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Inagural Principal announcement for new Maple Leaf School at Lakehead University

Maple Leaf Education North America is delighted to announce Monica Andrews as the appointed inaugural Principal of Maple Leaf School – Lakehead University (MLS-LakeheadU) due to open September 2019.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Geography from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. Monica has taught with Maple Leaf Educational Systems (MLES) in Tianjin, China since 2014 and she was then appointed Interim Vice Principal in 2018. She has also acted in several other leadership roles in her years with Maple Leaf International School - Tianjin, including Academic Advisor, Department Head, Educational Coordinator, Curriculum Editor, Team Leader and Systems Coordinator. As well as her leadership roles, Monica contributed greatly to Maple Leaf’s extra-curricular activities at her school as coach to various sports teams and clubs.

Monica has extensive experience working in international education. In the years prior to her contribution to MLES, she volunteered as a classroom teacher/environmental activist in Belize and taught English as a Second Language in South Korea from 2009- 2012. She also worked at British Columbia Offshore schools in both Xianghe, China and Gangnam, South Korea,

Monica is originally from Blenheim, Ontario and we are pleased to be able to offer her the opportunity to return to her home province. During her appointment as Principal we are looking forward to Monica working closely with our University partner Lakehead University to develop the international education sector in Thunder Bay and to help the growth of Maple Leaf Educational Systems through working with Maple Leaf Education North America.

Maple Leaf Education North America (MLENA) announces transition of senior leadership

After completing a three-year commitment to the start-up of MLENA Dawn Sutherland retired as President effective December 31, 2018. Stuart McIlmoyle has assumed the role as President, MLENA effective January 1, 2019.

Dawn played a significant role in the establishment and development of MLENA, a subsidiary company of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems (CMLES). After working with CMLES in their head office in Dalian, China as Vice President of Marketing and Development from 2011-2014 Dawn returned to Canada as Director of Strategic Support working from the small MLES office in Vancouver. With the decision to open a subsidiary company in North America Dawn assumed the leadership role and responsibility for the company start-up.

Since MLENA’s beginning three years ago, two university preparatory schools have been established on the grounds of partner universities in Canada - the first at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and the second at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond. The third Maple Leaf School is now planned to open in September 2019 at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. As well as the establishment of three university preparatory schools, Dawn also oversaw and supported the ongoing development of MLENA’s subsidiary company, Maple Leaf Educational Tours and Services and the significant growth of the MLENA teacher recruitment operations for CMLES schools in China.

MLENA would like to thank Dawn for her dedication, commitment and kindness. She is a unique and inspiring leader who has affected the lives of her colleagues positively, and has set a solid foundation for a prosperous future for Maple Leaf Education North America.

As Dawn leaves this leadership role, Maple Leaf Education North America is delighted to announce Stuart McIlmoyle as the new president. Stuart assumed this role on January 1, 2019.

Stuart has an impressive work history in international education, including running his own international educational consulting company, working as the B.C. Offshore Schools Agent in both Guangzhou, China and Seoul, South Korea and helping to establish the first B.C. offshore school in Latin America. His most impressive feat however may be during his time at KPU where under his leadership as Associate Vice President International the number of international students quadrupled to over 5000. As well as holding a BA in International Relations, a Post Graduate TESL certificate and a MA in Linguistics Stuart is also fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and an adept communicator in Portuguese.

Stuart was appointed MLENA CEO in August and now as president will build on the success of the first three years and ensure a bright future for the company.

New Maple Leaf School at Lakehead University

Maple Leaf Education North America, the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems is pleased to announce the signing of an MOU with Lakehead University, identifying Thunder Bay as the planned site of our newest university school. The signing took place at the CMLES headquarters in Dalian, China, coinciding with the 3rd Maple Leaf International Forum and the opening of the 14th Annual Maple Leaf Recruitment Fair.

This school, scheduled to open in September 2019, will be the first in Ontario and signals a planned expansion throughout Canada.

Dr. Sherman Jen, CMLES Chairman and Dr. David Barnett, Lakehead University, Provost at signing ceremony in Dalian, China

“Our unique ‘university school’ model gives students the advantage of a small and personalized private high school education along with the independence and advanced academic, cultural and recreational opportunities available through our university partners. Our schools provide a Complete Care model and encourage students’ personal development through our Global Leaders of Tomorrow program.” said Dawn Sutherland, President, Maple Leaf Education North America.

