Brock CO-OP Students of the Year Award
Brock University’s “Co-op Students of the Year Award” is the recognition of excellence in job performance, academic achievements, and extra-curricular involvement, based on a student’s contributions to their co-op employers, co-op education at Brock, and the community-at-large.
The ideal candidate should have passion for what they do, have perseverance, and strive to not only achieve but to surpass all expectations, to confront all challenges with a positive attitude. They should be an outstanding ambassador for all our Co-op programs and more importantly, for the University as a whole.
Award recipients will receive a $500 award to acknowledge and celebrate their achievement!
Nominees must be full-time students enrolled in the co-operative education program. Undergraduate students must have completed at least two work terms. Graduate students only require the completion of one work term. Students are encouraged to ask their employers to support their nomination.
Winners are chosen based on the following criteria:
- Outstanding work-term achievements;
- Contribution to Co-operative Education such as, how they have helped; promote co-operative education to peers or academic units, support other students to succeed in co-op, or how they have used workplace learning or professional connections to enrich their academic learning, etc.;
- Employer evaluation/recommendation by a co-op employer;
- Student’s personal statement and resumé;
- Involvement in extra-curricular activities at school and/or within the community.
Honours Bachelor of Accounting Co-op
Along with maintaining academic excellence through her disciplinary focus Yarnie continuously achieves more by using her exceptional leadership qualities. In any environment Yarnie represents her personality with her positivity and partakes in community efforts through her Charity Chair role during two out of her three years within the Goodman JDCC team. With a history of involvement in various director roles within the Business Students’ Association, Yarnie has developed her student leadership by earning the title as Executive Assistant on the 2020 Executive team. She has even pushed her limits further by leading the Accounting Students’ Association’s as President in her final year from January to December 2021. Yarnie currently represents RSM Canada LLP as a Campus Ambassador for Brock University.
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Co-op
Justin completed four Co-op work terms with three different organizations successfully through his entire degree at Brock University. Though each experience was very different, Justin developed important skills and lessons from each role. Participating in the Co-op program allowed him to narrow down his interests and helped him find an employer in his third Co-op work term that he hopes to work with post-graduation. Co-op also helped him develop as a person to become more confident in himself. By being placed in new situations with little knowledge, he learned how to stand out and make lasting impressions. On top of these career and personal developments, Justin was able to focus on academic classes that were relevant to his career path post-graduation to help assist and supplement skills needed or learned on the job. Being supported by the Co-op department allowed him to have the skills and knowledge to take advantage of all the opportunities that came his way.
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Co-op
Ishan has been an overachiever both academically and during his co-op work term experience. He was offered an extension for another Co-op work term with a promotion as a Jr. Business Analyst for Moyers & Stark Salesforce Consulting. During his time at Moyers & Stark, he became a Certified Salesforce Service Cloud Consultant and a Certified Salesforce Administrator. His work helped bring in more business and repeating clients for M&S. There was strong personal growth for Ishan to expand his network and made lasting relationships with his managers at the organization. Academically, in addition to being on the Dean’s Honour list, Ishan also placed top Three in three different case competitions, including a first-place finish.
Brock University Co-op Student of the Year – Undergraduate 2020
BSc Computer Science Honours Co-op with a Minor in Business
“The co-op program has allowed me to develop myself as a person and build a professional network to set me up for success in the workforce. I achieved a high level of academic performance, and recognition on the Dean’s Honours List in all three years already completed. My experience in RBC Amplify in my last co-op term was the most challenging, but also the most rewarding experience of my life. Being able to get into such a competitive program, but then also to win in the program, was an incredible experience for which I am very grateful. This has allowed me to secure full-time work following graduation. I hope that my co-op and academic accomplishments can be leveraged to make Brock University–and Brock’s Co-op program in particular–even more widely recognized. “
Work Term Experience: Royal Bank of Canada Amplify
Syed Hashir Sher
Co-op Student of Year 2020 (Graduate Category)
Master of Business Administration, Marketing Co-op
Syed’s work ethic and commitment to the task during his co-op at Hydro One saw him receive a full-time job offer as an Assistant Project Manager. This was the first time that a co-op student at Hydro One has been offered such an opportunity after only 4 months and speaks to the exceptional work that Syed produced. During his MBA program with the Goodman School of Business Syed has been actively involved with a number of curricular and extra-curricular activities that have raised the profile of co-op and CCEE within Brock University and he was the winner of Brock CCEE’s inaugural MBA Experiential Learning Competition in 2019.
