Excellence Awards – Criteria

CBIE Founders Award for Excellence in International Education

NOTE: This Award is typically made by the Board of Directors. Nominations are not accepted for this Award. However the Board is interested in hearing from members who wish to suggest a possible recipient.

Awarded to an individual whose contributions to and support for international education is recognized and highly valued. This outstanding individual personifies CBIE’s central value proposition: “Expertise. Knowledge. Opportunity. Leadership”. This Award bestows Honorary Membership.

  • Highly influential;
  • Has played a significant role in raising the profile of international education;
  • Contribution to international education is substantial, and has made an impact on Canada and/or other parts of the world;
  • Not necessarily from a CBIE member institution;
  • Not necessarily Canadian.
  • Number offered: 1
  • Frequency: Occasional

CBIE Member Emeritus

Designation of an individual to recognize long-term service and support for CBIE as they retire from the field. This Award bestows Honorary Membership.

  • Provided longstanding and unstinting voluntary service to CBIE through Board membership, task force contributions, Professional Learning Community leadership, professional development activities, or project implementation;
  • Or provided similar service in international education at the national level in some other capacity;
  • An enthusiastic supporter and advocate of CBIE’s mission, mandate, and activities;
  • Service has occurred over a minimum of 10 years;
  • Designation upon retirement from the field (or within 12 months of retirement).
  • May be offered posthumously.
  • Number offered: up to 3
  • Frequency: Annual

CBIE President’s Awards for Distinguished Leadership in International Education

Awarded to an individual to recognize outstanding leadership in the internationalization of Canadian education and/or the international education profession beyond their home institution.

  • An individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in internationalizing Canadian education and/or advancing the international education profession at the national or international level;
  • Impact on internationalization goes beyond the home institution or organization, involves and motivates other individuals and institutions;
  • Demonstrates creativity with available resources or in finding new resources;
  • Occupies a leadership role such as department or faculty head, program or student services director;
  • Evidence of sustained leadership with a minimum of 10 years in the field, at mid-career or later;
  • Normally not the CEO (unless he or she has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in international education);
  • Not necessarily Canadian.
  • Number offered: 1 (but could be 2 if from different institution type, size or program range, reflecting CBIE’s diversity)
  • Frequency: Annual
  • Number offered: 1 (but could be 2 if from different institution type, size or program range, reflecting CBIE’s diversity)
  • Frequency: Annual

CBIE Chair’s Award for Meritorious Service

Awarded to an individual in order to recognize outstanding service to international education primarily focused within his/her institution or organization.

  • Has played a significant role in raising the profile of international activities and advancing the internationalization of a particular campus or organization;
  • Provides service to students/faculty/staff that has made a substantial difference in the quality of their international education experiences;
  • Performs work with imagination, enthusiasm and excellence;
  • Efforts involve and influence others on campus or in the community;
  • Demonstrates creativity with available resources;
  • Not normally someone in a senior management position;
  • May not normally be within the recipient’s position responsibilities (for example, a faculty member who develops an international field school)
  • Number offered: 2 (usually from different institution type, size or program range, reflecting CBIE’s diversity)
  • Frequency: Annual

CBIE Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education Program

Awarded to a team or individual to recognize innovation and excellence in design, planning, implementation and management of high quality endeavours in international education.

One award in each of these three categories is offered annually:

  • Academic Program (includes exchanges, curriculum internationalization, etc.)
  • Extracurricular Program (world seminars and events, non-credit experiences at home or abroad)
  • Capacity-Building Program (projects to assist developing or emerging countries: may be in the other country, including support to institutions and systems; or may be in Canada such as training of visiting scholars/researchers, virtual partnership, or a combination)
  • An endeavour or program in international education developed to meet a specific long-term internationalization goal/need;
  • A model of best practice that is transferable;
  • Must be at a CBIE member institution or associate member.
  • Program award recipients will be asked to submit a video to be presented at the Conference.
  • Number offered: up to 3, 1 in each category (Academic, Extracurricular, Capacity-Building), at least 1 should be for a team
  • Frequency: Annual

CBIE Catalyst Award for Research Leadership

Awarded to an individual or group for bringing cutting-edge knowledge to the field of international education.

At the discretion of the Board of Directors, this award may be offered without a formal nomination.

  • An individual or group who have produced leading-edge research on a topical issue in international education that informs practice;
  • Research must be of outstanding quality;
  • Not necessarily from a CBIE member institution;
  • Must be from a Canadian institution.
  • Number offered: 1
  • Frequency: Occasional

CBIE Board of Directors Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

Awarded to institutions or school districts that are executing well-planned, creative and purposeful strategies toward comprehensive internationalization.

  • Institution-wide (or school district wide) commitment to internationalization in academic, service and community engagement endeavours of the institution;
  • Evidence of planning and ongoing assessment of impact of activities and initiatives;
  • Evidence of innovation and positive change in students, staff, administration, faculty;
  • Illustrates a forward-thinking vision of the potential of international education;
  • Ideas and solutions are sustainable and involve those whose lives they are meant to change;
  • Demonstrates creativity with available resources;
  • Demonstrates that innovation has translated into a sustainable opportunity;
  • Must be a CBIE member institution.
  • Number offered: up to 3, 1 each (University, College/Institute, School district)
  • Frequency: Annual

CBIE North Star Award for Emerging Leader in International Education

Awarded to a new professional who has shown extraordinary promise in the field of international education; to recognize and encourage outstanding individuals to continue in the field.

  • Although relatively new to the field the individual has shown leadership, commitment and high ethical standards in their role in international education;
  • Led or aided in the leading of new initiatives in international education at his/her institution or in professional organizations;
  • Generally given to someone with seven (7) years of experience or less;
  • Must be at a CBIE member institution.
  • Number offered: 1
  • Frequency: Annual

CBIE New World Award for Student Leadership in International Education

Awarded to a Canadian student or group of students in order to recognize those who contribute in a positive way to internationalization of their campus community.

  • Has/Have made a noteworthy contribution to the internationalization of campus life; OR has spearheaded a new initiative or demonstrated exceptional leadership of ongoing international initiatives;
  • Demonstrates behaviour/attitude that resonates with good global citizenship and building a better world;
  • Combines leadership skills with strong academic performance;
  • Taking a full-time course of study in Canada in a program of at least one academic year in length;
  • Current student at a CBIE member institution.
  • Recipients may be invited to co-present a session or poster session at the Conference.
  • Number offered: up to 2 (usually from two different institution types)
  • Frequency: Annual

CBIE Elizabeth Paterson Award for International Student Leadership in International Education

Awarded to an international student or group of students in order to recognize those who contribute in a positive way to the internationalization of their campus community.

Has/Have made a noteworthy contribution to the internationalization of campus life; OR has spearheaded a new initiative or demonstrated exceptional leadership of ongoing international initiatives;

  • Demonstrates behaviour/attitude that resonates with good global citizenship and building a better world;
  • Combines leadership skills with strong academic performance;
  • Current student at a CBIE member institution;
  • Taking a full-time course of study in Canada.
  • Recipients may be invited to co-present a session or poster session at the Conference.
  • Number offered: up to 2 (usually from two different institution types)
  • Frequency: Annual

For further information on the CBIE Excellence Awards, please email AHajjar@cbie.ca.