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Cyndi McLeod awarded for Innovation in International Education

June 1, 2011

British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) is honouring Cyndi McLeod of Royal Roads University for her outstanding efforts to establish educational programs in more than 30 countries.

The 2011 Innovation in International Marketing Award was given to McLeod on May 30 as part of a program recognizing professionalism, dedication and expertise among practitioners and promoters of international education in British Columbia.

"This award is recognition of Cyndi's determination to be innovative about how institutions market themselves," said Thevi Pather, director of Royal Roads' International Programs and Global Advancement. "Cyndi is known across Canada for pushing the envelope and allowing people to be creative in an environment of traditional thinking. We are so pleased she is being recognized in this way."

As Royal Roads University's vice-president, marketing, recruitment and business development since 2009, McLeod has been instrumental in developing a partnership between the university and Study Group, an education marketing and recruitment company. Under this program, Royal Roads will offer English as Second Language (ESL) programs for the first time, as well as undergraduate and graduate preparation programs.

"She has probably brought more innovation into Canadian international education than any person I can think of," said Geoff Wilmshurst, Study Group Canada market development director. "She has opened the pathways to a more entrepreneurial approach to education in Canada than has been seen before."

Prior to Royal Roads, McLeod worked for Thompson Rivers University as vice-president international education, training and development. There she established offshore programming in seven countries and participated in the BCCIE pilot initiative to create pathways between private ESL schools and the public post-secondary sector.

She was also part of one of the largest teacher training contracts led by the Chinese government which saw more than 2,000 teachers from China attend TRU for professional development.

Four others were honoured with distinctions at the ceremony in Vancouver. Andrea Reynolds of Kwantlen Polytechnic University was presented with the Rising Star in International Education Award, TRU International Days at Thompson Rivers University was distinguished for the Outstanding Program in International Education, Vera Wojna, who recently retired from Thompson Rivers University, was presented with the International Education Distinguished Service Award, Camosun College's Dawn Sutherland was presented with the International Education Distinguished Leadership Award. Biographies of the all 2011 BCCIE winners and nominees can be found here.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive and custom education.

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