Work Term Experience: Hydro One
The Sohail Chilmeran Scholarship
Established in 2021, “The Sohail Chilmeran Scholarship” is to award a third year Undergraduate Co-op student who is a newcomer to Canada (immigrated to Canada in last 5 years, international student) with a minimum of 75% overall average. The purpose of the Scholarship is to recognize co-op students who are newcomers to Canada and have demonstrated the spirit of “Surgite!” to overcome life challenges.
The scholarship is an annual one-time award to be granted to the selected student in the amount of $1,000.
2021 Recipient: Hamza Sidat, Honours Bachelor of Science, Computer Science Co-op
Hamza’s personal story is truly inspiring. The adjudication committee commends the perseverance and resilience they demonstrate every day. Despite all the challenges in their life, Hamza never gives up and continues pushing on, in a positive way. We are so proud of Hamza and are fortunate to witness all they have accomplished along the way.
Brock Outstanding CO-OP Supervisor of the Term Recognition
The “Outstanding Co-op Supervisor of the Term Recognition”, launched in Fall 2017, is a student driven recognition award to formally recognize and thank their work term supervisor for his/her effort and contribution towards creating a positive and valuable work term learning experience for our students.
Students will reflect on the following as part of the nomination process:
- Why do you feel your supervisor is worthy of this award?
- How did your supervisor add to your job satisfaction?
- What did you appreciate the most about your supervisor?
- Examples of your supervisor mentored you and enhanced your job satisfaction.
- The impact this experience has had on you.
Have you had a rewarding co-op work term experience? Did your supervisor play a major role in your job satisfaction? Do you feel that your supervisor was a great mentor and went out of his/her way to provide you with an enriching co-op experience that enhanced your personal growth and development? Would you like to formally thank and recognize your supervisor for his/her effort and contribution towards your professional development?
Return Here for your opportunity to Submit a recognition form for the Brock Outstanding Co-op Supervisor Recognition Award for your work term.
Please note that students on an extended work term can only nominate their supervisor once.
NOMINATIONS ARE open – deadline to submit nominations
- Spring/Summer nominations are due by September 15
- Fall nominations are due by January 15
- Winter nominations are due by May 15
2021 – Winter Recipients
- Christine Eaton – Brock University, nominated by Andrew Brown (BBE)
- Victoria Steele – Brock University, , nominated byMd Akram Hossain Tamal (MBAISP)
- Kaitlyn Joaquin – Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP, nominated by Agnes Mazu (BACC)
- Michael Carroll – Michael J. Carroll, nominated by Benjamin Haugh (BACC)
- Josee Bessette – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Jessica Humphries (BBA)
- Silvio Fabris – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Qianqian (Mea) Tian (MBAISP)
- Abdul Muddasir – Vale, nominated by Luisa Vizcaino (BBA Dual Degree)
2021 – Spring/Summer Recipients
- Ali Mehrpour – Air Miles, nominated by Karanjot Pabla (COMPSCI)
- Adam Mataya – Airbus Helicopters Canada, nominated by Garima Bakshi (MBA ISP)
- Felix Tang – Akelius Canada Ltd., nominated by Fuqi Wu (MBA ISP)
- Andree Josee Duclos – Assistance Sevices Group, nominated by Chundraprabha Gunesh (Chemistry)
- Pardis Asgari – Brock University, nominated by Krithika Chandrasekaran Iyer (Neuroscience)
- Karen Campbell – Brock University, nominated by Kiran Randhawa (Psychology)
- Kara Renaud – Brock University , nominated by Victoria Dougherty (Tourism)
