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About Catherine

Catherine Vertesi

Vice President International, External Affairs and New Initiatives

Catherine joined Capilano in North Vancouver as Dean of Business Programs in 2001 after a long career at the University of British Columbia. She began in 1980 teaching strategic management and marketing in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration and assumed the roles of Assistant Dean, first for undergraduates and then the MBA and international programs. Catherine pioneered international student mobility programs at UBC through exchanges and summer work abroad initiatives for the business students. She then joined the central administration in 1994 to focus on several campus wide internationalization initiatives including ESL curriculum revision for degree students and international student recruitment.

Frequently invited to share her experience in internationalization implementation strategies with practitioner groups throughout the world, Catherine has received special recognition from Danish, Thai and Hungarian institutions for her work and in 2003, she received the Canadian Bureau for International Education award for Leadership in International Education. Catherine Has been active in NAFSA: Association of International Educators first as co-chair of Canada Special Interest Group and most recently as chair of the 2011 annual conference in Vancouver with over 9000 attendees. She has served on both the CBIE and BC Council for International Education Board of Directors as well as the Board the BC Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonalds Children’s Charities.  

In her Dean of Business role at Capilano, Catherine introduced student mobility programs and an abilities based education approach in her program areas. She has developed new linkages to the business, government and international community for the Capilano School of Business and has played a lead role in the transition to university status for Capilano.  Named Vice President in 2006 Catherine has worked extensively in many international jurisdictions including several sites in China, Vietnam and throughout Europe. Catherine is currently a member of the Premier’s Project Council on International Education. She serves on the North Vancouver Business Council and the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Catherine is married with three adult children.