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In conversation with France, Italy, and Spain’s Trade Commissioners– International Education Market Updates, Trends, and Developments
Several regions in Europe continue to grow in importance for the Canadian international education sector. Three countries, France, Italy, and Spain, present excellent opportunities for potential international students coming to K-12, post-secondary and the language sectors.

Please join us for a Conversation with the Trade Commissioners from the Embassies of Canada to France, Italy, and Spain responsible for international education. This Conversation will be moderated by BCCIE’s Senior Manager, Chelsey Laird, and will focus on updates from each market, key data, trends, developments, opportunities, and analysis on the issues currently impacting the language and education sectors. Questions submitted at time of registration will be considered for the Conversation.


Key takeaways
• The France, Italy, and Spain education sectors at a glance – develop a better understanding of the education markets in France, Italy, and Spain with key data on student mobility and a regional market overview;
• Education and business during COVID-19 – share current developments impacting the France, Italy, and Spain education sectors, including international mobility;
• Post COVID-19 trends and opportunities – identify possible partnership opportunities and market strategies in the France, Italy, and Spain education sectors;
Presenters
• Fevronia Novac, Trade Commissioner, the Embassy of Canada in Paris
• Paola Bucalossi, Trade Commissioner, the Embassy of Canada in Rome
• Laura Ballesteros, Trade Commissioner, the Embassy of Canada in Madrid

Jan 28, 2021 08:00 AM in Vancouver

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Speakers

Fevronia Novac
Trade Commissioner @The Embassy of Canada in Paris
Fevronia Novac has been working in academic cooperation between Canada and France at the Embassy of Canada in Paris since 2009. Previously she worked for the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada as well as for the Networks of Centres of Excellence where she administrated research funding in various fields. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2002. Fevronia is specializing in the education sector, academic and scientific cooperation between Canada and France. She can provide information on recruitment and partnership opportunities for Canadian institutions in France.
Paola Bucalossi
Trade Commissioner @The Embassy of Canada in Rome
Paola is the Trade Commissioner for Education at the Embassy of Canada to Italy, responsible also for Albania and Malta. Since she took over the education file in 2012, Italy has grown from a Reactive Market to a High Value Market, receiving therefore increasing support from EduCanada Division within Global Affairs Canada. Paola is very active in the education promotion and organizes yearly EduCanada Fairs in Italy, including B2B sessions with local agents, hosting educational institutions from all sectors. Paola is also responsible Media relations and Communications and, in collaboration with other European missions, has organized and led yearly Familiarization trip to Canada for European journalists to discover Canada’s educational institutions, that have resulted in great local media coverage and increased knowledge of Canada’s excellences. Paola has been working at the Embassy for over 30 years occupying a variety of positions during her long career.
Laura Ballesteros
Trade Commissioner @The Embassy of Canada in Madrid
Laura Ballesteros is the Trade Commissioner for Education at the Embassy of Canada to Spain, responsible as well for Andorra. She has been in charge of education promotion since she started working for the Canadian Government in 2000. She has been a witness of the changes on the education file at Global Affairs Canada, from a reactive sector to a key sector for Canada’s economy. Spain is a Value Market in Europe and growth outlook for the country is promising. Laura actively works on the education file in close collaboration with main stakeholders in Spain such as agents, Higher Education institutions as well as national and regional governments. She also stimulates the market by organising agents’ information sessions and B2Bs, by participating in third party education fairs and by co-organising Familiarization trips to Canada for European education journalists with excellent results in local media.