- Dana Tonus – Brock University Co-op, Careers & Experiential Education, nominated by Anthonie Korstanje (Economics)
- Leela MadhavaRau – Brock University Human Rights and Equity, nominated by Hamed Karagahi (Public Health)
- Allison Rodgers – Canada Post, nominated by Mikellena Nettos (Master of Sustainability)
- Cesare Marchese – Canada Revenue Agency, nominated by Yu Han Liu (BBA)
- Douglas Nagy – Canada Revenue Agency, nominated by Oforiwaa Badu (Psychology)
- Randy Kooblall – Canadian Tire Corporation, nominated by Carlos Ochoa MBA (ISP)
- Natalie Kotikova- Canadian Tire Corporation , nominated by Neelava Maitra (MBA ISP)
- Catherine Livingston – Community Care Housing Help Centre St. Catharines & Thorold, nominated by Rachel Kung (Public Health)
- Sue Bontaine -Community Living Haldimand , nominated by Arshdeep Singh (COMPSCI)
- Victoria Hopper – Cystic Fibrosis Canada, nominated by Alexis Watt (MBA)
- Aamir Azam – Empowerment Technologies Inc., nominated by Yuning Jiang (MBA)
- David Anderson -Enbridge, nominated by Haran Raghavan (BBA)
- Anna Masi – – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Jordan Di Marcantonio (COMPSCI)
- Kristen Randall – Haver & Boecker Niagara, nominated by Jennifer Pentland (BBA Dual Degree)
- Dr. Hammad Qazi – Healthcare Systems R&A Inc., nominated by Emma Roden (BSc Math)
- Sarah Rangaratnam – INNIO, nominated by Marie-Lucie Rose (BBA)
- Brandon Emrich – Kinectrics, nominated by Danielle Hynes (BBA)
- Joseph Hiel – Mercedes Benz Financial Services, nominated by Vinay Verma (MBA ISP)
- Andrew Green – Mezzanine Growth/Calveley Green , nominated by Lauren Moesl (BBA)
- Michael Carroll – Michael J Carroll CPA Professional Corporation, nominated by Benjamin Haugh (BACC)
- Nazaline Insanally – Ministry of Solicitor General, nominated by Xi Guo (MBA)
- Silvio Fabris – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Qianqian(Mea) Tian (MBA)
- Alexander Fong – NorgenBiotek, nominated by Rimpy Saha (COMPSCI)
- Jimmy Coutinho – Ontario Internal Audit Division, nominated by Yini Lu (MBA ISP)
- Kyle Moccia – Ridley College, nominated by Victoria Danh (COMPSCI)
- Grant McKinnon – Sebastian Farms, nominated by Austin Szarek (Oenology and Viticulture)
- Kate McCrimmon – Shadow Lake Centre, nominated by Jasmine Gagnon (Psychology)
- Liz Siydock – SOLGEN , nominated by Bindia Maisuria (Psychology)
- Ashleigh Doyle – United Way Niagara , nominated by Nicole Clarke (BBA)
- Jason Ranger – Ministry of Transportation , nominated by Matthew Wallace (BBA)
- Chris Barrow -Ministry of Transportation – Digital Garage, nominated by Laura Godfrey (BBA)
- Richard Millette – OpenTrust Consulting, nominated by Brock Babin (BBA)
- Adesh Ramganesh -OPS-Ministry of Attorney General, nominated by Tanin Muhammad (MBA ISP)
- Joe-ann Owen – Tucows, nominated by Giulia Cain (BBA)
- Maggie Dawson – Young Caregivers Association, nominated by Aubrey Townson (Psychology)
2021 – Fall Recipients
- Kelly Rohe – Airbus Helicopters Canada, nominated by Mady Offless (BBA)
- Trevor Marsh- Assante, nominated by Jakob Tofano (BBA)
- Bobby Turnbull – BDO Canada LLP, nominated by Jenna Erkelens (BACC)
- Julie Fennell – Brock University, nominated by Andrew Sheehan (Neuroscience)
- Miya – Narushima – Brock University, nominated by Majuriha Gnanendran ( Public Health)
- Lori Beitz – Bruce Power , nominated by Linshan Hou (MBA)
- Tara Crawford – Bruce Power, nominated by Qi Yu (MBA) ISP
- Courtney Bonito – Canadian Niagara Power, nominated bySimran Sidhu (BBA)
- Fatima Al-ashqar – Dermcare Clinic, nominated byAlanoud Alhalis (BBA)
- Adrien Belcastro – Dextrous Technologies, nominated by Daniel Gannage (COMPSCI)
- Jake Campbell – PMP FairSquare, nominated by Aidan Walmsley (BBA)
- Deanna Stefanoff – Hydro One, nominated by Kevin Diep (BBA)
