Academics Without Borders presents:

Reaching Across Borders, Building a Better World

In collaboration with Academica

Opening Reception evening of November 5 | Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal, Canada

November 6 & 7, 2018

Photo: Montreal Tourism

The Conference

In an age where many nations are turning inward, it is more important than ever for academics to use their knowledge and expertise to reach across borders and build a better world.

It is with these values in mind that Academics Without Borders is proud to host Reaching Across Borders, Building a Better World – The impact of Canada’s colleges and universities on global development.

Early Bird rates have been extended to Tuesday, October 9th at 11:59pm. Don't miss this chance to save $100 on a full conference pass.

Also be sure to reserve your room at the Omni Mont-Royal before the cut-off date of October 11th (6pm) – rooms are available at the Conference rate of $195.

Experts from Canada and around the world will explore the core role that academia has to play in social innovation, cross-country collaboration, global development, and the economic and social well-being of all the world’s citizens.

Why this conference now?

Postsecondary institutions based in the developing world can play a key role in creating healthier, wealthier, and more just societies. Canadian universities and colleges are important partners in this process, working hand-in-hand with these institutions, as well as governments, schools, and private/public sector institutions to build a better world for all. It is with these efforts in mind that Reaching Across Borders, Building a Better World will bring together faculty, government officials, corporations, NGOs, students, and postdoctoral researchers from around the globe to learn from these collaborations in order to generate innovative new solutions.

Conference Themes

  • Access to quality higher education
  • Strengthened institutional governance, management, and teaching
  • Social innovation/enterprise development
  • Work and economic growth
  • Gender equity
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Functional cities and other necessities of a civil, prosperous society

Reaching Across Borders, Building a Better World will include structured workshops that will provide training in the core skills of international academic partnerships and facilitate the co-creation of new ways to address challenges facing academic institutions across the globe.


Keynote Speaker

Louise Fréchette

Former Deputy Secretary-General, UN, and Chair, CARE International Supervisory Board & Council


Hélène Grégoire

Senior Learning Manager, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Luc Mougeot

Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Centre

Alain Roy

VP International, Colleges and Institutes Canada


Monday, November 5: Opening reception - evening only

Tuesday, November 6 - Wednesday November 7: Conference - full days

    Full Conference Pass

    Includes sessions, meals*, refreshment breaks, Tuesday reception, and conference materials for Tuesday and Wednesday plus Monday Evening Opening Reception

    Early Bird Rate

    (until October 9th at 11:59pm)

    Regular Rate

    (from October 10th)

    Student Rate

    Tuesday & Wednesday Pass

    Tuesday Pass & Monday Evening Opening Reception

    Tuesday Pass

    Wednesday Pass

    Monday Evening Opening Reception

* Breakfast and lunch only. Evening dinner on own.

Limited financial support will be available for attendees travelling from low and middle income countries**. Support will be assigned upon request on the basis of need. Please send a detailed request for support to

** See


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