Seminar Program


SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012

Workshop 1

International Educators Training Program (IETP) from Queen's University: “Intercultural Training and Student Success”

This workshop will explore intercultural initiatives at Canadian institutions and examine current activities, models, tools, and resources. Through a combination of lecture, interactive activity, and facilitated discussion, the workshop will allow for optimum inter-institutional exchange for international educators dedicated to growing the value intercultural diversity brings to classrooms, campuses and communities. Through large and small group discussions, participants will share "good practices" for intercultural approaches that prepare students for diverse contexts. The session will elicit and highlight good use of intercultural theory, techniques and tools which can be used to transform our current practices into training opportunities that grow skill and knowledge. In the fall of 2011, Garson, Myles, and Odgers conducted an intercultural training survey among Canadian international educators; results pertinent to the British Columbia IE context, that will be shared during the workshop. Maximum of 40 registrants.

Kyra Garson, Intercultural / Internationalization Consultant
Wayne Myles, Director, Queen's University International Centre (QUIC), Queen's University
Todd Odgers, Associate Director, The Centre for Excellence in Intercultural Education NorQuest College

Time: 11:00-15:00
Cost: $175 ($195 for out-of-province attendees)

Workshop 2

PART 1: Developing, Negotiating, and Managing International Contracts and Agreements

Developing, negotiating and managing international contracts and agreements can seem intimidating, yet contract negotiation and management are critical tools for the international educator. Demystify and enliven the process in this interactive session, which will cover common terminology and clauses, challenges related to legislative and institutional policy issues and opportunities for creative innovation. Participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn common terminology, clauses, and addendum, as well as begin to explore different approaches to developing agreements and contracts.  The workshop will also help participants identify opportunities and challenges when negotiating international contracts and agreements, including those of legislation and institutional policies.

Kate Jennings, Director Education Abroad, University of Alberta
Donna Hooker, Director, Centre for International Experience, Capilano University

Time: 9:00-12:00
Part 1 of this workshop is a repeat of the BCCIE professional development workshop on the same topic which was offered in December, 2011.

PART 2:  Developing, Negotiating, and Managing International Contracts and Agreements 

For those who participated in Part 1, or in the December 11, 2011 BCCIE workshop on the same topic, or who are otherwise more advanced in your understanding of international contracts and agreements we invite you to join us for this more in-depth look at developing, negotiating and managing international contracts and agreements.

Participants in this 3-hour workshop will further explore different approaches to developing agreements and contracts as well as common challenges and opportunities in negotiating and managing international agreements and contracts. Participants will have an opportunity to critically review agreements and contracts to identify potential issues and make recommendations for improvement.  Depending on the interests of those who register, we expect to break into groups based on types of agreements/contracts (agents, student mobility, dual/double degrees, professional service contracts, etc.) or on stages of agreement/contract management (developing, negotiating, managing) with each group led by an "expert" on the topic to further develop our skills and knowledge in these areas.

Kate Jennings, Director Education Abroad, University of Alberta
Donna Hooker, Director, Centre for International Experience, Capilano University

Time: 13:00-16:00
Cost: Part 1 AND 2 COMBINED: Registration: $175 ($195 for out-of-province attendees) Part 1 or Part 2 SINGLE Session Registration: $100 ($115 for out-of-province attendees) 

Workshop 3

BC Homestay Network Session (Co-sponsored by BCCIE and Languages Canada)

The BC Homestay Network session will provide a professional sharing and training forum for homestay industry professionals from all sectors -  private, public, K-12, post-secondary. This workshop is an interactive opportunity to exchange information between homestay professionals, share best practice procedures and work collectively toward ensuring that all participating institutions are offering quality programs, striving to establish high industry standards and ensure a positive image for the Canadian homestay industry.  Although the focus of this session will be on BC programming, the session is open to and inclusive of homestay professionals from across Canada and beyond.  Maximum of 50 registrants.

