Program

World Trade and Convention Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 19-22, 2017

Program at a Glance

Sunday,    November 19

07:00-18:00  Registration Open

08:00-17:00  Board of Directors Meetings

08:00-16:00  PD Workshops*

16:30-17:30  Regional Meetings

19:00-20:30  Opening Reception

*Additional fees required

Monday, November 20

07:00-18:00  Registration Open

07:00-08:15  Breakfast

07:00-08:00  PLC Meeting: INTL

08:15-09:45  Plenary Session

09:45-10:45  Networking Break

09:45-10:45  Exhibition Hour

10:45-11:45  Concurrent Sessions

12:00-13:00  Lunch

13:15-14:15  Concurrent Sessions

14:15-15:15  Networking Break

14:15-15:15  Exhibition Hour

15:15-16:15  Concurrent Sessions

16:30-18:30  Immigration Session

FREE EVENING

Tuesday, November 21

07:00-18:00  Registration Open

07:00-08:00  Breakfast

08:15-09:45  Plenary Session

09:45-10:45  Networking Break

09:45-10:45  Exhibition Hour

10:45-11:45  Concurrent Sessions

12:00-13:00  Lunch

13:15-14:15  Concurrent Sessions

14:15-15:15  Networking Break

14:15-15:15  Exhibition Hour

15:15-16:15  Concurrent Sessions

16:30-18:00  Annual General Meeting

19:00-23:59  Social Evening: An East Coast Celebration

Wednesday, November 22

07:30-08:30  Breakfast

08:00-13:00  Registration Open

08:45-09:45  Concurrent Sessions

09:45-10:45  Networking Break

09:45-10:45  Exhibition Hour

10:45-11:45  Concurrent Sessions

12:00-13:00  Lunch

13:15-14:15  Concurrent Sessions

14:15-14:30  Networking Break

14:30-16:00  Closing Plenary Session

Professional Development Workshops

Sunday, November 19

CBIE’s professional development workshops provide rigorous, applied learning opportunities that deepen your international education expertise.

Registration and payment of fees are required.

Full-Day Workshops
Strategic International Partnership Management

Title: Strategic International Partnership Management
Date: November 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Facilitators: Kate Jennings, Chad Hoseth, Suzanne Alexander and Lara Dunwell (TBC)
Price: $495 Member; $575 Non-Member

Description: Join colleagues from various locations around the globe as we explore a number of aspects of strategic partnership management. By the end of the workshop participants should expect to: have an expanded understanding of and confidence with strategic partnership management as an area of practice; be able to review and recommend models for partnerships; have an expanded understanding of, and confidence with, the complexities of developing sustainable and effective partnerships; have additional knowledge and tools for marketing and promoting partnerships; understand and feel confident with one or more approaches to evaluating partnerships; have an expanded understanding and awareness of resources and tools for further professional development in the area of strategic partnership management.

Half-Day Workshops

Morning

Education Abroad 101 (To be confirmed)

Title: Education Abroad 101
Date: November 19, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Facilitators: Colleen Packer and Laura Marchese-Smith
Price: $275 Member; $325 Non-Member

Description: Join colleagues from the Education Abroad Professional Learning Community (EAPLC) of CBIE as we provide an introduction to education abroad advising and programming. This workshop is designed for those who are new to the field of education abroad. Participants will normally include those working in the areas of advising and/or programming for students going abroad to study, work and/or volunteer.

Immigration Policy and Law in Practice

This is a bilingual workshop.

Title: Immigration Policy and Law in Practice / La politique et le droit d’immigration en pratique

Date: November 19, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Facilitators: Philipp Reichert, Maud-Andrée Lemieux, Brianne (Bree) Huene, Alexandra McAllister
Price:
$275 Member; $325 Non-Member

Language of presentation: English and French

Description: In this interactive workshop, learn about the latest developments in Canadian immigration law as it relates to the general areas of practice for RISIA and RCICs at post-secondary institutions in Canada. In small groups, participants will complete a number of activities based on real-life situations.*

*This workshop outline has been submitted to ICCRC for 3.5 CPD hours.

Afternoon

Advising in the Immigration Grey Zone

Title: Advising in the Immigration Grey Zone
Date: November 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Facilitators: Brianne (Bree) Huene and Alexandra McAllister
Price: $275 Member; $325 Non-Member

Description: In this interactive workshop, attendees will be presented with various ambiguous immigration topics as they pertain to the student experience. Facilitators will explore the written regulations, the ambiguity within them, and how to maintain ethical advising practices when assisting students who may be within “the grey zone”. Attendees will get to openly share their interpretations with others, learn about different institutional policies, and leave with a better understanding of how colleagues across the nation address these particular concerns.

*This workshop has been submitted to ICCRC for 3.5 CPD hours.

Global Affairs Canada Emergency Management Table Top Exercise

Title: Global Affairs Canada Emergency Management Table Top Exercise
Date: November 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Facilitators: Ed Czank, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Government of Canada
Price: $275 Member; $325 Non-Member

Description: This session will run participants through an interactive table top exercise, including a series of case studies that will encompass policies, procedures and plans within the realm of Security and Emergency Management. Experts from academia and Global Affairs Canada will share their experiences and knowledge in student abroad programs (travelling, studying, etc.). The objective of the exercise is to share information and best practices to maximize effectiveness in responding to emergency situations. The workshop also outlines the Canadian consular services that are offered by the Canadian government. This session will help you prepare your students and faculty to make smart travel choices while abroad.

This workshop complements the Education Abroad 101 workshop.

Intersecting Paths: Immigration and Institutional Policies from a Managerial Perspective

Title: Intersecting Paths: Immigration and Institutional Policies from a Managerial Perspective
Date: November 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Facilitators: Philipp Reichert and Rohene Bouajram
Price: $275 Member; $325 Non-Member

Description: In this workshop, learn about pertinent Canadian immigration law as it relates to decision-making, advocacy, and risk management in cases where institutional and immigration policies converge. In small groups, participants will review relevant case studies and provide an analysis of various factors that need to be considered from an institutional perspective. Participants will take away a detailed outline of key considerations for institutions wishing to host international students in a variety of settings.

* Please note this is geared towards participants in leadership roles.

Workshop Networking Lunch

Add a networking lunch to your workshop experience. An informal networking lunch will be available for workshop participants. Half-day workshop participants may choose to add this networking lunch to their workshop experience.

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Price: $40

Menu: soup, salad, sandwiches, fruit, dessert, tea and coffee.

Available to all workshop participants.

Please note, that full-day workshops already include the lunch.

