Academic, government and industry leaders from North America gather to discuss international collaborations


University leaders from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will come together in Kananaskis, Alberta from July 16 – 18 for the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) Commission on International Initiatives annual summer meeting, which is being co-hosted this year by the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. Participants from various countries’ governments, university organizations, and individual universities from outside of North America will be joining the meeting.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for participants who represent more than 80 public research universities in North America to discuss vision and develop strategies for “Cross-Border Collaborations: Public Universities Addressing and Solving Global Challenges.” Public universities all around the world must step up to provide their contributions to solving pressing issues that are  shared globally, such as those relating to the environment, health, access to education, income equity, and good governance.

“Alberta’s universities continue to play a pivotal role in our post-secondary system and in shaping our province’s and country’s future. Global challenges require global solutions. Through knowledge-sharing, we have an opportunity to showcase the world-class expertise of Alberta’s universities and forge stronger connections between Alberta, the United States and Mexico,” says Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education, who will attend the conference as a guest speaker.  

"University of Alberta has since its early beginnings been committed to its contributions to the welfare and prosperity of the province of Alberta,” notes University of Alberta Provost Steve Dew. “This commitment is reflected in our recent institutional strategy ​ "For the Public Good”. University of Alberta sees this conference as an aptly​ timed opportunity to build alignment with like-minded public institutions from all countries in North America and beyond." 

"It is vital for our community of scholars to come together and discuss issues that impact universities as they build and grow their international portfolios,” says President Elizabeth Cannon. “This is a valuable forum for sharing our own best practices, knowledge and first-hand experiences and learning from our colleagues around the world."

APLU CII conference held in Canada for the first time

This year marks the first time an APLU CII conference will be held in Canada, jointly hosted by two leading Canadian universities from Alberta. APLU counts 237 university members and promotes the work of public, research-intensive universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico.  Senior representatives of APLU will be participating, including APLU President, Peter McPherson, who previously served as President of Michigan State University from 1993 to 2004 and Administrator of USAID under President Ronald Reagan.