2023 Annual Report

Student Advising – Conseil aux étudiants Professional Learning Community (SACE-PLC) October 2023

Message from the Co-Chairs

This past year, the SACE-PLC Steering Committee focused on the planning and delivery of key themes that arose out of consultation with the community. Our Steering Committee expanded by three members, and it is now comprised of two co-chairs and eight steering committee members, who all volunteer their time to support Student Advisors across Canada.

Equipped with your contributions, the steering committee created events which covered most key topics over the year. We looked within the community to find the expertise of our colleagues to deliver sessions. Involving our members in discussions and presentations contributes to the objectives of the PLC. We have to say, it was an amazing year that saw the delivery of twelve sessions. Our events, including our SACE PLC Breakfast at CBIE2023, gave us the opportunity to connect and meet many of our colleagues from across Canada.

For 2024, we will continue to work on offering more events which give our members the opportunity to build capacity through knowledge-sharing. We will continue to look to the PLC community to be SACE Presents guest speakers and for direction on topics you want to learn about. If you worked on a project or initiative that you are passionate about or have experience with a specific topic of interest for our members, please reach out to us. We would love to have you as a guest at one of our upcoming events.

It has been an honour for the steering committee to serve our community.

With deepest gratitude,
Ima and Shanda


  • Facilitate the role of student advising professionals at educational institutions across Canada.
  • Promote an effective support network and forum of discussion amongst student advising professionals.
  • Speak on behalf of the international student support professionals and their institutions for the purpose of providing information to CBIE that supports its advocacy efforts.


The mission of the PLC is to share knowledge, organize projects and activities, and enhance the competencies of student advising professionals at educational institutions across Canada, while supporting CBIE’s mission.


  • Establishing tools and resources that encourage the free exchange of ideas and information between professionals involved with international student support at different institutions.
  • Encouraging the sharing of resources and best practices within the PLC community.
  • Developing and promoting education and training for student advising professionals.
  • Supporting research activities in the field of international student support and advising.
  • Identifying and working to address the needs of those providing international student advising and support at our respective institutions.

Steering Committee

Imarú BaqueroImarú Baquero

Imarú Baquero
International Student Services,
University of Lethbridge

Ravneet PanechRavneet Panech

Ravneet Panech
International Student Specialist,
University of Alberta

Carla LawsonCarla Lawson

Carla Lawson
International Academic Advising,
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Marie-Pierre CharetteMarie-Pierre Charette

Marie-Pierre Charette
Conseillère aux étudiants de l ‘international,
Université Laval

Melinda MengMelinda Meng

Melinda Meng
International Student Immigration Specialist,
Seneca College

Shanda WilliamsShanda Williams

Shanda Williams
International Transitions Advisor,
University of British Columbia

Danai BélangerDanai Bélanger

Danai Bélanger
Director of Student Experience
Mount Allison University

Lysange GervaisLysange Gervais

Lysange Gervais
Immigration Advisor,
International Student Success,
Bishop’s University

Mayoori MalankovMayoori Malankov

Mayoori Malankov
International Student Advisor and Immigration Specialist,
York University

Overview of Membership

617 Members

From 527 members in 2022, the SACE membership has steadily increased, with 90 new members joining in the past year.

Institution Type
Role Type
Members by Province/Territory

Events & Initiatives

hosted webinarshosted webinars

hosted webinars

welcomed guest speakerswelcomed guest speakers

welcomed guest speakers from senior leadership positions, industry and academia

hosted a networking breakfasthosted a networking breakfast

hosted a networking breakfast at CBIE2022

Special Thanks

The SACE Steering Committee thanks all our guest speakers who made our events possible this year. Thank you to our members for your contributions and participation.

Thank you to the amazing CBIE staff, especially Sophie Jodouin and Melissa Payne, for their continuous assistance and encouragement. A special thanks to Larissa Bezo for your support.

A special thank you to the steering committee members whose work is invaluable in moving the PLC forward.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone.

Ima and Shanda
SACE Co-chairs