TARGET AUDIENCE COLOUR CODE

Sessions are categorized according to areas of specialization. To find out which sessions apply to your interests, follow this colour-coded legend:

big red Senior Administration

big orange International student services

big yelllow 2 Mobility and exchange

big green Projects, aid and trade

big blue Recruitment, marketing and admissions

big purple Faculty and teachers

big turquoise All audiences

LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION

BEGINNER – 0 to 3 years of experience – Participants are new to the field of international education – Session will foster learning and support for new international education professionals

INTERMEDIATE – 4 to 9 years of experience – Participants are experienced and looking to develop further skills and knowledge – Session will build upon participants’ experience and understanding

ADVANCED – 10+ years of experience – Participants are expected to have a strong professional foundation that will aid their participation in the session – Session will advance knowledge and understanding of experienced practitioners

Plenary Session

08:15 - 09:45

This year’s theme, Pathways in International Education: Charting the Course, looks at the mechanisms that enable collaboration and opportunities in international education. The term ‘Pathways’ can be interpreted in different ways and there are many players who work together to enable these education and transition opportunities. Whether it is an international school, language school, school board, college, technical institute, university, organization, industry partner, or government, the success of pathways rests on the collaborative efforts of those involved to identify and strengthen pathways that create opportunities in international education. At CBIE’s 51st Annual Conference we will work together to ensure that the necessary tools are available to create sustainable pathways and chart the course in international education.

Concurrent Sessions

10:45 - 11:45

ENHANCING FACULTY CAPACITY AND STUDENT CAREER OUTCOMES THROUGH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIPS

This session will bring together those with an interest in discussing international development pathways for students, recent graduates and faculty and explore how best to balance providing these opportunities with maintaining integrity in the fast-evolving field of international development. Short case studies will highlight cross-Canadian partnerships and institutional alliances and explore resource sharing opportunities to enhance capacity.

Presenters: Sandra Schinnerl, Director, Global Engagement, Douglas College; Allyson Larkin, Assistant Professor, King’s University College, Western University; Janice Spencer, Faculty, Douglas College

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

INTERCULTURAL BROKERING THROUGH VOLUNTEER PEER ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS

The intercultural and social benefits of a Volunteer Peer Engagement Program build inclusivity and cross-cultural awareness from before international students arrive, and continue to broker smoother transitions and community connections throughout their school life. Explore the strengths and challenges of three established peer programs: U Alberta, U Ottawa, and U Victoria. Join us to experience senior peer intercultural training and discuss the merits of your own peer engagement programming.

Presenters: Gavin Palmer, Student Engagement Program Coordinator, University of Alberta International; Irene Xia Zhou, Orientation, Integration and Academic Success Coordinator, University of Ottawa – International Office; Anne Cirillo, Coordinator, International Student Programs, University of Victoria – International Student Services

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

 

REMOVING BARRIERS TO MOBILITY FROM A CENTRAL AND FACULTY PERSPECTIVE

Canadian institutions have been challenged to increase their international mobility. In this session, we will highlight a few of the barriers to student mobility; curriculum, financial constraints, institutional and faculty priorities, student awareness and communications and quality control. Participants will be provided with tools and examples to minimize or remove these barriers, through existing best practices, to ensure a more successful pathway to student mobility.

Presenters: Angela James, Director, Centre for International Management, Smith School of Business, Queen’s University; Régine Legault-Bouchard, Interim Director, International Office, University of Ottawa

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

STEM IN IRELAND – OPPORTUNITIES IN EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Study abroad at all levels offers incredible experiential opportunities for students that translate directly to greatly improved employability, especially in STEM careers. Ireland is an exceptional case study in this regard, with an excellent higher education system and thriving computer science, biotech, and financial industries. This session will examine educational programs, opportunities for internships or employment at home or in Ireland, and pathways for students to take advantage of them.

Presenters: Jim Pierson, North America Representative, University College Dublin; Karole Egan, SVP Education North America, Enterprise Ireland

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

THE CANADIAN TRADE COMMISSIONER SERVICE – HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

LE SERVICE DES DÉLÉGUÉS COMMERCIAUX DU CANADA – COMMENT RÉUSSIR EN ASIE DU SUD-EST

Meet some of Global Affairs Canada’s Education Trade Commissioners from Vietnam, Thailand and Philippines to find out about recruitment,  partnership, and pathway  opportunities in these markets.  Learn about services and support available to you when visiting these regions.

Venez rencontrer les délégués commerciaux en éducation des Affaires mondiales Canada du Vietnam, Thaïlande, et les Philippines afin d’en apprendre davantage sur les occasions de recrutement et de partenariat, et les passerelles en éducation internationale dans ces marchés.  Vous apprendrez aussi sur les services et sur l’appui qui vous sont offerts par nos ambassades.

Presenters / Présentateurs: Gaetan Martineau, Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada; Tu Nguyen, Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada; Marie Angela Cachuela, Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada; Nitchawan (Pan) Sriviboone, Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada

Target Audience / Public cible : 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Niveau d’expérience : Débutant, intermédiaire, avancé

 

WORKING COLLABORATIVELY BETWEEN K-12 AND POST-SECONDARY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PATHWAY SUCCESS

In support of students enrolled in K-12 who plan to continue on to post-secondary, we explore what challenges international district offices and post-secondary institutions face in advising students and how, through collaborative efforts, we can create partnerships across sectors to help students navigate their options. In building a mutual understanding, we create opportunities for cooperation, strengthening our support to one another and to the international students we serve.

Presenters: Susan Allan, Associate Director, International Student Initiative, The University of British Columbia; Jeff Davis, Director, International Student Programs, Greater Victoria School District

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

13:15 - 14:15

BUILDING HEALTH RESEARCH CAPACITY IN EAST AFRICA

Two presentations in this session focus on projects involving partnerships between Academics Without Borders & East African universities to help them in building research capacity. The first also involves MicroResearch, a Dalhousie University based NGO, in projects aimed at sustainable, community sensitive research. The second builds research capacity among nursing faculty at Aga Khan University. Both involve Canadian volunteer academics & thus illustrate a way for internationalizing Canadian higher education.

Presenters: Greg Moran, Vice Chair, Academics Without Borders; Noni MacDonald, Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Co-Director, MicroResearch International, Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre; Robert Bortolussi, Professor Emeritus and Co-Director, MicroResearch International, Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Advanced

 

CROSSING THE RIVER BY FEELING THE STONES: INTERCULTURAL CAPACITY BUILDING FOR STUDENTS

The concept of intercultural competence is gaining value amongst undergraduate university students, yet only 11% of domestic students claim an international student as a friend.  This workshop will explore lessons learned from a course that partnered the Human Rights Human Diversity BA program, English Language program, Community Service Learning Office, and International Office, and resulted in students with heightened self awareness and respect for their international counterparts.

Presenters: Phyllis Power, Manager, Global Engagement Programming, Wilfrid Laurier University; Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Associate Professor Human Rights Human Diversity, Wilfrid Laurier University; Valerie Kilgour, Manager, Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program, Wilfrid Laurier University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: THE NEXUS OF IMMIGRATION ADVISING AND MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

International Student Advisors and international office staff often find themselves in a position of providing stressful immigration advice to students, which can have an impact on both the student’s academics and overall well-being. The aim of this session is to provide attendees with knowledge and solutions on specific immigration case studies that may cause stress for students throughout their studies, and how partnering up with Wellness Services can help improve the quality of an international student’s experience.