- Carissa Leblanc – KPMG LLP, nominated by Shawn Pan (BACC)
- Mohammed Al-khooly – LRK Tax LLP, nominated by Ifaz Haider (BACC)
- Jonathan Lao – Ministry of Children, Communities & Social Services, nominated by Shin Hun (BACC)
- Silvio Fabris – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Yufei Teng (MPAC)
2020 – Winter Recipients
- Andrew Still – BDO Canada LLP, nominated by Khushboo Heera Nandani(MBAISP)
- Lorraine Gillespie – Canada Revenue Agency, nominated by Abdulla Al-Anqar Abdulla(BBA)
- Adrianna Misener – CIBC Wood Gundy, nominated by Fangyan (Grace) Zhao(MBAISP)
- Jennifer Heaton – CMC MICROSYSTEMS, nominated by Jiahui Zhang(MBAISP)
- Shalini Talwar – FedEx Express Canada, nominated by Bhavani Narayanappa(MBAISP)
- Bill Luyks – Graham Scott Enns LLP, nominated by Jackson McCully(BACC)
- Brandon Walsh – Hydro One, nominated by Nishayan Ghosh(MBAISP)
- Jaimin Padia – Hydro One, nominated by Hanzala Khan(BBA)
- Jeff Battaglia – Hydro One, nominated by Syed Sher(MBAIP)
- Luke Pignataro – Luke Pignataro Tax Services, nominated by Kushumesh Ramgulam(BACC)
- Joseph O’Reilly – Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), nominated by Anthony Rotundo(BBA)
- Felita Pinto – Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada, nominated by Jonathan Wong(BBA)
- Donnel Kelly – Meridian Credit Union, nominated by Saideepak Vuppu(BBA)
- Michael Krohe – Meridian Credit Union, nominated by Sebastian(Yunzhuo)Wang(MBAISP)
- Michael Carroll – Michael J. CARROLL, CPA Professional Corporation, nominated by Siying (Amy) Wu(MACC)
- Nicole Morgan – Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, nominated by Arun Dharmalingam(MBA ISP)
- Jodi Janzen – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Karanjot Pabla(MBAISP), Andrew Kornelsen(COMPSCI), & Raymond Romaniuk(Statistics)
- Novica Kovacevic – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Matthew Litt(COMPSCI)
- Jenny Bento – NetDynamic Consulting, nominated by Qingya Li(MBAISP)
- Rita Payne – NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada Ltd., nominated by Alvina Khan(BBA)
- Alex Kolundzic – Pilliterri, nominated by Marilyn Fernandes(OEVI)
- Tracey Hope – Ridley College, nominated by Emily Day(BBA)
- Michael Jacobson – RSM Canada LLP, nominated by Yarnie Shahparast(BACC)
- Adrea Di Nardo – Sparks Power Corporation, nominated by Rashmi Shree(MBAISP)
- Tim Hoang – Toyota Canada Inc., nominated by Charles Lai(BACC)
2020 – Spring/Summer Recipients
- Dawn Zinga – Brock University, nominated by Cody Ellis(Psychology)
- Cassie Price – Brock University, nominated by Daniel Gannage(Computer Science)
- Marisa Brown – Brock University, nominated by Simran Kang(BBA)
- Bert Dimmers – BVGlazing Systems, nominated by Anukti Sethi(MBA)
- Nellie Cheng – Canada Revenue Agency, nominated by Max Shi(BACC)
- Sean Polden – Canalside Soda Company, nominated by Emily Sleegers(BBA)
- Liz Catherwood – Community Living Haldimand, nominated by Stephany Gonzalez Benjumea(Dual Degree)
- Dan Dolan – Cotiviti, nominated by Junyi Liu(MBAISP)
- Katrina Cabral – Harris Rebar, nominated by Chiara Mattina(BBA)
- Amanda Hardie – Hydro One, nominated by Nishayan Ghosh(MBA ISP)
- Ruhit Patil – Hydro One, nominated by Neel Trivedi(MBAISP)
- Kari Stayzer – John Deere Financial, nominated by Kushagrah Katta(MBA)
- Danny Jesus – Loblaw Companies Limited, nominated by Allison McDowell(DUAL)
- Jennifer Rhodes – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Nishtha Malik(MBAISP)
- Christopher Barrow – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Erin Bannister(Psychology)
- Jodi Janzen – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Karanjot Pabla(Computer Science)
- Irenaeus Chan – Norgen Biotek Corp, nominated by Cassandra Campanella(Psychology)
