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A team of dedicated experts to the accomplishment of your study project in Québec.

 

Lysiane van der Knaap
Director General

Lysiane van der Knaap

Director General

Languages spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Develops a vision and the necessary services to meet the need to internationalize Québec’s school service centres and school boards
  • Negotiates provincial, national and international agreements
  • Administers, manages and oversees the affairs of Éducation internationale
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Director General of Éducation internationale since February 2022, Ms. van der Knaap has been working for the Cooperative since 2012. She started out as Project Manager and in 2018 was promoted to Director of International Development. During her career at Éducation internationale, through several strategic partnerships, Ms. van der Knaap has had an important role in the growth of the Cooperative’s business and its ability to fulfill its mission. Before arriving at Éducation internationale, she actively contributed to the achievement of project results in the fields of economic development, corporate social responsibility and gender equality within organizations dedicated to international solidarity and social justice. She worked, among others, for SACO-CESO, Oxfam America and Oxfam International in development projects and international cooperation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from McGill University, and a Master’s degree in International Relations, development concentration, from Laval University. Her professional and personal background brought her to live in Thailand, Honduras, the United-States, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

    Geoffroy Bouchard
    International Mobility Director

    Geoffroy Bouchard

    International Mobility Director

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Pierre Bégin
    International Mobility Advisor

    Pierre Bégin

    International Mobility Advisor

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Identifies new countries and develops new partnerships
  • Promotes Québec métiers d’avenir services
  • Liaises with agents and foreign partners
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Pierre has more than 20 years of experience as a marketing and communications manager, and in developing new markets. In the various positions he has held in the private and public sectors, he has worked in Canada, Europe and the United States. Pierre earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Université Laval and studied international relations for a year in France at the Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence.

    Odile René
    International Mobility Advisor

    Odile René

    International Mobility Advisor

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA)
  • Coordinates support services for international students, comparative evaluations of studies, bursary programs and exemptions from vocational training tuition fees
  • Applies expertise in all matters related to international students
  • Liaises with school boards, governments and partners
  • BIOGRAPHY

    After completing her studies in intervention, organization management and intercultural communications, Odile worked for 10 years as an immigration project leader in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. For the last five years, she has been providing support to international students at Éducation internationale. Odile loves to explore different cultures and has travelled to many European and African countries. While living in Québec, she enjoys discovering new restaurants, grocery stores and neighbourhoods that inspire future travels.

    Manon Ménard
    Conseillère en communication et marketing

    Manon Ménard

    Conseillère en communication et marketing

    Languages spoken

  • Français
  • Anglais
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Michèle Kervarec
    Project Manager for the Promotion of Studies in Québec

    Michèle Kervarec

    Project Manager for the Promotion of Studies in Québec

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Represent Éducation internationale and its service Québec métiers d’avenir in France
  • Develop partnerships and increase reputation of Québec métiers d’avenir
  • Accompany candidates in their search for information and in their administrative procedures
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Michèle has more than 20 years of experience as an agency marketing and communication manager where she has been able to lead large-scale projects for industrial companies. Then, her wish to give more meaning to her work led her to become guidance counselor and coach. Michèle graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion in Paris and became a certified coach in 2016.

    Richard Porto
    Social Media Manager

    Richard Porto

    Social Media Manager

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Segun Afolabi
    International Mobility Agent

    Segun Afolabi

    International Mobility Agent

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Yoruba
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Provides advice and guidance to international students
  • Validates the eligibility of international students
  • Liaises with vocational training centres
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Quite passionate about market-oriented professional training programs, Segun had taught translation and communication courses at university level for over ten years in Nigeria, his native country. During his graduate studies at Laval University, he worked as a research/teaching assistant and distinguished himself mainly through his involvement as an international students’ coach for the Students Affairs Office’s activities. He also served on his Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ council as graduate students’ representative. Having been an international student himself, he offers his practical and vast experiences for the benefit of Éducation internationale’s clientele.