Presenters: Ahmed Ali, MSW, Registered Social Worker and Student Support Advisor, SU Wellness Centre, University of Calgary; Brianna Huene, RCIC and International Student Immigration Specialist, University of Calgary; Philipp Reichert, RCIC and Coordinator of Immigration Advising Services & Senior Advisor, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus and Lead instructor, International Students and Immigration Education Program (ISIEP), Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

INTERNATIONALIZATION AS AN IMPERATIVE: FROM UNINTENTIONAL TO INTENTIONAL

Internationalization is not a new concept.  However, what is new is the idea of internationalization as an institutional imperative.  Universities are now seeing it as an investment and are creating new positions and allocating budgets to support intentional efforts to create new pathways for enrollment growth and learning outcomes.  This session will examine three universities’ paths to internationalization as an imperative–from the unintended to intended—and the lessons learned.

Presenters: Thy Yang, Assistant Vice President, International Education, Norwich University; Teresa Flanagan, Director, International Department, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT); George Sipos, Director and Associate Professor, International Centre, Yamanashi Gakuin University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

PATHWAYS FOR LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT: BUILDING ETHICAL GLOBAL STUDENT VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMS

Postsecondary institutions prepare students with international and intercultural skills to succeed in a globalized society. International volunteering is a popular means of engaging students in intercultural learning and professional skills development and sharing. The session will share emerging research and practical experience around preparing students for ethical learning and ensuring ethical engagement with host organizations and communities.

Presenters: Tom Tunney, Senior Advisor – University, College and Cégep Partnerships, World University Service of Canada (WUSC); Rebecca Tiessen, Associate Professor – School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa; Pamela Roy, Founder & Lead Consultant, Consultancy for Global Higher Education; Gráinne Ryder, Manager, International Work Experience, University of Waterloo

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

PATHWAYS TO SUPPORTING RECONCILIATION FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS

PASSERELLES ET ALLIANCES VERS LA RÉCONCILIATION POUR LES ÉDUCATEURS INTERNATIONAUX

Internationalization and indigenization are dual mandates for many Canadian institutions.  While there may appear to be some synergies, there are also profound differences. While many international educators are passionate about intercultural learning, some scholars have suggested that internationalization lacks an end goal or does not explicitly align with equity and social justice agendas.  How can we learn to be authentic allies while still being advocates for internationalization?

Les processus  d’internationalisation et d’autochtonisation  peuvent-ils opérer en synergies dans les institutions, malgré leurs différences fondamentales ? Que pouvons-nous offrir au processus de réconciliation ? Comment apprendre à devenir d’authentiques alliés tout en poursuivant notre engagement envers l’internationalisation ? Les intersections entre l’apprentissage interculturel, l’inclusion, l’équité, et l’engagement mondial, la justice sociale sont explorées.

Presenters / Présentateurs : Julie Vaudrin-Charette, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Ottawa; Robin Reid, Assistant Professor in the Tourism Management Department, Thompson River University; Sonja Knutson, Director, Internationalization Office, Memorial University; Kyra Garson, Intercultural Coordinator, Centre for Student Engagement & Learning Innovation Thompson Rivers University

Target audience / Public cible : 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Niveau d’expérience : Débutant, intermédiaire, avancé

 

PREPARING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FOR LIFE IN CANADA

In this session we will discuss how international programs can help students prepare for life and studies in Canada. We often underestimate the transition our students undergo – from giving up everything familiar in their home countries to starting from scratch in a new country, in a foreign language. Pre-arrival assistance varies from pre-testing students for their language skills, determining how much ESL support they need, to educating them about homestay/residence, and academic requirements. This session will concentrate on two pathways: preparing students (predominantly at the K-12 level) for life in Canada, and transitioning students from high school to post-secondary studies in Canada.

Presenters: Nicole Patriquin, International Student Program Administrator, Upper Grand District School Board; Thomas Christensen, Director, Vital English Canada

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

STUDENT EXCHANGES AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH GERMAN UNIVERSITIES – OPPORTUNITIES FOR CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

Germany has not only been singled out as “best performer” for internationalization in a 2016 study by the British Council, it is also among the top destinations for Canadian students and researchers. This concurrent session presents opportunities for student exchanges and partnerships at selected German universities, and invites participants from Canada to connect with representatives of these institutions. The session includes an overview of funding opportunities to support partnerships and mobility between Germany and Canada.

Presenters: Alexandra Gerstner, Director Information Centre Toronto, German Academic Exchange Service; Katja Simons, Executive Director, German University Alliance; Peter Rosenbaum, Executive Director, University Alliance Ruhr, New York; John Paul Kleiner, Senior Manager University Relations, German Academic Exchange Service, Toronto

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

15:15 - 16:15

CONVERGING PATHWAYS: COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA-DRIVEN RESEARCH IN INCREASING STUDENT MOBILITY

Student mobility is essential to UBC’s international engagement goals, and we rely on the incorporation of evidence-based communications strategies. Data gathered during a recent international strategic planning process highlighted the need to be more audience-focused and innovative to reach all student groups. This evidence is shaping our current and future programming and communications decisions, with the goal of making international learning programs even more accessible to our students.

Presenters: Cheryl Dumaresq, Director, Go Global: International Learning Programs, The University of British Columbia; Erin Shaw, Content and Engagement Strategist, Student Communications, The University of British Columbia; Natasha Nobell, International Relations Officer, Strategy and New Projects; International Office, The University of British Columbia

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

DEVELOPING FUTURE-READY GLOBAL TALENT: UNIVERSITY INITIATIVES AND COLLABORATIONS

In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, the university now, more than ever, plays an integral role in ensuring its graduates have the necessary skills and attributes to adapt and excel  in whatever they plan to do upon graduation.  Senior International Officers from National University of Singapore, McGill University and University of Toronto will explore pathways for transitioning students from university to the workforce through global programming and other initiatives.

Presenters: Anne Pakir, Director, International Relations Office, National University of Singapore; Joseph Wong, Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President, University of Toronto; Philip Oxhorn, Associate Provost (International) and Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

FROM MILD TO SPICY: EXPLORING THE FLAVOURS AND COMPLEXITY OF INDIAN PARTNERSHIPS

Strategic partnerships in India come with their own set of challenges, the foremost being identification of appropriate partners.  The college system where public and private colleges are affiliated to state universities can make assessing best-fit partners a time-consuming process.  This presentation introduces an assessment framework to evaluate Indian institutions for collaboration.  Algonquin College, active in India, will then provide a case study describing its strategic approach.

Presenters: Krista Northup, Director of Education, North America, Sannam S4; Ernest Mulvey, Director, International Education, Algonquin College

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

HARNESSING CANADA’S INNOVATION AGENDA AS A PATHWAY TO INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

Universities share space with industry as sources of innovation, but collaboration between the two has been limited.  Harnessing potential collaborations between academia and industry seems to present opportunities, but has sometimes been elusive to faculty, students and university administrators. This session will create an opportunity for participants to learn about and share ways in which universities are opening doors to industry in a globalized context and how this stimulates innovation.

Presenters: Petra Kukack, Director, International Programs, Mitacs; Amy Lee, International Co-op Coordinator, Simon Fraser University; Brennan Gillis, Director, Business Development, Mitacs; Kaitlyn Shannon, Manager, International Research Awards, Mitacs

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

MAKING IT WORK: PATHWAYS TO A STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ACADEMIC AFFAIRS PARTNERSHIP

Student Affairs and Academic Affairs share an overarching goal of international student success; however, their pathways to this goal can be different. This session presents highlights of a collaborative research project that brought these two pathways together. The session will include opportunities for participants to share best practices and examine ways to build productive relationships at their own institutions to support international students.

