The Canadian Bureau for International Education consists of three appointed board officers and twelve elected board members from across Canada and the education sector.
Chair of the Board of Directors
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College
Ajay Patel was appointed President, Vancouver Community College effective May 26, 2020, however, he has been leading the College in the interim position since September 2019. Previously, Mr. Patel held the position of VP, Enterprise and International Development. He came to VCC with 15 years’ of non-profit experience in amateur sport and recreation sector. Additionally, he has 17 years of post-secondary experience, where he rose through the ranks in several positions, from an instructor to the VP, External Development. In the VP role, Mr. Patel provided strategic leadership, and contributed to the development of community relations and partnerships that supported the college’s vision and priorities. As a provincial leader in the international education sector, Mr. Patel was honoured with the CBIE Distinguished Leadership Award in 2019, and now serves as chair of the board of directors for the CBIE. Raised in Vancouver, he is a long-time eastside resident, and the product of the college system. Mr. Patel holds a Master of Human Kinetics, Coaching Sciences, from the University of British Columbia.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Saint Mary’s University
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Corporate Services
With more than 30 professional years in the education system, Roy Daykin brings a wealth of knowledge and post-secondary experience to the role of Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Services.
As a key member of SAIT’s leadership team, Daykin oversees SAIT’s financial, technology and capital planning to ensure efficient and effective operations continue to be in alignment with SAIT’s students-first mandate.
Prior to joining SAIT, Daykin most recently spent the last three years as Vice President, Employee and Corporate Services at Okanagan College in British Columbia. He has extensive institutional leadership experience in finance, human resources, facilities, technology, risk management and business services.
Daykin is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA). He also holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University.
Daykin is committed to lifelong learning. His scholarly activity includes teaching experience in accounting and numerous works on topics such as improving processes and understanding cost drivers in the post-secondary sector.
Vice-rectrice aux partenariats communautaires et internationaux
Université de Montréal
Valérie Amiraux (PhD, 1997) is Vice-Rector of International Affairs and Community Partnerships at Université de Montréal.
Valérie Amiraux has a background in history, classical Arabic and political science and is currently a full professor of sociology at Université de Montréal (on secondment from her position as a researcher at the CNRS), where she headed the Canada Research Chair for the study of religious pluralism for 10 years (2007-2017). Her main research interests are religious pluralism, discrimination, issues of race and ethnicity, Islamophobia and radicalization, focusing on several member states of the European Union and more recently on the situation in the province of Quebec (Canada). Her recent publications analyze the relationship between pluralism and radicalization, with a particular emphasis on the interaction between majority societies and Muslim minorities as examined through the lens of ethnography. She is also conducting a field survey on a number of Muslim women who were prohibited from wearing the veil.
- Mercier C., Koussens D., AMIRAUX V. (dir.) (2020), Nouveaux vocabulaires de la laïcité, Paris, Garnier.
- AMIRAUX, V., BEAUCHESNE, P-L. (2020), “Racialization and the construction of the problem of the Muslim presence in Western societies”, Shahram Akbarzadeh (ed.), Handbook of Political Islam, Routledge, 2020, p. 363- 382.
- AMIRAUX, V., GARCIA, P.(*) (2020), « Approches de l’islam et des musulmans au Québec », dans KOUSSENS, D., LANIEL J.-F., PERREAULT J.-P. (dir.), Étudier le religieux au Québec, Québec : PUL.
- AMIRAUX, V., KOUSSENS, D. (2020), « Laïcité vs accommodements raisonnables ? La comparaison franco-québécoise dans les discours publics sur la définition des rapports au religieux », dans Mercier C., Koussens D., AMIRAUX V. (dir.), Nouveaux vocabulaires de la laïcité, Paris, Garnier, p. 77-104.
- AMIRAUX, V. (2018) « Citoyens, piété et démocratie. Réflexions sur l’occultation des corps croyants, l’intimité et le droit au secret », Social Compass, Vol. 65(2), pp. 168-186.
- GERMAIN, A., AMIRAUX, V., BOUDREAU, J-A. (dir.) (2017), Vivre ensemble à Montréal, Montréal, Atelier 10.