The Homestay Workshop will be covering best practice topics, such as:

  • Homestay Family Application Process (screening, educating, monitoring)
  • Homestay family recruitment, retention and management
  • Pre-arrival information for students
  • Student movement/relocation (criteria and policies)
  • Dealing with dietary/medical restrictions/conditions
  • Addressing cultural adjustment issues (homesickness, culture shock, depression, etc)

In addition, guest speakers will be invited to share their expertise on:

  • Mediation & conflict resolution
  • Effective ways to convey culture information to homestay families and students (Homestay and Student orientation)

Nancy Blundell, Homestay Manager, School District 62
Kana Hashimoto, Homestay Program Director, International Language Schools of Canada Education Group, Vancouver

Time: 11:30-16:00
Cost: $175 ($195 for out-of-province attendees)

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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

Thought Leader Dialogues

Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions

International student recruitment has become a large industry, with close to 4 million international students enrolled and many 100,000s actively recruited by K-12 schools, language schools, and tertiary institutions each year.  Growth of recruitment activities over the last decade has been especially strong, yet the landscape comprehension, analytical concepts, and performance metrics have not kept up with this growth dynamic.  This dialogue session takes a look at global data and dynamics, highlights inherent analytical challenges when engaging in a rapidly shifting landscape, and shares analytical concepts and metrics Illuminate Consulting Group (ICG) has developed to facilitate an evidence-based approach to international recruitment.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, Managing Director, Illuminate Consulting Group
Time: 10:45 – 12:00   

Engaging in Internationalization at Home

Internationalization in higher education continues to evolve. Although we continue to recruit international students to our campuses or engage in transnational partnerships and domestic student mobility, many realize that these activities do not necessarily reach the majority of our campus populations. Increasingly, international educators are engaging in initiatives to support Internationalization at Home.

In this Dialogue Kyra Garson and Suhki Heer Matonovich will share curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular initiatives at TRU aimed to engage students, faculty and staff in creating a globally minded campus. Specific focus will be on using learning outcomes to engage, sustain, and evaluate internationalization at home initiatives.

Participants will be invited to consider how traditional rationales for internationalization and rationales for internationalization at Home can be framed to increase campus and community stakeholder engagement and endorsement. 

Kyra Garson, Internationalization / Intercultural Consultant
Sukh Heer Matonovich, Manger, Student Engagement and Retention, Thompson Rivers University

Time: 10:45 – 12:00

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

National Dialogue on International Education

Join a panel of leaders from key national and provincial organizations to engage, debate and contest contemporary issues concerning international education. The panel will take on some provocative topics which remain fundamentally important to address in our sector today. This dialogue promises to energize delegates as we move the field of debate towards constructive resolve and action. Topics for panel consideration include quality assurance, marketing, governance and responsibility, and immigration.

Representatives from:
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
BC Career Colleges Association (BCCCA)
Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (CAPS-I)
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Languages Canada

Time: 13:45 – 15:30

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Writer, educator, and administrator, Stan Chung will be the keynote speaker at the Opening Plenary Luncheon. Learn more about Stan Chung.

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Dates, times and locations may be subject to change.

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

A1 Indian Education Sector: Opportunities and Challenges

In this session we wish to present views based on our experience with the Indian education sector and encourage discussion of issues related to the Indian market.  The Indian education sector is in a period of growth, change, and government mandated reform.   Family income levels and the numbers of students attending post-secondary education are also climbing rapidly.  This provides opportunities for international education providers in the areas of recruitment, institutional partnerships and operating programs or campuses in India.  However, there are many risks involved in recruiting and pursuing partnerships in the Indian market.

We will explore the following:

  • Why do Indian students go abroad for study?
  • What are best practices and pitfalls in recruiting?
  • What are best practices and pitfalls in forming institutional partnerships in India?

