What Businesses Are Saying

Access Student Talent helps our small business community access talent resources through the work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities at our local education partners: Conestoga College, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Learn what local small businesses and not-for-profit organizations have said about working with post-secondary students.

EDGE Program, University of Waterloo

Women That Give had the wonderful opportunity to work with bright students this year. Thanks to programs like Access Student Talent that help connect businesses to amazing talent and opportunities.

Fawzia Khan, CEO

in-class project, Wilfrid Laurier University (Marketing & Social Networks Course)

From start to finish, working with the students was an exciting and valuable experience for our small business! The students took on the project with a high level of professionalism, and created marketing projects that were not only interesting but included realistic recommendations that our business could implement immediately. Not only did the outcome exceed my expectations, but the process also was not labour intensive for us as a business. I would highly recommend it to any small business that wants to add some creativity and fresh ideas to any facet of their business.

Corrin Bleskie, Human Resources Consultant

Field Placement, Conestoga College (Advertising and Marketing Communications Program)

The student I had the opportunity to work with was very intelligent and open to trying new things. Over the weeks, their skill level grew and they seemed to bloom. They were exceptional and a great help to my business.

Owner of Wellness Organization

Field Placement, Conestoga College (Advertising and Marketing Communications Program)

We had a great experience working with a student from Conestoga College. The student was able to take huge weight off of the numerous tasks involved in running a small business. They produced exceptional work to help us build our brand and show up for our online audience.

Dr. Tara Hosie, Co-Owner

Co-op, University of Waterloo

We were unsure of the process to hire a student and the best fit for our small business. [Access Student Talent] helped us navigate programs and funding and gave us the confidence to make the hire. One of the best decisions our small business made this year!

Becky Shaw, Director of Marketing

Field Placement, Conestoga College (Advertising and Marketing Communications Program)

I was continuously impressed by the knowledge that the student brought to the table, and the dedication they displayed to resolving any issues that we encountered. The student displayed sharp analytic skills and was able to revamp our SEO which successfully increased traffic to our web site, social media platforms, and client contact rate. I would highly recommend working with this program as it is indeed an asset any company would be fortunate to work with.

Pattie McLean, Owner

In-Class Project, Wilfrid Laurier University (Technology & Innovation Management Course)

The students we’ve been connected to through the Access Student Talent Program helped us get new perspectives and ideas to move our initiatives forward. It is also an opportunity for us to begin building relationships with people who represent our future community leaders and prospective volunteers.

Scott Verhoeve, Executive Director

In-class project, Wilfrid Laurier University (Technology & Innovation Management Course)

I was pleased to be able to work with students this year. I had the pleasure of working with 2 groups of students who brought their own knowledge and ideas to 2 unique challenges. The group that assisted me with Habitat For Humanity ReStore and the challenge of adding an online e-commerce portal to our existing brick and mortar stores were able to quickly identify the key issues we faced and creatively provided a number of solutions that we were able to incorporate as we launched our new online stores.

Tom Bileski

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