- AMIRAUX, V. (2016) Visibility, transparency and gossip: how did the religion of some (Muslims) become the public concern of others? Critical Religious Studies, vol 4(1): 37-56.
- AMIRAUX, V. et F. DESHARNAIS (2015) Salomé et les hommes en noir. Bayard Canada. AMIRAUX, V. et D. KOUSSENS (dir.) (2014), Trajectoires de la neutralité, Presses de l’université de Montréal.
Kanonhsyonne Janice C. Hill
Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)
Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill is the Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Queen’s University, she is Turtle clan of the Mohawk Nation from Kenhtè:ke where she currently resides, and a Clan Mother in her community. Kanonhsyonne is deeply committed to preserving and promoting Indigenous knowledges, histories, cultures, languages and traditions. In her role, she works to drive progress on Indigenous initiatives across the university, promote an understanding of Indigenous histories and perspectives within the Queen’s community, and provides guidance and support in Indigenous education and initiatives.
Kanonhsyonne has dedicated her career to furthering Indigenous education and creating positive learning experiences for Indigenous students. Serving as the Director of Queen’s Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre from 2010 to 2017, she has been actively involved in advancing Indigenization and enhancing the visibility of Indigenous communities at Queen’s.
Kanonhsyonne completed her BA in Native Studies and Anthropology at Trent University, her B.Ed. at Queen’s, and is in the process of completed her MA in Gender Studies at Queen’s. She began her academic career as an adjunct faculty member in Queen’s Faculty of Education and assisted in the establishment of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP). She also served as Academic Dean of First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) prior to her return to Queen’s.
Jan is deeply engaged in Indigenous education at the provincial and national level and has held executive positions with the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA), the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) Reference Group on Aboriginal Education (RGAE), and the OCAV/RGAE Joint Working Group on Indigenization. She is the recipient several national grants and institutional awards and served as co-investigator for the Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Avocate et Professeure titulaire, Faculté des sciences de l’administration
Prof. Nicole Lacasse holds a LLD in International Law (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne) and is a full professor in the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at Laval University. Ms. Lacasse founded the Stephen-Jarislowsky Chair in International Business Management. She has held various management positions at Laval University, including Associate Vice-President for Studies and International Activities, Director of International Affairs and Francophonie, and Executive Director of Continuing Education. Professor Lacasse has led cooperation projects for international organizations in Latin America and North Africa, such as CIDA and the World Bank. For over ten years, she coordinated governance training at the College of Corporate Directors. Recognized for her expertise in university governance, Ms. Lacasse chairs the Réseau international des dirigeantes et dirigeants universitaires en gouvernance et gestion (Dg2) and the Virtual Mobility Consortium eMobi@Dg2. She has served on audit committees of different renowned European institutions and has served on several boards of directors, in particular CFQCU’s board (co-chair) and that of Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (president). She is member of the board of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC).
Directeur général de la gestion stratégique de l’effectif étudiant
Université de Moncton
Jean-Paul Loyer has headed the strategic enrolment management at Université de Moncton since May 2017. He has gained a very good understanding of international education, particularly with regard to higher learning, through the various positions he has held at Université Laval, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and the École nationale d’administration publique. He has worked for universities for over 15 years in more than 15 countries, particularly in Africa, Latin America and Europe, promoting Canadian education. Mr. Loyer has a master’s degree in international and intercultural communication from Université Laval and is currently a doctoral candidate in educational administration and policy there.
Director of Education
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Loretta Notten is currently the Director of Education at Waterloo Catholic DSB, which represents 50 schools and 24,200 day students, as well as 13,000 Adult and Continuing Ed students attending schools in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, and the surrounding townships. Loretta began her career in York Catholic DSB as an English teacher and then spent 26 years in Toronto Catholic DSB as a department head, secondary vice-principal and principal, central Program Coordinator and then 9 years as a superintendent.
Loretta’s focus remains on transforming the educational landscape so as to prepare our students for the new global realities that await them upon graduation. Her passions are inclusive education that invites students to see themselves as agents of change, authentic real-world learning experiences and technology-enabled learning. International Education is well established in WCDSB and Loretta believes strongly in the reciprocal benefits of involving students in learning abroad.
