Speakers

Antonio Aragón
Partner Sales Director
ApplyBoard

'Triumphs and Challenges - Lessons Learned from an Ambitious Internationalization Drive at a Regional University'

Over the past two decades, Antonio Aragón has devoted his career to international education. As a Partner Sales Director at ApplyBoard, Antonio works closely with institutional partners worldwide. He manages a network of in-country representatives whose goal is to advise and actively support the best-suited candidates in order to achieve their study abroad dreams. In doing so, partner institutions also accomplish unprecedented milestones.

Nadine Baladi
Vice-President
ILSC Education Group

'International student wellbeing and support'

Nadine Baladi is Vice-President at ILSC Education Group, heading up their Canadian Operations at Greystone College and ILSC Language Schools, with campuses located in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Nadine is passionate about quality programming, job outcomes and compliance, and puts the student-experience at the core of everything she does. Nadine sits on the board of Career Colleges Ontario and the National Association of Career Colleges, and has served on various Accreditation Commissions and other Association while living in the USA. Nadine has spent over 20 years in progressively senior roles, from Teaching to Academic Operations, in the International Education space. Her main passions are pathways to higher education, pathways to careers, student outcomes, skills training and the future of the workforce

Sherif Barsoum
Associate Vice President for Global Services
New York University

'The View from the US: policy update'

Sherif Barsoum has been in the field of international education for more than 28 years. Currently, he is the Associate Vice President for Global Services at New York University. He served on the NAFSA Board in the past and is serving as the Chair of the Policy Committee on the AIEA Board. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Barsoum received his BA in political science and master’s degree in higher education administration from the Ohio State University. He has completed doctoral courses at the University of Alabama. He has led students on various study abroad programs and is an adjunct professor in the international education master's program at NYU.

Will Belzak
Assessment Scientist II
Duolingo

'Deep Dive into the Duolingo English Test'

Will is a research scientist at Duolingo, working to improve test taker outcomes on the Duolingo English Test. His work spans psychometric analyses to evaluate the validity and reliability of test scoring and proctor decision-making, user experience testing to increase rule compliance among test takers, and test accommodation and accessibility work to support a fully digital, high-stakes assessment. Will was previously a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow of the U.S. Department of Defense and received a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Larissa Bezo
President & Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Bureau for International Education

'The View from Canada: policy update'

Larissa Bezo presently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bureau for International Education.  Ms. Bezo has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, including as Deputy Clerk and Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Saskatchewan, Senior Advisor to a Federal Royal Commission, and most recently, as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Bureau for International Education. After a distinguished public service career, Larissa pursued her longstanding commitment to international development and solidarity through senior-level assignments with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Centre for Policy Studies in Ukraine. Larissa Bezo has worked successfully with Boards of Directors and Executive Committees to define strategic priorities and oversee their implementation. She possesses 25 years of professional experience, including 15 years in the international development and education sector. Ms. Bezo is an accomplished senior executive with a proven ability to provide effective leadership to build organizational capacity and resilience, foster durable partnerships, navigate sensitive political, intercultural and international issues and mobilize resources to achieve organizational priorities.  Larissa graduated from the University of Regina with a Master of Arts in Political Science.

Sandy Bhangal
Associate Director, TOEFL Client Relations, ETS Global
ETS TOEFL®

'Collaborative strategies to aid in International Marketing and Student Recruitment, powered by ETS TOEFL®'

As an associate director for ETS Global Client Relations for over twelve years, Sandy is responsible for all outreach and communications in the UK & Ireland, and has oversight of CR activities across Australia, China, Europe and India, working closely with institutions of higher education and further education, educational advisors, government departments, and English-language teachers. In this role, Sandy has worked predominantly within the TOEFL® client relations team to raise visibility among test takers, educators and admissions officers that accept the TOEFL test to meet their English-language assessment needs. She has more than 20 years’ experience in working with government bodies, careers services, university academic departments, international offices, marketing and admissions offices as well as graduate recruiters, aiding these groups in attracting and recruiting both domestic and international students.

Nina Bilimoria Angelo
Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
Unibuddy

'From A to Gen Z: Catering to the Students of Today'

Nina Bilimoria Angelo is Unibuddy's Toronto based Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. In this capacity, Angelo will support the global expansion of Unibuddy's unique peer-to-peer platform that allows institutions to help students make crucial decisions about where to go to school, what to major in, and how to make the most of their higher ed experience. Prior to joining Unibuddy, Angelo led teams at Top Hat, Pearson and HP and advised Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant. A seasoned higher ed leader, Angelo specializes in strategy creation, product conceptualization and testing, positioning and messaging, brand advocacy, and generally bringing order to chaos. "At such a critical time in higher ed's evolution, students need peer support now more than ever," Angelo says. "I am thrilled to contribute to the growing success of Unibuddy, where I believe we are helping improve educational return-on-investment for all students.

Christina Bosilo
Director
Brock International

'International student wellbeing and support'

Christina Bosilo, Director of Brock International, has more than 15 years of experience in post-secondary education, including recruitment, admissions and student awards. Christina has a deep understanding of the impact that effective internationalization can have, and the importance of embedding this work throughout many academic, administrative, and student experiences. Christina recently re-joined Brock International after 5 years in the Office of the Registrar, as Director of Admissions. Prior to her role in Admissions, Christina spent 11 years in International Services, starting first in support services for international students, then later gaining student mobility and strategic partnership experience, managing the international learning portfolio. She received her education at Brock with a Masters in Political Science (International Relations specialization), and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science.

Lil Bremermann-Richard
Group Chief Executive Officer
Oxford International Education Group

'Public meets private : Navigating the growing role of commercial services in international student recruitment'

Lil was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Oxford International in 2019, after serving as the Group Commercial Director since 2017. During her tenure at Oxford International, Lil has been successful in driving massive growth across the Academic Division and has steered the Group through significant business change and development during the Covid19 crisis. With over 20 years senior management and leadership experience in education, Lil’s previous roles include Director of International Recruitment for Cavendish College, Head of International Operations for South Thames College, and most recently, International Director at BPP University. During her time at BPP, Lil set up overseas delivery centres in 6 countries, including Hong Kong, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago and Mauritius. In addition to her current position as Group CEO at Oxford International, Lil also serves as an Advisory Board Member for IDP Connect, is a founding member and advisory board member at Business Women in Education and Non-Executive Director at Corndel Limited. Lil is passionate about gender equality in the workplace, and actively mentors women in their leadership journey, as well as their return to work post maternity leave. Lil has won the Business Woman of the Year award at the Education Investor Award in November 2021. Originally from Uruguay, Lil has lived in London for over 20 years. She is a keen runner and lives with her husband and their three children.

