New missions and bank deal for Languages Canada

September 19, 2013

Language school association Languages Canada has announced missions to Turkey and Kazakhstan next month, while a partnership with Scotiabank has been renewed for the next year.

The Languages Canada delegation, including representatives from 16 member schools, will be in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 7 for two days of meetings with study abroad agents, local schools and government representatives.

“Turkey is a very interesting market for us,” said Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada. “Since it has a rich history and culture that incorporates elements of English and French, we feel that Canada, with its two official languages, has a lot to offer in the way of collaboration in education. We’re always so well received in Turkey, we’re happy to be returning.”

The delegation will then be travelling to Almaty, Kazakhstan, for further meetings on October 10th and 11th. “Kazakhstan is a great emerging market for Canadian language schools,” said Guillaum Dubreuil, Manager of International Affairs and Marketing for Languages Canada.  

“Their recent investments in international education show they are serious in having the next generation of students master many languages and possess international experience. We hope to be able to work with partners in Kazakhstan to make Canada a top study destination for their students,” Dubreuil added.

Both missions are taking place with the support and participation of the Canadian government.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, Languages Canada has announced the renewal of a sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank for 2013-14, which will provide financial literacy webinars and advice through the ScotiabankStartRight Program for incoming students.

“Scotiabank is a great Canadian bank with services in over 55 countries,” said Peralta. “The Scotiabank StartRight Program is a comprehensive solution that will allow international students arriving in Canada to easily and quickly open up bank accounts, helping them become functional faster. It was therefore natural for us to continue our partnership and better serve our member programs and their students.”

Winnie Leong, Vice Presdient of Multicultural Banking at Scotiabank, said, “Languages Canada’s members are very focused on the well-being of international student integration and Scotiabank shares this – it’s a natural fit.”

Languages Canada has also announced the dates of its 7th annual conference, which will take place from February 19 at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.

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