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Laurier recognizes outstanding co-op employer

Alumnus Pete Gibel wins Alumni Co-op Employer of Excellence Award

A Laurier graduate who has hired more than 137 co-op students has won Wilfrid Laurier University’s 2015 Alumni Co-op Employer Award of Excellence.

Pete Gibel (BBA ’86), senior vice-president of merchandising for Staples Canada, received the award at a special ceremony on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Gibel, who graduated from Laurier with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1986, initiated the co-op program at Staples in 2004.

The Alumni Co-op Employer Award of Excellence recognizes alumni who have been consistent, longstanding employers of Laurier students. Recipients provide a high degree of training and mentorship to co-op students and make outstanding contributions to Laurier’s co-op education program. The award is presented jointly by Laurier Co-op and the Development and Alumni Relations office.