Katie Orr

Director, NSCC International

As Director, NSCC International for the Nova Scotia Community College, Katie provides leadership for international activities, partnerships and international learning opportunities for employees and students at home and abroad. 

Katie began her international career as a World University Service of Canada Volunteer in Malawi from 1993-1995, working as a project officer for Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief.  During that time she assisted two Canadian medical students to set up a global health studies elective in Malawi and was inspired by the transformative potential of international education to foster global citizenship.  Since that time Katie has worked in the field of international education with Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, the Dalhousie Medical School and the Nova Scotia Community College and with partner organizations around the world.

In addition, Katie has served on numerous local, national and international organizations and associations committed to promoting and enhancing international learning.  Katie has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) since 2013, and she is the Chair of the Operations Committee, and Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of Edunova (www.edunova.ca), the consortium of educational institutions in the Province of Nova Scotia engaged in international education.

Katie was raised in a military family moving across North America 11 times in 17 years before attending the University of King’s College (Bachelor of Arts – Honours), the Institut de Touraine (French language) and Dalhousie University (Master of Arts – Political Science). Katie participated in the Association of Canadian Community Colleges National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VP- NELI) in 2010, and was awarded Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine Community of Scholars Award for Professional Excellence in 2005. 


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