Presenters: Tricia Best, Associate Director, International Student Services, University of Victoria; Susan Corner, Director, Academic Advising and Interntional Student Services, University of Victoria; Carolyn Russell, Director, Student Recruitment and Global Engagement, University of Victoria

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

 

PATHWAYS TO INTERCULTURAL LEARNING THROUGH TEACHING: BRITISH COLUMBIA’S GLOBAL INTERCULTURAL PROGRAM PRO-D FOR TEACHERS

This session presents a provincial collaboration to develop and deliver a high school program that provides pathways to develop students’ intercultural capacities and global engagement.  Four school districts across the province participated in a pilot professional development program to support teachers to develop and deliver robust global and intercultural learning outcomes.  These processes and the results will be discussed.

Presenters: Kyra Garson, Intercultural Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University; Angela Ferraro, Managing Director, International Education, Burnaby School District; Andrew McIlvaney, Secondary Teacher, Burnaby School District

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

ROOM TO GROW: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE 2017 CANADA PATHWAYS REPORT

Pathways programs accounted for around 30% of all international undergraduate student entries into Canadian universities in 2015 – highlighting their important and growing role.  This session introduces the results of the  2017 ICG Canadian Pathways Report which includes benchmarking of more than 85 individual pathways programs, two of which will be showcased as best practice case studies.

Presenters: Daniel Guhr, Managing Director, The Illuminate Consulting Group (ICG); Ajay Patel, Vice-President, External Development, Langara College; Tina Bax, Founder and CEO, CultureWorks

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

Immigration Session

16:30 - 18:30

Description coming soon.

TARGET AUDIENCE COLOUR CODE

Sessions are categorized according to areas of specialization. To find out which sessions apply to your interests, follow this colour-coded legend:

big red Senior Administration

big orange International student services

big yelllow 2 Mobility and exchange

big green Projects, aid and trade

big blue Recruitment, marketing and admissions

big purple Faculty and teachers

big turquoise All audiences

LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION

BEGINNER – 0 to 3 years of experience – Participants are new to the field of international education – Session will foster learning and support for new international education professionals

INTERMEDIATE – 4 to 9 years of experience – Participants are experienced and looking to develop further skills and knowledge – Session will build upon participants’ experience and understanding

ADVANCED – 10+ years of experience – Participants are expected to have a strong professional foundation that will aid their participation in the session – Session will advance knowledge and understanding of experienced practitioners.

Plenary Session

08:15 - 09:45

Concurrent Sessions

10:45 - 11:45

ARE YOUR ACTIVITIES ABROAD SAFE? / VOS ACTIVITÉS À L’INTERNATIONALE SONT-ELLES SÉCURITAIRES ?

With the rise of terrorism around the world, the notion of security has taken a whole new perspective in developed countries. Canadian schools face increasing safety challenges when pursuing activities abroad and many are not equipped to face their duty of care responsibilities, to keep their students and employees safe, to protect their reputation and to mitigate financial risks linked to legal proceedings from parents.

Avec la montée du terrorisme, la question sécuritaire ne touche plus seulement les « états fragiles » mais aussi les pays développés.  Les écoles canadiennes font face à des défis sécuritaires grandissants dans leurs projets internationaux et bon nombre d’entre elles sont peu outillées pour répondre pleinement à leur devoir de diligence, pour protéger leurs étudiants et employés, pour protéger leur réputation et diminuer les risques financiers liés à une poursuite judiciaires de parents.

Presenters / Présentateurs : Marie-Claude Du Cap, Directrice, ALÉAS; Éric Lefebvre, Directeur, ALÉAS

Target Audience / Public cible : 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

Niveau d’expérience : intermédiaire, avancé

 

DISCOVERING CONDITIONS FOR OPTIMAL INTERCULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AT HOME AND ABROAD

We know that students can and do benefit from careful crafting of their international learning experiences but intercultural development still does not always go as facilitators plan. Using two case studies — a training and study abroad program in India, and life and global leadership development in a culturally diverse International House residence — we can pull apart what works, what doesn’t work, and dig into the “why?” of optimizing transformative learning opportunities for your students.

Presenters: Lynne A. Mitchell, Director and International Liaison Officer, Centre for International Programs, University of Guelph; Leslie Weigl, Global Education Coordinator, University of Alberta International

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

HIRING STUDENTS FROM INTERNATIONAL PATHWAYS: BRITISH COLUMBIA CO-OP EMPLOYER PERSPECTIVE

The ACE-BC Research Committee engaged in a collaborative research project to learn more about employers’ perspectives regarding hiring PSE students who have come from international pathways (refugees, new Canadians, visa students, etc.). The study utilized a unique qualitative methodology called Q wherein employers were asked to sort and rank a range of 38 statements that reflected a range of perceptions related to the research question.

Presenters: Nancy Johnston, Executive Director, Simon Fraser University; Norah McRae, Executive Director, Co-operative Education Program and Career Services ; Director, Office of Community-University Engagement, University of Victoria

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PATHWAY PROGRAMS: BUILD INTERNALLY OR PURSUE EXTERNAL EXPERTISE?

The development of Pathway programs to increase access for international students is increasing across North America. Understanding and evaluating the many components of a comprehensive solution can be overwhelming. Panelists will discuss key considerations when determining whether an institution should pursue building a program internally vs. seeking an external partnership with an experienced private provider.

Presenters: John Waterhouse, Professor Emeritus and former Vice President, Academic and Provost, Simon Fraser University; Dan Guhr, Managing Director, Illuminate Consulting Group; Britta Baron, Associate Vice President (International) and Vice-Provost, University of Alberta; Timothy Rahilly, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, Students & International, Simon Fraser University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

SUCCESS PATHWAYS TO POST-SECONDARY FOR INTERNATIONAL AND ONTARIO STUDENTS SEEKING A GLOBALIZED EDUCATION

This interactive presentation will introduce participants to Ontario’s Strategy for K-12 International Education with a specific focus on enhancing pathways for international students and Ontario students seeking a globalized education experience. Participants will learn about programs in three Ontario district school boards supporting successful transition to Ontario post-secondary institutions.

Presenters: Vic Degutis, COO, Research & Development/International Education, Waterloo Catholic District School Board; Lorraine Otoide, International Education Officer, Ontario Ministry of Education

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

 

WHERE WILL STUDENTS COME FROM NEXT? EMERGING MARKETS FOR GLOBAL STUDENT MOBILITY

As the global education market intensifies, success depends on navigating competitive recruitment pathways.  Key to managing this complexity is understanding market dynamics: sources of students, the shape of successful internationalization strategies for the right markets, and how to build effective partnerships within them.  This session draws on experts in market research, global consulting and provider experience to offer insights on the future landscape of international student recruitment.

Presenters: Pamela Barrett, Director, Barton Carlyle; Craig Riggs, Editor, ICEF Monitor; Andrew Ness, Dean, International, Humber College Institute of Technology & Applied Learning

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP CANADIANS GAIN GLOBAL COMPETENCIES

Working and living abroad often result in better labour market outcomes and allow students to develop cultural sensitivities. Since 2015, International Experience Canada has worked with institutions to encourage students to go abroad. This workshop showcases the collaboration between IEC and the University of New Brunswick and demonstrates how such partnerships help contribute to students’ acquisition of global competencies, sought after by employers.

