Presenter Bios

Student Services Leadership Panel - International Student Services heading into 2021

Monday, February 8  1:00ET/10:00PT/11:00MT/12:00CT/2:00ATL/2:30NFLD

Gulcan Barclay - Manager, International Student Services

Camosan College, BC

Gulcan Barclay is the International Student Services Manager at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. Originally from Turkey, Gulcan has lived and worked in Canada for the past 15 years and holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree from the University of Victoria. As a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA), she values creating services that introduce post-secondary education as a welcoming experience to Canada.


Kumarie Achaibar-Morrison - Associate Director, International Student Services

University of Alberta, AB




Megan Sager - Director, International Student Services

Western University, ON








Kelly Collins - Manager, International Students Office 

Concordia University Montreal, QC




Impacts of COVID-19 on International Student Experiences & Service Providers

Tuesday, February 9  2:00ET/11:00PT/12:00MT/1:00CT/3:00ATL/3:30NFLD

Lynn Walsh (she/her) - Manager, Internationalization Office

Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's campus)

I’ve worked in international education and student services for 19 years (career development and international student services) and thoroughly enjoy working with students in various aspects of their university experience. I oversee support provided to domestic students travelling abroad and ensure necessary services are in place for international students. I work with a wonderful team to ensure timely and creative programming is in place for Memorial students here in NL, across Canada and abroad.


Garrett Beatty (he/him)  - Advisor, Intercultural Programs

University of Calgary, AB

Garrett Beatty (he/him) is the Intercultural Programs Advisor in the International Student Services office at the University of Calgary. Garrett’s work involves providing education and support on cross-cultural learning and intercultural communication styles. He is an alumnus of the University of Calgary, completing his Master’s degree in English in 2015.           





Candace Stewart-Smith (she/her) - International Student Academic Transition Advisor

Wilfrid Laurier University, ON

Candace Stewart-Smith (she/her) is the International Student Academic Transition Advisor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Candace is a former international student who has transitioned to being a service provider to international students with an emphasis on academic transition to the Canadian university system. She has over 10 years of professional experience in international student programming and advising. She has also coordinated various programming and support for students from racialized backgrounds.



Housing in Nova Scotia: What do International Students Say?

Wednesday, February 10  11:00 ET/8:00PT/9:00MT/10:00CT/12:00ATL/12:30NFLD

Ilaria Pivi - Housing and Arrival Coordinator

NSCAD University


Ilaria Pavi moved to Canada as an international student and attended Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s NL. After completing a project in support of international students at MUN she moved to Nova Scotia to keep working in the field of international education. She is currently the Housing and Arrival Coordinator of Nova Scotia Community College.  




Mikala Gallant-Snively - Student Advisor

Saint Mary's University


Mikala s originally from Prince Edward Island. After completing her undergraduate in New Brunswick, she moved to Nova Scotia for her graduate degree and stayed in the province to work in the field of international student services. Mikala first spent 5 years with an English as a Second Language college, working in Student Services with a focus on housing. She is currently working as an International Student Advisor at Saint Mary’s University.





Christina Warren - Manager, Financial Aid
NSCAD University

Christina Warren is the Manager of Financial Aid at NSCAD University, but in true small school style oversees a variety of other portfolios including international student supports and housing. She loves the creative energy of working at a Fine Arts University and enjoys helping people learn how to pronounce "Gouache".






Housing in a Dangerous Time – Community wide implications of increased international enrolment and the Covid-19 pandemic

Wednesday, February 10  12:00ET/9:00PT/10:00MT/11:00CT/1:00ATL/1:30NFLD

Paul D. Smith - Director of Career Services and Work Integrated Learning
Loyalist College

Paul D. Smith (M.Ed) is the Director of Career Services and Work-Integrated Learning at Loyalist College, with a mandate to coordinate and expand work integrated learning opportunities for Loyalist students. In keeping with the culture of small colleges, Paul pitched in when COVID forced the closure of Loyalist residence, creating a housing challenge that was particularly acute for students a long way from home.





Internationalization of Career Programming and Services at the University of Waterloo

Thursday, February 11  1:00ET/10:00PT/11:00MT/12:00CT/2:00ATL/2:30NFLD


Lauren Broderick - Supervisor, Client Service, Desk Operations, and Career Leader Program

University of Waterloo, ON 


Lauren completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, after which she spent eight years working, travelling and studying abroad, the last four years of which were spent lecturing and advising at Dongguk University, South Korea while completing a Masters of Education in Leadership and Management from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Since returning to Canada and to the University of Waterloo, Lauren has had the pleasure of engaging with international students through various capacities in the Centre for Career Action, including overseeing their large Career Leader program and co-leading a two-year project to enhance their international related resources and programming in the career and co-op spheres.


International Student Mental Health; A Pandemic of its Own

Friday, February 12  1:00 ET/10:00PT/11:00MT/12:00CT/2:00ATL/2:30NFLD

Stephanie Dinsmore, RSW MSW BSW







Tayyab Rashid, Ph. D., C.Psych 

Presenter Bios