    Marie-Hélène Baillargeon
    International Mobility Agent

    Marie-Hélène Baillargeon

    International Mobility Agent

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Gabrielle Bergeron
    International Mobility Agent

    Gabrielle Bergeron

    International Mobility Agent

    Languages spoken

  • Français
  • Anglais
  • Espagnol
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Conseil et orientation des élèves internationaux
  • Validation de l'admissibilité des élèves internationaux
  • Liaison avec les centres de formation professionnelle
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Passionnée par les diverses cultures et ce qu’elles ont à nous apporter, je me suis spécialisée au cours de mes études plus précisément en développement international. Je suis également passionnée de sports extérieurs, de littérature et de bonne cuisine.

    Cathya Busque St-Hilaire
    International Mobility Agent

    Cathya Busque St-Hilaire

    International Mobility Agent

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Mireille Lamontagne
    International Mobility Agent

    Mireille Lamontagne

    International Mobility Agent

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Karine Lapuyade
    International mobility agent

    Karine Lapuyade

    International mobility agent

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Anne-Marie D'Amours
    Agente à la mobilité internationale

    Anne-Marie D'Amours

    Agente à la mobilité internationale

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Amélie O'Neill-Grenier
    International Mobility Agent

    Amélie O'Neill-Grenier

    International Mobility Agent

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Provides advice and guidance to international students
  • Validates the eligibility of international students
  • Liaises with vocational training centres
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Amélie has a bilingual Diploma of Collegial Studies in tourism. She worked in this field for several years, dealing with multicultural clienteles around the world, before switching to the quality assurance and customer service sectors. She participated in a number of student exchanges during her academic career.

    Diane Plourde
    International Mobility Agent

    Diane Plourde

    International Mobility Agent

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Provides advice and guidance to international students
  • Validates the eligibility of international students
  • Liaises with vocational training centres
  • BIOGRAPHY

    After completing a graduate degree at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and studying for a bachelor’s degree in teaching Spanish in secondary school, Diane worked for nearly 15 years with newcomers to Quebec City. As a result, she is very familiar with immigration issues. Passionate about world music and languages, she spends her free time learning guitar and Portuguese.

    Marie-Emmanuelle Santos
    International Mobility Agent

    Marie-Emmanuelle Santos

    International Mobility Agent

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Advice and guidance for international students
  • Validation of the eligibility of international students
  • Liaison with vocational training centers
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Sonia Savard
    Accounting Technician QMA

    Sonia Savard

    Accounting Technician QMA

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Manages invoicing and financial aspects
  • Provides administrative support to the team
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Prior to joining Éducation internationale, Sonia served as an accounting technician, accounts receivable officer and assistant controller for various international clients. Her expertise is most valuable in providing support to international students by conducting comparative evaluations of studies and assisting with the financial aspects of enrolling for a study program in Québec.

    Dora Dombi
    Administrative Assistant

    Dora Dombi

    Administrative Assistant

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Adeline Durand
    Administrative Assistant for International Mobility

    Adeline Durand

    Administrative Assistant for International Mobility

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Sébastien Marcoux-Ouellet
    Administrative Assistant for International Mobility

    Sébastien Marcoux-Ouellet

    Administrative Assistant for International Mobility

    Languages spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • Answers general information requests (through email, phone and social media)
  • Improves database and online customer experience
  • Provides administrative and technical support to the team
  • BIOGRAPHY

    Having acquired proven experience in customer service, Sébastien is committed to good customer experience and endeavours to merge his professionalism with his empathy in serving international students who desire to pursue their study project in Quebec.

    Camille Salvas
    Administrative Assistant

    Camille Salvas

    Administrative Assistant

    Languages spoken

  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Yannis Ben Brahim
    Communication Agent

    Yannis Ben Brahim

    Communication Agent

    Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Main responsibilities at Éducation internationale

    BIOGRAPHY

    An avid sportsman with a passion for content and new modes of communication, Yannis holds a degree in digital communication and a specialization in media strategy. Originally from the Paris region, his years of experience in the field of communication are now put to good use for international students wishing to discover Quebec.

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