35 Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset: A Partnership Between Co-op and Industry at the University of Ottawa


Marc-Andre Daoust, University of Ottawa

Through a strategic partnership between Co-op, the university’s Entrepreneurship Hub and RBC, the University of Ottawa is helping students develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The partnership aims to provide entrepreneurially-minded CO-OP students with new and varied opportunities. Participants are able to test ideas, learn the myriad skills needed to get a business off the ground and graduate either to a full-fledged operation or to further incubation programs. Rather than hoping for a position with an existing company, the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program’s participants will learn how to become successful entrepreneurs.

The presentation will describe how the program was built and promoted while also providing a glimpse of the early participation numbers. Session attendees will be able to understand how the partnership is helping students develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Attendees will also be able to take back key information that could help them set up similar partnerships at their home institution.



Marc-Andre Daoust, University of Ottawa
Marc-André has worked with the CO-OP team at the University of Ottawa for 15 years in various roles. Since 2009, Marc-André is the Associate Director. In his current role, he heads up program creation, admissions, communications, placement services and information technology. Given his thirst for tackling many different things and leading varied projects, the role fits like a glove. Marc-André holds a bachelor degree in psychology/management and public policies as well as a bachelor of education. from former elementary school teacher to University Administrator.



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