Work-Integrated-Learning: Funding Streams and Opportunities amidst COVID-19

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In this webinar you will learn more about WIL funding supports still available to students and employers amidst the unprecedented times of COVID19. Representatives from ICTC (Information Communication Technology Council), Innovate BC, New Ventures BC, and MITACS will share current information and answer your questions. Our panelists for the webinar will be Jennifer Tedman-Jones, Cheryl Serpanchy, Radwa Saad, and Rachel Burns.

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The Information Communication Technology Council is a national centre of expertise for the digital economy. With over 25 years of experience in research, program development related to technology, ICTC has the vision of strengthening Canada’s digital advantage in the global economy.

Cheryl Serpancy, Regional Coordinator, has recently moved from BC to Winnipeg where she is representing ICTC to make a positive difference on a global level. She is passionate about people, digital technology, and supporting entrepreneurs and students across the region. She has a diverse background, working as a business development and social media specialist, the executive director for several children’s charities, and a part-time event producer in the film industry.


Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that is committed to supporting innovation by connecting any industry sector with a wide variety of academic disciplines. Jennifer Tedman-Jones has served as Director of Business Development for Mitacs since 2011, originally posted at the University of Waterloo, she is currently based at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, supporting the BC Interior. She helps companies and not-for-profit organizations expand and innovate by connecting them with leading researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, Thompson Rivers University, Selkirk College and Okanagan College. As a member of the National Mitacs Business Development team, she also coordinates partnerships across Canada.


Innovate BC is a crown agency of the provincial government that connects B.C. innovators with funding, resources, and support in a variety of ways. Innovate BC offers student hiring grants to help businesses fill entry-level positions and develop tech talent in the province. Radwa Saad is a Program Manager at Innovate BC, leading the talent program portfolio which includes the BC Tech Co-op Grants Program and the Innovator Skills Initiative, administered by New Ventures BC. Radwa has been working on the Innovate BC talent programs for over two years and is striving to build a cohesive spectrum of programs that support talent and skill development at all career stages.