Keynote Speaker

Professor Marilyn Lambert-Drache has been associate vice-president international at York University from 2012 to 2018. In this capacity she provided leadership to York International and worked with internal and external partners to advance internationalization at York through exchange agreements, curricular initiatives and research collaborations.

Professor Lambert-Drache holds a Ph.D. in applied and theoretical linguistics from the University of Aix-Marseille in France.  She came to York in 1990 when she joined the Department of French Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Her areas of expertise include experimental phonetics, phonology and language planning in French-speaking countries. In the last few years her research has also focused on aspects of the internationalization of higher education – especially internationalization of the curriculum and teaching for global citizenship. She is the author of articles and conference presentations related to these topics.

Professor Lambert-Drache has extensive administrative experience.  She served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Faculty of Arts Council, was University Adviser on the Status of Women for three years and acting master of MacLaughlin College from 1998-1999.  From 2004-2009, she served as associate dean student relations in the (former) Faculty of Arts.  Between 2009 and 2012, she has been associate dean students and the director of the Centre for Student Success in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. In these capacities she has gained a deep understanding of the academic and non-academic issues and concerns experienced by the full range of York students, including international students.  She has been a passionate champion on behalf of students and student interests.  She has worked with colleagues across the University to support student recruitment and retention, access, advising and success.

Professor Lambert-Drache has considerable international experience.  She has lived and/or worked in Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa.  Moreover, she regularly speaks at international conferences and other fora.

Professor Lambert-Drache has been actively involved in the International Federation of Professors of French (FIPF) as elected vice-president and president of the FIPF North American Commission (2004-2014). In this this capacity she has worked with a network of faculty, administrators, government officials, and diplomats from around the world.