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Shabnam (Shay) Ivković

Manager, International Co-op Employment (CECA) at University of Waterloo (Hong Kong) Foundation Limited

For over a decade Shay Ivković has been working at the University of Waterloo, in various departments and roles, building synergies between people, processes and technology towards accomplishing the strategic goals of the university. She has been with CECA since 2010.
Shay’s knowledge of the entire co-op operation is strong, and she has taken a leadership role within the international co-op niche in developing student and employer satisfaction strategy, creating best business practice, and growing work terms undertaken abroad. She represents CECA on various UWaterloo committees that plan and execute university strategy.
Having travelled globally, she is known to several Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) models, and has successfully completed the ‘Global Perspectives in Work-Integrated Learning’ module of the Global WIL Professional Development Program jointly offered by ACEN, CAFCE, NZACE and VILAR, which are all co-op associations in various countries. She regularly meets with university and business leaders who are keen to better understand UWaterloo’s co-op model, and has gathered rich experience in discussing WIL practice and theory with several institutions across the world.
Shay has presented co-op-related best practice and research results at national and international conferences, including the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), the World Association for Co-operative Education (WACE), and the Global Internship Conference (GIC). She is a licensed Engineer in Canada, and holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. She is currently working on a PhD degree from the Systems Design Engineering department at the university where her area of interest is performance factors within risk management and emergency response protocols for student mobility abroad.