2014 Ottawa Speaker
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Karen McBride is President and CEO of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). CBIE is Canada’s national, non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to international education since 1966, with over 150 member colleges, institutes, universities, school boards and language schools.
Ms. McBride has worked to promote international education in Canada for almost 20 years. She has led policy development and advocacy efforts at the national and international levels, research initiatives on the strengths and challenges of international education in the Canadian context, and major programs supporting international cooperation in education. Prior to joining CBIE as its President in August 2009, Ms. McBride served in key roles at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, most recently as Vice-President, International Affairs. She received her MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and her Honours BA in History and French from the University of Western Ontario, now Western University.
In recognition of her dedication to international education in Canada, in June 2012 His Excellency the Governor General presented Ms. McBride with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which is awarded "to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians."
In December 2012, Ms. McBride received the prestigious 2012 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award from the Women’s Executive Network, which is presented to the highest achieving female leaders in Canada’s private, public and not-for-profit sectors.