INTL Mentorship Program

The INTL Mentorship Program matches emerging and experienced leaders in the Canadian international education sector.

Call for applications now open!

Mentors and mentees connect regularly over one year and receive support and guidance from the INTL Mentorship Sub-committee.
Application deadline: December 20, 2017
  • Mentors are experienced leaders who have been involved in International Education for more than 7 years.
  • Mentees are emerging leaders have been involved in International Education for less than 7 years.
  • Members who have been involved in International Education for 4-7 years may participate as both a mentor and a mentee.
  • Available to individuals at CBIE Member Institutions.
Program structure & obligations once admitted to the program:
    • Attend an information session to answer any questions about being a Mentor
    • Sign a confidentiality agreement
    • Be an active participant by supporting your Mentee through their professional and personal goals from February to November (for Mentors)
    • Connect with your Mentee/Mentor at least 2-3 hours each month
    • Respond to a mid-term short survey
    • Respond to a program evaluation questionnaire once your commitment is finished
Selection & Matching:
  • National representation inclusive of geography, language and sector experience will be given priority in selecting program participants
  • Matching will be conducted based on the responses within the Mentor and Mentee application

Please direct all questions related to the application process to Mayda Cristina Borbely, Lead, INTL Mentorship Program via email:

Application Deadline (extended!). Now, December 20th, 2017 (5:00 pm EST). Results will be announced January 12th, 2018.
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Meet the 2017 Mentorship Team!

Alix Hernandez Reyes
Senior International Recruitment & Market Development Specialist
York University

As a newcomer to Canada, and after experiencing international education by working and studying in Colombia, the USA, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Spain, I feel that there is so much we can do to empower students around the world to see and learn from other cultures. Canada is not only home to us, but paradise to those who live in a very different reality. It is our role to develop communities where diversity and inclusion are the common language. Through my job, I am proud to be an ambassador of our amazing institutions, and to provide top quality options to those looking at education as a mean to personal and professional growth. INTL has been pivotal in my development as a leader and I look forward to sharing my passion and experience with everyone interested in expanding their horizons and with a desire in making Canadian international education a positive example to other countries.

Tharsy Selvanantham
International Student Advisor
Ryerson University

I am passionate about acknowledging people’s self-worth so they can recognize their own worth. Which I find that it ties hand in hand in the work that I do as an International Student Advisor. I support international student’s journey so they feel empowered to reach their potential. But it’s intriguing to see that I also learn everyday from students. Another aspect of the job that I love is I am surrounded by great colleagues, where I feel connected, challenges me professionally, and encourages personal development every day in the job. As a new professional, INTL has provided me a platform for me to broaden my professional networks, and at the same time support the International Education community.

CBIE Mentorship Program 4.0

The CBIE Mentorship Program 4.0 has successfully doubled the number of participants from last year. With 34 paired mentor/mentee matches across Canada, we would like to thank all who came forward to mentor and contribute to this year’s success!
  • Arif Abu, Ryerson University
  • Susan Allan, University of British Columbia
  • Teeba Alsafar, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Jose Balcaceres, George Brown College
  • Alain, Boutet, University of Dalhousie
  • Shannon Bracken, UOIT
  • Scott Clerk, UOIT
  • Tiona Corcoran, Mount Royal University
  • Andri Efstathiou, University of Waterloo
  • Kira Egorova, George Brown College
  • Catherine Fisher, University of Calgary
  • Vinitha Gengatharan, University of Toronto
  • Shannon He, Capilano University
  • Margaret Hearnden, North Island College
  • Mark Herringer, Durham College
  • Amber Holliday, York University
  • Chelsey Laird, BCCIE
  • Marilyn Lambert-Drache, York University
  • Arslan Mahmood, Seneca College
  • Emily Mancuso, University of Toronto
  • Laura Marchese-Smith, NAIT
  • Donna McGrath, Thompson Rivers University
  • John Nelson, Carleton University
  • Andrew Ness, Humber College
  • Carolyn O’Keefe, Memorial University
  • Colleen Packer, University of Calgary
  • Shona Perry-Maidment, Memorial University of Newfounland
  • Graham Pike, Vancouver Island University
  • Valeri Pilgrim, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Lyndsay Sprado, Brock University
  • Joe Stokes, UOIT
  • Marc Usunier, University of Saskatchewan
  • Edna Xiaojuan Zhang, College of the North Atlantic
  • David Zutautas, Brock University

We would also like to acknowledge the commitment of the Mentorship Committee led by Alix Hernandez Reyes (York University) and Tharsy Selvanantham (Ryerson University), and consistently supported by Mayda Borbely (University of Calgary), Ying Zhang (Memorial University) and Csilla Volford (Queen’s University) for their contribution towards building an outstanding program.