- Nour Noaman – Norgen Biotek Corp, nominated by Priyanka Seenauth(Biochemistry)
- Joanna Murphy – Office of the Auditor General of Canada, nominated by Alycja Kinio(BBA)
- Wayne Albright – Ontario Power Generation, nominated by Parker DeAbreu(Economics)
- Jamie Slingerland – Pillitteri Estates Winery, nominated by Claire Findlater(OEVI)
- Jenna Hague – RBC, nominated by Joel Gritter(Computer Science)
- Brian Simpson – RBC, nominated by Pragti Kapoor(MBA)
- Mati Veerasingam – RBC, nominated by Holly Trottier(Math)
- Anthony Marotta – Spark Power Corp, nominated by Mathew Sciarra(BBA)
2020 – Fall Recipients
- Felix Tang – Akelius Canada Ltd, nominated by Yuqing(Christine) Zhang(MPACC)
- Dana Tonus – Brock University, nominated by Ben Haugh(BACC)
- Julie Stevens – Centre for Sport Capacity, nominated by Noah Nickel(Political Science)
- Mary JaneHaist – Grand Erie Business Centre, nominated by Chloe Nadrofsky(BBA)
- Lidy Romanuk – Haldimand County, nominated by Chloe Nadrofsky(BBA)
- Christopher Barrow – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Xinxin Li(MBAISP)
- Silvio Fabris – Ministry of Transportation, nominated by Shivani Mahindru(MBA)
- Tyler Stark – Moyers & Stark, nominated by Ishan Kohli(BBA)
- Lourdes Nunes – RBC, nominated by Pulkit Garg(SASS)
- Teresa Burgess-Ogilvie – Safe City Mississauga, nominated by Sneha Menon(BBA)
- Kate Hannah – The City of Thorold, nominated by Seamus McBride(BACC)
2019 – Winter Recipients
- Canada Revenue Agency – Renee De Ronde, nominated by Eric Chung (BACC)
- DLL Financial Services Canada Inc. – Claire Van Boxmeer, nominated by Matthew Growden (BBA)
- Farm Mutual – Tia Milnes, nominated by Sahith Tummala (MBAISP)
- Grant Thornton LLP – Brandon Gizzo, nominated by Rachel Lie (BACC)
- Michael J. Carroll – Michael Carroll, nominated by Stephanie Huynh (BACC), & Navreen Grewal (BACC)
- Ministry of Transportation – James Blackburn, nominated by Qiuyan Tang (MBA ISP)
- Ministry of Transportation – Jodi Janzen, nominated by Rohan Maini (BBA)
- QRC Logisitcs – Sacha Mutiger, nominated by Sunny Surana (MBA ISP)
- RBC – David Day, nominated by Manish Devnani (MBA ISP)
- Taylor Leibow LLP – Samantha McLeod, nominated by Nelisha Sunderji (BACC)
- United Nations – Richard Marshall, nominated by Ahmed Jawa (BBA)
- United Nations – Yemesrach Workie, nominated by Qasim Khanani (BBA)
- United Nations Development Program – Jenty Kirsch Wood, nominated by Anish Tiwary (MBA ISP)
2019 – Summer Recipients
- Arterra Wines Canada – Laura Takata, nominated by Lauren Barber (OEVI)
- Beamsville BIA – Stephanie Hicks, nominated by Kian Goh (BBA)
- Environment and Climate Change Canada – Steve Cagampan, nominated by Nicolas Sardella (BIOTECH)
- Fund Through – Brad Elsinger, nominated by Sudev Shah (STATS)
- GlaxoSmithKline – Edith Sirard, nominated by Surina Sangha (BBA Dual Degree)
- Government of Canada – Dinesh Parakh, nominated by Ashley Tiberi (BBA)
- Hamilton Health Sciences – Victoria Brzozowski, nominated by Julia McCord (PubHealth)
- Kinectrics – Jarrod Shugg, nominated by Andrea Cossu (BBA Dual Degree)
- Kraft Heinz Company – Kelsey McKitterick, nominated by Baelie Campbell (BBA)
- Marynissen Estates Winery – Erin Levionnois, nominated by Bingyao Guo (OEVI)
- Ministry of Government and Consumer Services – Sameer Chopra, nominated by Terrance (Xu) Fang (MBA)
- Ministry of Health, Capital Investment Branch – Fareen Madhani, nominated by Rashmi Rashmi (MBA)
- RBC – Sean Kennedy, nominated by Joel Gritter (COSC)
2019 – Fall Recipients
- Environment and Climate Change Canada – Steve Cagampan, nominated by Nicolas Sardella (BioTech)
- RBC – Hanna Stetkiewicz, nominated by Victoria Medeiros (BBA)
- Toronto Hydro – Dave Martins, nominated by Karina Atha (BBA)
2018 – Winter Recipients
- Brock University – Rick Guenther
