Ontario Regional Meeting

St. Catharines, Ontario

June 5 to 6, 2024

Register before June 4

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

About This Event

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

The CBIE Ontario 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 Ontario 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: $160 per person

Cost for the Niagara Falls Excursion (optional): $75 per person

Program at a Glance

The program is subject to change.

08:00 – 09:00: Registration & Coffee Reception

09:00 – 10:15: Welcome Remarks & Panel Discussion

10:15 – 10:30: Health Break

10:30 – 11:30: Concurrent Sessions

11:35 – 12:35: Concurrent Sessions

12:35 – 13:35: Lunch & Networking

13:45 – 14:45: Concurrent Sessions

14:50 - 15:50: Ontario’s international education policy-making: Shifting discourses, shifting priorities

This presentation explores Ontario’s international education policy landscape since 2005 through illuminating the shifting terrain of the international education policy landscape influenced by the (re)emergence of diverse discourses. The presentation highlights that international education in Ontario is constructed as a policy solution to policy problems beyond the education sector; the multiplicity of policy actors who come from diverse scales, levels, disciplines, and contexts; and the emergence of nationalistic discourses which threaten the core principles of internationalization. International education policy context in Ontario can be highly political and influenced by non-education policy spaces and discourses.


  • Dr. Amira El Masri, Director, McMaster Global

17:45 - 21:00: Niagara Falls Excursion (optional)

Experience one of the top visited attractions in Niagara Falls aboard Niagara City Cruises! Transportation will be provided from Brock University down to the famous Niagara Falls for the boat tour. After the tour, visitors will get the opportunity to explore on their own for a few hours before boarding the bus back to Brock University.

For more information on this attraction, please visit Niagara City Cruises.

08:00 – 08:30: Registration & Coffee Reception

08:30 - 10:00: 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. 

10:00 – 10:15: Health Break

10:15 – 11:15: Concurrent Sessions

11:20 – 12:20: Concurrent Sessions

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

13:35 – 14:45: Session & Closing Remarks

Parking on Campus

CBIE guests can park in the University’s main parking area, Zone 1, at no cost. Parking is also available closer to the event location in Lot D for $14 a day. Brock University exclusively uses HONK mobile as a convenient, customer-friendly payment method. View the Brock University Campus Map and Paid Parking resources for more details.


Brock University Residence

Brock offers semi-suite style residences, with a single bed, dresser, and desk. All rooms are single occupancy with a four-piece washroom shared between two single rooms accessible by elevators located in the main lobby. Parking is included for all residence guests along with complimentary wi-fi.

Shared Washroom: $57.50/person per night + HST
Private Washroom: $112/person per night + HST
How to Reserve:
To book accommodations, please contact Heather McFarlane at [email protected] prior to April 1, 2024. After this date rooms will be subject to availability.
3530 Schmon Pkwy, Thorold, ON L2V 4Y6
$189 + taxes – Standard Suites
Does not include breakfast
How to Reserve:
Group Name: CBIE Regional Meeting


Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Guard.Me International Insurance
World Eduction Services

Thank You to Our Organizing Committee

Anna Guo, Brock University
Carly Dugo, Brock University
Cecilia Garcia Vega, Brock University
Christina Bosilo, Brock University
Courtney Keogh, Brock University

Jessica Petrella, Brock University
Matthew Melnyk, Brock University
Marla Terreberry-Portfilio, Brock University
Sophie Jodouin, Canadian Bureau for International Education