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Our Story

YES Canada is made up of a group of people who love to travel, explore and discover new things. We’re a company that is built on family – from our hosts across the world to our team here in Canada, family is at the core of our values and our family grows with every student that travels with us.

We welcomed our first students to the family and officially sent them abroad when YES Canada came together in 2008 but our roots in international experiences for teens stretch much further back.

20 years ago our founders welcomed a small group of Japanese students to experience high school and family life in Huntsville, Ontario and today thousands of students journey to Canada every year to take part in Muskoka Language International programs. This first company, MLI brought the world to Canada and now we want to take Canada to the world.

Today YES Canada operates in over 20 countries worldwide with programs ranging from 2 week language and culture trips to year-long high school exchange & immersion experiences.

We love what we do and we know you will too!

Our People

The Founders

As the founders of YES Canada, Mike Ruby and Bev MacWilliams created the culture of “YES” that instills an excitement and a genuine pride in what we do.

As two friends from small town Canada they set out to combine their love of education and travel, to showcase and share their town and country with students from around the globe. Now, 20 years on and thousands of successful experiences later, Mike and Bev run a network of Canadian organizations that provide unique opportunities for students across the world.

Their latest venture, YES Canada allows us to offer these awesome experiences and expand the tradition of travel to our Canadian students.

The Bairds

Scott and Alissa Baird are the husband and wife team at the helm of YES Canada today. Taking over the company in 2012, Scott and Alissa took their love for discovering new places, sparked by a childhood of travel, and today focus every energy into generating new ideas that foster opportunities for high school students across the country.

As part owners of YES Canada they work closely with Bev, Mike and the team to ensure that the strong quality and roots of the company continue to thrive and reach every student that travels with us.

Our People

The Founders

As the founders of YES Canada, Mike Ruby and Bev MacWilliams created the culture of “YES” that instills an excitement and a genuine pride in what we do.

As two friends from small town Canada they set out to combine their love of education and travel, to showcase and share their town and country with students from around the globe. Now, 20 years on and thousands of successful experiences later, Mike and Bev run a network of Canadian organizations that provide unique opportunities for students across the world.

Their latest venture, YES Canada allows us to offer these awesome experiences and expand the tradition of travel to our Canadian students.

The Bairds

Scott and Alissa Baird are the husband and wife team at the helm of YES Canada today. Taking over the company in 2012, Scott and Alissa took their love for discovering new places, sparked by a childhood of travel, and today focus every energy into generating new ideas that foster opportunities for high school students across the country.

As part owners of YES Canada they work closely with Bev, Mike and the team to ensure that the strong quality and roots of the company continue to thrive and reach every student that travels with us.

Alissa Baird

Operations Manager

Alissa grew up in the travel industry and has always been traveling in one way or another.

She started by volunteering in MLI’s early Japanese group programs and then as a teen she experienced her own student exchange program in the vibrant city of Seville, Spain. After teaching English in Japan for three summers, Alissa travelled to Scotland to complete her university education and lived and worked there before making the move back to her homeland with Scott. But not before making a few trips to Paris of course! Alissa is serious about Paris, from the culture to the fashion to the sweet delight that is the macaroon, she fell in love with this city and so it’s no surprise that we have a program today that showcases the French capital.

Alissa is the Operations Manager at YES Canada, which means that she is the captain of our ship! Alissa makes sure that we have the best possible program offerings at YES Canada and works with our management team, our partner agencies abroad and school boards across the country to ensure that we are providing the best possible service and experiences. Alissa is from small town Canada but has a world-class approach to what she does and we hope you will see this in the quality and range of our programs.

Scott Baird

National Student Recruitment Manager

Scott originally hails from Edinburgh, Scotland and discovered his love for international experiences at an early age travelling with his family. After meeting Alissa in business school, he quickly realized that his calling was in a far away land called Canada and he hasn’t looked back since. Being half Italian and half Scottish, Scott is a bit of a “foodie” and claims to have eaten his way around Europe.

Scott is YES Canada’s Student Recruitment Manager, which means that he and his team of recruiters get to speak to all of the interested students and families across the country about what we do. Scott’s travels in Canada have taken him from coast to coast and he loves working with students to find the country and program that fits best.

Jocelyn Babudri

Student Admissions & Program Coordinator

Getting ready to go on exchange? Jocelyn is our fantastic Admissions and Program Coordinator and she will take you from prelim to program success! From her beginnings as a trained and certified teacher working with students of all ages and as Residence Don for one of Toronto’s most illustrious private schools, Jocelyn has made it her mission to ensure students achieve their absolute potential in every endeavour.

Jocelyn is no stranger to the opportunities of world travel and is proud to have lived in the UK, Greece and also has family in Trieste Italy, which she considers to be her second home. Like many of our students, Jocelyn is currently working on perfecting her Italian language skills and is excited to share her ideas to take you from principante to perfezione!

Jocelyn takes a great pride in what she does and provides every single student and family with the most personalized, dedicated and highest quality service – something that makes us proud to have her as part of our team.

Amy Caesar

Inbound Program Coordinator

Amy is the heart of YES Canada’s inbound student program and is proud to share the Canada that she loves with our international students!

Amy grew up in Halifax N.S. and has lived on the East and West Coasts of Canada. Amy has spent many summers, winters and everything in-between exploring, camping, hiking, sailing and generally making her mark on the country that we call home.  Amy’s knowledge and passion for Canada is just one of the reasons that we think she is the perfect welcome to our wonderful explorers from abroad.

Amy has also travelled Europe extensively and hopes that one day her two boys can journey off on their own exchange to put their French immersion skills to the test. When not working, Amy spends her spare time volunteering, fundraising and event planning in her community, just another way that she gives back at the local level.

When it comes to dedication, Amy has an endless supply and it’s clear to us that her commitment to finding the best possible host families, providing the highest quality support and connecting with each and every one of our students on their level, is the reason that our international alumni call Canada their second home.

COORDINATORS AND RECRUITERS

YES Canada couldn’t exist without our fantastic, enthusiastic and devoted homestay coordinators and outbound student recruiters. We think of them as our extended family and they are out there taking care of our international students and spreading the word in their local communities about our awesome outbound high school student exchange experiences.

Our endless appreciation goes out to our team across Canada!

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