Presenters: Clark Goodman, Director, International Experience Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Veronica McGinn, International Development and Experiential Activities, Global Learning and Engagement, University of New Brunswick

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

13:15 - 14:15

AVANTAGE ONTARIO CONSORTIUM – A PARTNERSHIP MODEL FOR FRENCH ONTARIO / LE CONSORTIUM AVANTAGE ONTARIO – UN MODÈLE DE PARTENARIAT POUR L’ONTARIO FRANÇAIS

Le gouvernement de l’Ontario finance le Consortium Avantage Ontario CAO qui regroupe 10 établissements de langue française ou bilingues dont 8 universités et 2 collèges d’arts appliqués et de technologies ; le principal objectif est le recrutement d’étudiants internationaux en participant à des foires internationales, en étant présent dans les médias sociaux et en signant des ententes internationales de collaboration. Le CAO intervient aussi dans la formation et les collaborations locales.

Presenters / Présentateurs : Raymond Day, Directeur, Consortium Avantage Ontario; Francine Bouchard, Agente d’éducation, Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Formation professionnelle

Target Audience / Public cible : 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

Niveau d’expérience : intermédiaire, avancé

 

‘CLASS-SPACES’ TO ‘WORKPLACES’: WORKPLACE TRANSITION, RETENTION AND MODELS OF SUPPORT

Nova Scotia is small in size, but robust in partnerships supporting International Students. ‘STAY in NS’ is a program offering comprehensive career support for transitions from ‘student’ to ‘professional’.  We present a model and practices to demonstrate how universities, private sector and government are taking steps in sector-wide initiatives to retain international students in the province; how targeted services provide tools and contacts for students to stay, live, and work in NS post-graduation.

Presenters: Jennifer Wesman, Retention Coordinator, EduNova; Chantal Brine, Vice President, Youth Employment, Venor

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

DATA DRIVING DECISIONS: INFORMING INTERNATIONAL MARKETING AND ENROLMENT STRATEGY

Major political events in the US and UK over the past year have led many international students to shift their focus to studying in Canada. Leveraging real-time data can help Canadian colleges and universities understand the impact of these events. The session will draw on the research and inquiry analytics of over 34 million prospective international students, identifying trends and insights to help inform international strategy.

Presenters: Laura Holmes, Director, Global Initiatives, Hotcourses Group; Sarah Ramisch, Assistant Director, Admissions Services, Carleton University; Scott Robinson, Associate Registrar, Admissions and Recruitment, University of Calgary

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

INTERNSHIPS IN INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES: THE GOLDEN TICKET TO KICK-STARTING A CAREER?

Universities in both Norway and Canada strive to prepare graduates for a career in the global marketplace. International internships with companies are available through programs offered by organizations such as Mitacs in Canada and international partners abroad, and can connect students directly to international career opportunities. How can universities make the most of partnerships with companies and industry, for furthering education, advancing research and fostering innovation?

Presenters: Vidar Pedersen, Head of Department, Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education; Petra Kukacka, Director for International Programs, Mitacs; Sonja Knutson, Director of the International Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Kaitlyn Shannon, Manager for International Research Awards, Mitacs

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

PATHWAYS TO INTERCULTURAL LEARNING: DIALOGUE TOWARDS A RE-MODELLED INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY TOOLKIT

This session will focus on “Intercultural development tools” and how we use them, what we think of them and their usefulness in creating pathways for our students, faculty and staff to increase intercultural learning and global understanding. Using a World Café style format, participants will discuss a variety of intercultural learning tools for effectiveness and appropriateness in the contexts in which they work. Participants will evolve their own Intercultural Competency training toolkit.

Presenters: Chelsey Laird, Global Engagement Coordinator, University of the Fraser Valley; Teeba Alsafar, International Student Advisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Ashley Pinsent-Tobin, Manager, International Learning Programs (Inbound), Nova Scotia Community College; Cathy Maloney, Manager, Intercultural Initiatives and Learning Strategy, Centre for International Experience, University of Toronto

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

 

SUPPORTING EXCHANGE STUDENTS’ TRANSITION INTO NEW CULTURES: COMPARATIVE APPROACHES

One of the main reasons why universities promote  internationalization  is to graduate inter-culturally competent students. In this context ensuring  a successful educational experience abroad implies preparing students to transition into new cultural environments. The panelists will discuss  the approaches they have adopted to ensure exchange students best integrate into the host society, adapt to the academic culture of the host institution and cultural practices in the workplace.

Presenters: Marilyn Lambert-Drache, Associate Vice-President International, York University; Kris Torno, Manager, International Mobility (International Services for Students), Simon Fraser University; Emilie Viret-Thasiniphone, Director, International relations, Université Savoie Mont Blanc; Sophie Picavet, Director – International Relations, Sup’Biotech; Helen Balderama, Associate Director, International Partnerships and Programs, York University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

THE OKANAGAN CHARTER: DEVELOPING PATHWAYS TO ADDRESS THE WHOLE STUDENT

Collaborative practices are crucial in embedding well-being into all aspects of campus culture and settings, including providing services.  The Okanagan Charter: An international Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges is a framework for the many transitions students from international pathways face on campus. The presentation explores how the Charter can be used to create pathways for student success through collaborations of unexpected campus partners.

Presenters: Martin Mroz, Director, Health and Counselling Services, Simon Fraser University; Karin Kosarzova, Manager, International Student Advising and Programs, ISS, Simon Fraser University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

WRITING: AN ESSENTIAL PATHWAY SKILL FOR INTERNATIONAL AND IMMIGRANT STUDENT SUCCESS

Recent data identifies an increased need for writing skills development as a key component to international and immigrant student success. Through collaboration, analysis, and Essential Skills instruction, Language Assessment Services (LASNS), Immigrant Services Association (ISANS), and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) have engaged in pathway and program development to meet this growing need. Join us as we explore these trends, collaboration, and map student success.

Presenters: Amanda Marshall, Writing Centre Project Coordinator, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC); Erin McDonald, Director of Programs and Services, Language Assessment Services of Nova Scotia (LASNS); Andrea Stewart, Director, Libraries & Educational Technology, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC); Carol Derby, Manager, Language Services, Immigrant Settlement Assocuation of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

15:15 - 16:15

CREATING PATHWAYS TO EDUCATION FOR ALL: OVERCOMING BARRIERS CAUSED BY FORCED DISPLACEMENT

Youth who have been affected by displacement, such as refugees, asylum seekers, non-status and indigenous youth, face more barriers to accessing education than their peers. Higher education plays an important role in improving conditions of these vulnerable populations, but policies and practices can unintentionally exclude them from accessing it. Presenters will explore challenges faced by these unique populations and share innovative responses to creating educational pathways for all.

