On September 28, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Mexico and BCCIE hosted the Mexican Market and IRCC Update/Recruitment B2B event. The goal of the virtual event was to introduce representatives from BC schools to education agents in Mexico to forge new connections, recruitment opportunities, and mobility agreements. 41 BC and 30 Mexican participants attended the virtual event and resulted in nearly 200 one-on-one meetings.
“The education sector is incredibly important for Canada and we are proud to welcome international students from around the world,” said Sandra Shaddick, Consul General of Canada in Monterrey. “In Mexico, Canada is really blessed to have such a strong team of Trade Commissioner Service officers working on behalf of Canadian institutions and working to make the critical linkages between our institutions and education agents. We are also extremely fortunate to have the British Columbia Council for International Education as a partner in these efforts.”
The Mexican Market and IRCC Update/Recruitment B2B event was delivered in two-parts. In the morning, GAC Trade Commissioners Veronica Soto (Guadalajara), Karen Serdan (Monterrey), Laura Garza (Mexico City), and colleagues from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada delivered a deep dive into the Mexican market. While in the afternoon, the event facilitated 198 one-on-one meetings between representatives from BC institutions and education agents from Mexico.
“We were pleasantly overwhelmed by the response to the event,” said Colin Doerr, Director, External Relations, BCCIE. “It was impressive to see the mutual interest that BC and Mexico have in expanding student mobility, facilitating knowledge sharing, and exploring faculty exchanges. BCCIE looks forward to continuing to facilitate similar opportunities to connect and explore.”