The Judging Panel

The CPIEA judges have been invited to participate on a strictly volunteer basis. They are executive business leaders who have no involvement in the international education industry. There are no other awards in our industry that offer stakeholders the opportunity to present their initiatives to an objective judging panel. The judges participation in this event is imperative. The CPIEAs are proud to have them sit on the judging panel and represent the Canadian Premier International Education Awards.

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Joseph MacDonald

Partner, McInnes Cooper
CPIEA Chair

Joe is a Partner with the law firm McInnis Cooper, situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His diverse portfolio includes corporate finance and specialized areas such as international transactions, Euro-currency borrowing and lending, privatization and mergers and acquisitions. Joe is recognized on the Best Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert Magazine’s Leading Practitioners lists for his accomplishments in banking law and corporate law (finance). He also holds a prestigious AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Joe is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the International Bar Association, the Energy Council of Canada and the Canadian Tax Foundation. Joe has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations as well, including the Board of Governors of the IWK Hospital for Children, Mount Saint Vincent University and is past Chair of the Board of the IWK Grace Health Centre.

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Harry Cook

C.A., CMC, Senior Manager, BDC Consulting Services(Retired)
CPIEA Judge

Prior to joining BDC in 2006, Harry oversaw his own successful business consulting practice, and gained over 25 years  of experience in a broad range of consulting services to small and medium sized businesses. He was also a specialist in business turnarounds and restructuring. Harry worked extensively with small and medium-sized businesses, identifying “Constraints” that prevented them from achieving their optimal performance while helping the owners find solutions to problems as well as opportunities for growth. His small-business experience combined with a unique client-centered “Entrepreneurs First” approach to consulting enabled him to craft the right solution and provide sound advice to entrepreneurs.

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Peter MacLellan

Peter MacLellan is Principal and owner of RAEBERRY
CPIEA Judge

Peter has an extensive background as a corporate consultant, educator, media analyst, writer and speaker. He established RAEBERRY upon returning to the private sector after a term as Director of Communications for the Office of the Premier, Province of Nova Scotia. Recently his client consulting and post-secondary teaching responsibilities have focused on international education, regional economic development, and cross-cultural training. Over these past few years he has been active in the development and implementation of international marketing strategies for English as a Second Language (ESL) clients. He has represented Canadian ESL clients in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He has also been an Adjunct Professor with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management, teaching in the international post-graduate Marine Affairs Program, and was responsible for the design and instruction of the mandatory Management Communications component for the Masters of Marine Management degree; and a visiting professor at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) where he taught in the Public Relations (BPR) and Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM) degree programs.