Presenters: Michelle Manks, Senior Manager, Student Refugee Program and Campus Engagement, World University Service of Canada (WUSC); Andy Garrow, Director, Youth Development, Katimavik; Tanya Aberman, Research and Project Coordinator, FCJ Refugee Centre

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CAREER PATHWAYS: SUPPORTING OUR STAFF

International Education (IE) is a growing sector in Canada and one with many diverse areas of career-focus for professionals. This session will present findings from surveys and interviews conducted with new professionals in IE and illustrate their pathways into and out of the field of IE. Participants will gain a better understanding of the support and professional development new professionals need when entering this field of work. Best practices and ideas will be shared in a group discussion.

Presenters: Laura Marchese-Smith, Study Abroad Advisor, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; Chelsey Laird, Global Engagement Coordinator, University of the Fraser Valley

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE CANADA AND DISCOVER YEAR: SETTING STUDENTS UP FOR SIGNIFICANCE

Canadian employers believe that young Canadians may be left behind unless they begin to think and act globally (Leger Marketing, 2014). In this workshop, learn how International Experience Canada and Discover Year can help institutions leverage international opportunities for secondary and post-secondary students, and share innovative ideas on what can be done collectively to improve mobility rates and support a more fluid transition into the workforce.

Presenters: Jay Gosselin, Founder & President, MentorU & Discover Year; Liz Hong-Farrell, Assistant Director, International Experience Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

INTERNATIONAL INTER-LEVEL PATHWAY : MOBILIZATION AND SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES / PASSERELLE INTERORDRES À L’INTERNATIONAL : ENJEUX DE MOBILISATION ET DE PÉRENNITÉ

Aiming for the co-construction of knowledge, a panel of practitioners in international education will lead this interactive workshop seeking to identify the best practices that foster a sustainable mobilization of international teams involved in an international inter-level partnership (Vietnam/Qc). Based on a case study “Development of an academic bridge between three levels of education”, this workshop will seek to further understand the challenges of a continuum of educational services.

Dans un objectif de co-construction des savoirs, un panel de praticiens en développement international du milieu de l’éducation, animera cet atelier visant à identifier les meilleures pratiques pour assurer une mobilisation durable dans le cadre de partenariat inter-ordre à l’international(Vietnam/Qc). Basé sur une étude de cas « L’élaboration d’une passerelle académique entre 3 paliers d’enseignements » cet atelier permettra de mieux cerner les défis d’un tel continuum de services éducationnel.

Presenters: Fréda Thélusma, Coordonnatrice, Cégep Marie-Victorin; Sylvain St-Amand, Directeur du Service des relations internationales, Université du Québec à Montréal; Marie-Eve Morin, Conseillère pédagogique, Cégep Marie-Victorin

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

 

LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS THAT ACCELERATE INNOVATION AND PATHWAYS TO THE GLOBAL CREATIVE ECONOMY

Based on research data that identified the gaps in secondary applied arts and media training for the global creative economy, we present a unique educational partnership between Rosedale Academy and Vancouver Film School. Using innovative technology including livestreaming, hybrid learning options, joint course development and delivery, we demonstrate how our model creates highly interactive global online learning providing pathways and potential partnerships with your post-secondary programs.

Presenters: Jasmine Lenuzzi, Director of Educational Partnerships, Rosedale Academy; Pam Turnbull, Director of Academic Programs, Rosedale Academy; Diwakar Gandhi, Director, International Strategy and Business Development, Vancouver Film School; Ted Gervan, VP of Education, Vancouver Film School

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

MAPLE LEAVES TO SHAMROCKS – CANADIAN COLLEGE DIPLOMAS TO IRISH DEGREES: FIVE YEARS OF LESSONS LEARNED

In November 2016 Colleges Ontario and the Institutes of Technology in Ireland (represented by THEA – Technological Higher Education Association), renewed a five-year agreement allowing Ontario college students to complete honours degree programs in Ireland. Hear from representatives from institutions in Ireland and Ontario and from students about this collaborative program, the lessons learned and best practices that are helping Ontario students earn a degree and gain international experience.

Presenters: John Shalagan, Principal, JTS International Higher Education Consultancy; Joseph Ryan, Chief Executive, Technological Higher Education Association (THEA); Dan Douglas, Dean, Centre for Research and Innovation, Fanshawe College; Don Young, Dean, International Education, St. Lawrence College

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

PATHWAYS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUCCESS: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Two higher education institutions with multiple campuses, have implemented the use of an app to help improve the experience for international students throughout the student life cycle from the moment of acceptance into the program, with the goal to improve engagement and student success.  Presenters will highlight the philosophy and approach of the app, results and impact to date, and practical lessons learned in implementing the app at two different institutions.

Presenters: Rama Ishak, International Student Coordinator – Transition and Mobility, Sheridan College; Katie Orr, Director, NSCC International, Nova Scotia Community College

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

SEIZING THE MISSING OPPORTUNITIES FROM REGULAR EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS

Establishing a student exchange agreement involves developing a relationship, conducting site visits, course mapping, etc. With all this investment of time and effort we typically only focus on the regular inbound – outbound balance. This presentation will share the creative approaches taken at three universities and how they have leveraged the exchange agreement to explore other, deeper ways to capitalize their relationships.

Presenters: Michelle Adams, Student Abroad Advisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Pauliina Roulean, International Liaison Officer: Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Concordia University; Kara Bertram, Contract Training & Study Tour Coordinator, University of the Fraser Valley

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

Annual General Meeting

16:30 - 18:00

TARGET AUDIENCE COLOUR CODE

Sessions are categorized according to areas of specialization. To find out which sessions apply to your interests, follow this colour-coded legend:

big red Senior Administration

big orange International student services

big yelllow 2 Mobility and exchange

big green Projects, aid and trade

big blue Recruitment, marketing and admissions

big purple Faculty and teachers

big turquoise All audiences

LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION

BEGINNER – 0 to 3 years of experience – Participants are new to the field of international education – Session will foster learning and support for new international education professionals

INTERMEDIATE – 4 to 9 years of experience – Participants are experienced and looking to develop further skills and knowledge – Session will build upon participants’ experience and understanding

ADVANCED – 10+ years of experience – Participants are expected to have a strong professional foundation that will aid their participation in the session – Session will advance knowledge and understanding of experienced practitioners.

Concurrent Sessions

08:45 - 09:45

BUILDING MOBILITY FROM VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO PHD, COLLEGE TO UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY

Two public institutions in Ontario – a research intensive university and college – have developed a partnership focused on college to university mobility for international students, with a particular focus on undergraduate mobility and student success.  The partnership allows international students to move seamlessly between all disciplines, from diploma programs to graduate level education.  As well  students at the university can seek remediation at the college to fast track to readmission.

Presenters: Joe Stokes, Associate Registrar and Director of Enrolment Services, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Mark Herringer, Dean, International Education, Durham College

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

LEARNING BEYOND BORDERS: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

CBIE has launched a national campaign to increase the number of Canadian students who study abroad. In response to this, a smartphone App has been developed in collaboration between the University of Guelph, Guard.me and Vital English. The App provides students with online support and a range of tools at their fingertips. The first of its kind, the App supports the students on their path, from leaving Canada, to arriving at their study destination and on location.

