BCCIE has been building partnerships and facilitating academic collaborations with colleagues, institutions and associations in a number of Mexican regions. As part of BC International Education Week and our Mexico/Canada Forum and Networking Event (June 28-29), we will be welcoming a large delegation from Mexico, including the Minister of Education from Guanajuato, Jorge Enrique Hernández Meza, and Minister of Education from Jalisco, Juan Carlos Flores Miramontes.

Learn more about the institutions and associations of our Mexican delegation.

One-on-one meetings between Canadian institutions and Mexican partners during the Mexico/Canada Forum and Networking Event on June 28 and 29 must be set up in advance. To do so, please email Laura Garza by end of day on June 17. You must be registered for BCIEW to take part in the B2B meetings.

Juan Carlos Flores Miramontes Juan Carlos Flores Miramontes
Ministry of Education
Minister of Education, State of Jalisco
Juan Carlos Flores Miramontes is Minister of Education for the State of Jalisco since 2018.

He has a degree in Physics from the University of Guadalajara, also has coursework in Pedagogy and Senior Business Management and a Diploma in Management of Educational Centers by the Institute of Management of Educational Centers of ICAMI.

He implement the State Educational Project "RECREA" Educación para Refundar 2040, which promotes the development of students and teachers as agents of change, while articulating the work of parents, academia, civil society organizations and businesses to transform Jalisco through education.
Jorge Enrique Hernández Meza Jorge Enrique Hernández Meza
Ministry of Education
Minister of Education, State of Guanajuato
Mr. Jorge Enrique Hernández Meza is an industrial engineering. He holds a MBA degree, as well master’s degree in administrative engineering and quality. He graduated from TEC BEYOND innovation program (Tec de Monterrey), and has a long professional career in education.

As General Director of the Institute of Financing and Information for Education, “EDUCAFIN”, for over 14 years, he held the Second Vice Presidency of the Board of Directors of the Pan-American Association of Educational Credit Institutes (ÁPICE). The promotion of entrepreneurship, public and diplomatic relations, innovate in social programs and boost the empowerment of the youth are the pillars of its management.
Aldelmo Reyes Aldelmo Reyes
Secretaría de Educación de Guanajuato
Subsecretario de Educación Media Superior y Superior
Aldelmo is a biochemical engineer, and master of science. He has worked as Director of the IPN Campus Guanajuato, Director of Economic Development in the City of León, Strategic Management Advisor in SEG and Currently Undersecretary of Higher Secondary and Higher Education.

He is responsible for the Educational Policy in Higher Secondary and Higher Education and the coordination of the Decentralized Public Organizations in the State.
Carlos Armando Velazquez Santillanes Carlos Armando Velazquez Santillanes
Jalisco Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology
General Coordinator
Carlos Velázquez holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus

He counts with extensive experience in the sector of financial services having worked mainly in agricultural and agroindustry projects, where he developed and promoted both SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) and large companies in Mexico.

He is the Coordinator-General at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology of the state of Jalisco since 2018.
Patricia Margarita Camarena Morales Patricia Margarita Camarena Morales
Coordinator of Student Mobility
Patricia has a Bachelor degree in International Relations from ITESO and a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Sussex.

She has worked at ITESO for nine years as the student mobility coordinator and teaching Human Rights at the Department of Ethics.
Emmanuel Carrillo Emmanuel Carrillo
Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño
Emmanuel Carrillo earned a Master's degree in Management and Direction of Educational Centers as well as a Law degree. He is currently coursing a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. He also holds multiple certifications in Human Rights, Governmental and Corporate Ethics, Industrial Property and Copyright.

He’s the President of Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño since 2019, the first bilingual university in Mexico. He is committed to consolidate the Bilingual-International-Sustainable educational model to support the bilingualism in Aguascalientes.

He has strived to rank UTR at an international level by consolidating key alliances with international organizations, companies, and renowned universities.
Griselda de la Torre Griselda de la Torre
Universidad de Guadalajara
Head of the Unit of International Affairs
Griselda de la Torre joined the University of Guadalajara (UDG) in july 2019. First, she held the position of Responsible for International Programmes in the Coordination for Internationalization. Since july 2020, she is the Head of the Unit of Internationals Affairs. She holds a Bachelors Degree in International Affairs at the Universidad Anáhuac del Sur, in Mexico City and a Masters Degree in Applied Public Management at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). Nowadays, Ms. De la Torre is in charge of the student mobility programmes of the University of Guadalajara (incoming and outgoing). She is interested in promoting international cooperation, bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects and particularly in subjects regarding institutions’ challenges for internationalization and International networks.
Luis Armando Flores Luis Armando Flores
Guanajuato Ministry of Education
International Affairs Director
Luis Armando is Director of Internationalization of the Secretary of Education of Guanajuato.

He is in charge of institutional outreach and internationalization programs at the Institute of Financing and Information for Education - EDUCAFIN-SUBE. Former Director of the "Guanajuatense" Youth Institute for the development of state youth and Coordinator of projects in the Secretary of Social and Human Development of the State.