Brock Dykeman, Manager, Director MBA Programs, Vancouver Island University
Prashant Srivastava, Associate Director for Global Recruitment, New York Institute of Technology
Bruce Condie, Director, International Marketing, Recruitment and Business Development, Vancouver Island University
Ivy Lerner-Frank, First Secretary and Trade Commissioner, Canadian High Commission in New Delhi

Audience: Post-Secondary

A2 Update on BC Provincial Government Support for International Education and Q & A

Join our new Ministry representatives of International Education from both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education to hear updates and the latest information on provincial government strategies and activities in support of International Education and Canada Starts Here: the BC Jobs Plan.  There will be much opportunity for dialogue and Q&A.

Kerry Pridmore, Director, International Education, Ministry of Education
Janice Larson, Executive Director, International Education, Ministry of Advanced Education

Audience: K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

A3 Five 'Glocal' Marketing and Recruitment Technologies You Should Be Using

‘Glocal’ technologies are enabling educational institutions to localize their global marketing and recruitment. Attend this presentation to learn about 5 prominent ‘glocal’ technology trends for attracting international students to your institution. The presentation will introduce leading technologies for analytics, advertising and lead generation, email, news aggregation and agent networking.

How do you make your institution stand out in today's competitive market? How do you ensure that you're making the most out of every student interaction? Are you allocating your resources effectively and how much should you be investing in social media sites, like Facebook? These are just some of the questions you will be able to answer after attending this presentation.

Marco Qaqish, Coordinator, International Marketing and Recruitment, Vancouver Island University

Audience: K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

A4 Public/Private Partnership in Post-Secondary Education

This presentation will share an overview of insights and learning gained as a result of the partnership of Royal Roads University, a public post-secondary institution and Study Group, a private international education provider.  As a post-secondary institution with a very limited number of international students, this collaboration led to an international enrollment increase of over 200% at Royal Roads University in the first year of the partnership.  This session is a summary of why and how this unique partnership was chosen, how a public education institution undertook such a collaborative endeavor, and what lessons were learned, based on the experience of the integrated process of marketing, recruitment and international student services.

Cyndi McLeod, Vice President, Global Advancement, Marketing & Business Development, Royal Roads University

Audience: Post-Secondary

A5 Benchmarking Academic Performance – Second Language as a Factor

BC institutions, as leaders in Canadian international education, are perfectly positioned to benefit from international students’ improved academic performance. But how to determine what drives performance? As the international education sector continues to expand and evolve, academic performance is being affected by a number of factors that, although not new to us in the sector, have not been properly measured and, therefore, not understood. In order to shed light on the subject of performance indicators, join Daniel Guhr of Illuminate Consulting Group (ICG) and Gonzalo Peralta of Languages Canada as they present on an exciting new benchmarking model for the performance and success of international students (PRISM) and on the language factor in student performance.

Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, Managing Director, Illuminate Consulting Group
Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director, Languages Canada

K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

B1 DFAIT's International Scholarships Program

CBIE administers a variety of DFAIT International Scholarships which are available to Canadian institutions interested in receiving international students and researchers as well as in sending Canadian students and researchers for study abroad. This session will be useful for university and college professionals such as study abroad managers, coordinators and advisers (new to intermediate level) who want to know how to access scholarships to increase their internationalization efforts (both inbound and outbound students), as well as for those seeking to set up international student exchanges and partnerships. Learn more about these programs and the benefits they can bring to your institution. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experience with international scholarships.

Catherine Wilde, Program Manager, International Scholarships, Canadian Bureau for International Education
Lee-Anne Hermann, Deputy Director, Edu-Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada


B2 International Relations in the Context of Confucius Institutes

In order to strengthen educational cooperation between China and Canada, support and promote the development of Chinese language education, and increase mutual understanding among people in China and in Canada the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China and School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) of Canada, moved through a five year process for the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Coquitlam.

This presentation will chronicle the events from the initial establishment of the Coquitlam Confucius Classroom to the awarding of Institute status in 2011. It will track steps taken to install such programs in the school district, to prove market demand, to develop community sensitive programs and events, to hire teachers and to identify key points in the decision curve to move forward on international relations in the context of Confucius institutes and classrooms.

