2022 Annual Report

International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders
(INTL) October 2022

Message from the Co-Chairs

The International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders (INTL) is organized and governed by volunteer CBIE members who seek to foster leadership in the field of international education. This past year has been a wonderful experience working with an amazing group of emerging leaders employed across the pan-Canadian international education sector. With sincere gratitude, we recognize the dedication of each sub-committee and its members and their commitment to our professional learning community (PLC) and everything it stands for.

This year INTL grew significantly, allowing the PLC to better serve the Canadian International Education sector. We maintained programming that we are best known for, the Mentorship Program and the CBIE New Professionals Conference Scholarship while increasing our breadth of activity and improving our outputs. The EDI subcommittee ensured that all INTL activities were within the EDI principles. Each sub-committee rose to the task of creating a sense of community in an online space and raised our profile within CBIE. We organized eight events, among which five were open to the CBIE community.

  • The Mentorship Sub-Committee updated the four newsletters by including accessibility and inclusivity. They created new opportunities for mentorship for those who could not participate in the full program by creating a mentorship circle. Overall, thirty (30) mentors-mentee pairs participated in the full program, while ten (10) mentees joined the mentorship circle.
  • The Scholarship Sub-Committee received over fifty (50) applications and awarded twelve (12) bursaries to attend the Annual CBIE Conference CBIE2022.
  • The Communications Sub-Committee created an online event request form and assisted each sub-committee with their communications needs. They also organized two events, a two-part series that brought together job search, application, and interview strategies for student affairs professionals in the Canadian context and as well as hosted a guest speaker session on Mindful Leadership.
  • The Networking Committee facilitated the INTL connect program, which matched INTLers and organized ice breaker activities during team meetings and speed networking events.
  • The Championing Sub-Committee built on previous years’ work by updating the CBIE International Handbook. They also successfully organized a panel discussion “Bettering Best Practices: Cultivating Agency for International Students”.
  • The Conference Sub-Committee organized a panel discussion about building your professional brand in the international education sector.
  • The Conference Sub-Committee and Networking Sub-committee are fulfilling the tasks usually assigned to INTL at the CBIE conference in November, which include an INTL Speed Networking Event and hosting the INTL Breakfast Session.

At the end of 2022, the PLC consisted of a three-person Leadership Team, including two co-chairpersons and a CBIE Liaison. INTL’s Working Group comprised of thirty-seven(37) members, seven (7) sub-committee leads and thirty (30) Associates. Members of INTL were invited to attend six (6) team meetings throughout the year, Leads met monthly, and the sub-committees each met as needed for their own projects and activities.

We are pleased to present to the broader CBIE membership our annual report and look forward to another great year for INTL in 2023.

Sincerely,
Ishari Waduwara-Jayabahu and Shaye Belanger

Purpose

The mandate of the International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders (INTL) is to provide an environment for new professionals and emerging leaders in the field of Canadian international higher education to share ideas, collaborate on projects/programs, and learn from each other.

Mission

The mission of INTL is to provide a space for new professionals and emerging leaders to cultivate professional networks and get involved in the Canadian international higher education community.

Objectives

INTL focuses on topics and content geared towards developing the next generation of leaders of international education. In particular, the INTL will aspire to:

  • Facilitate learning opportunities between new professionals/emerging leaders and experts in the field
  • Facilitate skill development of all participants
  • Contribute to the establishment of a learning and mentorship community
  • Foster the exchange of ideas and strategies regarding internationalization of Canadian higher education
  • Stay apprised of current trends in the field of international education

Steering Committee

Ishari

Ishari Waduwara-Jayabahu (Co-chair)
International Relations Manager,
Grants and Contracts Manager (secondment)
University of Waterloo

Shaye

Shaye Belanger (Co-chair)
International Partnership Coordinator,
Carleton University

Antonio

Antonio Rivadeneira (Co-lead)
International Recruitment Specialist,
Camosun College

Theresa

Theresa Wanninger (Co-lead)
Global Community Adviser,
University of Victoria

Aamera

Aamera Jiwaji (EDI representative)
Regional Manager,
International Market Development,
Fanshawe College

Akua Asare Anim

Akua Asare Anim
International Recruitment Specialist,
University of Waterloo

Tamara Shtanova

Tamara Shtanova
Recruitment & Sales Specialist,
University of British Columbia

Genevieve Cote-Therrien

Geneviève Côté-Therrien
Recruitment Administrator,
Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

Jing Wang

Jing Wang
Admissions Facilitator,
Capilano University

Michaela Peters

Michaela Peters (Co-lead)
Project Manager,
Global Learning & Intercultural Support Office,
Saint Mary’s University

Jacqueline Veres (Co-lead)

