Canadians Travel to United States for Program on Educational Exchanges

Senior administrators from Canadian universities and colleges will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from June 5 to June 15 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). They will have the opportunity to learn strategies for expanding international student exchange programs and strengthen professional coordination with academic administrators in the United States. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The program will increase participants’ awareness of exchange opportunities in the United States and explore possible future collaborations between educational institutions in the United States and Canada. The participants will examine best practices for expanding international student exchange programs and developing institutional support, with the goal of increasing the number of educational exchanges between the United States and Canada.

Participants in this program are:

  • Livia Eugenia Castellanos Abreu, Executive Director, UR International, Chief International Officer, University of Regina
  • Souhair Deeb, Coordinator, International Mobility Programs, Ryerson University
  • Nirodh Jadon, Senior Project Manager and International Liaison Officer, McMaster University
  • Andrew Kim, Director of Graduate Enrollment Services, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Paul Pan, Executive Director of International, University of Lethbridge
  • Maxine Semple, International Partnerships Coordinator, Niagara College Canada
  • Gregory Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Arts, University of Manitoba

The IVLP enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field to observe U.S. institutions, practices, and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest. Founded in 1940, the IVLP has given hundreds of thousands of emerging leaders — including hundreds of Canadians — the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level. For more information, visit

Participants are available for interviews before and after the program upon request.