Patricia Gartland, Assistant Superintendent, SD 43 Coquitlam
Robert Lajoie, Director Confucius Institute, SD 43 Coquitlam

Audience: K-12, Language

B3 Dollars and Credits: Student Aid for Education Abroad - Updates, Challenges, and Solutions

Recent changes to Student Aid BC requirements bring new challenges to colleges and universities in managing and promoting education abroad programs to potential outbound students, as well as in selecting potential partner institutions. Join us in this session to learn about fundamental changes at Student Aid BC and the resulting impacts on best practices for developing education abroad agreements and programs that aim to enhance student mobility.

Specific topics discussed will include impacts on partner selection, exchange/transfer credit processes, as well as barrier reduction for, and promotion of, education abroad opportunities.

The session will be led by education abroad and financial aid professionals from a BC college and research university perspective.

Marc Bavin, Manager, International Recruitment, University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus
Kate Jennings, Director Education Abroad, University of Alberta
Gail Hirsch, Associate Director, Financial Aid & Awards, Simon Fraser University


B4 Always on Time for the Bus: Tips for Building Great Study Tours for Faculty

In June of 2008, 2010 and 2012 Catherine and Robert escorted over 50 business faculty members from 15 universities and colleges across Canada on a fact finding study tour of the EU.  From the participants point of view the trips have been a great success but Robert and Catherine learned going on the road with faculty is quite different than trips with students.  This session will give some tips about trips that introduce faculty members to the latest changes in a region of the globe as well as the “royal tour” – introducing senior administrators to your partners.

Catherine Vertesi, Vice President International, External Relations and New Initiatives. Capilano University
Robert Buttery, Director of International Relations, University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland


B5 Working With the Saudi Bureau and Their Sponsored Students

As a former Saudi international student and now International Student Advisor, Sultan’s presentation will explore two main categories to assist colleagues in their work supporting Saudi students. This session will cover: 1) understanding some of the typical Saudi student behaviours and customs and 2) understanding how to work more effectively with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau.  Examples and tips for both categories will be shared. The presentation will close with a Q&A discussion.

Sultan Almajil, International Student Advisor, Thompson Rivers University

Audience: Post-Secondary, Language

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

C1 Citizenship and Immigration Canada: An Overview of the International Student Program

Citizen and Immigration Canada's International Student Program (ISP) facilitates foreign national study in Canada.  An overview of the ISP program will highlight Temporary Resident Visa and Study Permit requirements, as well as Work Permits. The presentation will also touch on some possible pathways to Permanent Residency for International Students.

Kim Winter, Citizenship and Immigration Officer, Western Region, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Deborah Goble, A/Manager BC Interior Yukon, Western Region, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Audience: K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

C2 Effective Social Media Use for International Student Recruitment

Social media is an essential component of reaching your target market. 95% of teens are on Facebook so you must reach your audience where they feel comfortable. In this presentation you will learn the basics of how to reach your market with a limited budget. TRU World’s Facebook page has become an important part of our student recruitment strategy. Our fans have tripled in one year and we have utilized this form of communication as a tool to speak directly to our students and guide them through their decision-making and application process.

Mike Henniger, International Marketing Director, Thompson Rivers University
Sherri King, International Marketing Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University

Audience: Post-Secondary

C3 Bringing Order to the Chaos: Using Technology to Create Efficiencies and Enhance Effectiveness

Developing and managing education abroad programs and partnerships is complex.  Information generated ranges from agreements and contracts, to student files and advising, to exchange/transfer credits, to risk/safety management and logistics - all of which requires management.

Education Abroad professionals work with a variety and growing amount of information and documentation. These come in many forms, including everything from paper-based systems to disparate technologies, such as spreadsheets and disconnected database tools.

Creating order and meaning out of all this information is a seemingly endless and overwhelming task. Join us as we explore the administrative and strategic importance of creating electronic systems that streamline the management and use of the information that fill our work lives. We will demonstrate how systems allow broader access to data while working with existing systems where possible.

Examples from two institutions in BC will be highlighted.  A database consultant/instructor will also share his experience and advice.

