I’ve had the pleasure to interact with Yuri over the past five years through a variety of formats ranging from student/coordinator, colleague, to consulting client. In that time, it has been my observation that Yuri approaches everything with minute attention to detail and excellence. He has the unique ability to see the BIG Picture into the far beyond and I often hear from our students that he has provided them with help through all manner of immigration and study or work permit issues. Yuri always has a smile to share, and he has the knack for making the seemingly insurmountable much more manageable. He has been, and continues to be a valuable resource for our department, and for our student body.