- Canadian Nuclear Laboratories – Amanda Heieck
- Fedex – Charmaine Bamford
- Michael Carroll CPA – Michael Carroll
- MPAC – Deborah Simone
- MTO – Kimberley Montague
- Nickel Brook Brewing – Andrew Wright
- OPS, Community Safety and Correctional Services – Debbie Hoang
- OPS, Ontario Cabinet Office – Ryan Corrigan
- OPS, Treasury Board – Nick Borich
- Scotiabank – Hasan Mohammed
- Stryker – Ian Cobby
2018 – Summer Recipients
- Brock University Residences – Cindy Chernish
- Brock University, Career Education – Pauline Dawson
- Canadian Tire Financial Services – Justin Detlor
- District School Board of Niagara/Lifetime Learning Centre – Amanda Etherington
- Duliban Insurance Brokers – Kyle Chiki
- Entomogen Inc. – Alessio Gasparotto
- FedEx Canada – Charmaine Bamford
- Gary Booth CA Prof. Corp. – Mike Zhang
- Gillian’s Place – West Niagara – Meredith Eudovic
- IMT Corporation – Lisa Cefaratti
- Michael Carroll CPA – Michael Carroll
- Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks – Catherine Gordon-Campbell
- Ministry of Transportation – Jodi Janzen
- Ministry of Transportation – Klari Kalkman
- Niagara Region – Margaret Murphy
- Niagara Region – Dave Raymond
- RBC – Frank Alcamo
- RBC – Shannon Johnston
- to Analytics, Inc. – Sarah Dimick
- Strategy, Innovation and Improvement Branch, Ministry of Transportation – Christopher Irwin
- Tradewood Industries – Allan Grawey
- Treasury Board Secretariat – Claudia Perencevic
2018 – Fall Recipients
- Arterra Wines Canada – Marlene Van Rooyen, nominated by Shraddha Khirwadkar (BioChem)
- FedEx Express – Steve Webb, nominated by Pardeep Kirani (MBA ISP)
- Fielding Estate Winery – Richie Roberts, nominated by Jeffrey Moote (OEVI)
- Mercedes-Benz Financial Services – Brayden Millet, nominated by Patrick Nunes (BBA)
- Ministry of Transportation – Chris Peters, nominated by -Deepthi Yerura (MBA ISP)
- Peel Regional Police – Kimberly Trichilo, nominated by Anthony Pulicicchio (BBA)
- Procter and Gamble Inc. – Gautam Malkani, nominated by Ramkumar Swamynathan (MBA ISP)
2017 – Spring/Summer Recipients
- Canada Summer Games Niagara Region – Doug Hamilton, nominated by Rachelle Roy (HLSC)
- FedEx Canada – Lynn Wilson, nominated by Arpita Gannavarapu (MBA ISP)
- Johnson & Johnson – Stacey Hachigian nominated by Shanen D’Souza (BBA)
- Michael Carroll CPA – Michael Carrol, nominated by Yee Lie (BAcc)
- RBC – Daniel Caplan, nominated by Jacob Berec (BBA)
- Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours – Jessica DiCarlantonio, nominated by Mary Lefebvre (BBA Dual Degree)
2017 – Fall Recipients
- Akelius Canada Ltd. – Andrew Lum, nominated by Zhen (Jane) Wang (MAcc)
- Canadian Tire Financial Services – Jason Etherington, nominated by Scott Schram (BBE)
- Dynacare Inc. – Trudy Burnside, nominated by Asad Jalib (BBA)
- Exp Services – Marmelyn Wong, nominated by Dania Farrokh (BAcc)
- General Motors – Jeff Pettit, nominated by Ahmed Jawa (BBA)
- General Motors – Erik Rogerson, nominated by Christine Sirignano (BBA)
- RBC nominated – Ron Chow, nominated by Rachel Van Herk (MATH)
- Regional Municipality of Niagara – Margaret Murphy, nominated by Alex Rotundo (BAcc)
- ShadeFX Canopies Inc. – Susan Course, nominated by Steven Simons (BBA)
- Town of Lincoln – Carrie Beatty nominated by Meghan Birbeck (SSAS)
- Turner Moore LLP – Jeffrey Chi, nominated by Xiaozhou (Stefan) Chen (MAcc)
- VistaPrint – Kayla Bachynski, nominated by Sathyajit Prakash (MBA ISP)
Brock Alumni CO-OP Employer of the Year Award
This award was created to help recognize extraordinary Brock graduates that have contributed to the success of Brock Co-op by supporting the program within their organization, serving as a mentor to students, and going above and beyond to help promote the University’s Co-op program.
