Western Regional Meeting

June 14-15, 2018 | University of Calgary | Calgary, AB
Championing Innovation in Internationalization

The University of Calgary (UCalgary) will be hosting the 2018 CBIE Western Regional Meeting on June 15, 2018. Participants are invited to arrive in Calgary on Thursday, June 14 in preparation for the conference, to take part in an optional half-day pre-conference workshop arranged by UCalgary and to attend the opening evening reception.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Championing Innovation in Internationalization.’ We recognize that international education is about change – and that the field is changing rapidly.


Program at a Glance

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Thursday, June 14:
Pre-Meeting Workshop
Best Practices in Internationalization (UCalgary International)

Rozsa Centre, CIBC Hub | 12:00 – 5:15 PM

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Welcome, lunch and workshop overview
  • 1:00 – 1:45 PM: Best practices in internationalization and the International Partnership Assessment Rating Index (IPARI)
  • 1:45 – 2:30 PM: Organizing strategic international delegations and missions
  • 2:30 – 2:45 PM: Coffee Break
  • 2:45 – 3:30 PM: International collaborative degrees and international articulation programs
  • 3:30 – 4:15 PM: Study abroad best practices
  • 4:15 – 5:00PM: Financial controls in an international landscape
  • 5:00 – 5:15PM: Wrap up


  • Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost (International)
  • Savera Hayat, Director, Programs and International Development
  • Andrea Lee Morrow, Director, International Relations
  • Colleen Packer, Director, International Learning Programs
  • Jen Avaz, Manager, Americas Region
  • Ria Katsaounis, Manager, Business Operations
  • Heather Clitheroe, International Coordinator, Undergraduate Science Centre


Opening and Networking Reception

Rozsa Centre, Great Hall | 5:00 – 8:00 PM

  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Registration
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM: Opening and Networking Reception
    Opening remarks: Dru Marshall, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Calgary
Friday, June 15:
Championing Innovation in Internationalization

Rozsa Centre, Great Hall | 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

  • 7:30 – 8:30 AM: Registration and buffet breakfast, Great Hall
  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM: Opening and Welcome, Great Hall

Opening remarks: David Ross, Chair of the Board, Canadian Bureau of International Education, President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

  • 9:00 – 9:50 AM: Plenary Session, Great Hall

Seven-point model of recipe for success for comprehensive internationalization
Presenter: Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost (International), University of Calgary

The University of Calgary went through a comprehensive process to develop a university vision, developing academic and research plans during 2010-12, followed by the development of a dedicated international strategy which was launched in 2013. As a result, the university had a very successful period of comprehensive internationalization efforts with programs and projects benefiting not only the university community but also many external stakeholders. During this period, the university was recognized with four prestigious awards for comprehensive internationalization. This presentation outlines a seven-point model, a “Recipe for success for comprehensive internationalization” based on the internationalization efforts of the University of Calgary during the period of 2013-2018 as all these points were very critical in successfully implementing the international strategy.

  • 9:50 – 10:10 AM: Health break
  • 10:10 – 11:00 AM: Concurrent Sessions

Session 1 – Proactive advising approach for international students
CIBC Hub Room

On and off campus systems, such as housing, financial, academic, culture, hiring and workplace norms, and immigration regulations can significantly impact international students’ ability to succeed, especially during the critical arrival and settlement phase into their cities and institutions. In an effort to better support international students settle, progress academically and, ultimately, successfully transition into a meaningful careers, NAIT International has piloted an innovative, proactive approach to advising incoming students, aligning institutional supports and resources with the international student life cycle to better position international students to persist and succeed. Participants will learn about the advising model, the settlement assessments, and software used to track student progression and engagement.


  • Sultan Almajil, Supervisor, International Centre, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Session 2 – Innovation in international internships
Scotiabank Milling Room

A consortium made up of Bow Valley College, College of the Rockies and Selkirk College was one of only two post-secondary applicants selected by Global Affairs Canada to implement GAC’s 2018-2020 International Youth Internship Program. By working together, these three institutions achieved much more than they could alone in developing internship opportunities with education and training partners abroad. In particular, these colleges have been innovative in creating opportunities for young Canadians to both acquire valuable skills for employment in international development and contribute to the advancement of other internationalization goals of the consortium members and their international partners.


  • Kerry Brinkert, Manager, International Projects and Partnerships, College of the Rockies
  • Amy Schalin Weatherall, Manager, Global Campus Initiatives and International Learner Development, Bow Valley College

Session 3 – Post-graduation work permits: Supporting our international students
Evans Room

Building off of the success of the CBIE webinar “Post-Graduation Work Permits: Supporting International Students in Maintaining Eligibility”, this collaborative session will dive into different scenarios which may impact an international student’s eligibility to obtain a post-graduation work permit upon the completion of their degree. Participants will have the opportunity to review and problem solve with each other on common scenarios students may encounter throughout their degrees, and how to be innovative in our approach to advising on increasingly ambiguous regulations. This session will be submitted to ICCRC and we expect approval for 1 CPD hour.


