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November 4, 2015

CBIE announces the winners of the 2015 Excellence Awards

Ottawa, November 2, 2015: The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is pleased to announce the 2015 CBIE Excellence Award winners, showcasing the innovators, leaders, connectors and emerging stars in our field.

Nine awards will be presented to CBIE members and colleagues who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the ideals of our profession. They will be recognized at CBIE’s 49th Annual Conference, taking place November 22-25 at the Hilton Hotel and Suites and Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

“I am proud to join with members and partners in celebrating the outstanding achievements of these dedicated and passionate people whose contributions pave the way for our collective internationalization goals,” said Karen McBride, President and CEO of CBIE.

2015 Award Recipients

CBIE President’s Award for Distinguished Leadership in International Education

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the internationalization of Canadian education and/or the international education profession beyond their home institution.

Vianne Timmons, University of Regina
Dr. Timmons is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in inclusive education and family literacy research. Her research has included projects such as improving the educational environment for children with disabilities in India and developing family literacy programs for rural families, Aboriginal communities, and newcomers to Canada. She has championed internationalization at the institutional, national and international levels serving in leadership roles in major organizations including CBIE and the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education.

Ann Buller, Centennial College
Ann Buller strongly believes that the internationalization of education plays a significant role in giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a globalized world.  She was instrumental in Canada being selected as one of four countries to collaborate with India on a pilot project to create 100 community colleges. Her leadership at the institutional and national level, within CBIE and Colleges and Institutes Canada, has greatly enhanced the profile of internationalization and in particular the benefits of cross-border mobility for both Canadian and international students – the two-way street of international education.

CBIE Chair’s Award for Meritorious Service

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to international education primarily focused within his/her institution or organization.

Judy Macdonald, Vanier College
Judy Macdonald’s vision has always been to internationalize the College to better prepare Vanier students to live in an interconnected world. She has encouraged initiatives to promote an awareness of global issues and has constantly fostered the inclusion of Vanier’s diverse student population through innovative strategies.

CBIE Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education Program

Awarded to a team or individual who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in design, planning, implementation and management of high quality endeavours in international education.

Academic Category:  Master of Science in Global Health – McMaster University
This innovative, collaborative program provides students with a truly international education and prepares them for careers in a globalized world.  The program combines collaborative online learning with face-to-face classroom and hands-on experiences that mirror the complex international work situations graduates will face in the real world.

Extracurricular Category: The Global City & Global Campus Network: Ryerson University – Marion Coomey and Rick Grunberg
These programs facilitate a unique collaborative and interactive method of bringing students, researchers, educators and community partners together from around the world. Learning together, sharing and debating philosophies and ideologies are catalysts of social change. The Global Campus Network and Global City provide an excellent channel to contribute to this change.

Capacity-Building Category: Mikumi VTC Solar Project: Nova Scotia Community College
The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the Mikumi Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in Tanzania initiated a joint student project to create a solar power and water pumping system for the campus.  Emphasizing short-term applied projects like the Mikumi solar project, in combination with new study abroad bursaries, tripled the number of NSCC students going international in 2105.

CBIE North Star Award for Emerging Leader in International Education

Awarded to a new professional who has shown extraordinary promise in the field of international education.

Teeba Alsafar,  Memorial University of Newfoundland
Teeba developed the Memorial University of Newfoundland Mentors Program, which matches international student mentees and current student mentors across cultures thereby allowing every participant to learn about a culture other than their own and work to develop effective intercultural communication skills. Teeba is also a leader in the International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders (INTL), a CBIE Professional Learning Community.

CBIE Elizabeth Paterson Award for International Student Leadership in International Education

Awarded to an international student or group of students who contribute in a positive way to the internationalization of education.

Mubanga Ngosa and Danish Soomro, Fraser International College-Simon Fraser University
During their tenure as co-managers of Fraser International College’s Peer Education Program, Mubanga and Danish introduced dynamic new elements which directly increased attendance within the program and strengthened its reach throughout both the FIC community and at SFU.

CBIE is Canada’s national organization dedicated to making Canada a global leader in international education. CBIE’s pan-Canadian membership comprises 150 colleges, institutes, universities, school boards and language schools which enrol over 1.2 million students from coast to coast.

For information, contact:

Jacquelyn Hoult
Director, Communications
t: 613-237-4820 ext. 254

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