As Director, NSCC International, Katie provides leadership for internationalization at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).
Katie began her international career as a World University Service of Canada Volunteer in Malawi from 1993-1995, working as a project officer for Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief. During that time she assisted two Canadian medical students to set up a global health studies elective in Malawi and was inspired by the transformative potential of international learning and partnerships to foster global citizenship. Since that time Katie has worked in the field of international education with Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, the Dalhousie Medical School and the Nova Scotia Community College and with partner organizations around the world.
In addition, Katie has served on numerous local, national and international organizations and associations committed to promoting and enhancing international learning. Katie Is a member of the International Advisory Committee to Colleges and Institutes Canada, Co-Chair of the NAFSA Canada Member Interest Group, Chair of the EduNova Operations Committee and a past Chair of the EduNova Board of Directors, and served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) from 2013 – 2018.
Katie was raised in a military family moving across Canada and the USA 11 times in 17 years before attending the University of King’s College (Bachelor of Arts – Honours), the Institut de Touraine (French language) and Dalhousie University (Master of Arts – Political Science – International). Katie participated in the Association of Canadian Community Colleges National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VP- NELI). In 2019 Katie was awarded the CBIE Excellence Award for Leadership in International Education, and in 2005 she was awarded Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine Community of Scholars Award for Professional Excellence.
Bridge the Ocean project
Bridge the Ocean is a partnership project of the Erasmus+ program, which creates a model of global mobility and cooperation between European and Canadian Colleges. The partners are four vocational education and training (VET) colleges from Finland, two from Canada and one from the Netherlands and Denmark. In the project, two European and one Canadian study units are planned, which will be piloted with a multinational group during the project.
The project is the first European Erasmus+ VET project that involves partners from outside Europe. The main goals of the Bridge the Ocean partnership project are to increase the number of global mobility of students and experts, teachers, and at the same time promote the development of both professional and international competence and key skills. The project seeks visibility and interest in the internationalization of VET.
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