  • Imaru Baquero, Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA), Manager, International Student Services, University of Lethbridge
  • Brianna Huene, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) International Student Immigration Specialist, University of Calgary
  • 11:10 – 12:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Session 1 – Critically exploring importance of a supportive environment for successful resettling of international students including spouses and children for increasing recruitment, retention and academic success
CIBC Hub Room

Many international students experience cultural isolation, linguistic, social and interpersonal barriers that impact academic success. Challenges due to unfamiliarity of the education system, expectations from one’s own family, and often limited to developing friends from one’s culture further impacts their self-esteem. In addition, not a lot of effort is given to understand the unique needs and challenges of spouses of international students. The role of this group is to parent and support their spouse to actualize their dreams and goals and are often described as an “invisible group” that leads to a continued underrepresentation due to lack of services offered.


  • Priya Kharat, Counsellor (Instructor), Wellness Centre, University of Calgary

Session 2 – Leading the way to shared prosperity: Alberta International Development Office
Evans Room

Established in 2013, the Alberta International Development Office (AIDO) plays an important role in achieving Alberta’s international priorities. The AIDO leverages the public sector from Alberta to support the private sector, educational institutions and civil society organizations pursuing international development projects. The AIDO coordinates the Government of Alberta’s participation in global development work and helps identify new areas of collaboration between public and private sectors.


  • Jihan Sharifi, International Business Officer, Alberta International Development Office (AIDO)
    Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (EDT), Government of Alberta

Session 3 – Keeping up with the times: Adapting international student programming
Scotiabank Milling Room

Many international student services staff have a program coordination aspect to their portfolios–usually inheriting these programs in some form from previous staff. This session will examine the redevelopment of two community-building programs, International Student Mentorship Program and USpeak Global. The aim of this session is to provide attendees with an in-depth look at the challenges and successes in implementing these two programs throughout the years. Participants will learn and share best practices for programming aimed at increasing integration between international and non-international students.


  • Kirsty Gruber, Advisor, International Student Support, University of Calgary
  • Mayda Borbely, International Student Services Assistant, University of Calgary
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 – 1:50 PM: Plenary Session (CBIE)

Canada’s International Student Numbers: So what and now what?”
Great Hall

We have all witnessed the exponential growth of international students to Canada over the past decade, with the Government of Canada’s target of doubling the number of inbound students by 2022 met five years early.  This session will present the latest data, and explore what these numbers mean for the country, for campuses, for (international and domestic) student populations, and for you and your colleagues. Discussions at CBIE’s regional meetings will feed CBIE’s position with stakeholders vis-à-vis next steps, and help inform CBIE’s services and activities to serve its membership.


  • Leah Nord, Director of Board, Member and Stakeholder Relations, Canadian Bureau for International Education
  • 2:00 – 2:50 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Session 1- Fostering a culture of commitment to internationalization and cross/intercultural responsiveness in a school of education – Navigating a challenging landscape
Evans Room

In this session, we share the priorities and practices of a School of Education, evidenced in a variety of innovative models and methodologies aimed to support internationalization. We leverage our unique strengths as a School of Education: to build a culture of commitment to internationalization and cross/intercultural awareness and responsiveness; to develop collaborative and sustainable partnerships founded on reciprocity; and, to create opportunities – at home and abroad, for students, faculty, and non-faculty to step beyond their own comfort and familiarity to explore and experience diverse ways of knowing, being, and doing in the world.


  • Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, Associate Dean International, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • Eustacia Yu, International Facilitator, Office of Internationalization, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

Session 2 – “I Volunteer as Tribute!” –  How to build/retain an engaged volunteer team through intercultural competency training
CIBC Hub Room

Volunteer teams are an excellent way for students to gain experience and for units to increase their outreach and resources on campus. Cultural awareness and the ability to connect with one another across difference are important skills that young people need in order to become contributing members of society. This session will use the collaborative efforts of University of Calgary’s International Student Services and Study Abroad units as a framework to help other institutions set their volunteer forces up for success in building cultural competency – leading to greater retention rates.


  • Garrett Beatty, International Student Advisor and Intercultural Programs Coordinator, University of Calgary
  • Rebecca Trautwein, Education Abroad Promotions Coordinator, University of Calgary International

Session 3 –Work opportunities and Permanent Residence pathways for international students: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Scotiabank Milling Room

This presentation will provide an overview of the Employer Liaison Network and role.  Followed by a refresher of on and off campus work, different work permit opportunities that international student may access and possible pathways to permanent residence.  After the presentation will be an opportunity for questions


  • Sarah Finall, Employer Liaison Network Officer-Alberta, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • 2:50 – 3:10 PM:Health break
  • 3:10 – 4:00 PM: Closing Plenary

Closing plenary and panel discussion
Rozsa Centre, Great Hall

Championing Innovation in Internationalization

  • Fee: $110. Includes:
    • Evening opening and networking reception on June 14
    • Full day regional meeting sessions on June 15
    • Breakfast, break refreshments and lunch on June 15
  • Professional Development Workshop: Best Practices in Internationalization
    • Fee:  Additional $40.
    • Includes: Buffet lunch and break refreshments
Accommodations: Hotel Alma

At the University of Calgary | 169 University Gate NW, Calgary, AB

  • Eurostyle Standard Rooms $107/night
  • Two Bedroom Flats at Alma $115/night; additional $10 charge per night for the 3rd
    and 4th individual

403.220.3203 | 1.877.498.3203 | STAY@HOTELALMA.CA

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