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October 9, 2014

Recognizing the Best – CBIE Announces 2014 Excellence Awards Winners

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Excellence Awards, showcasing innovators, leaders, service professionals and emerging stars in our field.

Ten awards will be presented to CBIE members and colleagues who, through their careers, projects, mentorship and leadership skills, have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the ideals of our profession. They will be recognized at CBIE’s 48th Annual Conference, taking place November 19-22 at the Westin Ottawa in our nation’s capital.

“The recipients are inspiring role models for their peers and new professionals in international education,” said Karen McBride, CEO and President of CBIE. “They encourage us take on new challenges in our work, step outside our comfort zones, and, as a result, enhance the impact of what we do in our sector and at our institutions.”


CBIE Founders Award for Excellence in International Education

Awarded to an individual whose contributions to and support for international education is recognized and highly valued. This outstanding individual personifies CBIE’s central value proposition: “Expertise. Knowledge. Opportunity. Leadership”. This Award bestows Honorary Membership.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

The Governor General promotes and personifies CBIE’s central values of Quality, Equity, Inclusion and Partnership. This award recognizes his leadership in promoting the diplomacy of knowledge as a means to share knowledge and ideas across borders for the benefit of all.

It further recognizes his major contributions to international education, which have deepened our understanding and enhanced the profile of our endeavours in this field.

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.

Sylvain Benoît, Université du Québec à Trois Rivières

During his 26-year career, Sylvain Benoit has dedicated himself to fostering global relationships through developing 25 international education projects in over 15 countries in Africa and Asia. He gives back to his profession by providing his expertise to the Board of Directors of CBIE and other national organizations.

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.

Pauline L’Écuyer, McGill University

A strong advocate for international students, Pauline L’Ecuyer has built a department that offers comprehensive, professional services to the entire McGill community. Programs such as the Pre-Arrival Orientation webinars and International Student Leadership Program are copied and benchmarked by other Canadian and international institutions. Pauline serves as the Chair of CBIE’s Immigration Advisory Committee and has served two mandates on CBIE’s Board of Directors.

Marie-Louise Pépin, Collège de Bois-de-Bologne

Marie-Louise Pépin is an arts professor who has created a collaboration project with fellow colleague Ernesto Blanco Sanciprián at the Academia El Alba in Cuba. For the past ten years, Bois-de-Bologne students have had the opportunity to visit Cuba to expand their artistic and cultural horizons.

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.

Extracurricular Category: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, The Philosopher’s Teahouse (presented by Wendy Royal)

Modeled on the traditional Philosopher’s Café, the Teahouse is a student-focused initiative where international students gather over good food in interdisciplinary, multilingual and intercultural groups. They share ideas, feedback and recommendations on how to affect positive change on campus. Participation has increased from 70 to 300 students and has helped with international students integrating with their Canadian peers on campus.

Academic Category: Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology, Nursing Students in Nicaragua (presented by Krista Pearson)

2014 was the inaugural year for the international placement project which involved 16 Bachelor of Science Nursing students earning an elective credit in Nicaragua. The experience gave students the opportunity to think about the world around them and their profession beyond Canadian borders. The program has been so successful that the cohort is expected to grow substantially in 2015.

Capacity Building Category: Capilano University, Canadian Academics Studying in Europe (CASE) (presented by Catherine Vertesi)

A partnership between Capilano University and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland, the CASE study tour gives Canada’s college and university faculty the opportunity to build their internationalization capacity in their curriculum and teaching methods. Over 45 faculty and 16 administrators have participated in the ten-day trip in Germany, Switzerland and France, meeting with leaders in business, the European Parliament and European academia. Thanks to CASE, faculty at colleges and teaching universities have opened their eyes to a new way of thinking and created new exchange partnerships and summer programs at 16 institutions.

CBIE Board of Directors Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

Awarded to institutions or school districts that are executing well-planned, creative and purposeful strategies toward comprehensive internationalization.

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board & OCENET (presented by Kathy Scheepers)

The creation of an International Certificate Program (ICP) has allowed staff and students to explore global issues and themes related to international education. Over 250 students in 12 high schools have enrolled and the program is set to expand in 2015. ICP has become the ‘launching pad’ for many other internationalization programs such as scholarships, teacher and student bursaries, and online language  courses for the board’s 72,000 students and 8,670 staff members.

CBIE North Star Award for an Emerging Leader in International Education

Awarded to a new professional who has shown extraordinary promise in the field of international education; to recognize and encourage outstanding individuals to continue in the field.

Elise Goodreault, Fraser International College (FIC)

In the past four years, Elise Goodreault has helped over 2,000 international students from 57 countries at Fraser International College transition to Canadian higher education with a caring and compassionate approach. She introduced a popular “Open Mic Night” giving students the opportunity to express themselves creatively in a fun, welcoming space and developed a student leadership portal to streamline volunteer opportunities and host leadership training modules.

CBIE Elizabeth Paterson Award for International Student Leadership in International Education

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

Leila Abubakar, College of New Caledonia (CNC)

As soon as she set foot on campus, Leila Abubakar from Nairobi, Kenya, joined the International Student Leadership and Ambassadorship program and spearheaded Prince George’s first Welcome Party for international students. She coordinated a Hugs, Smiles and Handshakes booth on campus to raise money for the Burns Lake Mill Fire Victim Fund. As chairperson of the student union she was a major advocate for international student issues. A “pathways student,” Leila graduated from CNC in May 2012 with a Diploma in Marketing and Management then transferred to the University of Northern British Columbia where she is due to graduate with a Bachelor in Commerce in 2014.

Astitwa Thapa, University of Manitoba

Since coming to Canada from Nepal in 2011 to study Environmental Science, Astitwa Thapa has excelled academically and socially. He was an ambassador in the college’s World Wise program where he contributed to internationalizing the university community through speaking sessions, organizing events and promoting activities. He is the president of the Nepali Students’ Association and has raised awareness for many fundraisers including support for the Japanese earthquake and Ending Human Trafficking in Nepal.

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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