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Canada at NAFSA. High marks for appearance, not so much for attendance.

Despite an impressive Canadian federal government presence, the annual NAFSA conference in St. Louis from May 27 to 30th, was not particularly well-attended by Canadian delegates.

“I was presenting to a delegation from Australia which was part of an estimated 80 strong group, most of whom had travelled trans-Pacific to come,” said Dani Zaretsky, of Higher-Edge and the CUAC. “Given that most Canadian institutions are quite proximate to St. Louis, the Canadian contingent was not significant.”

That being said, Zaretsky reports that the Canadian government did a superb job of presenting the suite of Canadian offerings. “The Canadian booth was ideally and prominently situated, and wonderfully organized. The set-up also enabled Canadians to organize their own meetings there amidst an excellent and Canadiana ambience, such networking meetings, for most, having surpassed the NAFSA seminars as its main draw.”

Dani Zaretsky, CIO of Higher-Edge and a Director of the Canadian University Appliation Centre (CUAC), attended NAFSA as a presenter on the Canadian market for a delegation of Australian institutions. Pictured here, Dani is visiting the Canadian government booth at NAFSA

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