Akshay Chaturvedi
Founder & CEO
Leverage Edu

'2022 and beyond - what are the hallmarks of Quality recruitment partners (Leverage Edu)'

Akshay Chaturvedi is an Indian entrepreneur. He was listed on the Forbes India’s 30Under30 list, and then subsequently on the Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 list, both in early 2020. He founded Leverage Edu, and as its CEO, now runs what is India’s largest Career Guidance and University Admissions platform - with 6 Mn users, 100,000+ 1:1 counselling sessions & 3000+ admission applicants - every month. He became a CNBC Young Turk, named eponymously after India’s top business/ entrepreneurship show, in 2019. Later that year, he also won the TiE Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. In 2020, he won the BusinessWorld TechTors award, touted among the top tech entrepreneurs to watch out for. As Prime Minister’s Champions of Change, selected in 2019, he closely worked with the ministries on higher education policy framework. In July 2020, he was awarded as Entrepreneur of the Year (Consumer Business) by the Entrepreneur Magazine.

Wendy Curtis
Dean
Fanshawe International

'Global Workforce Development - The 3 E's: Enrolment, Employment, Empowerment'

Wendy Curtis is the Dean, Fanshawe International. She leads Fanshawe College’s dynamic Internationalization Strategy, a college-wide commitment to welcome the world to Fanshawe and across the communities Fanshawe supports. The Strategy is premised on caring, with a commitment to exceptional services and informative interactions with students, their families and agencies, combined with timely admissions, and progressive employment workshops and career coaching. As a result, 8000 international students from over 100 countries choose Fanshawe to launch their careers each year. Exchanges across the globe enable students to explore the world as Fanshawe ambassadors and contributing global citizens. During her career at Fanshawe, Wendy has led Resource Development and Alumni, Scholarships and Awards, and Government and Community Partnerships. Most recently, Wendy established the College’s Fanshawe Toronto @ ILAC partnership extending hospitality and human services programming to the core of Toronto. Prior to joining Fanshawe, Wendy worked in outdoor education, community relations and fundraising for multiple Ontario conservation authorities. Wendy is a proud Ontario college graduate and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science and global change.

Hannah Dang
Director of Strategic Partnerships
ApplyBoard

'Using Data in Decision-Making'

Hannah Dang is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at ApplyBoard, where she leads the Canadian portfolio. Hannah and her team have successfully established partnerships with over 450 institutions across all sectors. ApplyBoard is now the largest AI powered platform for international student search, recruitment and admission. Hannah has spent the last 10+ years in various leadership roles within the Canadian International Education sector . Along with her experience, Hannah was responsible for driving high growth in student recruitments, managing student placements portfolio, and building successful public-private partnerships. Hannah is a true believer in the positive impact of student mobility and she is passionate about making a difference in the world through education. She has worked alongside senior industry leaders and government stakeholders on new business development and strategic planning to support Canadian Institutions.

Paul Davidson
President
Universities Canada

'The View from Canada: policy update'

Universities Canada is a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada advances the mission of its 96 member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world. Paul joined Universities Canada in May 2009 as president and CEO. As president of Universities Canada, Paul is building strong partnerships with business, postsecondary education and community leaders to advance a vision of higher education that promotes opportunity and excellence for Canadians. He is cited as a top lobbyist and foreign policy influencer.

Jason Dewling
President, Western Canada and Asia Pacific
LCI Education Network

'How to put together an effective MOU that delivers what you want to achieve'

Dr. Jason Dewling is an experienced Higher Education Professional skilled in Leadership, Educational Technology, Organizational Effectiveness, Team Building, Public Speaking, and Curriculum Development. He began his career in 2000 at Lakeland College (Alberta, Canada) as an Instructor of University Studies, Human Services and Health and Wellness. His first leadership role for the organization was an Associate Dean leading areas such as Human Services, Sign Language, Counselling, Library, The Learning Centre, Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, Aboriginal Cultural Activities, and Continuing Education. After 3 years in a leading role, he became Vice-President of Academic and Research of Olds College (Alberta, Canada), where he deployed innovative educational models, increased enrolment and aligned financial resources to future-proof the institution. He was the recipient of several awards including Apple School of Distinction status for the deployment of iPads throughout all learning environments.

He has also been involved with the leadership training group called the Chair Academy (Arizona, USA) where he has served on their board since 2012 and as a facilitator since 2016. He was the chair of the LCI Education leadership Training series in May of 2019.

In 2017, he joined LCI Education and became the president of LaSalle College Vancouver (Vancouver, Canada) and is now the President of Western Canada and Asia Pacific. He oversees the Vancouver Campus, the Istanbul Campus along with Melbourne, Australia and the other two campuses in Indonesia (Jakarta and Surabaya) and the two language schools in Vancouver and Montreal. His PhD is in Education and is from the University of Alberta where his research focused on Inclusion for Individuals with Disabilities.

David Di Maria
Senior International Officer & Associate Vice Provost for International Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

'How to gain internal institutional buy-in to international activities and build your international team's resilience'  

David L. Di Maria is Senior International Officer & Associate Vice Provost for International Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has nearly two decades of experience in international education administration. Di Maria regularly presents, publishes and consults on critical issues facing international higher education. His latest book is Achieving More with Less: Lean Management in the International Student Office. Di Maria earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where his studies focused on internationalization from a P-16 perspective.

Mary Donaghy
Associate Director of Education
Ottawa Catholic School Board

'In focus: Wellness and Mental Health from a system perspective

Mary Donaghy is the Associate Director of Education of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, a position she has held since August 2020. Prior to that, Mary held positions as Superintendent, Principal, Vice-Principal, Department Head of Mathematics and teacher. Mary is the proud mother of three children, all graduates of OCSB schools. Throughout her 35 year career in education, Mary has always made the well-being of staff and students her primary focus. The Ottawa Catholic School Board supports over 45,000 students - many of whom are international students, ESL students and adult learners. 

Matt Durnin
Principal
Nous Group

'Public meets private : Navigating the growing role of commercial services in international student recruitment'

Matt specializes in higher education strategy and internationalization. He has played a role in establishing more than 30 academic and research partnerships across 15 countries and helped dozens of universities improve student recruitment and form or revise their international strategies. Matt has 13 years of consulting and research experience in China and speaks Mandarin. His writings have been published by the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the BBC and Times Higher Education, among others. Prior to joining Nous Group, Matt led the British Council’s consultancy services for UK education institutions. He also previously worked as Chief Researcher for the Financial Times’ China Confidential consulting team and was managing editor and a lead researcher at the World Security Institute’s China programme, where he was awarded the Naval War College’s Hugh G. Nott award for outstanding research publication. Matt also was correspondent for the Economist Intelligence Unit, covering economics and politics in mainland China, Taiwan, and Mongolia. In his spare time, Matt is an avid rock climber, guitarist, and cyclist and has travelled to over 40 countries.

