Atlantic Regional Meeting

Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 20 to 21, 2024

REgister before June 19

Thank you to our colleagues at this year’s host institution, Saint Mary’s University, for their leadership and contribution to advancing international education in the region. 

About This Event

In June, Saint Mary’s University will host the 2024 CBIE Atlantic Regional Meeting. This event will focus on the future of international education through a series of breakout sessions, roundtables and networking activities.

The CBIE Atlantic Regional Meeting is an annual meeting of international education practitioners and is an opportunity to share knowledge, share resources and keep abreast of immigration and other changes in the sector. This event also serves as an annual networking event for those involved in international education in the Atlantic region and is a precursor to the national conference each November.

Why Attend This Event?

  • Network with international education professionals
  • Hear from thought leaders on important IE topics
  • Participate in Q&A with sector stakeholders from Canada and the world

Who Will Be There?

  • International education practitioners and leaders from K-12 schools, colleges, institutes and universities
  • Corporate partners and association colleagues


Cost: $150 per person
The cost includes the Networking Event on June 20, 2024.


The program at a glance is subject to change.

08h00 – 08h45: Registration & Breakfast

08h45 – 09h00: Opening Remarks

09:00 - 10h30: Navigating the Future of International Education

Moderated by Larissa Bezo, President and CEO of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, this session will offer perspectives from institutional leaders about the recent policy changes announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) in January 2024. Together, they will discuss how to ensure the success of individual international students and enable Canada to benefit from their training and skills, securing Canada’s long-term position as a top destination for international education. 

This session has been approved by CICC for 1.5 hours of CPD.

10h30 – 10h45: Health Break

10h45 - 12h00: Concurrent Session - The International Mobility Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together

International Mobility programs have many moving pieces, and to build safe, secure and sustainable programs these pieces must fit together like a puzzle. In many cases, new Mobility Professionals view these pieces as individual components and miss the importance of how they fit together. This session will examine institutional governance, learning objectives, traveller vulnerability, and in-country partners/programs, and make the connections to ensure students achieve their expected outcomes and develop employable skills.

10h45 - 12h00: Concurrent Session - CBSA Session: Supporting International Students at the Port of Entry

Details to come.

12h00 – 13h15: Lunch & Networking

13h15 – 14h30: Concurrent Sessions

14h30 – 14h45: Health Break

14:45 - 16h00: You Belong Here - A Support Guide for BIPOC Professionals in IHE

This session is designed to give attendees strategies for building a network of support as a BIPOC professional in International Higher Education. We will look at ways in which BIPOC professionals can leverage their experiences in this industry and at their institutions while building agency. Listen to and share strategies on how to deal with misogynoir, racism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination while existing in this space.


  • Danai Bélanger, Director, Student Experience, Mount Allison University
  • Rania Ghaly, Executive Director, Apex Language and Career Centre

16h15 – 18h00: Networking Event

08h00 – 09h00: Breakfast & Networking

09:00 - 10:30: Engaging in Partnerships with Diligence

Canadian PSIs are partnership champions. Many pride themselves in having hundreds of agreements with institutions around the world. But are they all suited to host student mobility programs? This session will explore the risks associated with sending students abroad and how diligent partners can contribute to the mitigation of institutional risks. Leveraging off an initiative piloted by UNB, presenters will introduce best practices that Atlantic institutions could implement to promote safe, sustainable, and inclusive international mobility experiences to their students.


  • Marie-Claude Du Cap, CEO, Aléas

10:35 - 11:50: Concurrent Session: 2023 CBIE Learning Abroad Survey Results

CBIE will present key findings from a national data collection exercise on learning abroad that was held in the spring of 2023. This initiative aimed to deepen understanding of the Canadian outbound mobility landscape and surface trends to inform evidence-based decision-making and foster an inclusive and supportive ecosystem for future learning abroad programming. The presentation will offer insights from data contributed by post-secondary institutions across Canada. To contextualize the lived experience, data collected from students and alumni learning abroad participants will also be presented.


  • Melissa Payne, Director, Membership, Research and Learning, Canadian Bureau for International Education

11h50 – 12h45: Lunch & Networking

12:45 - 14:00: Student Panel & Closing Remarks

During the panel, three students will share their experiences as international students graduating from different institutions. The panel will provide precious insights to service providers to understand how students can be better supported during their studies. Panelists will be asked open ended questions to spur the conversation; interactions with the public will be encouraged.


  • Mobina Ali – Dalhosuie University
  • Yeshani Sugunendran, Saint Mary’s University
  • Pushkaraj Jadhav – Mount Alison University


  • Ilaria Pivi, Projects Coordinator, NSCC International


Summer Accommodations on Campus
Saint Mary’s University provides over 700 modern, comfortable and affordable residence beds to conference delegates and tourists from May to August.
Rates and room details are available on the website.
How to reserve:
Guests should call to reserve and make sure to tell them that they are attending the CBIE Regional Meeting.

The Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street, Halifax
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Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

World Eduction Services

Thank You to Our Organizing Committee

Ashley Pinsent-Tobin, Nova Scotia Community College
Danai Bélanger, Mount Allison University
Ilaria Pivi, Nova Scotia Community College
Lynn Walsh, Memorial University
Miyuki Arai, Saint Mary’s University
Rania Ghaly, Apex Language and Career College

Shan Luo, Saint Mary’s University
Sherilyn Acorn, University of Prince Edward Island
Sophie Jodouin, Canadian Bureau for International Education
Teresa Inacio, Dalhousie University
Ysaac Rodriguez, Saint Mary’s University