Natasha Dilay's new leadership roles: ACE-WIL

Natasha Dilay

Natasha Dilay, manager of Career Learning and Development (CLD), has been nominated to the board of the Association for Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (ACE-WIL), BC/Yukon. In her new role as WIL universities director, Natasha will be representing the university sector in work integrated learning programming at the provincial level for non-cooperative education models. Additionally, she has assumed the role of Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island regional director, providing communication and liaison to the national level of Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL).

The expansion of work integrated learning (WIL) at Royal Roads University is mirrored across the province and nationally, and is reflective of student, industry and Government expectations that universities, colleges and institutes produce job ready and professionally experienced graduates. There are nine primary types of WIL that are defined at the national level, illustrating both the exponential growth and complexity of partnerships between students, industry, national and provincial governments, funding partners and post-secondary education institutions.

Natasha has been with Royal Roads since 2012. Since that time, CLD has grown from a team of three to a dedicated team of five advisors, a job developer and a part-time student office assistant and a manager. In the area of WIL, the CLD team supports over 500 students from 10 programs with academic practicum and internship courses. The CLD team also offers structured career planning workshops with partnering programs and drop-in career services for all students and alumni.

With the growing focus of WIL at Royal Roads, at the provincial level and the national level, we are very pleased that Natasha will assume these new duties and roles. She will contribute to the growth and understanding of WIL education both within post-secondary education and out to community stakeholders and industry.