A seasoned MBA with over 18 years of experience in international relations and business development, Isaac Garcia-Sitton joined Ryerson University in fall 2020 as the inaugural Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion. In this role, Isaac leads the policy, planni...
A seasoned MBA with over 18 years of experience in international relations and business development, Isaac Garcia-Sitton joined Ryerson University in fall 2020 as the inaugural Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion. In this role, Isaac leads the policy, planning, infrastructure, and operations that drive increased international enrolment and retention of students and help position Ryerson as a premier urban international university.
Raised in Panama, and trained and educated in the United States, Isaac served as a diplomat for Panama, working at the Consulates in New Orleans in 2005 and in Montreal in 2007. At the end of his diplomatic post, he applied as an immigrant to Canada through the skilled worker program in Quebec. From 2015-2020, Isaac served as the Director of International Education & English Language Institute at York University’s School of Continuing Studies. Under his leadership, the Institute became the largest university provider of Academic English programming in Canada, rising in reputation globally and securing 100+ partnerships internationally. These efforts further positioned Toronto and Canada as one of the best study-abroad destinations in the world.
Isaac continuously strives to improve the environment around him through his involvement in national and international professional associations, international boards, and community initiatives; including Board Director of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and Chair of the International Network Leadership Team at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). He was recognized by RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards of 2020. Organized by Canadian Immigrant Magazine, these awards acknowledge inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada. He was named as one of the ten Most Influential Hispanic Canadians of 2018, a recognition presented by TD Bank and organized by the Hispanic Business Alliance.
He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education: Language, Culture & Teaching at York University. His research interest is immigration policymaking as it relates to the recruitment and retention of international students in Canada, specifically the policy changes that took place during Covid-19 pandemic.