Meet our team

Director, Student Experience

Cynthia Murphy

Cynthia Murphy: Director, Student Experience

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International Student Support Team


Teresa Inacio 

International Student Advisor

Teresa has worked at the International Centre in various capacities supporting international and exchange students. She is originally from Portugal and immigrated with her family to Ontario when she was young. She continues to develop and implement programs that support a positive international student experience. Teresa received her BA from Dalhousie University and in May 2012 graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Master of Education degree. She is a “foodie” at heart and enjoys discovering new and interesting restaurants across Nova Scotia.

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Qiuling Wu 

International Student Advisor

Qiuling graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001 with a Master of Education degree in Educational Policy Studies. He has over 12 years of professional experience in Canada in the fields of international education, teacher certification, international qualifications assessment and recognition as well as international admissions, recruitment and advising. Qiuling has two children and enjoys spending time with them after work.

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Zack Yu

International Student Advisor

Zack Yu joined the Dalhousie International Centre Team in November 2020. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness. Zack began working with international students as an undergraduate mentor at U of M. As a former international student, he understands the challenges international students may encounter and enjoys helping them to navigate the university experience. Zack is fluent in English and Mandarin and fully embraces what it means to be a global citizen. His interests include hiking, travelling, playing tennis, and cooking, as he also holds a certificate in Culinary Arts.

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Mark Mason

International Student Co-ordinator (Agricultural Campus)

Mark first worked with international students while teaching overseas. After ten years abroad he returned to Canada to work in adult education programming and completed his Master of Adult Education before returning to his passion for working with international students. With almost 25 years of combined experience in education, leadership and intercultural training among other areas he continues to support students in their daily balance of academics and real life challenges. His passion for travel helps to remind him of the challenges students meet when coming to Canada.  

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International Learning Experiences Team

Annamay Simpson

Student Exchange Advisor

Annamay moved back to Nova Scotia in 2019. She has spent the majority of her life outside of Canada (in various countries) but has always visited frequently to see family and friends. She has worked in the post secondary education sector in the UK since 2013. Having worked with student and staff mobility programs such as the Erasmus+ program, Annamay is keen to promote the importance and benefits of participating in an international learning experience.

Annamay has a BSc degree in Animal Biology and is happy discuss pets should the topic arise.

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Maddy Mayne

Exchange Program Coordinator

Maddy was born and raised in Ontario. She came to Dalhousie in 2013, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Development Studies in 2017. Throughout her time at Dal, she has worked in the Registrar’s Office, on the Residence Life team, and in the International Centre. She loves helping to facilitate students both coming to Dal and travelling abroad on exchange and study abroad opportunities through her the work at the International Centre

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Dal Agricultural Campus Support

For international student support on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro, please visit their the Dal AC International Student Support website

Student Staff

Raphael Ofoe
Peer Supporter

Raphael is from Ghana and earned his Masters of Science in Molecular Plant Sciences at the University of Bath, UK. As an international student, he worked as an academic and international student ambassador where he engaged with Commonwealth scholars and international students of diverse backgrounds. He is passionate about helping international students overcome challenges that can impact their academic performance and wellbeing.
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Halle Loyek (she/her)
Exchange Program Student Assistant

Halle is originally from Alberta. She came to Dalhousie in 2014, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience in 2019. Halle went on exchange to the University of Adelaide in Australia in 2018. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Halle loves to help people find new ways to become involved on campus. Additionally, she is always happy to make suggestions for fun places to check out in the city. 

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Kaia Williams (she/her)
Exchange Program Student Assistant

Kaia Williams is in her fourth year of her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University where she is a double major in Environment, Sustainability, & Society, and Spanish & Latin American Studies with a minor in Environmental Science. Kaia is from Durham, Maine in the United States. During summers, Kaia has had various internships in environmental management with different non-profit land trusts and the Maine State Environmental Protection Agency. She is excited to be transitioning job sectors and helping international students. Kaia hopes to ensure that students have equally positive experiences with the International Centre and staff as she has had.

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