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Leaders from top Canadian research universities visit Waterloo

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Leaders from 12 of the U15 Group of Canadian Research universities gathered in Waterloo recently to discuss issues of common interest related to internationalization in higher education and to explore areas for co-operation.

The two-day meeting, hosted by Ian Rowlands, associate vice-president, international, University of Waterloo, covered a broad range of issues for research-intensive universities across Canada. Discussions also focused on outbound student mobility, attracting top international talent, and global connections. A proposed set of actions covering the potential for joint action within Canada and internationally will be developed during the coming weeks.

“The opportunity to collaborate with other leaders from world-renowned Canadian research universities and share best practices helps all participating U15 universities to engage globally with the world,” said Ian Rowlands.

The meeting built upon a session held in Ottawa in 2015, and another held at Western University in March 2017. Participants will meet again to continue engaging in global discussions.

U15 members at Waterloo.


University of Alberta: Britta Baron, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International)

University of Calgary: Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost (International)

Dalhousie University: Alain Boutet, Executive Director, Office of International Relations

Laval University: Richard Poulin, Assistant to the Vice Rector and Director of the International Office

McGill University: Phil Oxhorn, Associate Provost (International)

McMaster University: Ni Jadon, Senior Project Manager/International Liaison Officer

Université de Montréal: Guy Lefebvre, Vice-Recteur of International Affairs and Francophonie

University of Ottawa: Gary Slater, Associate Vice-President, Student and International Affairs

University of Saskatchewan: Darcy Marciniuk, Associate Vice-President Research (Acting)

University of Toronto: Christopher Yip, Associate Vice-President, International Partnerships

University of Waterloo: Ian Rowlands, Associate Vice-President, International

Western University: Julie McMullin, Vice-Provost & Associate VP (International)