Larissa Bezo presently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bureau for International Education.
Ms. Bezo has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, including as Deputy Clerk and Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Saskatchewan, Senior Advisor to a Federal Royal Commission, and most recently, as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Bureau for International Education. After a distinguished public service career, Larissa pursued her longstanding commitment to international development and solidarity through senior-level assignments with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Centre for Policy Studies in Ukraine.
Larissa Bezo has worked successfully with Boards of Directors and Executive Committees to define strategic priorities and oversee their implementation. She possesses 25 years of professional experience, including 15 years in the international development and education sector.
Ms. Bezo is an accomplished senior executive with a proven ability to provide effective leadership to build organizational capacity and resilience, foster durable partnerships, navigate sensitive political, intercultural and international issues and mobilize resources to achieve organizational priorities.
Larissa graduated from the University of Regina with a Master of Arts in Political Science.