Miriam Feldblum
Executive Director
Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

'The View from the US: policy update'

Miriam Feldblum is co-founder and executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. She previously served in leadership, research, and faculty positions at Pomona College, Caltech, and the University of San Francisco. A national expert on the intersection of immigration and higher education, Miriam has written extensively on immigration and citizenship policy, undocumented, international, and refugee students, and immigration flows and higher education. She received a BA in political science from Barnard College, and MA, MPhil, and PhD in political science from Yale University. She is a non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute.

Rebecca Fitzgerald
Associate Dean, Global Partnerships and Education
Humber College

'Student mobility & partnerships'

Rebecca Fitzgerald is an award-winning global educator whose career spans two decades and six consentient. As Associate Dean, Global Partnerships and Education at Humber College, Rebecca provides strategic leadership and oversight of Humber’s Global Academic Partnership Network, global student and scholar experiences, and the development, implementation, and assessment of academic, research, WIL, and co-curricular initiatives and policies designed to further institution and system-wide excellence in teaching and learning.

Sam Fleischmann
Director of Recognition [Canada]
Duolingo

'Deep Dive into the Duolingo English Test'

Sam serves as a Senior Engagement Manager for the Duolingo English Test. Currently he is responsible for DET recognition at all educational institutions in Canada and Ireland. He previously led Duolingo English Test engagement with institutions in the UK, Australia and Asia as well as leading the DET Access Program which provides free Duolingo English Tests to counselors, organsations, and institutions. With his background as a school counselor in Hong Kong and Singapore he also supports counselors and educational consultants throughout the world to better understand the mission and use of the Duolingo English Test. Professional service includes an executive board member for International ACAC as VP for Finance 2012-2016 and NACAC Finance Committee 2016-2018

Christina Furtado
Mental Health and Wellness Specialist
guard.me

'International student wellbeing and support'

Using her background as an educator and mental health practitioner, Christina is the exuberant Mental Health and Wellness Specialist with guard.meCARES. She primarily works with organizations that are education-, or community-based across Canada and within Europe. With clinical specialization in the areas of substance-use disorders, mood-related disorders, as well as anxiety and trauma-related disorders, Christina brings her clinical expertise to the Wellness and Learning Initiatives Program. Christina holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) and is a certified Mental Health First Aid facilitator and safeTalk Instructor. Devoting 2 decades to empowering individuals and creating opportunities for positive transformation and growth; Christina brings a track record of authenticity, integrity, inspiration, and passion to everything she does.

Isaac Garcia-Sitton
Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education and Inclusion
Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

'2022 and beyond - what are the hallmarks of Quality recruitment partners (Leverage Edu)'

Isaac Garcia-Sitton is a respected leader in the Higher Education sector with over 18 years of experience in international relations and business development. An accomplished former diplomat, he currently serves as the Inaugural Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion at Ryerson University in Toronto. Isaac’s efforts to positively impact immigrant communities has been recognized by being named one of the “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” in 2018 and as a RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winner in 2020. Additionally, he was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and as 2021-22 Chair of the International Network Leadership Team of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at York University and his research interest is immigration policy making as it relates to the recruitment and retention of international students in Canada.

Amit Garga
Co-Founder and Managing Director
The WorldGrad & LINC Education Services

'The rise of the digital pathway

Amit is a co-founder and Managing Director of LINC Education Services, a Singapore-based technology-driven education provider that operates The WorldGrad, the world’s largest study abroad program platform for South Asian students. Amit manages academic operations at LINC. Amit serves as an advisor to several education providers and is an independent director on the board of Luminus Education, one of Middle-East’s largest private vocational education companies. Prior to LINC, Amit was a Partner and Managing Director with Parthenon’s Education Practice, where he led assignments for boards, management teams and investors across a range of education sectors

Gabriela Geron
Director of Partnerships, Innovation, and Communications - Hemispheric & Global Affairs
University of Miami

'Student mobility & partnerships'

Dr. Geron is a multilingual strategic, innovative, academic, and entrepreneurial professional with over 25 years of experience in international higher education. She is the Director of Partnerships, Innovation, and Communications at the University Miami Hemispheric & Global Affairs where she develops strategies and key initiatives to build and/or enhance global partnerships consistent with University’s Roadmap to the New Century strategic plan. She is also part of the Hemispheric University Consortium Secretariat where she coordinates different initiatives in education, research, and innovation and responsible of the consortium’s operations. Her research is focused on how technology supports the international competitiveness of higher education institutions and helps their students succeed, participating actively in international research groups related to information systems, international accreditations, international rankings, educational innovation, and lifelong learning and STEM initiatives.

Srikant Gopal
Executive Director
ETS

'DEI and International Student Recruitment'

Srikant Gopal joined Educational Testing Service (ETS) in February 2018, he is responsible for the strategy, performance and growth of the TOEFL portfolio of products. His team, based in Princeton, New Jersey, USA and around the world, is focused on understanding and meeting the needs of TOEFL test takers, score users, key stakeholders and influencers in a superior way. Srikant is a graduate of the Birla Institute for Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India and earned his MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. He combines marketing and business experience from companies such as Procter & Gamble and Nestle with a passion for education and student development. Currently residing in the Greater Philadelphia area, he brings a global background to the job, having lived and worked in six countries including the US, and with business experience across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Jewell Green Winn
Senior International Officer and Chief Diversity Officer
Tennessee State University

'DEI and International Student Recruitment'

Dr. Jewell Green Winn has over thirty-five years of experience in education. She provides leadership to the office of International Affairs at Tennessee State University as the Senior International Officer, and Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Winn holds the Doctorate of Education, Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. Her research interests include the intersection of diversity and international affairs, global strategies for minority serving institutions, cultural competence in theory and practice, and the acculturation of international students.  She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters relative to diversity and internationalization efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She is the President of the Association of International Education Administrators; serves on the American Council on Education Women’s Network Advisory Council, the Association of Public Land Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives, the Tennessee Diversity Consortium, and Alignment Nashville. She is also a member of Diversity Abroad, the Forum on Education Abroad, Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, and other civic/social organizations."

John Gregory
Director, International Recruitment and Transnational Programs
University of Alberta

'Session by Kaplan International Pathways'

John Gregory is the Director, International Recruitment and Transnational Programs for the University of Alberta. John is an international education professional with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors in Canada and the UK. At the University of Alberta, John has led a significant diversification of the international student body and introduced an innovative tuition model where international students are guaranteed the tuition for the full length of their program. John has previously held the position of Marketing Director at FIC at Simon Fraser University where he grew FIC to be the biggest pathway program of its kind in the world. He started his career with Kaplan International Colleges in the UK where he led the admission team. John’s success has been recognized with multiple awards: the British Columbia Council for International Education Excellence in International Education Marketing Award and two Navitas Marketing Innovation awards. John’s passion for international education started at the University of Alberta when he was an exchange student from the UK and met his wife Jennifer.