Presenters: Lynne Mitchell, Director and International Liaison Officer, University of Guelph; Keith Segal, CEO & President, Guard.me; Thomas Christensen, Director, Vital English

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

IMMIGRATION ADVISING: COLLABORATIVE SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM ADMISSION TO ARRIVAL

When international students are admitted to a Canadian college or university they celebrate for a little while, then the stress starts building about the journey that they will soon embark upon. The unreachable Canadian Consulate, the confusing IRCC website, the complicated online application system, the long processing time and sometimes the unjustified refusals are just a few of what make the study permit application a miserable experience for students. How can we facilitate this experience?

Presenters: Aziz El Mejdouby, Immigration Advisor, University of Toronto; Marc Arnold, Coordinator of Transition and Advising, University of Toronto

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

PATHWAYS TO SUPPORTING THE SUCCESS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WHEN “NON-TRADITIONAL IS THE NEW NORMAL”

This session will explore the tension between targeted special populations programming and mainstreaming, particularly as it relates to supporting the success of international students.  This concern arises in a context where the sentiment that “non-traditional is the new normal” is becoming more common, while at the same time internationalization is an increasing priority across Canadian campuses.  The facilitators will frame the issues and context, and then lead facilitated discussion.

Presenters: Cathy Maloney, Manager, Intercultural Initiatives and Learning Strategy, Centre for International Experience, University of Toronto; Kate Jennings, Director for International Student Services, Vancouver Island University; Kyra Garson, Intercultural Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

SETTING THE CORNERSTONE: THE INCEPTION AND FUTURE OF THE CANADIAN LEARNING ABROAD ALUMNI COMMUNITY

UNE FONDATION SOLIDE : CRÉATION ET FUTUR DE LA COMMUNAUTÉ CANADIENNE D’ANCIENS ÉTUDIANTS À L’ÉTRANGER

Learning Abroad Alumni have much to contribute to their institution upon return; they also gain skills, experience, career development and knowledge when engaged by their institutions after graduation. However, Institutions across Canada are not creating space for dialogue. This session will discuss the Canadian Learning Abroad Alumni Community, how it began and its accomplishments and will include an interactive section dedicated to moving forward and improving Alumni engagement across Canada.

Les établissements d’enseignement doivent faciliter la participation d’anciens étudiants à l’étranger au dialogue sur l’apprentissage à l’étranger et leur permettre de gagner en expérience, en développement professionnel, en compétences et en connaissances. Nous présenterons les réussites de la Communauté canadienne d’anciens étudiants à  l’étranger depuis sa création et animerons des échanges interactifs pour réfléchir sur les futures étapes pour améliorer l’engagement des anciens du Canada.

Presenters / Présentateurs : Alida Campbell, Project Manager, Saint Mary’s University; Lisa Deacon, Content Manager, Canadian Bureau for international Education; Marla Douglas, Alumni Officer, Saint Mary’s University; Sylvie Albert, Gestionnaire et conseillère principale (international), University of Ottawa

Target Audience / Public cible :

Level of Experience: 

Niveau d’expériance : Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

TAKING STUDENTS FROM THE COMFORT OF CANADIAN WORK TERMS TO THE ADVENTURE OF INTERNATIONAL ONES

One of the strategic priorities of the Universities of Alberta & Waterloo is international experience for students to meet growing need in globalized Canadian workplaces. Based on working with our key stakeholder group – students – to better understand what prevents them from ‘taking the leap’, we have designed infrastructure of several supports for success on the pathway of international co-op work experience. This session will explore collaborative practices to grow outbound mobility.

Presenters: Ciara Murrin, International Internship Coordinator (Outbound), University of Alberta; Shabnam (Shay) Ivkovic, Manager – International Mobility, University of Waterloo

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

THE INDIAN PATHWAY: UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY’S MODEL FOR A CAMPUS IN CHANDIGARH

What began as a modest cohort-based BBA program has blossomed into a multi-faceted campus operation. While offshore program delivery certainly demonstrates one type of pathway, this is a model that has its challenges, particularly in a country as complex as India. This presentation describes the development of UFV’s campus in Chandigarh by highlighting both the successes and challenges encountered over the last 12 years.

Presenters: David McGuire, Executive Director, UFV International, University of the Fraser Valley; Gurneet Anand Singh, Director, UFV Chandigarh Campus, UFV Indiaia Global Education/University of the Fraser Valley (India); Peter Geller, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President Academic, University of the Fraser Valley

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Advanced

10:45 - 11:45

30 YEARS OF ERASMUS+: HOW CAN CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS BENEFIT FROM THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAM?

The Erasmus+ European student mobility program turns 30 in 2017. What started off as a mobility scheme for around 3,000 higher education students in 1987 has evolved into a program which, between 2014-2020, will provide a variety of opportunities to four million students and staff in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. This session presents experiences with the Erasmus+ program in Germany and Norway and describes the impact which the program’s components have had on student mobility in these countries. It will also present opportunities for Canadian Higher Education Institutions to participate in the program’s partner country stream.

Presenters: Alexandra Gerstner, Director Information Centre Toronto, German Academic Exchange Service; Alain Boutet, Executive Director, Office of International Relations, Dalhousie University; Vidar Pedersen, Head of Department, Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU); Leah Nord, Director, Board, Membership and Stakeholder Relations, Canadian Bureau for International Education

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: A KEY COMPONENT OF A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT RETENTION STRATEGY

This session will focus on how innovative collaboration between industry, educational institutions and government bodies is creating more pathways for temporary residents studying at PEI’s educational institutions; how the wider newcomer community is assisting students develop a pathway to permanent residency, and how going forward any long-term pathway to permanent residency for students needs to focus on community engagement and not just employment skills in isolation.

Presenters: Richelle Greathouse, International Student Advisor, University of Prince Edward Island; Hope Nestor, International Student Employer Liaison Officer, University of Prince Edward Island; Erica Stanley, International Student Immigration Advisor, University of Prince Edward Island

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner

 

IELTS GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES, COLLABORATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

To gain understanding and insight into the global opportunities for professional development IELTS provides as a service for Teachers, School Boards, Language Schools, Higher Education, Professional Associations and Employers.  We offer organizations and professionals the opportunity to connect and build networks through our IELTS professional development Stakeholder Seminars, and IELTS Teacher Training Workshops, Bands Score, TRVS, and Road to IELTS training.

Presenters: Una Bulman, Senior IELTS Client Relations Executive Canada, IELTS British Council; Stephen Carey, IELTS Global Marketing Manager, IELTS British Council

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

 

FACULTY LED PROGRAMS ABROAD: REVIEW AND REFLECTION ON INNOVATIVE MODELS AND BEST PRACTICES

The evolution of the Faculty Led Programs Abroad  demonstrates an endless variety of design configurations and procedural guidelines.  This workshop will present numerous models and a review of of best practices for the preparation and delivery of Faculty Led Programs Abroad.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to reflect on what designs would work best within their university strategic framework and how to implement best practices for safe and effective course participation.

Presenters: Phyllis Power, Manager, Global Engagement Programming, Wilfrid Laurier University; Scott Clerk, Program Manager, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Catherine Fisher, Coordinator, Group Study Programs, University of Calgary

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate

 

MEDICINE AND HUMANITIES INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM (MHIP): AN INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP TO ENHANCE THE TRAIN

The University of Ottawa, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Université de Lyon and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine have entered into a multilateral partnership for the establishment of an international program in the field of medicine and the humanities (Arts, literature, social and human sciences) which will enhance the partners respective medical education and research programs. The program will have its first summer school in Ottawa in 2017.

