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November 5, 2013

Honouring our Best and Brightest – CBIE Announces Excellence Awards Winners

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Excellence Awards showcasing innovators, leaders, services professionals and emerging stars in our field.

Thirteen awards will be presented to CBIE members and colleagues who demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing the ideals of our profession. They will be recognized at CBIE’s 47th Annual Conference, taking place November 17-20 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC.

“I am delighted to join with members and partners in celebrating the achievements, dynamism and dedication of these extraordinary people and the brilliant programs they have devised,” said Karen McBride, President and CEO of CBIE. “Their contributions help advance our collective internationalization goals and provide models that we can emulate in support of our own objectives.”

This is the inaugural year for CBIE’s reenergized and expanded Excellence Awards Program, featuring several new categories: North Star Award for an Emerging Leader; Catalyst Award for Research Leadership; Panorama Awards – three different categories for outstanding programs; Member Emeritus Award; and Board of Directors’ Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

CBIE Member Emeritus Award: To recognize long-term service and support for CBIE as they retire from the field. This Award bestows Honorary Membership.

  • Catherine Vertesi, Capilano University. Driven by her passion for international education, Catherine has worked with more than 18 Boards and Committees, serving on CBIE’s board from 1997 to 2002 and again from 2011 to the present. She is a valued partner in program development and is frequently called upon to share her expertise on study abroad, faculty engagement and strategic internationalization.
  • Wesley J. Koczka, Thompson Rivers University (posthumous). Wes believed universities have an obligation to not only educate individuals, but also to nurture citizens with learned worldviews to assist them in advancing humankind in an increasingly global society.

CBIE Catalyst Award for Research Leadership: Awarded to an individual or group for bringing cutting-edge knowledge to the field of international education.

  • Gilles Breton, Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa. Gilles’ career has spanned over 20 years and a vast research portfolio. He has developed comprehensive strategic internationalization plans for two major universities: Université Laval and Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa.

CBIE President’s Award for Distinguished Leadership in International Education: Awarded to an individual to recognize outstanding leadership in the internationalization of Canadian education and/or the international education profession beyond their home institution.

  • Glynn Hunter, University of Calgary. Glynn’s research on both international and study abroad student experiences have supported the development of best practices and enhanced the knowledge base of the field. As an instructor at the International Educators Training Program (IETP) at Queen’s University, he has mentored countless young professionals.
  • Bruce Wilson, Fanshawe College. Bruce has helped shape international education in Canada through his work on provincial and national committees. In his role as the longest-serving chair of the Ontario Colleges International Committee, he has provided unparalleled leadership and inspired colleagues across the province.

CBIE Chair’s Award for Meritorious Service: Awarded to an individual in order to recognize outstanding service to international education primarily focused within his/her institution or organization.

  • Michelle Suderman, University of British Columbia. Michelle plays a central role in the UBC International Student Development Office, ensuring accurate, timely and sensitive support to the over 8,000 students from 149 countries that make up the UBC international community. She is Chair of CBIE’s Immigration Advisory Committee and has played a prominent and highly valued role in identifying key advocacy issues and proposing elegant solutions.
  • Ginette Lazure, Université Laval. Ginette’s great generosity, remarkable dynamism and unconditional engagement have been widely recognized by her peers. She contributed substantially to the creation and implementation of Université Laval’s Profil International and the Stage international et interculturel.

CBIE Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education Program: Awarded to a team or individual to recognize innovation and excellence in design, planning, implementation and management of high quality endeavours in international education.

  • Capacity-building: MA in Educational Leadership and Management, Royal Roads University. The MAELM International program helps school leaders develop a critically reflective understanding of school improvement concepts and research, and apply practical tools and strategies.
  • Academic:  Simon Fraser University-Zhejiang University Dual Degree Program in Computing Science. With its high level of integration between the partner institutions, this program gives students and faculty members an extensive and significant intercultural learning experience.
  • Extracurricular: Accueil des étudiants internationaux à l’aéroport de Montréal. A unique program in Canada, 70 institutions and agencies partner to deliver this important welcome service to incoming international students.

CBIE Board of Directors Award for Comprehensive Internationalization: Awarded to institutions or school districts that are executing well-planned, creative and purposeful strategies for comprehensive internationalization.

  • Calgary Board of Education. The CBE strives to ensure students develop their potential, passions and gifts in their communities, in Canada, and in the world. Global-mindedness is promoted through programs, services and supports aimed at students, teachers, administrators and support staff.
  • Centennial College. Committed to becoming an internationally recognized leader in education focused on global citizenship, social justice and equity, Centennial College embedded internationalization into its budget and strategic plan.

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.

  • Abu Arif, University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Arif came to Canada as an international student. Before joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Arif worked at the University of British Columbia and volunteered with the Autumn Foundation, an environmental stewardship organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Arif has also worked at the University of Victoria and University of Windsor. He is the founding chair of CBIE’s International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders (INTL) working group.

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:

Jennifer Humphries
Vice-President, Membership, Public Policy and Communications
t: 613-237-4820 ext./poste 246


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