Jacopo Gutterer
Market Intelligence Analyst
Studyportals

'Using Data in Decision-Making'

Jacopo is a marketing intelligence analyst at Studyportals.  He makes sense of international higher education by analysing trends, crunching data, and challenging assumptions.  Together with the Analytics and Consulting Team he helps universities develop their programme portfolios, target the right international students, and become more data driven. When he is not busy finding new ways to present information and creating challenging charts that oversimplify reality, he enjoys lengthy conversations on economics and policy.

Charmaine Hack
Vice President SEM
Centennial College

'Using Data in Decision-Making'

Charmaine Hack, B.A, M.Ed. is an accomplished higher education professional, leader of award-winning teams, and champion of new and emerging technologies. After thirty years overseeing international and domestic recruitment and admissions at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), and after nine years as University Registrar, she joined Centennial College in November 2021 as inaugural Vice President of Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM). She has served at both the provincial and national levels as President of the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) and was recently awarded Honourary Membership with the Ontario University Registrars Association (OURA). Today, she continues to serve as Director of the ground-breaking ARUCC National Network (MyCreds.ca). She holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

Gary Hallam
VP International and Executive Dean
School of Business & Hospitality at Conestoga College

'Employment-linked outcomes for International students'

Gary Hallam is the Vice President of International and the Executive Dean of the School of Business & Hospitality at Conestoga College. Gary currently serves on the board of directors of Accelerator Centre in Waterloo, (#1 private business accelerator in Canada, and among the top 5 such organizations in the world). He serves as a judge on the Kostuch Media Ltd Top 30 under 30 awards in Hospitality and has recently served on the Waterloo Economic Development Advisory Committee. Gary completed his undergraduate degree in Management Economics at the University of Guelph, and later as an international student, completed his Master’s degree in International Hotel Management at the University of Buckingham, England. Today, he continues his learning with numerous micro-credentials from e-Cornell and others. He is passionate about ensuring graduate success in the global economy!

Clark Hortsing
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
guard.me International Insurance

'Co-creating a community charter to enhance the international student experience'

Caring is at the heart of everything guard.me does. It’s who we are. It’s why we are here. The philosophy of caring for our clients and giving back to the communities we serve is our guiding principle and what sets us apart. guard.meCARES (Compassionate Awareness Response for Educators and Students) is our mental and physical wellness platform encompassing all our risk mitigation programs, tools and resources that go well beyond health insurance. What we do each day impacts the quality of life of students and their experience. guard.meCARES is our commitment that we’re there for students, day-in and day-out, even when it’s not related to insurance, supporting them with access to mental, physical and emotional support services that help keep them happy, healthy, and learning.

Florian Hummel
Professor of Strategic Management and Vice-Rector for International Affairs
IU International University of Applied Sciences

'The rise of the digital pathway'

Florian Hummel has been Professor of Strategic Management and Vice-Rector for International Affairs at IU International University since 2017. He holds a BA from The University of Brighton, an MSc from Cranfield University, and an EdD from The University of Sheffield.  Prof. Hummel began his professional career in a large US company before moving to the higher education sector. Since then, he has worked at various Universities - as faculty member, Dean, Vice-President and CEO.  In addition, he works as an external examiner and advisor for higher education programme development and quality assurance.

Dan Hurley
Head of Communications, Public Affairs and Strategy, University Partnerships North America
Navitas

'Agents, Visas, and the Road to Recovery'

Dan Hurley serves as the Head of Communications, Public Affairs and Strategy for Navitas University Partnerships North America. He is responsible for all external and internal communications strategies within UPNA, leading engagement with governments and key stakeholders, providing analysis on emerging post-secondary education and immigration issues, and supporting the Office of the CEO and the senior management team.

Dan joined Navitas in March 2022 as Director of Government Relations and was a contractor for the year prior. Previously, he was an independent public relations, philanthropy, and strategic planning consultant. He has more than 15 years of experience in senior leadership roles in post-secondary education, including as Senior Executive Officer and Advisor to the President at the University of Winnipeg, Executive Director of University Relations at Vancouver Island University, and Vice President of Advancement and External Relations at the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, near Victoria, BC.

Earlier in this career, Dan was Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of the Environment and a senior advisor to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and to several Members of Parliament. He also worked as a radio journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Ottawa and served as an officer with the Canadian Armed Forces reserves.

Dan sits on several board of directors including the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, and the Quadra Education Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from the University of Winnipeg, a Master of Journalism from Carleton University, and an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Originally from Winnipeg, Dan is a citizen of the Métis Nation of British Columbia and lives with his family on the unceded territories of the Snuneymuxw peoples on Gabriola Island near Nanaimo.

Charlie Iannuzzi
Co-Founder and President
Beacon Education

'Where next with China?'

Charlie co-founded Beacon Education to deliver the world's best in online education directly to Chinese learners. Based in Silicon Valley, he leads global university program outreach, development, and management, expanding and deepening Beacon’s partnership network. Charlie has worked for over a decade in international education since graduating from Duke University. He previously worked in the Marshall Islands with WorldTeach; Uttarakhand, India with the American India Foundation; Shanghai building Fudan International School; Connecticut serving as Director of International Admission and Instructor in Development Economics at The Hotchkiss School; and Beijing as Director of Global Boarding for Whittle School & Studios.

Desmond Kohn
Director of Global Business Development
Sinorbis

'Where next with China?'

As Director of Global Business Development, Des leads the Sinorbis team, working closely with partners and clients across APAC, EAME, and North America to understand the strategic role China plays in their business and define a digital marketing approach to meet their goals. With a background in programmatic and digital advertising, Des has a deep knowledge of digital marketing in both the western and Chinese digital ecosystem. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and Bachelor of Arts (Advanced Chinese Studies) from the University of New South Wales.

Brent Krmpotich
Director of Recruitment and Strategic Enrolment
Algoma University

'Triumphs and Challenges - Lessons Learned from an Ambitious Internationalization Drive at a Regional University'

Brent has worked at Algoma University for the past 10 years assuming progressively more senior positions in student recruitment, international admissions and marketing. In his current role Brent is responsible for both domestic and international enrolment growth at the University. Under Brent's leadership Algoma University achieved the highest growth rate of any public Canadian University over the past five years.

Stephen Larsen
Founder and CEO
Interlearn

'Public meets private : Navigating the growing role of commercial services in international student recruitment'

Stephen brings thirty years of teaching and leadership experience in higher education as former Harvard faculty, Harvard teaching innovator, and senior VP of Business Development for a global education company. He’s developed international education partnerships in China, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Stephen's unique window into the challenges facing both universities and international students grew from his combined experience as educator and industry strategist, as well as his extensive global experience. This has made him passionate about expanding access to higher education around the world and transforming the future of university education through better ways of learning. Stephen holds a PhD from Princeton University.

