27 Oct 2021

Larissa Bezo: Catching up on Canada

Catching up on Canada


As the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) prepares for its annual conference in November, we sit down with its Chief Executive Officer, Larissa Bezo, to catch up on how Canada’s international higher education has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and is gearing up to navigate the complex dynamics of today’s international scenario.  

Drawing on her 15-year long experience in the international development and education sector, Larissa reminds us that by being true to its values and mission, and nurturing its community, international higher education can take on any challenge and turn it into a meaningful opportunity.

About Larissa Bezo

Larissa Bezo is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). After a distinguished public service career, including roles as Deputy Clerk and Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Saskatchewan, and Senior Advisor to a Federal Royal Commission, Larissa pursued her longstanding commitment to international development and solidarity through senior-level assignments with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Centre for Policy Studies in Ukraine. Larissa holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Regina.

Further reading

For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:

Canadian Bureau for International Education

→ Canada’s International Education Strategy 2019–2024

→ EduCanada


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