Beyond Borders

LOCATION: CHCA Atrium, Kings Lounge 300 Adelaide Street East
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Registration: 9:00am - CHCA Atrium
DEPARTMENT: International Centre - Global Mobility
PHONE NUMBER: 416-415-5000 ext:3454


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George Brown College's International Centre is pleased to host its inaugural International Education Day joining worldwide celebrations of international education and exchange. For more than 20 years GBC has been actively engaged in international education, preparing students for the global market and attracting students from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences at GBC.

Join us on November 21, 2019 to learn about the impact of internationalization on teaching, learning and research and GBC's future opportunities in international education.

See why global education matters. Now more than ever. 

Beyond Borders: Cultivating Innovation, Collaboration, Diversity and Resilience through International Education

Thursday, November 21, 2019
9 am - 3 pm
CHCA Atrium, Kings Lounge 300 Adelaide Street East 

Sponsored by CIBC

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The day will include:

  • Opening Remarks from the George Brown College President, Anne Sado
  • Keynote Address by Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost International at the University of Calgary
  • Cultural Performances by George Brown College students
  • Panel Discussion on the importance of International Education and Global Competencies
  • Great Tastes of the World Luncheon
  • Workshops and learning sessions on international research, teaching and learning, study abroad, partnership development, cultural intelligence, international student services and programs
  • Showcase featuring international education opportunities, international student services, programs and products in support of the student experience and much more!

Keynote Address by Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost International at the University of Calgary

Janaka Ruwanpura

Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost - International (VPI) at the University of Calgary. During his 6+ years as VPI, he has brought new initiatives to the University of Calgary. This includes developing and implementing collaborative degree models for undergraduate and graduate levels, offering customized training and capacity building programs, co-developing Global Research Initiatives and Sites in China and Mexico and raising funding for research and infrastructure, establishing and promoting new research opportunities and partnerships in number of countries, promoting and developing new funding models for opportunities for students' international experience and to enhance international exposure for faculty and staff and securing, raising research internships through MITACS and lobbying for international development grants. Since 2016, The University of Calgary has won 5 prestigious awards for internationalization including the Board of Directors Comprehensive Internationalization Award from CBIE and the Institutional Award Global Learning, Research and Engagement from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.
Dr.  Ruwanpura, a former Canada Research Chair in Project Management, has developed many best practices and tools that have been  successfully implemented in the construction industry for productivity improvement, project management, project planning, construction management, risk management, decision analysis and sustainability. He has published over 180 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is a Professional Engineer and Professional Quantity Surveyor in Canada.



Time Subject
9:00 am Registration
9:50 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Anne Sado, President, George Brown College

10:10 am

Keynote Address
Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost International at the University of Calgary

11:00 am Break
Cultural Performance
11:30 am Panel Discussion
12:00 pm

King's Lounge

12:30 pm


CHCA Atrium – 300 Adelaide St Kings Lounge

1:30 pm Workshops

Registration will include lunch and networking opportunities.


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