Beth Laux
President & CEO
Quest Cultural Solutions

'The Great Resignation'

A veteran of international education, Dr. Beth Laux saw a growing number of educators struggle to meet the demands of their work. Staffing shortages and increased expectations created burnout and shrinking resources. To address this, Beth founded Quest Cultural Solutions (QCS). Using innovative, customized services, QCS empowers international educators to thrive in our evolving industry. During her career, Beth was responsible for multiple international campuses. She is an expert in global human resource management and intercultural learning.

Matt Lopez
Associate Vice President, Enrolment Services and Executive Director, Admission Services
Arizona State University

'The rise of the digital pathway'Session by Kaplan International Pathways

Matt López joined Arizona State University in September 2016 and serves as the Associate Vice President & Executive Director, Admission Services. Since joining ASU, the university has seen record enrollment growth across first-year, transfer and graduate programs. López has had a diverse career and has established a reputation as a leading enrollment professional in the US. He is a staunch advocate of access to public higher education and has built many successful access programs and initiatives targeting underrepresented students. Under his leadership, his teams have always operated under a student-first culture built upon integrity, innovation and data-informed decision making.

Virginia Macchiavello
Associate Vice President - Transnational Strategy & Market Development, SEM
Centennial College

'Global Workforce Development - The 3 E's: Enrolment, Employment, Empowerment - Centennial College'

As a trailblazer in international education, Virginia developed a geographic recruitment model that ensures diverse classrooms enrich the learning experience for both domestic and international students at Centennial College. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Business with PG studies in International Trade Management and College Administration. Virginia earned a B.ED specializing in Special Education and a BA in English. She has held the position of President of ICEED (International Consortium of Economic and Education Development - Canada, U.S.A., and Mexico), Chaired the first provincial committee of Heads of International, and assisted in developing best practices for the college system in Ontario and Canada. The Panama Training Center, designed and implemented by Virginia, has won international awards in the United States and Canada. She has negotiated international corporate training projects and offshore learning sites and delivered training across Asia and North and South America. She has been instrumental in designing multi-country delivery of educational programs and sustainable global education opportunities for Canadians.

Centennial College received the Gold Ontario Export Award in the Services category in 2016 and several Internationalization Excellence awards from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

Saurabh Malhotra
Director, International Recruitment & Market Development
Fanshawe College

'DEI and International Student Recruitment'

Saurabh Malhotra is the Director of International Recruitment and Market Development at Fanshawe College. Saurabh has worked in the international recruitment area for 12 years. Saurabh is responsible for managing and leading the international recruitment, digital, and communications team at Fanshawe. The team has more 25 people including 8 digital and communication members are based in London, Ontario and 20 international representatives based in S. Korea, China, Turkey, Colombia, Brazil, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Russia. Saurabh’s team is responsible for recruiting and engaging more than 8000 international students at Fanshawe from 100+ countries.

Huajing Maske
Assistant Vice President for International Partnerships and Professor (Clinical) of Global Studies
Wayne State University

'Where next with China?'

Dr. Huajing Xiu Maske serves as the Assistant Vice President for International Partnerships and Professor (Clinical) of Global Studies at Wayne State University. Dr. Maske received her DPhil (PhD) in Art History from Oxford University, England, her MA in International Cultural Exchange from Peking University, and her BA in English from University of International Relations. Dr. Maske has twenty years of experience building international partnerships. She has a proven track record not only in joint degree programs but also in supporting international students for their academic and social success in the U.S. She has designed successful programs both at home campus and at partners’ campuses that provide transformative experiences for both international and domestic students related to diversity and inclusion.

Joël McConnell
Executive Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions
Imperial College Business School

'Employment-linked outcomes for International students'

With more than a decade in global education, Joël’s roles have spanned everything from student funding and endowments, corporate outreach, and candidate onboarding to taught degree programmes, at two leading European institutions – IE University in Madrid, and Imperial College London. Joël is a frequently invited speaker to higher education-focused events, having spoken recently at GMAC’s Leadership Conference, Salesforce Education Summit, and more targeted events with organisations like QS and AMBA. Today, as Executive Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions at Imperial College Business School, he works closely with colleagues across the student lifecycle to ensured technology, process, and outcomes are linked-up by design.

Norah McRae
Associate Provost of Co-operative & Experiential Education
University of Waterloo

'Employment-linked outcomes for International students'

Norah McRae, PhD, is the Associate Provost for Co-operative and Experiential Education and an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Through her involvement in co-operative education, work-integrated learning (WIL) and community engagement she has led strategic program development and research on the development of a quality WIL framework, student engagement, work-integrated learning, indigenous WIL and intercultural competency development. Dr. McRae has received awards for her work from Canadian (CEWIL 2012, 2014, 2016; CBIE 2020), American (CEIA 2020) and world associations (WACE 2017). Dr. McRae has 25+ publications including in the International Handbook for Co-operative and Work- Integrated Education, the International Journal for Work-Integrated Learning and the CEIA Journal.

Bobby Mehta
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)
University of Portsmouth

'Student mobility & partnerships

Bobby has worked in the Higher Education sector in the UK since August 1999 and has worked at 3 different universities and where he has held a number of different positions. In April 2017 Bobby joined the Global team at the University of Portsmouth where he now holds the position of Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement). During Bobby’s time working in the Higher Education sector in the UK he has gained a lot of experience from working in different markets around the globe and he has also done a lot of cross sector work and is currently Chair of the British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA).

Janet Morrison
President & Vice Chancellor
Sheridan College

'Co-creating a community charter to enhance the international student experience.'

Dr. Janet Morrison was named Sheridan’s 8th President & Vice Chancellor on June 11, 2018; she had previously assumed the role of Provost and Vice President, Academic at Sheridan in 2016.

Prior to her appointment at Sheridan, Janet spent 17 years at York University working in various roles focused on learning, discovery and engagement, most recently, serving as Vice-Provost, Students. Before joining York, she held teaching and leadership positions at colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and education.

Having worked in the post-secondary sector for over twenty-five years, Janet remains passionate about student success and community engagement. She served as a staff representative on York’s Board of Governors and in 2010 was awarded York University’s President’s Leadership Award. An active volunteer, Janet is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and previously chaired the Board of Directors for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. 



Ernest Mulvey
Acting Associate Vice-President for Global, Online and Corporate Learning
Algonquin College

'International student wellbeing and support'

Ernest Mulvey is Acting Associate Vice-President for Global, Online and Corporate Learning at Algonquin College. He has been the Director of International Education at Algonquin College since 2011 and is responsible for leading the College’s internationalization strategy. He has held a variety of positions in administration and teaching in the Canadian college system, including academic Chair at Algonquin College and teaching positions at the University of Ottawa and the Cégep de l'Outaouais. He managed for 10 years for profit educational businesses and sat on the Board of Directors for Languages Canada for several years. He currently sits on the International Advisory Committee for Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) Leadership Group and the Board of Directors for Canadian College and University Cricket. Ernest earned his masters degree in education from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario) and a Bachelor of Arts (political science) from the University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan).

