to them and
the real benefits that exist for employers as well as for students in the program.
Here are just three examples of recent co-op business students:
Norman Tam, for instance, is an outstanding MIS student who was hired as a consultant
by Air Canada and Deloitte Consulting, two of the companies that he worked with
during his co-op stages. After graduating, Norman started his own business in
software development and his first employee was a co-op student.
Priya Chopra is a bright marketing student who spent two of her work terms with
a Campbell Soup marketing team. She also worked as a co-op student with LOreal
to launch a new fragrance, and LOreal Canada hired her full-time when she
Shivali Misra is a finance student in the Ken Woods Portfolio
Management Program. She did a work term at Dundee Bancorp Inc. in Toronto, and
is now at the Caisse de depot et placement de Québec. She is also part
of a team of John Molson School of Business undergraduate students that manages
a live portfolio of $1 million as part of their course work.