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Capilano University VP wins Women of Distinction Award

Capilano University’s vice-president of international programs, external relations and new initiatives, Catherine Vertesi, is a 2012 Women of Distinction Award recipient for her work in international education.

Friday, May 25, 2012
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – Congratulations to Catherine Vertesi, Capilano University’s vice-president, International, External Relations and New Initiatives, for winning a 2012 Women of Distinction Award.

Catherine was nominated in the Education, Training and Development category and honoured at the May 24 event in Vancouver for her work in international education.

“On behalf of the entire Capilano University campus community, I would like to say how proud we are of Catherine for her contributions to international education at the local, national and international levels,” said Capilano University’s president, Dr. Kris Bulcroft. “This is an amazing capstone to a remarkable career.”

Catherine joined Capilano University (then College) as dean of Business programs in May 2001 and has been a vice-president since March 2006. She is the recipient of several awards for excellence in teaching, student service and in program innovation and has received the Canadian-wide award for Leadership in Internationalization from the Canadian Bureau of International Education. She was also a founding board member of the International Educators Association of Canada and is often requested to present on various issues in international education at conferences around the world.

Catherine is the former vice-chair of the board of the provincially-sponsored BC Council for International Education, and in 2011, she chaired the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference that was held in Vancouver for approximately 10,000 attendees from more than 125 countries.

The YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards is recognized nationally as one of Canada’s most prestigious awards program for women. It honours women whose outstanding achievements “contribute to the well-being and future of our community.” In addition to recognizing the nominees, this event highlights and raises funds for the programs and services that help improve the lives of more than 50,000 women and children each year.



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