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2016 Course Instructors

Anna Choudhury

IETP I: Advising & Programming for New Professionals – Working with Incoming International Students

Bio: Anna Done Choudhury is the Senior International Student Advisor at Wilfrid Laurier University, since 2009. A graduate of UWaterloo (B.A.) and Conestoga College (Print Journalism), Anna also completed the Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program at Seneca College in 2001. She was formerly a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant, working in private practice for eight years.

Anna was a part time faculty member at Seneca College from 2003 – 2010, in the role as teaching assistant and instructor in their Immigration Practitioner Program. Anna has worked helping students studying abroad previously in her role as a student liaison in Havana, Cuba in a program that facilitated Canadian students studying at Cuba's National University for the Arts (ISA). Anna is currently on the CBIE Immigration Advisory Committee and is also completing her MA in Intercultural and International Communications from Royal Roads University. An avid traveller, Anna has been an international student in both Cuba and the UK.

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Karine Deshayes

IETP I: Formation en orientation et en programmation pour nouveaux professionnels en éducation internationale: travailler auprès d’étudiants internationaux entrants

Née en France et arrivée au Québec pour y faire son baccalauréat en marketing et gestion internationale à HEC Montréal, Karine a eu un coup de cœur pour le Québec et a décidé de s’y installer. Elle a travaillé depuis 12 ans dans les services conseils tant au niveau des programmes d’échanges qu’auprès des étudiants étrangers pour favoriser leur intégration au Québec et la réussite de leurs études. Elle a œuvré à l’école Polytechnique de Montréal et à HEC Montréal où elle y a développé de nombreux programmes et formations autant auprès des étudiants, du corps enseignant que des membres du personnel. Reconnue pour son expertise en immigration, elle a également siégé sur le comité consultatif du Ministère de l’immigration et des communautés culturelles (MICC aujourd’hui le Ministère de l’immigration de la diversité et de l’inclusion) durant plusieurs années. Depuis 3 ans, elle a orienté sa carrière vers l’enseignement et poursuit une maitrise en intervention éducative. Elle coordonne actuellement le programme de l’année préparatoire à HEC Montréal, un programme destiné aux étudiants qui n’ont pas fréquenté le système collégial québécois. Outre la coordination du corps professoral et le suivi individuel offert aux étudiants aux prises avec des difficultés d’adaptation académique, elle a développé et enseigne des cours portant notamment sur le développement des compétences essentielles sur le plan individuel et en équipe dans un contexte multiculturel.

Christina Bosilo

IETP I: Advising & Programming for New Professionals – Working with Outbound Students

Bio: Christina has worked at Brock University since 2003, and in the International Education sector since 2006. She is currently the Manager, International Learning Programs, where her unit’s main objective is to increase the number of international learning opportunities available to students, including exchanges and study abroad, internships, and experiential learning.  Her unit has also been mandated to increase the overall number of students participating in an international learning experience as part of their studies. Her experiences include developing and managing new partnerships with institutions and organizations within Canada and around the world; pre-departure preparation for outgoing and incoming students; managing Brock’s International Plus program, and facilitating international risk management workshops involving student travel.

She enjoys being an active member in the international education sector; she has completed IETP I and II, was the co-chair of the NAFSA-Canada MIG in 2012 and 2013, and has presented at CBIE, NAFSA and EAIE.

She has her MA in International Relations from Brock University, where she also completed her B.A. in History and Political Science.

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Sonja Knutson

IETP II: Advanced Topics in International Education

Bio: Sonja Knutson is the Director of the International Centre and Special Advisor to the President on International Affairs at Memorial University of Newfoundland. As such, she develops and coordinates the deepening of partnerships with institutions and organizations within Canada and around the world.

She has an M. Ed. in post-secondary education (Memorial University) and B.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (Concordia University). She has been working in International Education for 20 years and is currently responsible for leading, partnering and supporting internationalization initiatives and strategic planning at Memorial. She also leads the cross-cultural diversity training for faculty, staff and students through collaboration with Human Resources and Student Affairs and Services.

Sonja began working for Memorial in 1999 as an English Second Language teacher, and has taught courses for both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education. She is an instructor with Queen’s University (Ontario) International Educator’s Training program, is serving a second term on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, and a two-year term with the NAFSA International Education Leadership Knowledge Community.

