The Albert S. Barber Award was instituted in 1982 to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of the philosophy and practice of Co-operative Education in Canada. The award honours Dr. Albert (Bert) S. Barber, the “Father of Co-operative Education in Canada,” who played a major role in paving the way for the promotion and advancement of Co-operative Education in Canada. As a proponent of the co-operative concept, Dr. Barber consulted with universities and colleges across the country and abroad, leading to the introduction of Co-operative Education programs at many educational institutions.
The Association for Co-operative Education (ACE) members includes co-operative education professionals, students, and employer representatives. An elected Board of Directors represents the membership in BC and the Yukon operates the Association.
The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) is the voice for post-secondary Co-operative Education in Canada and its mission is to foster and advance post-secondary Co-operative Education in Canada.
The Research Award was instituted in 1989 both to recognize significant contributions by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) members to scholarly research in Co-operative Education, and to encourage such research. The award was renamed the Dr. Graham Branton Research Award in 1996, in his memory.
Education at Work Ontario (EWO) strives to promote and foster co-operative education of the highest quality, while ensuring an integral partnership between students, employers and post-secondary educational institutions. The mission of EWO is to advocate and facilitate co-operative education as an essential component of post-secondary education, while providing quality service and support to its stakeholders.