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Partnering for Impact

York University, the third largest academic institution in Canada, represents the principal intersection where progressive thinking meets solid fundamental learning. With over 50,000 students and thousands of research experts, York is an ideal partner for your organization.

Partner with us today

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Recruit a Student or Graduate

Our students are eager to apply their knowledge to real-world problems and can help address the needs of your organization. Partner organizations can access our students and alumni for internships, placements, co-ops and to hire them as employees.

Organizations will receive support every step of the way from the YU Experience Team.

To recruit Engineering and Computer Science students from the Lassonde School of Engineering for 4, 8, 12 and 16 months co-ops, visit the Hire Lassonde website.

To recruit students in Accounting, Finance, Business, Public Administration, Human Resources Management, and Information Technology for 4, 8, 12 and 16 month internships, visit the Hire LA&PS website.

To recruit French-speaking or bilingual French/English students for work placements, visit Glendon's Experiential Education website

Capstone projects connect non-profits, start-ups, government agencies and businesses with student teams to work on open-ended and complex projects that aim to make a real impact. Organizations can pitch projects, mentor students and provide additional support.

The student body at York University represents one of the most well-rounded concentrations of promise and potential in the country. The Career Centre and the Glendon Career Development Centre (for French-language or bilingual French/English students) offers a variety of customized recruitment strategies to help you connect with students and new graduates, including:

Online Job Posting System (no cost)
Employer Recruitment Sessions
Interview Facilities
Career Fairs
Participate on a panel to increase awareness of your organization

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Access our Research & Knowledge to Tackle Societal Challenges

Innovation York’s Knowledge Mobilization unit provides a single point of contact for community organizations seeking academic partners and research partnerships. It focuses on the translation of research results to better inform public policy and professional practice. The creation of partnerships between academia, community organizations and government enables the parties to address and solve problems relevant to today’s society.

Our team can help:

  • Identify academic collaborators for community-based research projects and student research internships, to solve real-world problems experienced in society
  • Support with government funding applications (where there is an academic collaboration in place) and developing knowledge mobilization strategies for applications
  • Provide training on knowledge mobilization strategies and tools

The York University-TD Community Engagement Centre (CEC), strives for academic innovation through community building and experiential learning, post-secondary attainment for Black Creek Community, and fosters collaborative community research and partnerships.

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Access our Expertise

Innovation York is here to help facilitate and maximize the commercial, economic, and social impacts of research and innovation. Whether you are a large corporation, an ambitious SME, or a non-profit with an eye for innovation, a partnership with York University can have a significant impact on your organization. From offering business and technical solutions to utilizing York’s best and brightest students for co-op and internship programs, we can help you achieve your objectives and anticipate future challenges.

We can help you achieve your objective through:

Industry Research Partnerships
By partnering with York, industry and government can solve new research questions and develop and test innovative technologies and new ways of doing things. Organizations can access world-class researchers, labs and equipment, world-class student research interns, and government research grants to support the activities.

Access to World-Class Intellectual Property
Innovation York is supporting the commercialization of intellectual property developed in the research labs of York University. Commercialization is supported through licensing activities, start-up company creation, or hybrid commercialization and entrepreneurship models. By partnering with industry, intellectual property developed at York University will have the maximum opportunity to be translated into new products, research tools, methodologies and services that will have a local and global impact.

Our staff can help:

  • Identify academic collaborations that are focused on the development of proprietary intellectual property
  • Identify innovations that can be licensed by industry and create added value for businesses
  • Create opportunities for collaboration with early-stage start-up companies to develop newly emerging and high-risk IP

Support for Entrepreneurs
Innovation York supports entrepreneurs and start-up companies through YSpace, York University's entrepreneurship hub. YSpace provides individualized programming, workshops and mentoring to support entrepreneurs on and off campus with building, launching and scaling their start-up ventures. YSpace is also home to ELLA, Ontario’s first accelerator focused on supporting women-led product and service-based businesses and the Food & Beverage Accelerator, Ontario’s first growth accelerator supporting scaling food and beverage businesses in the consumer-packaged goods space. Our physical incubator space is in Markham and is supporting growth-ready ventures. At our Glendon campus, GENIAL supports French-speaking or bilingual French/English Entrepreneurs.