Lucille Landry

IETP I: Building Intercultural Skills and Approaches for International Education

Bio:  Lucille Landry has been the Manager of the Université de Moncton’s International Mobility Service since January 2007. She has been working in International Education for 13 years and was involved in the management of nine North American and three Canada-Europe mobility programs. Her experiences include intercultural preparation for outgoing and incoming students, the coordination of the International Passport program, cultural intelligence training on campus, and risk management. She has teaching experience as a lecturer and visiting professor in Canada, Mexico and France, where she has taught courses and offered lectures on intercultural communication and globalization. She is a member of the professional recognition committee and a member of the Education Abroad Advisory Committee of the Canadian Bureau for International Education. In 2012, she was invited as a guest speaker for a workshop at the Mexican Association for International Education’s annual conference. Lucille obtained her MBA and her Bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Moncton and has a certificate in intercultural foundations from the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon and a certificate in intercultural studies from the University of British Columbia in Canada.


Lise Laporte

IETP I: Advising & Programming for New Professionals – Working with Outbound Students

Bio: Lise joined Western University in 2012 as the Director, International Learning with a mandate to increase the number of Western students taking part in an international experience as part of their degree. Over the past 4 years, Lise and her team have expanded the mobility options for students to include study, research, faculty led and community engaged learning opportunities.  She spearheaded the launch of a new study abroad management system geared at centralizing the promotion of international experiences to a “one stop shop” model. 

Prior to working at Western, Lise spent 13 years in a number of roles at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her experience in international higher education spans a broad range of portfolios including student recruitment, international student services, English as a second language pathways and student mobility. 

Lise has an M.Ed in adult learning and global change from the University of British Columbia, a Certificate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Fanshawe College and a B.A in Communication Studies from Brock University.

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Todd Odgers

IETP I: Building Intercultural Skills and Approaches for International Education

Bio: Todd Odger is Associate Director of NorQuest’s Centre for Excellence in Intercultural Education (CEIE). Over the past three years Todd has built a team of intercultural trainers and researchers at the Centre that has worked in over fifty organizations and 28 communities, and undertaken over a dozen applied research projects. Prior to joining NorQuest, he spent five years with Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University) where he worked with the Teaching and Learning Centre and International Student Services. As a member of the Teaching and Learning Centre team, Todd developed and facilitated training for services staff as well as a series of popular annual retreats. His research into these approaches was published in Trilokekar, Jones, Shubert (Eds.) Canada’s Universities Go Global. with colleague Isabelle Giroux in “Internationalizing Faculty: A Phased Approach to Transforming Curriculum Design and Instruction”. In his student services work, he was best known for his design and co-delivery of an award winning intercultural leadership program. Todd has designed customized training and facilitated a wide range of Intercultural Communication in Canada and abroad. Prior to his work in Canadian higher education he spent 10 years in Japan teaching and training to develop intercultural competence in colleges, universities, and with the management and staff of many of the country’s best known corporations.


Robin Rooke-Hanke

IETP I: Formation en orientation et en programmation pour nouveaux professionnels en éducation internationale: travailler auprès d’étudiants internationaux entrants

Œuvrant dans le domaine de l’éducation internationale depuis le début de sa carrière, Robin est coordonnatrice du Bureau international à l’Université de Saint-Boniface depuis 2008.

Winnipegoise de souches anglaises, elle est la première personne de sa famille à faire les études scolaires en immersion française. Une année préparatoire à l’Université Laurentienne l’a ensuite guidée vers la ville de Québec où elle a vécu pour sept ans. Elle détient un baccalauréat en traduction, langue espagnole et andragogie de l’Université Laval. Sa carrière interculturelle a commencé en enseignant l’anglais à Ste-Foy.

De retour à Winnipeg, elle a continué sa vie interculturelle en coordonnant un programme d’employabilité dans la Francophonie manitobaine. Depuis 2002, elle est employée à l’Université de Saint-Boniface. D’abord comme enseignante d’anglais comme langue additionnelle et ensuite en tant que coordonnatrice du Bureau international.

Elle s’est mérité une maîtrise en Éducation des adultes (plus particulièrement en éducation postsecondaire interculturelle) en 2006 de l’Université du Manitoba.

