Immigration Policy and Law in Practice
Workshop Facilitators

Philipp is an RCIC and Manager of International Programs and Services at UBC’s Okanagan campus

Philipp has over a decade of experience studying and working internationally in numerous capacities. Before joining UBC, Philipp was employed at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) with their International and Executive MBA programmes, and worked prior to that at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands.

In 2016, he was recognized for his contributions to international education in Canada with the CBIE North Star Award for Emerging Leader in International Education.  He is a Nuffic Huygens scholar and received his Master’s degree with honours in International Relations from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Philipp has also attended educational institutions in Canada, USA, and Germany. Currently he is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Calgary, with his research focusing on the internationalization of higher education and the nexus of government policy, institutional programming, and international student career transitions.

Rohene Bouajram, RCIC and Manager of International Student Advising, University of British Columbia

Rohene is a passionate proponent of international education and has over a decade of experience in the leadership and delivery of immigration advisory services, international and domestic recruitment, policy evaluation, risk management, program development, intercultural and transition support, crisis intervention and coaching. Her MA thesis in Intercultural and International Communication focused on the post-graduation experiences of international students; thereby allowing her to compliment her professional work with research.

As an avid volunteer, she sat on the Executive Board of the Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) in BC and coordinated the first Congress program in June 2014 on ‘Shaping Identity: Land, People, Systems’ in Vancouver and on Sts’ailes First Nations territory. Rohene’s passion for building a community of inclusive excellence and active participation often leads her to dive headfirst into opportunities to engage ethically and authentically in intercultural settings.

Brianne (Bree) Huene, RCIC and Human Resources/Talent Management – University of Calgary, University of Calgary

Brianna is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and International Student Immigration Specialist at the University of Calgary. She is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) since 2015. Brianna has been involved in international education for the past 8 years, from studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, to advising students on group study abroad programming, to working with international students as both an advisor and coordinator of support programming. In addition to her current role providing immigration support to international students, Brianna’s initiatives led the implementation of University-wide policies to address the specific needs of visiting student researchers, organized international student orientations, provided supervision to student staff and volunteers, and is currently working on collaborative projects to increase awareness of support services available to international students.

Justin Kerr, RCIC and International Student Immigration Advisor, Brock University

Justin has worked in international education for over 12 years following studies at Trent University and participation in an exchange through Canada World Youth. During his time in the field, he focused on Canadian immigration issues as they impact students and their families. He served as a co-champion of CBIE’s Student Services Professional Learning Community and was a member of CBIE’s Immigration Advisory Committee from November 2012 to January 2016

Alex McAllister
Alexandra McAllister, RCIC and International Student Advisor, University of Ottawa 

Alexandra is a University of Ottawa alumna, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), and an International Student Advisor at the University of Ottawa. Prior to working at the university, Alexandra worked at the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) for five and a half years on a number of different projects: most notably, she played a key role in the development and administration of the International Students and Immigration Education Program (ISIEP) and provided valuable support to CBIE’s Immigration Advisory Committee.