Keynote Speaker

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Michael Ringuette 
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

In 2011, Michael Ringuette joined the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) team, at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). In 2017, he was promoted to head of CICIC and has remained in this leadership role.

At the pan-Canadian level, Michael has worked on the development of standards and tools for the community of academic credential assessors and organizations involved in qualification recognition issues, to support Canada’s compliance with obligations under the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC). Through CMEC, Michael has supported the consultation process with provincial and territorial governments, as well as with organizations involved in recognition in Canada, on the proposed UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education.

At the international level, Michael held the vice-chair position of the UNESCO Editing Group, whose key responsibility was to support UNESCO and Member States with finalizing the draft text of the Global Convention. Michael was also a member of the Canadian delegation that attended the UNESCO intergovernmental meetings in 2018 and 2019, where negotiations were held on the draft Global Convention, and ensured that Canada’s interests were reflected in the final text approved by experts in March 2019. Michael also held the vice-presidency of the European Network of Information Centres (ENIC) from 2013 to 2014. He currently chairs a working group led by the Council of Europe, UNESCO, and the European Commission to facilitate communications between those 55 national information centres that make up the ENIC-NARIC Networks.

Throughout his career, Michael has been a strong advocate for student and professional mobility, and its benefits for individuals and society as a whole. He himself has benefitted from credit-transfer systems during his undergraduate studies, transferring from the Université de Moncton to the University of Ottawa, followed by an exchange program at the Copenhagen Business School. Michael then spent nine years of his career working abroad.

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