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Develop Your Employees

The economy moves at a fast pace. We make it easier for you to keep up by helping recruit, retain and reskill your most valuable asset – people.

School of Continuing Studies
In partnership with some of Canada’s leading employers, we offer accelerated micro-credential programs and tailored training to upskill employees in emerging technologies, data analytics and business. We partner with organizations of all sizes across industries to offer our innovative professional programs that will allow their employees to grow professionally in a rapidly changing career landscape. The School also delivers tailored or custom professional and language programs to re-skill and up-skill their workforce — affecting lasting change and ensuring longstanding business success.

Organizations can:

  • Receive customized workforce training and development
  • Contribute to curriculum development as we consider new programs to meet your needs
  • Obtain discounts on certificate programs for multiple employees

Schulich ExecEd
Schulich ExecEd is the career-long learning arm of Canada’s leading business school, the Schulich School of Business. We partner and collaborate to deliver 160 customized development programs to approximately 250 clients in Canada and globally on an annual basis.

The SEEC offers an extensive portfolio of non-degree courses at three levels of one’s career path:

Over 12 programs focused on foundational and essential skills necessary to prepare aspiring and emerging leaders

Over 60 programs focused on developing management and leadership skills necessary to secure one’s role or prepare for their next role as a senior leader

Executive Level
Over 20 programs focused on enhancing strategic leadership necessary to elevate one’s role among other executives and transform an organization

We have long recognized that our true role is to partner with our clients to build the competencies and talent pipeline that the organization needs to drive change and promote growth. We have a dedicated design team ready to tailor programs instruction that meet the employee training needs of your business.

Osgoode Professional Development
Osgoode Professional Development offers intensive micro-credential programs to help employees in a variety of functions gain a practical understanding of relevant law and compliance obligations.  Offerings include but are not limited to human resources law, privacy and cyber security law, procurement law, contract management in IT and construction. We work with both private and public sector organizations to design and provide training in a variety of modalities, including online delivery. Osgoode, through OsgoodePD, has more offerings designed for executives and professionals than any other law school in North America. A law degree is not required.

Bilingual Professional Development
Our Glendon campus offers French-language and bilingual French/English professional development programming for individuals and groups. Examples of programs include Business Communications and Project Management Fundamentals.

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Explore our Global Partnerships

Our commitment to collaboration allows us to address complex global challenges to create positive change in the local and global communities we serve. Solidifying existing international strategic academic alliances, and establishing new alliances is key to expanding outreach and engagement with York’s larger communities.

Learn more about global partnership opportunities

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Access Meeting & Conference Spaces

York University offers a wide variety of unique meeting and event spaces on both the Keele and Glendon campuses that are available for corporate and social events of any kind. York University has meeting rooms with capacities ranging from 25 people to lecture halls for 500 people. The campus also offers a variety of accommodation options for groups or individuals, including a hotel, suites and traditional student residences. Our full-service team is equipped to help execute your vision from start to finish and anything in between.

Our experienced and professional team at Accommodation and Conference Services understand the needs of our customers. We welcome thousands of visitors every year to York University to engage in events within a unique campus environment. We are proud to serve many clients who return on an annual basis due to the consistency, quality and value that we provide.In addition to meeting and event space, we offer accommodations year-round.

The Food Services team will impress your guests with healthy, nutritious and delicious dining options. We strive to offer diverse menu options that cater to your expectations. Choose to dine at over 40 locations on campus or opt to work with our innovative chefs to create a customized menu from simple refreshments to a full-service dinner.

We also offer a full-service, in-house digital printing. Printing Services can provide you with programs, agendas, i.d. tags, invitations​, signage, posters, retractable and table banners​, certificates and awards​, booklets, brochures, flyers and presentation folders. The possibilities are endless.

Complete your event with custom branded promotional products executed by our team at The Bookstore. With access to over a million ethically sourced products, our team can quickly and cost-effectively provide you quality promotional items that will certainly make your event memorable.

York University operates its own parking and shuttle services and has the ability to deliver tailored solutions for the event​. We offer a range of parking options as well as on-the-ground service, including support for traffic control, information and directions/wayfinding.

Learn more ways to get involved on campus