Presenters: Jean Roy, Director, Medicine and the Humanities Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; Jay Wang, Assistant Dean, Internationalization, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate

 

OUTBOUND MOBILITY IN MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES: DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES AND CHALLENGES

MOBILITÉ SORTANTE EN MÉDECINE ET SCIENCES DE LA SANTÉ : STRATÉGIES DE DÉVELOPPEMENT ET DÉFIS

This session will focus on the strategies developed by the international offices of two faculties of medicine of Québec in order to encourage students in medicine and health sciences to undertake an internship abroad. Panelists will also discuss the tools they have put in place to improve the quality of the international experience and to facilitate the retention of what was learnt abroad.

Cette session mettra l’accent sur les stratégies développées par les directions facultaires responsables de l’international de deux universités québécoises afin d’encourager les étudiants en médecine et sciences de la santé à effectuer un stage à l’étranger. Les panélistes discuteront également des outils qu’ils ont mis en place afin d’améliorer la qualité de l’expérience à l’international et des défis concernant la rétention des acquis suite à ces séjours.

Presenters: Étienne Pineault, Conseiller en affaires international, Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal; Geneviève Bouchard, Directrice du cabinet de la doyenne, communications et relations internationales, Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal; Oana Bota, Conseillère – Bureau des relations internationales, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

RACISM IS A REALITY! WHAT’S YOUR COMMUNITY DOING ABOUT IT?

Racism affects international education and international students’ destination choice, wellbeing, quality of their Canadian academic and cultural experiences, retention and post-graduation settlement. Explore the challenges and impacts of racism. Learn how a community, through collaborative efforts and the empowerment of the voices of “others”, is rallying to address these impacts. Consider your own backyards. Learn about pathways to building welcoming, inclusive, diverse and vibrant communities.

Presenters: Rose Aquino, Director, International and Exchange Student Centre (Western International), Western University; Christina Lord, International Program Coordinator, Brescia University College

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

THE BEST CONFERENCE: COACHING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYMENT TRANSITIONS

The BEST (Building Employment and Successful Transitions) conference is a collaborative, annual event that offers innovative, progressive, and practical training for international students entering the job market. The conference incorporates skill building workshops, networking, and breakout sessions that support the exchange ideas and unique approaches for students to build and pitch their personal brand. The presenters will provide a roadmap to recreate this event at your institutions.

Presenters: Ashley Pinsent-Tobin, Manager, International Learning Programs (Inbound), Nova Scotia Community College; Jennifer Wesman, Retention Coordinator, EduNova Cooperative Ltd.; Denise DeLong, Program Manager, Connector Program, Halifax Partnership; Chantal Brine, Vice-President, Youth Employment, Venor; Kay Balite, International Student Advisor, Mount Saint Vincent University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

13:15 - 14:15

BRIDGING THE GAP: HOW INTEGRATED CAREER SERVICES PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RETENTION AND SUCCESS

This session will explore how, within a university context, integrated services and programming for international students related to work experience and career development supports student success and contributes to retention of students post-graduation.

Presenters: Caroline Lawson, International Student Specialist, University of Alberta; Marilyn Lambert-Drache, Associate Vice-President International /Vice-présidente associée aux affaires internationales, York University; Diana Ning, Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Services, York University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

PATHWAYS TO AN IMMERSIVE INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCE AND BEYOND!

Institutions with the strongest global connections have a cultural disposition to think beyond borders (Times Higher Education, 2017). This session will review three mechanisms, exchange, internship, and a blended model, used by UAlberta for sending students abroad. It will outline and compare the intercultural learning outcomes of the study and work abroad programs. Which experience best provides the intercultural tools needed to navigate pathways and transition to life beyond university?

Presenters: Ashley Laracy, Summer and Group Study Abroad Coordinator, University of Alberta International; Ciara Murrin, International Internship Coordinator (Outbound), University of Alberta International

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Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

RAISING OUR STANDARDS OF PRACTICE: ETHICS AND RECIPROCITY IN NORTH-SOUTH STUDENT MOBILITY EXPERIENCES

Debate over what constitutes an ethical and effective North-South experience is growing and in response to this, a group of like-minded international educators from a variety of sectors including academic, faith-based and NGO has   been working since 2015 to develop common ethical guidelines for sending participants to partners in the global south. This workshop seeks to expand those efforts to a wider audience, share draft standards to date and solicit input and feedback from CBIE participants.

Presenters: Michael Boylan, Coordinator, Global Engagement Programming, Wilfrid Laurier University; Eyal Rosenblum, Executive Director, Operation Groundswell; Matthew Foxall, Mission Trip and Youth in Mission Coordinator, The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

RISK MITIGATION IN INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING

This year’s CBIE theme is “Pathways in International Education: Charting the Course.” When it comes to international mobility, risk mitigation and safety are primary concerns when we are “charting the course.” However, many institutions simply don’t know where to start. This presentation demonstrates the steps UFV has taken to move from a “cross your fingers” approach to one that is far more palatable for mobility advisors, risk managers, and senior administrators.

Presenters: Kara Bertram, Contract Training & Study Tour Coordinator, UFV International, University of the Fraser Valley; David McGuire, Executive Director, UFV International, University of the Fraser Valley

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 

THIS MINUTE HAS 24 INTERNATIONAL INCIDENTS: HOT TOPICS IN STUDY ABROAD

Universities and colleges across Canada are engaging in a national conversation that seeks to promote global engagement and increase the number of students participating in international learning opportunities. But, to what end and at what cost? This session will seek to highlight some of the contemporary issues affecting the conceptualization and implementation of study abroad programs, including: balancing the legal imperatives related to risk with its perceived educational and transformational value; entry points for articulating, integrating and evaluating learning outcomes in study abroad programs; the challenges and opportunities that come with retrofitting best practices onto existing programs; how to contextualize the ideals of global citizenship and solidarity within study abroad models; and, the implications of being too risk averse when choosing safe study abroad destinations in an increasingly uncertain and turbulent world.

Presenters: Janine Knight-Grofe, Manager – Global Experience, International Education Centre, Centennial College; Tony Rogge, Director, International & Managing Director TRU World Global Operations, Thompson Rivers University; Lynette Shultz, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta; Derek Tannis, Manager, International Student and Study Abroad Centre, University of Saskatchewan; Brad Wuetherick, Executive Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching, Dalhousie University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Intermediate, Advanced

 

TRANSITIONING TO LIFE IN CANADA BEFORE YOU GET HERE

This session looks at transforming orientation through massive open online courses (MOOCs). What are we trying to accomplish with international student orientations? Student feedback informed the decision at Vancouver Island University to move away from static orientation presentations where students needed to absorb as much information as possible from presenters. Instead, relevant information in the form of a MOOC or online course is made available to students before their arrival on  D2L.

Presenters: Enrique Chacon, Senior International Student Advisor, Vancouver Island University; Kate Jennings, Director, International Student Services, Vancouver Island University

Target Audience: 

Level of Experience: Beginner

Closing Plenary Session

14:30 - 16:00