The award is presented jointly by Brock Co-op and the Brock Alumni office and will be awarded during the National Co-op Week annual celebration in March. The award is given to a Brock Alumnus/a who has consistently promoted and been an advocate for Brock students in co-op and contributed to the personal and professional development of Brock’s students while on work term.
- Alumnus/a of Brock University
- Graduates of diploma and certificate programs are eligible
A complete nomination package for the Award must include the following at minimum:
- Completed nomination form
- Covering letter from the nominator
- Minimum of one (1) letter of support
In their covering letter, nominators must address in what way the nominee’s achievements are extraordinary, as they pertain to the award. The letter should also detail how the individual has contributed in an outstanding and meaningful way to the co-op culture at his or her place of employment.
Bachelor of Business Administration, Honours (Co-op) 2011
Darryl Moyers is the Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Moyers & Stark Consulting. In this role, he is one of the primary client-facing representatives of the firm, liaising with customer stakeholders and internal staff to lead various business process re-optimization initiatives. While he considers himself a business generalist, his main interest is helping clients to adopt, integrate, and optimize business technology software including CRM platforms and other data-driven tools. He has over 10 years of experience translating business requirements into software specifications and relational data models.
Darryl holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Honours (Co-Op) Degree from Brock, with a dual concentration in Information Systems and Marketing.
Bachelor of Business Administration, Honours 2011
Tyler Stark is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Moyers & Stark Consulting. He is a creative and strategic problem solver who has built his professional career at the intersection of business and technology. Not just a tech enthusiast, Tyler is a generalist who takes pride in his balanced skillset. His passion for helping businesses understand the “art of possible” when it comes to modern-day solutions is complementary to his ability to understand trends in technology. A small business co-owner of a niche business consulting firm in Toronto, Tyler is working with his team, clients, and partners to solve many of the challenges faced by small and growing businesses.
In 2011, Tyler received his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (Concentration in Information Systems Management) from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business. Tyler lives in Toronto and enjoys exploring the city and parks with his partner and dogs.
2020 Recipient: Jeffrey Huang, BAcc ‘10
Jeffrey Huang is currently in charge of the Accounting Department for Akelius Real Estate Management in Canada. In this role, he oversees the accounting operations at the company including financial controls, tax compliance, financial analysis and reporting to their headquarter located in Sweden. Jeffrey is also involved in various operation and acquisition projects. He has over 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Akelius, Jeffrey worked in other major real estate management companies such as Hazelview (formerly Timbercreek Asset management).
Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Accounting, Honours from Brock University and the Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CMA).
2019 Recipient: Peter Misek, BAcc Co-op ‘96
Brock Alumnus, and founding partner of Framework, Peter Misek, is our 2019 Alumni Co-op Employer award recipient. Peter comes from an entrepreneurial background and has over 15 years of venture capital experience.
Peter has taken the time out of his busy schedule to virtually meet with co-op students and talk to them about the importance of finding and harnessing your passion, and using that drive to forward your career. Peter told students that they need to find a way to set themselves apart from others, and offered everyone advice on how to do just that. Peter is not only an employer to Brock co-op students, but he is also a great mentor and teacher.
Peter was unfortunately out of the country on business when the awards reception was held, but he sent his team member Jake Berec BBA Co-op ’19 to accept the award on his behalf.