Elle a vécu dans 4 différentes provinces canadiennes ainsi qu’en Écosse et en Argentine.

Actuellement, elle travaille auprès d’individus d’une trentaine de pays francophones quotidiennement. Elle s’intéresse à la compréhension de « l’Autre » et au développement des compétences interculturelles.

Elle a terminé son certificat IETP en juin 2014.


Julie Snair

IETP I: Advising & Programming for New Professionals – Working with Incoming International Students

Bio: Julie Snair graduated from Acadia University in 1981 with a B.A. in English / Sociology and a B.Ed in secondary education. She then went on to further her studies at McGill and UBC where she specialized in Teaching English as a Second Language and in Intercultural Studies. She recently completed her M.Ed (Leadership) at Acadia. She taught ESL for 20 years and has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, Germany and several provinces in Canada. She loves to travel and is passionate about supporting Acadia's international students in their academic, personal and professional skill development. Julie is currently the Coordinator of International Education at Acadia University. She has been the International Student Advisor there for 11 years.

Ben Yang

IETP II: Advanced Topics in International Education

Bio: Ben Yang was born in Beijing, China; he received his MA degree in Education Administration from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT). He has over 10 years' experience in teaching career development and career counseling in post-secondary institutions. His interests include work and life balance and career transition issues. Ben spent more than twenty years at the University of Toronto–first graduate student, and ultimately as Director of Canada's largest International Student Centre. Previously as Executive Director of the International Education & Training department at Georgian College, Ben directed all international recruitment, international student support and international project efforts. He currently serves as the Director of Global Engagement, Laurier International at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a frequent presenter on cross-cultural communication and career development issues for international educators at provincial and national conferences and one of the IETP's original trainers. Ben received the 2010 Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) Internationalization Leadership Award.


Past Course and Workshop Instructors

Susan Anderson 

Susan Anderson

One-Day Workshop: Gaining Competence in an Intercultural Workplace

Bio: Susan Anderson has worked at Queen's University in the area of international education for more than 35 years and is presently the Assistant Director at the International Centre (QUIC). She worked first on development education projects and, in 1988, took up the newly-created International Student Advisor position. Since that time she has provided orientation, social programming and immigration information services to international students, scholars and visitors to Queen's. She is a past Vice Chair of the SACE Chapter, CBIE and past Vice President of the Queen's Staff Association. Susan has a Masters degree in Education from Queen's University and has received awards from Queen's and CBIE in recognition of her work in the area of international student advising.

Amanda Balsys

Amanda Balsys works as a course developer and writing instructor at The Writing Centre at Queen’s University. Before coming to Queen’s to complete her BEd and MEd, she had worked as an educator in Spain, Morocco, and Japan, teaching both young people and adults.

Katherine Beaumont
Katherine Beaumont

IETP I: Advising & Programming for New Professionals – Working with Outbound Students

Bio: Katherine Beaumont has led International Learning and Student Safety Abroad at UBC since 2004.  Over that period, the program has grown to 22% of undergraduate student participation on graduation and increased engagement of graduate students.   Through partnership with Faculties, students, and peers around the world UBC has expanded from an undergraduate exchange program on one campus to a suite of multi-experience international learning opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

 Melissa DiLeo

IETP I: Communication Skills Development for Working with Cultural Newcomers: A Socio-cultural Competency Training (SCT) Approach

Bio:  Melissa DiLeo is the International Student Advisor at Wilfrid Laurier University-Brantford, and works to support all in-bound international students including English as a Second Language students, exchange students, and degree-seeking students.  She develops, coordinates, and facilitates settlement and transition programming for international students with the support of her International Peer Mentor team.

With an HonBA from the University of Waterloo, Melissa continues to engage in professional development through a variety of platforms.  She is currently completing UBC’s Certificate in Intercultural Studies, is the Lead for the International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders – CBIE Conference Planning Committee, and is also a member of CBIE’s Annual Conference Advisory Committee.  Her passion for wellness led her to become a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and she incorporates the teachings in both her professional and personal life.