Maple Leaf has a very special relationship with Lakehead University, especially with the Faculty of Education. MLES schools in China host Lakehead University students during their international teaching practicum and each year new teacher graduates are hired to teach at Maple Leaf schools in China. Lakehead University is also the site of the MLES-STEM Teacher Training Program whereby qualifying students graduating from MLES schools in China are selected into a special 5-year program at the university that prepares them to return to China as qualified math and science teachers. Students at the new on-campus high school will join many other Maple Leaf graduates currently studying in Thunder Bay.

Dr. David Barnett, Lakehead University’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic) commented, “Lakehead University is proud to work with Maple Leaf Schools, an organization that will provide opportunities for students from China to live and learn in an exceptional region of Canada, as well as opportunities for Lakehead Education students to complete teaching practicums in a unique classroom setting.”

New Sherman Jen Building Opened at Royal Roads University

Friday, September 7th, 2018 marked a memorable day for Royal Roads University with celebrations to open the new Sherman Jen Building. Dr. Sherman Jen, founder and chairperson of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems was present at the ceremony where he gave a speech to the attendees. “My advice for all students is to study hard, to take your education seriously. Set your direction, keep your goals in mind and strive to achieve them.” Pictured here are Dr. Sherman Jen with his wife, Amy Yan and the president of Royal Roads University, Dr. Allan Cahoon.

Read the article on Royal Roads University website.

Read the article in the Victoria Times Colonist.

Stuart Mcilmoyle - Appointed Ceo of Maple Leaf Education North America

Please join us in welcoming Stuart McIlmoyle to the Maple Leaf Education North America team. Stuart holds a BA in International Relations, a Post Graduate TESL Certificate and a MA Linguistics all from Brigham Young University in the United States. While at Brigham Young University, Stuart started studying Mandarin and also later participated in a study abroad experience at Nanjing University, Jiangsu, China. He has lived, studied and worked in eight countries across four continents and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and an adept communicator in Portuguese.

Stuart has an extensive list of work achievements under his belt, including his most recent position as Associate Vice President International at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he had been working since 2013. Under his leadership, the number of international students more than quadrupled, growing from 1200 to over 5000.

Prior to this, from 2004 to 2013 Stuart ran his own international educational consulting company working with clients including Thompson Rivers University and the Abbotsford School District. His company also provided consulting services for other educational institutions, school districts, language schools and K-12 private schools across Canada and abroad.

From 1998 to 2003 Stuart lived in Guangzhou, China working at a private international school starting as an ESL classroom teacher and later became the international school program developer, responsible for establishing this school as a Manitoba offshore school.

From 2007 to 2010 he was the BC Offshore School Agent for schools in Guangzhou, China and Seoul, South Korea while also helping to establish the first BC Offshore School in Latin America (Medellin, Colombia). Stuart is currently serving as the inaugural President of the Study in China Alumni Society of British Columbia (SCAS - BC). This is a non-profit society that works with individuals as well as various public and private stakeholder groups to promote the benefits of studying in China.

We are very excited to have Stuart work with us and feel his impressive combination of skills and experiences will be a valuable addition to the Maple Leaf Education North America team.

Award for Outstanding Program in International Education

On June 19, 2018 Royal Roads University and Maple Leaf Educational Systems received the Award for Outstanding Program in International Education from the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE). The awarded program was the RRU Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management which was developed in a unique bilingual English/Mandarin blended delivery format. For the full article visit English-Mandarin MA in Educational Leadership & Management.

Maple Leaf School - TRU Student Named Finalist for Video on Climate Change

In February 2018, The Kimberly Foundation invited secondary students studying at Canadian secondary and post-secondary institutions to submit a video on the subject of Climate Change.

Maple Leaf School - TRU student Taishi, Jingwen (Alexx) submitted a video entry into the competition. The entrants were to address climate change from any perspective: social, scientific, technological, environmental, economical, architectural, and/or on the basis of indigenous or traditional knowledges. Alexx submitted an animated short film titled "Remains".

