The MSVU Co-op Employer of the Year Award was established in 2009 to recognize the important contributions of our co-op employer partners and mark the 30th anniversary of co-operative education at Mount Saint Vincent University. We are pleased to acknowledge co-op employers each year who have supported co-operative education at MSVU by demonstrating commitment to the program and providing excellent work term opportunities for students. These partnerships are critical for the success of our program.

The selection criteria included consideration of the work environment, leadership and mentorship, the supervisor’s demonstrated support of student learning, and the employer’s longstanding commitment to

We are pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the MSVU Co-op Employer of the Year Awards.

Public Relations Co-op Employer of the Year 2023

Sara Newman, Manager, Marketing and Skana Gee, Communication Advisor, Media Services
Communications Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
Nominated by: Tien Pham, BPR Co-op Student


Business Administration Co-op Employer of the Year 2023

Lori MacMillan, Manager, Financial Reporting & Insights
BDO Canada LLP, Halifax, NS
Nominated by: Brenna MacDonald, BBA Co-op Student

Tourism & Hospitality Management Co-op Employer of the Year 2023

Tanja Hupfer, Housekeeping Supervisor 
Hotel Halifax, Halifax, NS
Nominated by: Thuy Thuy Trang Nguyen, BTHM Co-op Student

The selection committee was comprised of Professor in Communications Studies, Dr. Amy Thurlow; Tourism Coordinator and Assistant Professor in Business and Tourism, Paulette Cormier-MacBurnie; Co-operative Education Manager, Scott Daniels; and the Co-operative Education Coordinators, Courtney Green and Raina DeBrouwer.

MSVU Co-op Employer of the Year Awards (2024)

To nominate an employer you worked with in 2024, please click here.