International Activities Committee of Council

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Nine members of the General Academic Assembly, three of whom will be elected members of the Council, normally one of whom will be chair.
One undergraduate student appointed by the U.S.S.U.
One graduate student appointed by the G.S.A.

Ex Officio
The Provost & Vice-president Academic
The Vice-president (Research)
The Director of Enrolment
The President (non-voting member)
The Chair of Council (non-voting member)

Resource Personnel (non-voting members)
Director of Special Projects, College of Graduate Studies and Research
Manager, International Student and Study Abroad Centre

Administrative Support
University Advancement Office
The Office of the University Secretary

The International Activities Committee of University Council is responsible for:

  1. Recommending to Council on issues relating to international activities at the University.
  2. Reviewing policies and regulations relating to international activities at the University, and reporting observations and issues to Council.
  3. Promoting programs and curricula that provide an international perspective.
  4. Reviewing and providing advice on frameworks, procedures and agreements with foreign institutions to relevant university offices, the Planning and Priorities Committee, the Academic Programs Committee and/or other Council committees. 
  5. Promoting interactions with university and educational/research institutions outside Canada, to foster new opportunities for University of Saskatchewan stakeholders in teaching, learning and research.
  6. Receiving, reviewing and reporting to Council reports on matters relating to international student, research and alumni activities from the international units of the University, as well as sharing information with and forwarding reports to other appropriate bodies at the University.
  7. Designating individuals to act as representatives of the committee on any other bodies, when requested, where such representation is deemed by the committee to be beneficial.


Committee Schedule 2017-18

September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 24, 2018
February 21, 2018
March 21, 2018
April 18, 2018
May 22, 2018


Membership 2017-18

Council Members 
Gord Zello (chair)                     Nutrition                                                2020
Jafar Soltan                             Chemical and Biological Engineering         2018
Keith Walker                            Educational Administration                      2018   
General Academic Assembly Members
Mirela David                            History                                                   2019
Vikram Misra                           Veterinary Microbiology                           2018
Nazeem Sari                            Economics                                             2020   
Karsten Liber                           Toxicology/SENS                                    2020
Li Zhang                                  Library                                                  2020
Paul Orlowski                           Educational Foundations                         2020
Other members
Patti McDougall           [Provost designate] Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning (ex officio)
Jim Lee                      [Vice-President Research designate]  Executive Director, International (ex officio) 
Alison Pickrell             Assistant Vice-Provost, Strategic Enrolment Management (ex officio)
Peter Stoicheff             President (ex officio non-voting)
Kevin Flynn                 Council chair (ex officio non-voting)
Crystal Lau                  VP Student Affairs [USSU designate]
Vita Anderson              [GSA designate]
Resource members
Penny Skilnik               Director of Internationalization and Special Projects, CGPS
David Parkinson            Director, University Language Centre
Derek Tannis               Manager, International Students and Study Abroad Centre
Committee Support
Secretary:   Roxanne Craig, International Office

The President and the Chair of Council are also ex-officio non-voting members of all University Council committees.


Reports to University Council


May 2018
Report for Information - International Blueprint


June 2017
Report for Information - Annual Repory of the International Activities Committee for 2016-17

January 2017
Item for Information - Mid-year Report of the International Activities Committee


June 2016

Item for Information: Annual Report to Council 2015/16

April 2016

Item for Information: Templates for International Agreements

International Activities Committee Reports for 2014-15

June 2015

Item for Information: IAC Year End Report

January 2015

Report for Information: University Partnerships with International Institutes

International Activities Committee Reports 2013-14

Semi-annual report to Council (February, 2014)

Attached reports- 

Presentation on University Rankings from Institutional Planning and Assessment

International University Rankings and Metrics:  Summary of U of S rankings 2013

International enrolments and recruitment activities:  SESD enrolment 2013 report  CGSR enrolment 2013 report

Study Abroad and exchange programs:  Kalinowski and Pickrell, Funding international learning experiences

International research successes:  monthly reports October to December 2013 

January 29, 2014 - IAC response to Planning and Priorities Committee regarding TransformUS reports:  request   response   table of results

International Activities Committee Reports 2012-13

Annual report 2012-13



IACC Readings

Curriculum and Academics


Measurement, rankings, and evaluation


  • Blogs: Straight Thinking about International Education (Alex Usher; 2012) and University Affairs News Blog (Leo Charbonneau, 2012)