Loretta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and a Bachelor of Education from York University, a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto (OISE), and has participated in both the Rotman Executive Leadership Program and the Ivey Directors’ Leadership program. She is proud to be serving Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools. She has also served as OCSOA President and is currently ECCODE Chair. Loretta took on the role of Chair of CODE for the 2020-2021 school year.
Loretta is married and has two daughters. In her personal time she enjoys travelling (when we are able!), skiing and getting back to nature.
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Communications and Advancement
St. Lawrence College
Kathy O’Brien is the Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Communications and Advancement. She is responsible for leading the overall strategic and business planning for SLC in collaboration with the academic division and other senior administrative staff. Kathy has oversight for strategic enrolment management, the registrar’s office, student recruitment, marketing and communications, government relations, alumni engagement and advancement activities, and community engagement.
Kathy has broad experience in leadership roles in both the private and public sector. She held the position of Associate Vice-Principal (International) at Queen’s University. In this role, she was responsible for the university’s overall international strategic direction and relationship building across the globe. Through integrated planning and consensus building, she successfully introduced new academic and research partnerships, increased international student mobility, and collaborated on increasing international alumni engagement strategies. Her previous roles during her 16 years at Queen’s included roles in Advancement and the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). She started her career in the executive search business in Toronto and was the Director of Search Operations for the global firm Odgers Berndtson.
Kathy is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Master’s of Public Administration (Management) and she has a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Linguistics from Carleton University. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE), the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
Executive Director Global Engagement
University of Victoria
Carolyn Russell is the Executive Director, Global Engagement at the University of Victoria and is responsible for coordinating and supporting the University’s Strategic Framework and International Plan. She oversees the Office of Global Engagement to facilitate UVic’s global scholarship and engagement, and she collaborates with colleagues across campus engaged in global activities to harness resources, streamline existing processes and develop strategic approaches to support students, faculty and staff in their globally focused work.
Carolyn holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and a bachelor degree in International Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia. Carolyn received the 2012 BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) Award for Service Excellence in International Education and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), and Glow Ed.
Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (International)
University of Calgary
Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (International) at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is also the current elected Executive Chair of the Commission of International Initiatives of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) as the first Canadian and Non-American to chair any of the councils and commissions of APLU. He was a full professor, Canada Research Chair in Project Management Systems and a founding director of the Centre for Project Management in the Schulich School of Engineering.
Dr. Ruwanpura earned a BSc (honors) from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, an MSc in construction management from Arizona State University, and a PhD in construction engineering and management from University of Alberta. He has been recognized with many national and international awards for teaching, research, innovation, leadership, service, distinguished alumni, graduate education and internationalization. He has brought new international initiatives to the University of Calgary including developing and implementing collaborative degree models, co-developing Global Research Initiatives and Sites and raising funding for research and infrastructure, establishing and promoting new research partnerships in number of countries and lobbying for international development grants. Because of these initiatives the University of Calgary won 6 competitive excellence and innovation awards from various organizations such as CBIE, APLU and the Association of International Educators and Administrators (AIEA). In 2020 he was recognized with the International Achievement Award from the City of Calgary.
Dr. Ruwanpura is a licensed professional engineer in Alberta, a professional quantity surveyor in Canada and a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Professor and former Assistant Vice President, International
Dr. Anver Saloojee provides university-wide strategic direction to Ryerson’s international activities and guides Ryerson’s evolution into a global urban university.
Dr. Saloojee had led the development of the first law school here at Ryerson University as the Dean of Record. Ryerson Law School will be the first new law school in Toronto since 1949 and opened its door to students in fall of 2020.
A member of the Ryerson community for almost 30 years as sessional instructor, lecturer and professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Anver has earned a number of awards including Ryerson Professor of the Year and the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award. In 2005, he took on the role as special advisor to the presidency of the Government of South Africa, returning to Ryerson in 2008 and in 2014 was named special advisor to Ryerson’s President and Provost.
Anver has an extensive record of service including a number of roles at the Canadian Association of University Teachers including vice-president as well as chair, equity committee. He has also served as president, Ryerson Faculty Association; president, Laidlaw Foundation; and president, Community Planning Council of Toronto. Currently, Anver is serving as co-chair on the Presidential Implementation Committee to Confront Anti-Black Racism.