2018 Recipient: Rhonda Klosler BBA ’93
Rhonda Kloser is the National COO and Toronto Office Market Leader for RSM Canada. Since graduating from Brock, she has earned her CPA, and CA designation, and has also completed the Harvard Business School Professional Services program.
Being a co-op graduate Rhonda knows first-hand the impact a co-op experience can have on someone’s life. She now aspires to create opportunities for the next generation of leaders. Throughout her career she has been a strong champion of co-op education, playing an instrumental role in the hiring of more than 30 Brock Accounting Co-op students.
Rhonda is seen here accepting her award with Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes
Quote From Rhonda’s Acceptance:
“Without Brock and the Co-op program, I don’t know where I would be today,” she said. “My experience with the program influenced my career and impacted my life in every way. To be acknowledged with this award is a lovely honour.”
2017 Recipient: Fred Borzyk BAdmin ’88, BA ’89
Fred Borzyk is the inaugural recipient of the Alumni Co-op Employer Award. As a double Brock graduate (BAdmin & BA), he has directly seen the impact co-op programming has on students. He has earned a reputation as a champion of co-op programming within Statistics Canada, and he has always encouraged his colleagues to hire Brock students.
Over the past six years, his efforts have resulted in 56 co-op work term opportunities. He has consistently gone out of his way to provide mentorship and guidance to co-op students who have secured a work term with Stats Canada.
Fred enthusiastically advocates on behalf of Brock Co-op every chance he gets. He has participated in numerous co-op workshops and student events, offering personal and professional guidance on career and workplace success.
Fred is the embodiment of an outstanding co-op employer, and we could not be happier that he was selected as the inaugural recipient of this award.
Brock CO-OP Employer of the Year Award
Established in 2019, this award was designed to showcase organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Brock’s Co-op program. This includes the consistent employment of Brock co-op students, providing quality co-op work term experiences, and supporting and participating in various initiatives organized by the co-op office.
Due to the large number of outstanding employers that Brock partners with, this award will be presented in three variations. Recognizing one Small & Medium Enterprise (SME), one Non-profit, and one Large (>200 employees) organization. Selected organizations will have contributed to training and mentorship opportunities for our students, as well as being actively engaged with on-campus initiatives such as networking simulation events, employer panels and recruitment fairs.
Organizations are recognized for being a true partner in co-op education by consistently hiring Brock Co-op students year-round (if applicable), receiving consistently high work term satisfaction evaluations from Brock’s students regarding their co-op experience, and participating in other initiatives such as N90 or recruitment fairs. The recipient will be selected by the Director of CCEE and the Associate Director of Co-operative Education.
There are 3 categories: Small to Medium (0 to 200 employees), Large Organization (201+ employees), and Non-profit organization.
- Hires Brock Co-op Students year-round (if applicable) and goes above and beyond to provide quality co-op learning experiences. The organization must have been involved in hiring co-op students for a minimum of two years.
- Organizations must be nominated by a member of the Co-op Team
A completed nomination package for the Award must include the nomination form (submitted by a member of the co-op team), and a minimum of one letter of support from a co-op student.
Deadline for submission is February 15th every year
Small Medium Enterprise Category
2021 Recipient: Taylor Leibow LLP Chartered Accountants
2021 Recipient: Community Living Haldimand
Large Organization Category
2021 Recipient: Canada Revenue Agency
Small Medium Enterprise Category
2020 Recipient: Norgen Biotek Corp.
2020 Recipient: Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara
Large Organization Category
2020 Recipient: BDO
Small Medium Enterprise Category
2019 Recipient: Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP (DJB)
Fran Bonomi, HR Coordinator and Kayla Schipper, Staff accountant accepting the award.
In 2019 DJB hired an outstanding 28 Brock co-op students!
2019 Recipient: Bethesda
In 2019 Bethesda hired 4 Brock co-op students, and they were able to attend two co-op events where they networked with students and offered advice.
Large Organization Category
2019 Recipient: Ontario Public Service (OPS)
Unfortunately, due to internal travel restrictions, OPS was unable to attend our event. They are excited and proud to be selected for the Co-op Employer of the Year award and hope to join our event in the coming year.
101 co-op students were hired for a variety of different positions within OPS in 2019.As well, they had 9 different supervisors that were nominated for our ‘Outstanding Supervisor of the Term’ award.