The Judging Panel

The judges of the CPIEA have been invited to participate on a voluntary basis. These judges are accomplished business executives who have no connection to the international education industry, ensuring impartiality in the judging process. The CPIEA is the only awards program in the industry that offers stakeholders the chance to showcase their initiatives to an objective panel of experts. The participation of these judges is crucial to the success of this event. The CPIEA takes great pride in having such distinguished individuals on its judging panel, representing the Canadian Premier International Education Awards.

Joseph Macdonald


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.

Carol Gariepy

CEO, Academic Success Group

Carol has served as Assistant Registrar (Graduation and Curriculum) at Carleton University, where she contributed to various Senate and Graduation committees. She has also held positions as Post-Secondary Instructor, Curriculum and Course Developer, Director of Studies, CLLC Ottawa Campus Director, and an independent Academic Success Consultant, all prior to establishing her latest venture, the Academic Success Group. For over 25 years Carol has provided academic leadership in both the private and public sectors. 

She is a specialist in helping students, instructors, and institutions achieve success by building collaborative partnerships nationally and internationally, strategizing student success and retention initiatives, streamlining business processes, and cultivating service excellence. Carol has earned degrees in Linguistics, Religious Studies and Education and has professional certifications in Natural Nutrition and Coaching and was honored to represent Canada in Pearson Longman’s prestigious Amazing Minds Conference in 2012.

Karla Cisneros Rosado


Karla Cisneros Rosado is a Strategic Foresight Analyst at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an agency of the Department of National Defence, and a Ph.D. candidate in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Karla’s Ph.D. specialization is in international economic policy and focuses on the impact of national border effects on international trade between Canada and the United States.

Karla has a Master of Arts in economics, with specialization in financial economics, from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Commerce with honours in economics from Saint Mary’s University.

Karla is a strong advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and is a member of the EDI Committees at DRDC and the Department of National Defence.

Christopher Mossop

Chartered Professional Accountant

Mr. Mossop is a licensed public accountant in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada and has been in public practice as a sole practitioner since 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

The main focus of Mr. Mossop’s accounting practice is helping business owners to take their organizations to the next level. His expertise is not limited to income tax and sales tax compliance, tax planning and business valuations for small business and not-for-profit entities.

Harry Cook

CEO, Academic Success Group


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.

Peter MacLellan



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.

Mr. Arthur Haroutioun Tabrizi

President TABCON Engineering


Mr. Arthur Haroutioun Tabrizi earned his Civil Engineering degree in 1987 from The American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Between 1985 and 1987 he gained engineering experiences in both Italy and Lebanon.
Later in 1988 he immigrated to Canada as a permanent resident, established Tabcon Engineering Ltd., where his Engineering career has continued to flourish. Over the past decade Mr. Tabrizi has managed several multi-million dollar projects throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He also continues to act as Project Captain for each and every contract signed under Tabcon Engineering.