He earned a degree in Graphic Design from the University of La Salle Bajío and Postgraduate studies in advertising and communication from the Pompeu Fabrá ELISAVA University in Barcelona, ​​Spain.
Andrea Raquel Flores Gonzalez Andrea Raquel Flores Gonzalez
Ministry of Education of the State of Jalisco
Minister Assistant and Social Media Manager
Assistant for the Jalisco Ministry of Education.
Eduardo Garcia Lima Eduardo Garcia Lima
Eduardo is Director of Academic Exchanges at the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID). He is responsible for the scholarship programs for Mexicans and foreigners that AMEXCID administers.

He focuses on advancing educational internationalization, linking universities with public and private actors, and projects between foreign universities, Mexican Consulates, industry, and the public sector.

He holds two master's degrees, one in Business Intelligence and the second in International Business, from California State University.
Institute for the Development of the Youth of the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, JuventudEsGTO
Executive Secretary of the General Director
Hailing from León, Guanajuato, Carlos Ernesto obtained his Law degree from the Universidad De La Salle, Bajío.

He collaborated in the development of the International Congress of Law by the Bar Association from the State of Guanajuato A.C.

More recently he worked as executive secretary of the councilman Antonio Navarro Padilla in the administration of San Francisco del Rincón, Guanajuato.

He currently serves as Executive Secretary of the General Director of JuventudEsGTO where he is committed to the personal, professional and international development of the youth of the state of Guanajuato.
Cesar Gutierrez Jurado Cesar Gutierrez Jurado
Mexican Association for International Education
César Gutiérrez Jurado is the President of the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) since 2020.

Mr. Gutiérrez was previously Director of International Programs at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (2014-2021), as well as Full-time professor at the School of Philosophy and Letters of the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (UACH)

He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso(UTEP) with a degree in Organizational and Corporate Communication . He has a Master's Degree in Higher Education from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua.
Diego Hernandez Huerta Diego Hernandez Huerta
Director of National and International Affairs
Diego Hernandez Huerta has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a track in Strategic leadership & management.

He also has a Master in Public administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.

He is co-founder and president of the GMUN Institute for International Training. Founder of ImproveYou AC, a skills development consultancy.

Diego is a Global Change Maker, Active Citizen by the British Council. Nominee of the Million Change Agents by Ashoka, Member of Alternatives for Mexico. He currently works as International and National relationship director at JuventudEsGto.
Guillermo David Lara Rojas Guillermo David Lara Rojas
Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara
Trade Commissioner Assistant
Guillermo Lara holds a Bachelor's degree on International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield. He has worked on government relation building as consular intern at the British Embassy in Mexico City.

As Trade Commissioner Assistant at the Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara, Mexico, he supports the Trade team and has gained experience in the different sectors covered by the Consulate. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Elias Ledesma Elias Ledesma
University of Guanajuato
Director of International Affairs
Dr. Elías Ledesma Orozco is a mechanical engineer from the University of Guanajuato (Mexico), with a Master and Doctorate degree in the same field. He has been a Research Professor at the University of Guanajuato (UG) since 1995.

He earned a postdoc from the University of California (UC), USA.

Dr. Ledesma has lectured at conferences in Mexico, Japan, U.S. and Taiwan. He has promoted international agreements such as the Double Degree Program of the Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering with Hiroshima U, and the Trilateral Program of scholarships with Nagaoka U and Topy Industries, all in Japan.

He has served as a Coordinator of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is current Director of the International Relations and Academic Collaboration.
Leoncio Monjarás Wintergerst Leoncio Monjarás Wintergerst
Universidad Panamericana
Director for International Affairs
Leoncio is an anthropologist from Universidad Panamericana but worked as commercial airline pilot for Mexicana Airlines from 1985 to 2010.

He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Protocol and Event Management at Universidad Panamericana.

He's interested in International Education and regularly attends NAFSA, in the United States; EAIE in Europe and APAIE in Asia Pacific.

He participates in annual meetings with several Latin America's Higher Education Institutions from: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

He represents Universidad Panamericana as a member of the Consortium for Cooperation and Internationalization of Higher Education of the State of Jalisco, Mexico.
Antonio de Jesus Navarro Padilla Antonio de Jesus Navarro Padilla
Director General
Antonio hails from San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato. Formerly an airplane pilot, he has worked in multiple leadership positions though his career.

He worked as Executive Assistant of the Social and Human Development Government State Office.

In addition, he was Director of Regional Articulation and later councilman for the San Francisco del Rincon city council between the years 2018 to 2021.

He also works at the National Trainers system for the Accion Nacional Party. Currently he serves as General Director of JuventudEsGto.
Veronica Soto Veronica Soto
Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara
Education Trade Commissioner
Veronica Soto has over a decade of experience in the international education sector.

She has a deep understanding of the Mexican education market and a counts with strong skills in facilitating relationships between education institutions in Canada and Mexico.

She holds a BA in International Relations and a Master's degree in International Development. She is fluent in Spanish, English and has medium level of French.