WDBA 2016 Summer Farm Team – Larysa Hyzka, Joel Guerin, Devina Aujla and Jacob Lucier.

WDBA 2016 Summer Farm Team – Larysa Hyzka, Joel Guerin, Devina Aujla and Jacob Lucier.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is continuing its partnership with the University of Windsor Co-op Program with the hiring of four new co-op students for the summer term.

Third year Business students Devina Aujla, Joel Guerin and Jacob Lucier and Larysa Hyzka, a third year engineering student, are on their first co-op term and are looking forward to working on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

Devina works in the Finance department, applying previous experience she gained through volunteering and with university clubs such as the Enactus CookStart program and Odette Commerce Society.  Through her co-op with WDBA, Devina hopes to discover if she has a passion for finance, and if she can see herself working everyday in a finance related position. “If so, I plan to continue gaining knowledge about financing through my concentration at university, future co-op positions and possibly completing my master’s degree” she said.

Jacob is our Policy and Project Delivery co-op student and is tasked with conducting and facilitating research on current activities related to the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Jacob has been a mentor for the Enactus WeThrive program and Odette Commerce Society and wants to work in the accounting field. Jacob believes the skills he will learn at WDBA and the opportunity to work on this historic project will benefit him in his future career. “I want to build a bridge,” says Jacob, “And, although I may not be at WDBA for its completion, I am proud to be able to tell people that I had the opportunity to be part of the project.”

Larysa is our engineering co-op student and works with the Project Managers on the Early Works activities for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Larysa has participated with the University of Windsor Engineering Society and as an executive for Women in Engineering (WIE). Larysa loved to build with Lego as a child and always knew she wanted to be an engineer.  Larysa says that she is excited to work on such an important project and hopes from her co-op placement “to understand the bigger picture, of how all the little stuff comes together to create the final product”.

Joel is our Marketing and Communications co-op student. He will work on a number of initiatives including website management, social media and video editing. Joel has previous work experience with Union Gas and with Odette Marketing at the University of Windsor. He says that he chose marketing for his area of study as it blends creativity with business. “Within my first week, I was already participating on multiple projects, internally and externally,” he said. “All of them have been exciting as well as educational, and I look forward to see how each project I participate in will help shape the future of the overall project, organization, and my career”.

This is WDBA’s second intake of co-op students. Most recently, two University of Windsor Engineering students worked on the Early Works activities. WDBA looks forward to providing co-op students valuable and relevant co-op placement terms where the students can apply classroom skills directly to the project.