Director of Recruitment and International Student Office
University of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Jerry Wang holds the position of the Director of the Recruitment and International Student Offices at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) on the east coast of Canada. He has been working at UPEI since 2006. He is a member of various senior campus committees of UPEI. He is a strong advocate of international education and global citizenship and he has contributed to the internationalization of the UPEI campus in many ways. He earned his Master of Arts degree in English Linguistics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Ph.D. in Educational Organization and Leadership with a focus on international education and comparative educational studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2004.
He taught at Tsinghua University of Beijing from 1991 to 1997 and left for a visiting scholarship program sponsored by the US government. When he was working at Tsinghua University, he taught language courses and was in charge of exchange programs between Tsinghua, UC-Berkeley, and the University of Indiana at Bloomington. He translated several books from English to Chinese, including the Rogue Trader and English Reading for College Students. He pursued his doctoral studies at UIUC from 1999 to 2004. During his doctoral study at UIUC, Dr. Wang was awarded the William Bagley Scholarship for Academic Excellence and other scholarships by its College of Education. He attended numerous national and international conferences on higher education, such as AERA and ASHE, and he presented at the conferences on international education and learner adjustment. He also participated in several research projects for the State of Illinois for funding and education policy changes. After he accomplished his study at UIUC, he stayed on for one year to work in the Office of International Scholars and Students Affairs Office from 2004 to 2005. After that, he moved to Ottawa, Canada to work in an international publishing house for one year. During this period, he participated in the publication of a series of eight (8) books for teaching English.
From 2006 to now, Dr. Wang has been working in different offices at UPEI, and he has been instrumental in the internationalization of various aspects of UPEI, and he has been awarded the Presidential Award for Exemplary Services by UPEI in 2014. He established collaboration partnerships between UPEI and a large number of international universities in Korea, Japan, the UK, Scotland, Spain, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, China, Malaysia, Brazil, Vietnam, Jamaica, UAE, Turkey, etc. He has extensive experience in working Canadian and foreign governments on international education initiatives. He is a member of several professional associations in North America.
Professor and Senior Advisor to the President
University of Northern British Columbia
Daniel J. Weeks is the past President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia. During his time at UNBC he spearheaded several initiatives, including the development of a new model of integrated strategic planning, reinvigorating academic planning, launching a new school of engineering, championing an ambitious fundraising campaign, establishing a tuition-free scholarship program for First Nations students, and fostering productive relationships with the City of Prince George and the many other communities in the vast area served by UNBC. Under his leadership the University was twice named the top university in Canada in its category and was recognized by Times Higher Education as among the top 4% of universities in the world.
Dr. Weeks holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Auburn University, with his research covering a broad range of topics in the areas of health and behavioral sciences, including human perception and performance, developmental disabilities, and cognitive neuroscience. He has more than 100 journal publications, book chapters, and books to his credit. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Research Service Award from the Canadian Down Syndrome Research Foundation and the U.S. National Down Syndrome Society and is a Fellow of Sigma X, as well as an International Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Kinesiology.
Vice President Partnerships
Geoff Wilmshurst is Vice-President Partnerships, at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia where he is responsible for International Education, Continuing Education, Customized and Contract Training, Advancement, Alumni and Ancillary Services.
Geoff started his career at Petro Canada International Assistance Corporation as Asia Program Officer. In 1992 he joined World University Service of Canada (WUSC) in Ottawa in the China and refugee departments. He followed that with six years as the Manager of Programs at AFS International in New York City, the largest student exchange organization in the world.
In 2003, Geoff returned to Canada and took on the inaugural role of Manager, Study Abroad at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC. In 2006 Geoff was assigned to the Canadian Institute of International Studies in Chandigarh, India as the India Director for TRU. Upon his return one year later he headed up TRU’s international marketing and recruitment division.
In 2008 Geoff joined Study Group, an international private educational pathway provider, as Director of Business Development for Canada. Geoff was responsible for the development of the Study Group International Study Centre at Royal Roads University. He joined Camosun in 2011.
In addition to the United States and India Geoff has lived in China and Japan. Geoff is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and Shandong Normal University in China.