 Justin Kerr

One-Day Workshop: Immigration (exact title tba)

Bio: Justin Kerr is a graduate of Trent University's Canadian Studies and International Development Studies programs.  Justin has worked with the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) since January 2004. He has an abiding interest in immigration policy and its implications for students and institutions in Canada. 


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Cathy Lemmon

IETP I: Communication Skills Development for Working with Cultural Newcomers: A Socio-cultural Competency Training (SCT) Approach

Bio: Cathy Lemmon is the International Programs Advisor at Queen’s University and has been involved with internationalization at Queen’s since 1996. Cathy was instrumental in the development of the International Housing Office/Program, the Harkness International Living Centre, the Queen’s Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy, the Risk & Responsibility for Study, Work or Travel Office, and the Queen’s University Emergency Support Program for Study, Work or Travel Abroad.  She also developed the cultural adjustment modules for Queen’s on-line pre-departure orientation.

Cathy is a member of QUIC’s intercultural training team and a facilitator and senior-trained instructor for the Socio-cultural Competency Training Program (SCT).  She has been delivering the SCT Program to newly arrived international students since 2009. The impact of the Program has been so positive that SCT “alumni” formed a social group, the Queen’s Cultural Engagement Group (QCEG), to continue the intercultural learning and community building of the workshops.  Cathy acts as the institutional liaison for QCEG and helps promote the group’s mandate and activities to the wider campus community.

Cathy is keenly interested in helping international students transition into Canadian culture without giving up any of their own cultural identity. This is mirrored by her interest in offering domestic students a forum to learn about cultures that are different from their own and to foster cross-cultural understanding.

Lynne Mitchell

IETP I: Advising & Programming for New Professionals – Working with Outbound Students

One-Day Workshop: Risk Management in International Education

Bio: Lynne Mitchell has been working in international education for over 20 years. She is currently the Director of the Centre for International Programs (CIP) and International Liaison Officer for the University of Guelph. Lynne began at CIP in 1992 after returning from two years as an agricultural extension worker for the Government of Thailand.  She is well known across Canada for her contributions to the international education profession and is the Chair of the Education Abroad Advisory Committee for the Canadian Bureau for International Education. She is the co-author of Worth the Risk: Four Approaches to Safety in International Learning (2000) and Risk Sense: Developing and Managing International Education Activities with Risk in Mind (2009). Lynne has given numerous talks and workshops on a variety of topics relevant to internationalizing post-secondary education and regularly teaches for the International Educators Training Program in Kingston, Ontario. She is also the author of, Ready, Set, Go: An Interactive Workbook for Students Preparing to Study Abroad, and DepartSmart™. These travel orientation resources are used by higher education institutions nation-wide. Lynne completed her PhD in 2013 and her current research interests include the role of international experiential learning in the development of students’ intercultural competency and the development of civic identity in youth.


Philipp Reichert

IETP I: Advising & Programming for New Professionals – Working with Incoming International Students

Workshop: Immigration Topics

Bio: Philipp Reichert works with International Programs & Services at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna BC. Philipp was born in Germany and has grown up moving internationally and attended schools/universities in Germany, USA, Canada and the Netherlands and as a result has developed a keen interest in international education and the internationalization of higher education. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Before returning to Canada, Philipp was at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) in the Netherlands, where he was the Registrar Officer working for the International and Executive MBA programmes. Previously, Philipp was at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, working on projects for the European Commission, The Netherlands Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as numerous private companies. Since January 2014 he is also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Calgary.



Partner Course and Workshop Instructors

Tatyana Fertelmeyster 

Tatyana Fertelmeyster

One-Day Workshop: Seamless Facilitation for Intercultural Competency Learning

Bio: Tatyana Fertelmeyster, founder and principal of Connecting Differences is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in Intercultural Communication, Diversity and Inclusion. Her unique technique of Spontaneous Facilitation allows her to work with individuals and groups with maximum concentration on the reality of the present moment. She leads her clients in arriving at deeper levels of insight and the development of practical and sustainable skills. A faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications in Portland, OR, Tatyana teaches experiential facilitation skills and methods for identity exploration. She is a past president of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR-USA). Tatyana is a co-author of the Russian version of a training tool Cultural Detective™. She is a Master Trainer of Facilitators for the Cultural Detective™ model. Tatyana received an MA in Journalism from Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.


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