Vicky Muzi Li
Director, International Recruitment and Partnership
Western University

'Student mobility & partnerships'

Dr. Vicky Muzi Li, is an international education professional who studied and worked in many different countries in Asia and North America. Vicky Muzi Li holds a doctoral degree in Education-international from the University of Western Ontario. She has over 15 years’ success experience in recruitment, marketing, business and program development, agent and staff training, enrolment management, academic consulting and has travelled extensively around the world.

Ben Naismith
Assessment Scientist
Duolingo

'Deep Dive into the Duolingo English Test'

Ben Naismith is an Assessment Scientist on the Validity and Outreach team of the Duolingo English Test. His work at Duolingo focuses on advancing the field of high stakes testing through research and development, supporting the Duolingo English Test’s mission of lowering barriers to education access for English language learners around the world. Prior to joining Duolingo, Ben was involved in the field of English language teaching for nearly 20 years. In this time, he worked in numerous countries and contexts as a teacher, teacher trainer, materials developer, assessment specialist, and researcher. He holds a PhD, MSc, and MA in Applied Linguistics, and his research interests include second language acquisition, corpus linguistics, language assessment, teacher education, and lexical development.

Joann Ng Hartman
Senior Impact Officer
NAFSA

'The View from the US: policy update'

Joann Ng Hartmann is the Senior Impact Officer at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In her capacity, Joann helps advance and facilitate intentional and impactful strategies to effect meaningful change at the organizational level and beyond. Additionally, she provides strategic staff leadership for professional development training, programs, services, and publications related to international students and scholars. She also has oversight for maintaining effective regulatory practice relationships with federal agencies that regulate mobility and enrollment of international students and scholars. Prior to NAFSA, Joann was at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville directing and managing the student and scholar services unit. She has written training curriculum, presented workshops and sessions at national and international conferences. She holds an MS in communication from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Esther Park
Associate Director, TOEFL Client Relations in Canada
ETS TOEFL®

'Collaborative strategies to aid in International Marketing and Student Recruitment, powered by ETS TOEFL®'

Esther is Associate Director of TOEFL Client Relations in Canada.  She is dedicated to supporting student mobility and advancing the quality and equity in education.  While serving as the Canadian representative of the ETS TOEFL program, she aims to help academic institutions in Canada meet their international student recruitment goals by applying 15 years of expertise and experience in partnership development, account management, channel building & direct student recruitment for the English language (teaching) sector in Canada, USA, UK, Australia & New Zealand.  Esther is proud to serve as the Canadian representative for ETS TOEFL program as Canada is the second- largest receiver of TOEFL scores and the fastest growing TOEFL destination country in the world.  As a wholly owned subsidiary of ETS, ETS Canada supports all ETS assessments including the TOEFL program through ongoing research, development and innovation with their psychometricians and experts in artificial intelligence and natural language processing to continuously improve, promote and drive the assessments into the future to meet the needs of Canadians.

Chris Parrish
Co-Founder & President of Partnerships
Podium Education

'Employment-linked outcomes for International students'

Chris Parrish is Co-Founder and President of Partnerships at the leading experiential learning company, Podium Education. At Podium, Chris has led the launch of the Global Tech Experience, an industry redefining digital program that enables students to develop both intercultural and tech skills by working on global projects from organizations like NetFlix, AirBnB and UNESCO. Podium currently works with 52 universities across the world and will support 10,000 students in 2022. Chris is an optimist who sees a bright future in higher education and is fiercely driven to deliver that future. Chris and his company are based in Austin, TX.

Andrew Petrou
Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations (SIER)
Centennial College

'Global Workforce Development - The 3 E's: Enrolment, Employment, Empowerment'

Andrew Petrou is the Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations (SIER) at Centennial College. He is responsible for building relationships with external stakeholders to grow opportunities for collaboration and identify strategic initiatives to enhance the College’s services and reputation as a leader in post-secondary education. Andrew has successfully streamlined Centennial's government relations framework. He is now spearheading major strategic shifts by optimizing industry-facing services and various capital projects, such as the Environmental and Related Technologies Hub (EaRTH), with a College-wide scope and measurable benefits to stakeholders across the institution. As a founding member of EaRTH, Andrew is helping to drive EaRTH's vision of long-term partnerships to develop the region's clean, green, and sustainable technology sectors through research, academic programming, and commercialization of advanced technology. In his previous role as the Executive Director of DAIR, Andrew led the creation of the Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research (DAIR) Consortium. During this time, he secured public and private funding for both DAIR activities and infrastructure, leading to the milestone development of The Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Centennial's Downsview Campus. He is currently serving as Chairman of the DAIR Board of Governors.

David Pilsbury
Chief Development Officer
Oxford International Education Group

'Where next with China?'

Pilsbury leads development of Pathway Colleges, Access Programmes and Educational Services including direct recruitment, applications processing and Off-shore infrastructure. Previously, as DVCI, he made Coventry the UK’s 3rd largest recruiter (enrolments increased over 6 fold); the largest provider of programmes overseas; and operator of the world’s largest global enhancement programme. He won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and EAIE’s premiere award amongst others. Advisory positions include JISC, CBBC, THE Student, StudyPortals, EURIE & ENIC. Pilsbury was founding CEO of WUN, HEFCE Head of Research Policy and spent several years in the City after a D.Phil and postdoctoral research at Oxford.

Megan Prettyman
VP for Partner Success, North America
Uniquest

'Using Data in Decision-Making'

Megan Prettyman serves as UniQuest’s Vice President for Partner Success in North America. Since entering the field of international education in 2012, Megan has held director-level positions at both Montana State University and the University of Findlay overseeing all levels of international recruitment, admissions, and services, and worked for the British Council's education team. Megan has presented sessions and workshops for NAFSA, AIRC, and NAGAP on international recruitment strategy, data-informed decision making, ROI-driven approaches to recruitment and budgeting, and applying systems thinking to international enrollment management. Outside of her formal role, Megan serves as a member of NAFSA Trainer Corps and previously served as the managing editor of NAFSA’s IEM Spotlight and an AIRC external reviewer for agency certification. Megan graduated from New York University (MA in International Education) and the University of South Carolina (BA in Anthropology).

Sarah Ramisch
Director, International Admissions & Recruitment
Carleton University

'DEI and International Student Recruitment'

Sarah Ramisch has worked in higher education for the past 24 years, holding positions in international student advising, admissions and recruitment. She holds a BA Honours in Psychology from Carleton, and a MSc in Social and Applied Psychology with a focus on cross-cultural psychology from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Her background spans the areas of language testing, credential assessment, and international recruitment and admissions. She has worked for institutions in both the UK and Canada, spoken at numerous conferences, and taught workshops on international recruitment and credential assessment. Sarah has led and participated in a wide range of initiatives in more than 50 countries, and currently oversees international admissions and recruitment at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Clare Rawlins
Vice President, Student Recruitment and Marketing
Kaplan International

''International student recruitment: what’s next?''

