2017 Award Recipients

CBIE honours the recipients of our Excellence Awards during the annual conference. Developed by the Board of Directors, the Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of international education in a range of specialties.

CBIE President’s Award

Awarded to a team or individual who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in design, planning, implementation and management of high quality endeavours in support of learning abroad and outbound mobility.

Recipients: Zoran Kondali & Kellie McMullin – Nova Scotia Community College

Zoran Kondali is the Manager for NSCC’s international technical assistance projects, and Kellie McMullin manages NSCC’s learning abroad programs. Over the past 5 years, Zoran and Kellie have demonstrated initiative and creativity with a forward thinking vision of learning abroad.

They have leveraged NSCC’s technical assistance projects to create international experiential learning projects for students and faculty, contributing to NSCC’s commitment to learning abroad in academic, service and community engagement. The results have been outstanding and a model that is sustainable into the future.

In the letter of support for this nomination, the Principal of the TA Marryshow Community College in Grenada noted that “[the shared] student experiences have greatly enhanced and accelerated the partnership between our institutions.”  Similarly, the Principal from the VETA Hotel and Tourism Training Institute in Tanzania wrote that working with Kellie and Zoran “has inspired our staff to develop more of these kinds of projects in different subject areas to offer with NSCC in the future, to continue to enhance the results of our partnership and the impact for students.”

CBIE Board of Directors Leadership Award

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of international education.

Recipient: Pius Adesanmi – Carleton University

Professor Pius Adesanmi has a record of success that would humble many, including being awarded the Penguin Prize for African Writing for his book You’re not a country, Africa. Of Nigerian descent, and having lived around the world, for Dr. Adesanmi, his academic work means little if it fails to affect change in Africa. He is actively involved in capacity development, making exceptional contributions in the internationalization of African higher education.  His leadership and dedication as the Director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University serves as a launching pad for the international relationships he cultivates and institutional innovations in post-secondary training he facilitates in Ottawa and across the African continent.

Under his leadership, academic collaboration & partnerships with African have extended to more than a dozen universities. He has pursued partnerships with Canadian organizations and has deepened collaboration with the African diplomatic missions in Ottawa to enhance education and internationalization in the home countries of the missions.

Dr. Adesanmi would be the first to remind us that his efforts stand upon the foundation built by African intellectuals before him. In a similar vein his efforts will pave a way for future generations.

CBIE North Star Award

Awarded to a new professional who has shown extraordinary promise in the field of international education.

Recipient: Heather Williams – Simon Fraser University

Heather Williams has been with SFU in a curriculum focused role for the past 3 years and during that time has displayed leadership and initiative related to international education.  She is one of the leaders of intercultural curriculum within the field of co-operative education within Canada, recently sharing her work at the national Canadian Association for Co-operative Education Conference in Vancouver May 29-31, 2017.  Heather has also been a leader in developing intercultural skills based programming with students and staff internally within a large and diverse post-secondary institution.  Applying a curriculum based on best practices in research and program development, Heather has facilitated numerous sessions for students and staff to develop intercultural skills, knowledge and attitudes across campus.

CBIE Elizabeth Paterson Award

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

Recipients: Dominik Beckers, Lukas Zimmermann, Ufuoma Lira Muoboghare and Nneka Otogbolu ~Vancouver Island University

Dominik Beckers, Lukas Zimmermann, Ufuoma Lira Muoboghare and Nneka Otogbolu of Vancouver Island University have been instrumental in taking the integration of international and domestic students to the next level.

They organized a milestone MBA Games in January, and in doing so championed a philanthropic cause that will positively impact university campuses across Canada for many years to come.

The 2017 Canadian MBA Games brought to the Greater Nanaimo Region 500+ MBA Candidates of diverse nationalities from 19 Canadian universities. Thanks to the efforts led by the nominees, who are all among the top 10% of MBA students, the 2017 MBA Games raised a record amount for the Moose Hide Campaign, an aboriginal philanthropic organization that works to end violence against Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and children. The VIU MBA Games team alone, led by Captain Nneka Otogbolu, raised almost $45,000 and, consequently, won the Spirit Award as well as the National Championship title. Collectively $300,000 was raised in matched funds.