Jacqueline Veres (Co-lead)
International Education Intern,
University of Guelph

Yan-Min Mo

Yan-Min Mo
Program Coordinator,
University of British Columbia

Enya Ren (Co-lead)

Enya Ren (Co-lead)
Executive Assistant,
AVP International & Strategic Partnerships,
Douglas College

Qin Xue (EDI Representative)

Qin Xue (EDI Representative)
International Student Advisor,
University of British Columbia

Kiran Nagra

Kiran Nagra
Exchange Student Adviser,
University of Victoria

Yufei Zheng (Co-lead)

Yufei Zheng (Co-lead)
Coordinator,
International Graduate Students,
McMaster University

Tram-Anh Bui (Co-lead)

Tram-Anh Bui (Co-lead)
RISIA,
Lakehead University

Nikole Pascetta (Co-lead)

Nikole Pascetta (Co-lead)
ESL Professor,
Lambton College

Zahid Sheikh (EDI representative)

Zahid Sheikh (EDI representative)
International Student Advisor,
Thompson Rivers University

Kamaljeet

Kamaljeet Kaur Bindra
International Student Advisor,
Western university

Matthew Stevenson

Matthew Stevenson
Coordinator of Global Partner Relations,
University of British Columbia

Romina Chencheva

Romina Chencheva
Assistant Credentials Assessor,
University of Toronto

Alana

Alana Green (Co-lead) 
International Recruitment Manager – Americas, Middle East, Africa,
University of British Columbia

Jitender Sharma (Co-lead)

Jitender Sharma (Co-lead)
International Student Advisor,
Immigration Specialist
Simon Fraser University

Lubna Abdool Rahman (EDI representative)

Lubna Abdool Rahman (EDI representative)
International Student Advisor,
St. Francis Xavier University

Lifen (Ashley) Wu

Lifen (Ashley) Wu
International Student Advisor,
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Lingyin Shen

Lingyin Shen
International Student Advisor,
University of Toronto

Michael Benincasa

Michael Benincasa
International Recruitment Officer,
Western University

Victoria Rissling (Co-lead)

Victoria Rissling (Co-lead)
Manager,
International Student Recruitment
Macewan University

Mingming Li (Co-lead)

Mingming Li (Co-lead)
Science International Recruiting Coordinator
York University

Maddy Palmer (EDI representative)

Maddy Palmer (EDI representative)
Exchange Student Adviser
University of Victoria

Clarisse Estebar

Clarisse Estebar
International Development Program Specialist,
Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Diana Jamal-Samborski

Diana Jamal-Samborski
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC),
University of Calgary

Vishesh Patel

Vishesh Patel
International Student Enrolment Specialist,
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Jintu Thomson

Jintu Thomson
RISIA,
Lakehead University

Dinuka Gunaratne

Dinuka Gunaratne
Director of the centre for graduate professional development,
University of Toronto

Overview of Membership

236

Members

Institution Type
63.5% Universities, 29.7% Colleges, 6.8% Polytechnics & Institutes
Role Type
Advisors/Officers/Coordinators: 123, Associate Vice-Presidents: 1, Directors: 23, Faculty: 1, Managers: 39, Other (Assistants, Fellows, Secretaries, etc): 17
Members by Province/Territory
Alberta: 32, British Columbia: 48, Manitoba: 9, New Brunswick: 2, Newfoundland & Labrador: 5, Nova Scotia: 9, Ontario: 112, Prince Edward Island: 2, Quebec: 11, Saskatchewan: 5, Yukon: 1

Events & Initiatives

hosted webinarshosted webinars

hosted webinars

welcomed guest speakerswelcomed guest speakers

welcomed guest speakers
from senior leadership positions, industry and academia.

presented at conferencespresented at conferences

presented at conferences
Hosted a networking session at CBIE’s Pan-Canadian Symposium

Special Thanks

It was a great honour and pleasure to serve as co-chairs for INTL in 2022. Within the vision of INTL, we encouraged the sub-committees to set three goals at the beginning of the year for each committee. By now, most of the committees have accomplished the majority of the set goals. We take this opportunity to sincerely thank each and every INTL member for their dedication and exceptional contribution in reaching the set goals for this year.

We want to take this opportunity to show our appreciation and thank all the guest speakers who joined us to share their knowledge, Melissa Keeping for volunteering as the INTL Advisor this year, and Nikoletta Papadopoulos for the guidance as last year’s chair of INTL

We thank CBIE for giving us this platform to connect as young international professionals across Canadian institutes to work together, learn from each other and strengthen our leadership skills and express our gratitude to Sophie Jodouin for being an excellent mediator between the PLC and CBIE.

Sincere thanks to all who assisted us in various ways to make this year a success!!