Clare’s role at Kaplan is truly international, leading a recruitment and enrolment team that spans 10 countries. The team prides itself on its world-class customer service and in-depth market knowledge. Clare has worked in over 30 countries and holds particular expertise in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. She also has a wealth of experience in supporting and shaping university internationalisation strategies. Previously, Clare spent many years in the English language and higher education industries.

Darcy Rollins
Chief Operating Officer, University Partnerships North America
Navitas

'Agents, Visas, and the Road to Recovery'

Darcy began his career in the international education field in 2002 when he joined the International Education Branch (IEB) of the Government of Manitoba. He became Director of the IEB in 2006 and was deeply involved in a number of federal-provincial files, including the development of a pan- Canadian brand for education in Canada and numerous immigration changes (off-campus work in particular). He became Executive Director of Corporate Services for Manitoba Advanced Education and Literacy in 2011.

In 2012, Darcy took up a post with the provincial Treasury Board Secretariat where he was responsible for leading a team of analysts and providing weekly advice to the Board’s Cabinet Ministers on a variety of issues and files, ranging from transportation and infrastructure to health and municipal affairs.

More recently Darcy was Director and Principal of the International College of Manitoba (ICM), a post he assumed in March 2016, overseeing of the college which has the largest undergraduate international student intake in Manitoba and the province’s second-largest international student population overall.

Darcy became Chief Operating Officer for Navitas in Canada in 2019, assuming responsibilities for effective operations of Navitas’ existing colleges in Canada and for seeking new partnerships with high-potential universities across the country.

Darcy lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his wife Sherri; they have three children, all of whom are growing up too fast.

Ethan Rosenzweig
Deputy Assistant Secretary For Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
US Department of State

'The View from the US: policy update'

Ethan joins the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) from Atlanta, GA, where he worked at Emory University’s School of Law as Associate Dean overseeing enrollment management and student services including international recruiting and engagement activities. A graduate of Emory Law, Ethan clerked for the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell of the U.S. District Court of Northern Georgia and then practiced law in Charleston, South Carolina. Before Emory, he completed a Presidential Management Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education, and received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in public policy from American University. Originally from Louisiana where his family still resides, he says he doesn’t return often enough and misses the crawfish and jambalaya.

Alain Roy
Vice President, International Partnerships
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

'The View from Canada: policy update' 

Alain Roy currently holds the position of Vice-President, International Partnerships, at Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). CICan is the national association and voice for more than 140 publicly funded colleges, cégeps, polytechnics and specialized institutes in Canada that reach more than 1 million learners per year in over 3,000 Canadian communities. In this role, he provides leadership to CICan’s activities supporting member institutions in their international student recruitment efforts and those to support more Canadian students to study abroad. He is also responsible for CICan’s international cooperation initiatives, such as the Education for Employment Programs, currently implemented in more than 20 countries in around the world.  Prior to joining CICan, Alain was Programs Director at the Canadian section of Amnesty International. He is a former special advisor to Canada’s Minister for International Cooperation and Minister of State for Health, and has carried out a number of international cooperation assignments in countries such as Mexico, India, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan. He is a graduate of the Cégep de Matane and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Public Communication and Political Science) from Laval University and a Masters of Management from McGill University.

Cillian Ryan
Pro Vice-Chancellor International
Nottingham Trent University

'Case Study - NTU and Toronto Met - Addressing EDI issues through international collaboration' 

Cillian has been Pro Vice-Chancellor International at Nottingham Trent University since 2016. From Dublin, Ireland, Cillian completed his BA and MA degrees in Economics at University College Dublin, before undertaking his PhD at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to his current appointment, Cillian was Pro Vice-Chancellor at De Montfort University, Leicester (2014–2016), and was the founding Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences (2011–2014), and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (2008-2014). Cillian has also held academic appointments in Ireland, the USA and Wales, as well as visiting appointments around the world. Cillian’s academic research has focussed on international trade and business cycles, and he has advised a wide range of governments and international organisations.

Anver Saloojee
Interim Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
Toronto Metropolitan University

'Case Study - NTU and Toronto Met - Addressing EDI issues through international collaboration'

Beginning March 1, 2022, Dr. Anver Saloojee will serve as interim vice-president, equity and community inclusion. A passionate advocate and academic, Dr. Saloojee has dedicated his career to research on human rights and equity-related issues. He served as the interim dean of law; assistant vice-president, international; and has taught in the Department of Politics and Public Administration for over 30 years.

Michael Sangster
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Career Colleges (NACC)

'The PCC landscape in Canada'

Michael Sangster is a passionate, creative, strategic leader with over 30 years of progressive experience managing global corporate and non-profit teams in telecom, aerospace, health, and now education sectors.

He joined NACC in July 2021 to create opportunities for skilled workers to chase their dreams and enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.

A results driven innovator, energized by challenging the status quo to design and deliver solutions in competitive environments, Michael is passionate about bringing together governments, colleges, and learners to find common ground and build outcomes that support communities and the Canadian economy.

Prior to the NACC, Michael was the managing partner of the Waterloo Group and Chief Commercial Officer of Pal Aerospace. He was previously the Vice President of Strategic Relations and Federal Government Affairs at TELUS. Prior to TELUS he was Vice President of Sales at C-COM Satellite Systems, and Federal Government Relations and Sales Manager at Assure Health Inc.

Michael was granted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Award in 2013 in recognition of his service to his community and is an Ottawa Police 2015 Community Leadership Award recipient. He attended the University of Manitoba and completed the Governance Essentials Program for Directors from the University of Ottawa School of Management Centre for Executive Education.

Darshan Shah
Founder
D Vivid Consultant

Session by Kaplan International Pathways

Darshan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas- Arlington.  He is one of the Founder members and President of the “Indian Cultural Council at UT-Arlington” chapter.  He worked with Ericsson Inc. (Plano, Texas) as an RF Business Operation Analyst for over three years. Darshan was awarded  “Outstanding Employee” of the year in the RF group by the Ericsson group.

Additionally:   

  • Lean Six Sigma Certified
  • Certified Career Counsellor
  • Certified Psychometrician
  • Trained 6000+ students on LinkedIn

Darshan started his Business in 2016 and has three Branches in Gujrat, India : Ahmedabad - Vadodara - Surat.  They are ethical consultants helping students to get admission to their desired universities.  D Vivid Strength processes applications to different top universities around the world.  They have been able to help over 1000+ students to study at various universities across many destinations. Their Core Strength is working toward students' future.  They also support/guide students after their visa to guide them about Internship/ LinkedIn/Resume training.

