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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence


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Canada MIG Co-Chair Nominations

Voting is now open for 2 co-chair positions for the NAFSA Canada Members Interest Group (MIG).  The primary responsibility of the co-chairs is to plan and execute the Canada Reception at NAFSA 2012 and 2013.Voting Instructions:Each member has up to 2 votes.  Only cast one vote per candidateMembers may only cast one vote per province in which the candidate currently resides. There are 5 nominees for the co-chair positions:


Abu Arif was born in Bangladesh, raised in India and intellectually grew in Canada. Thus, he claims to be a fusion mixture of the east and the west, at home everywhere, out of place nowhere. Arif came to Canada as an international student and has obtained a BA (honours) in International Relations and Development Studies and Masters in International Affairs from the University of Windsor.Before joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Arif has worked in the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and has volunteered with the Autumn Foundation, an environmental stewardship organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Arif has also worked in the University of Victoria and University of Windsor in various capacities.Arif has presented papers in various occasions on Culture, Sex and Sexuality; Non-Traditional Students and International Programming; and Queer Competency for Service Providers. He has edited the Study Abroad Guide for Sexual Minority Students for the University of Victoria and currently, working on developing a student peer support group to engage Aboriginal students with the various international programs and students. He is the co-founder of emerging international educators forum.Arif has travelled in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

Christina BOSILO (ON)

Christina is the Manager, International Learning Programs, at Brock University. She administers exchange and study abroad programs, as well as international experiential learning programs.  Christina is a graduate of Brock University (BA, MA in International Relations - expected completion date this fall).Christina began her career at Brock in Recruitment & Liaison and Student Awards, and in 2006 she was enthusiastic to start her career in international education.  Her interest in this field was sparked by her many international experiences while studying and volunteering overseas.To learn about the growing international education field, Christina has attended regional, national and international conferences.  She has also had the opportunity to present at NAFSA, EAIE, and OURA; and participates regularly in the provincial student mobility support network meetings.Christina is looking for new ways to learn and contribute to international education and is very interested in the co-chair position for the NAFSA Canada Members Interest Group (MIG).

Patricia GARTLAND (BC)

With over twenty-five years of experience in teaching language education and administration K-12, along with her multilingual expertise, Patricia truly believes that Coquitlam’s International Education Program is the most dynamic and global education system for international students. Here in the Coquitlam School District our major goal for all our students studying abroad is to be able to experience the highest levels of academic and personal achievement while enjoying our Canadian west coast culture. Since 1999, Coquitlam‘s International program has given both parents and students peace of mind and an environment that ensures success and growth.Patricia is continually focusing on professional development for the international community. As an active member of NAFSA, she has delivered several presentations at their annual conference over the last four years. She works on behalf of CAPSI and IPSEA to ensure quality dialogue in the field. This last year she was on the organizing committee for the BC Reception during the NAFSA 2011 in Vancouver.

Rosanne NG (BC)

After a number of years working in branding and business development in Europe, Rosanne returns to Vancouver in 2005 and started her career in international education with Simon Fraser University’s Business program focusing on student mobility.  Since then, she has worked with Capilano University at the Associate Manger of the International Student Centre in recruitment and retention programming.  Rosanne is the recipient of the 2010 BCCIE International Education Award forInnovation in International Marketing due to her work and interest in leveraging online media tools in education.  Having presented at a number of conferences and contributed to the EAIE Forum Publication on the topic, Rosanne will be pursuing her interest in education and technology in graduate studies this upcoming year.  She is currently involved in advising and student programming with the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University

Chelsey LAIRD (NFLD)

Chelsey is a junior professional and has only been involved in international education for a few years and her passion, enthusiasm and vision, coupled with her academic and volunteer experience exemplify her candidacy for the co-chair of the Canada MIG position. Originally from Southwestern Ontario, Chelsey's academic experience developed a global focus very quickly. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. As part of her academic program, Chelsey participated in an exchange program to Vaxjo, Sweden and became committed to international education and she stayed on in Sweden to pursue a Master of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Gothenburg. Chelsey's experience as an exchange and international student give her a unique perspective in her current position as International Program Coordinator in the International Centre at Memorial University. Besides working with student exchanges, she also leads the coordination of International Education Week and International Development Week. She manages all aspects of these events, from organizing international guest speakers to the coordination of each day’s events. For two years, Chelsey works at Memorial University, where she first worked in research and knowledge mobility through the Harris Centre, and over the past year as a staff member at the International Centre at Memorial University. Chelsey has completed the Effective Management of International Education Programs offered through the IETP program - and has assisted with various policies and processes of internationalization at Memorial University. Of particular note,  After moving to St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Chelsey was approached to join a grassroots initiative that worked towards better education in global issues, social justice and active citizenship in the K-12 curriculum, as well as post-secondary. Chelsey joined the Global Citizenship Initiative (GCI), and led the organization through incorporation, strategic planning and resource development as a volunteer. The GCI has given Chelsey a wide network in international education in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador, as she liaises with the Department of Education, teachers, students, faculty and community members.

Abu Arif (ON):
Christina Bosilo (ON):
Patricia Gartland (BC):
Rosanne Ng (BC):
Chelsey Laird (NFLD):

updated August 17/11