For her film, Alexx has been selected as one of the four prize winning finalists. Alexx will be attending the Red Carpet Screening on June 9th in Vancouver. As one of four finalists, she has already won $2500 for her creative effort. Her film was selected from 160 entries involving more than 400 students, from 8 Canadian Provinces and 85 institutions.

The Kimberly Foundation judges wrote about her entry, “In reviewing your video, our esteemed panel of judges and the Board of Directors note in particular you have produced a very original film that is also a great technical achievement. The animation is beautiful, and the chosen soundtrack is powerful and effectively conveys and carries the emotional content of the film. The judges also found the approach of typing, and retyping a very interesting technique that, when combined with the quality of drawings, results in an extraordinary overall effect.”

Alexx wrote about her film: “My choice to make a short film about the human impacts on the planet’s climate comes from my concern about the issue. We see it all around us. It’s in the news everywhere, sea levels rising, polar caps melting, empirical evidence is mounting. I sometimes feel that the issue of climate change is too impersonal, and so removed from daily experience. I sometimes feel that environmental issues are almost accepted, or maybe acceptable. We just re-post what we see in Instagram and keep on doing what causes the problem. I settled on a creative exercise that comes from my knowledge of the NASA Voyager missions, beginning in 1971. As a grade 12 student I am very familiar with textbook climate science, and Hollywood portrayals of science fiction. I don't have much ambition for my film to be remembered by viewers. I hope that my film can be seen, in part, as a statement about how ephemeral environmental messages are. In my film, the Voyager 1 observes its own last moments of existence, as a reflection of the mistakes humans made, leading to their own demise. Voyager was a gift to intelligent beings, but somehow it became our only "Remains". The topic of human impact on the climate is very important to me, and I think my film is a warning about the consequences of ignoring the evidence.”

MLENA Vice President to visit Korea and China

Maple Leaf Education North America (MLENA) Vice President, Mark Liu is travelling to Korea and China this month to meet with student recruitment agents and attend various recruitment fairs. Mr. Liu started his trip in Seoul where he attended agent seminars and met with representative from the Canadian Embassy. After spending a few days in Korea, Mr. Liu travels to Beijing where he will be joined by Maple Leaf School - TRU Principal, Blake Defieux. During their time in Beijing, they will meet with Can-Achieve Education, a premier education group specializing in Chinese student recruitment. MLENA is keen to develop and strengthen our existing relationships with this group to further support student recruitment initiatives for Maple Leaf Schools in Canada.

The China International Education Exhibition Tour (CIEET) will start on March 24th 2018 and both Mr. Liu and Mr. Defieux will be promoting Maple Leaf Schools (North America), meeting with potential students and their families.

Applications are now being accepted for September 2018 at Maple Leaf School - TRU in Kamloops and Maple Leaf School - KPU in Vancouver. Our schools accept high school students into grades 10, 11 and 12.

Celebrating Another Year of Success!

Maple Leaf Education North America’s Second Year Anniversary Celebration

It has been two years since the opening of Maple Leaf Education North America Ltd. (MLENA), the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Ltd. (CMLES). Many milestones have been reached over the past two years and a small celebration was held at the Vancouver office on February 4th 2018 to recognize these successes. The celebration was attended by Dr. Sherman Jen, Founder and Executive Director of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems, Dawn Sutherland, President of MLENA and members from both the MLENA and Maple Leaf Educational Tours and Services (MLETS) teams.

Since 2016 MLENA has successfully opened two British Columbia certified schools, Maple Leaf School - TRU (MLS-TRU) in Kamloops (2016) and Maple Leaf School - KPU (MLS-KPU) in Richmond (2017). Operating as Group 4 BC Independent Schools, these schools lease space and services from the universities. Maple Leaf School principals, Blake Defieux (MLS-TRU) and Brad Helgason (MLS-KPU) and their teaching teams, have many years of experience working with Maple Leaf schools in China and have brought the successful Maple Leaf model of education to North America.

Maple Leaf Education North America also celebrated the success of its teacher recruitment and summer and winter camps and tours. In the past year 125 new teachers have been hired from the Vancouver office to work at Maple Leaf schools throughout China, with 30% of newly hired teachers coming from current MLES teacher referrals. MLENA’s partner company, Maple Leaf Educational Tours and Services (MLETS) hosted 1280 students in cross-Canada university tours, and Vancouver based summer and winter camps.


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