D Vivid - "Empowering Abroad Education Journey for Enthusiastic Students"

Greg Shrader
CEO
Wellspring

'The rise of the digital pathway'

Currently the CEO at Wellspring Higher Education, a company that operates two brands each focusing on marketing higher education programs.

Wellspring International Education partners with colleges and universities to recruit international students into both traditional and online graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The National Teacher Education Center (NTEC) partners with colleges and universities to develop and market high quality teacher education programs. NTEC specializes in the design, management and marketing of on-the-job or alternative certification programs. Greg is also the Managing Partner of TeachQuest.com, LLC.  TeachQuest is a professional community where teachers can create and share lesson plans, instructional videos, and online courses. They can also maintain online grade books, post homework assignments, and communicate with parents. From 2000 to 2003 Greg was the Vice President of Product Development at Teachscape; an online provider of professional develop to teachers. From. From 1999 to 2003 he was a Research Scientist on the faculty in the Learning Sciences Department at Northwestern University.

Vaibhav Singh
Co-Founder
Leap Finance

'One giant leap! Exponential access to education through better finance, technology and partnerships'

An education finance veteran with more than 12 years of cross-border experience, Vaibhav Singh is the Co-founder of Leap Finance/Leap Scholar, India's largest one-stop study abroad platform. Leap has raised over $22 million from marquee investors Jungle Ventures, Owl Ventures & Sequoia India. Vaibhav is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur post which he worked at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore. Since returning to India in 2014 he has been an integral part of the Indian fintech story with founding team stints at Capital Float, InCred & now co-founder at Leap. Vaibhav has deep expertise in international education loans, and he founded Leap to provide an affordable loan alternative for Indian students which has expanded to India’s only full-stack study abroad platform offering test prep, admissions counselling, financing, careers support.

Chris Smith
Manager, Domestic Recruitment
Western University

'From A to Gen Z: Catering to the Students of Today'

Chris Smith is currently Manager of Domestic Recruitment with the Office of the Registrar at Western University. With over a decade of experience in higher education, half his time has been focused on recruitment. Prior to his current role he worked in Teaching and Learning, Student Experience and Libraries. Chris has both a focus and passion to matching students with their academic and career interests. Outside the university, he serves as the Chair, Ontario Universities’ Guidance Dialogues and Co-Chair of the Equity in Outreach and Recruitment Committee. Chris holds both a BA and MLIS from Western University.

Kim Snyder
Operations Manager
Duolingo

'Deep Dive into the Duolingo English Test'

Kim pioneers remote proctoring at Duolingo as one of the managers of the DET Proctoring Team. She leads people and process management while also working closely with the Security Team in developing state-of-the-art features to improve DET security. Her passions for language learning and cultural insight are evident in her career path. After studying International Relations, Cultural Anthropology and Spanish, she went from teaching ESL in Korea to project management at a translation company, to becoming one of the original proctors of the DET back in 2017. In 2020, just as the pandemic was impacting higher education and testing centers around the world, she joined DET as a full-time manager. She has rapidly hired and scaled the proctoring team in response to a mass increase in DET volume while establishing a robust training program and fair review processes that strive to meet the balance between test taker accessibility, on-demand need as well as exam integrity and security.



Brian Stevenson
President and CEO, University Partnerships North America
Navitas

'Agents, Visas, and the Road to Recovery'

Dr. Brian J.R. Stevenson joined Navitas in January 2019 as President and CEO of its North America University Partnerships division. An established leader in both academia and government, Dr. Stevenson has built an impressive record of achievements over more than two decades in campus internationalization, international relations, and foreign policy.

He most recently served as the 2018-19 Fulbright Research Chair in the US-Mexico Studies Center of the School of Public Policy and Study at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

From 2010-2017, Dr. Stevenson served as President and Vice- Chancellor of Lakehead University, a comprehensive public research institution with two campuses in Ontario, Canada. While at Lakehead, Dr. Stevenson was also a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration.

Prior to taking the helm at Lakehead, Dr. Stevenson served the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada as Provost and Vice-President, Academic from 2006 to 2010, where he was also a professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

He began his career at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City and later accepted an appointment as the Imperial Oil/Royal Bank Visiting Associate Professor of International Business at the University of Alberta School of Business.

He then served as senior policy advisor to the Canadian Ministers of International Trade and Foreign Affairs in Ottawa before returning to the University of Alberta as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) and associate professor at the School of Business.

Brian grew up in the United States, Canada and Mexico, is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds a BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and a doctorate from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.

Christine Szustaczek
Vice President of External Relations
Sheridan College

'Co-creating a community charter to enhance the international student experience.'

Christine Szustaczek, MCM, APR is the Vice President of External Relations at Sheridan College. In her role, she is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for government and community relations, advancement, alumni affairs, communications, marketing and public relations. Prior to joining Sheridan in 2013, she ran her own communications consultancy for ten years, helping postsecondary institutions, hospitals and social service agencies to communicate their impact. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Master of Communications Management. Christine is also the Vice President of the Alice and Murray Maitland Charitable Foundation. She’s an avid learner who is passionate about conveying the power of education to transform lives.

CJ Tremblay
Founder and Managing Director
Alethea Global Cooperative

Discussion: Driving systemic change to advance equity-centered climate action

CJ wants to see this industry meet the moment and transform in support of the future of the students it serves. CJ founded Alethea as a cooperative with the intention to drive radical change in the sector we all love and have the privilege of working in. She specializes in strategic planning and change management, marketing and communications, and stakeholder relations. She received her Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 2018 and has since completed several training programs in Sustainability, Social Responsibility, and Climate Action. In July 2020 CJ was trained as a Climate Reality Leader by former Vice President Al Gore. She is proudly one of the founding members and current Vice President of the board of the Climate Action Network for International Educators.

Roopa Trilokekar
Associate Professor (Post-Secondary Education)
Faculty of Education, York University

'Co-creating a community charter to enhance the international student experience.'

Roopa Desai Trilokekar is Associate Professor (Post-Secondary Education) in the Faculty of Education, York University. She comes to an academic career after 20 years of experience as a professional in the field of international education in Canada, India and the US. Her research interests include international education as public policy in Canada, international student experience as potential new immigrants and international education as a soft power/public diplomacy in a world of shifting geopolitics.



Matthew Zonis
Director of Marketing & Recruitment
INTO Drew University

'How to put together an effective MOU that delivers what you want to achieve

Matt is currently the Director of Marketing & Recruitment at INTO Drew University. In this capacity, Matt oversees recruitment of all international undergraduates and pathway level graduate students for Drew as well as sets big picture marketing strategy for INTO Drew. In addition to his work at the university level, Matt has a variety of experiences in the international higher education space as he previously served as a college counselor in Vietnam and as a educational consultant in Thailand. Matt has been published in Forbes Education (Russia) and holds a BA in International Studies and Jewish Studies from American University.