Kate Jennings has over two decades of experience and has held progressive leadership roles in international education at five universities (Vancouver Island University, University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, Queen’s University, University of Victoria) in three Provinces in Canada. Throughout her career Kate has also volunteered her time, as well as provided consulting and training, with international education focused associations and projects in Canada and globally, including with NAFSA as a co-chair for the Canada MIG and a network leader for the IEL-KC. In 2021, Kate was awarded the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) International Education Distinguished Leadership Award.
In December 2021 Kate decided to step away from her Director ISS position at VIU, which she held since 2015, to intentionally take a break as well as to lean into her passions for supporting the ongoing professionalization of the broad international education sector, particularly through advocacy and training. Jennings identifies as a person with disabilities and is an advocate for creating truly inclusive programs, services, and communities of practice for students, staff, and faculty.