Kate Jennings, Director Education Abroad, University of Alberta
Marc Bavin, Manager, International Recruitment, University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus
Jack Hughes, Owner & President, Data A La Carte Consulting

Audience: K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

C4 Can We Be Friends? Community Building at the UBC English Language Institute

The purpose of the UBC English Language Institute (UBC-ELI) is to prepare international students for post-secondary education at UBC and/or in North America.  Alongside the academic and homestay programs, the UBC-ELI’s sociocultural program supports international students from a social and community perspective. More specifically, the focus of the sociocultural program is on increasing opportunities for international students to establish meaningful relationships with fellow students (local & international). We believe that students that form strong social networks are better equipped to overcome the challenges of study abroad and thus, more likely to achieve academic success.

In this session, I will outline the program’s structure and provide examples of how the UBC-ELI goes about connecting and supporting students. Moreover, I will discuss broader issues including UBC’s goal of greater international engagement, student led programming, peer mentoring and English language learning.

Jon Wong, Manager, Socio-Cultural Program, UBC English Language Institute

Audience: Language, Post-Secondary 

D1 Creating Internal Pathways to Undergraduate Success

The English Foundation Program is a new initiative at UBC's Okanagan campus designed to offer an admission pathway to applicants who have not yet satisfied the university's English language admission standards. The program is a partnership between the AVP Student Portfolio and the Faculty of Education. Leah Sanford and Scott Douglas will discuss the essential pieces of creating such as program: collaboration between academic faculties and Student Services/Development; informed and researched program and curriculum design; the consultation and needs analysis process; accreditation; inquiry-based integrated curricula; the importance of instructional leaders; and the implementation of the program. Attendees will explore the Internal Pathway model, learn more about this unique program at UBC's Okanagan campus, and comprehend the necessity of full-campus involvement and input in creating a program which integrates academic courses and accredited intensive English language training.

Leah Sanford, Manager - International Programs and Services, University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus
Dr. Scott Douglas, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus

Audience: K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

D2 Education Quality Assurance (EQA) Discussion Forum

This session will provide an open forum for discussion of the provincial Education Quality Assurance (EQA) Designation.

BC's EQA Designation is Canada's first and only provincial brand of quality for post-secondary education. EQA is a quality assurance designation that identifies BC public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded provincial government recognized quality assurance standards and offer consumer protection.

All sectors are invited to attend and provide feedback on the value of the EQA Designation and input on how the value of the brand could be optimized for their educational community.

Randall Martin, Executive Director, BCCIE

K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

D3 ICEF and Imagine Canada: A Case Study on Private-Public Partnerships

In this session, we will review and discuss how ICEF and DFAIT have worked together to leverage Canada as a study destination in the global marketplace. ICEF expanded into Canada three years ago and from the outset, ICEF and DFAIT partnered in a number of projects including: the launch of the North America - Canada Workshops, DFAIT's attendance at each of the nine ICEF Workshops around the world each year, promotion of the Imagine brand and the recent development of Canada Agent Training Course (CATC).

We will give a brief presentation and open the floor for comments and discussion on this private-public partnership.

Sarah Mines, Manager - Canada, ICEF
Lee-Anne Hermann, Deputy Director, Edu-Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Audience: K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

D4 Offshore K-12 Education – A Canadian Success Story 


Around the world, most educators and many parents know of the British A levels, ICGSE, and International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses, but very few are aware of one of Canada’s leading educational exports – K-12 Education. Many provinces now accredit the delivery of their provincial curricula overseas. The models differ, as do the locations, but in the eyes of the parent and students they represent the high quality of a Canadian education – delivered closer to home.

The 2011 Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada report ‘Canadian Overseas Education – A Unique Approach to the Export of Canadian Education’ documented the current status of Canadian provincial engagement in offshore schools and identified the need for greater transparency, oversight, and support for the articulation process as issues to be considered.

Through this presentation and discussion you can learn more about Canadian K-12 Education in the world and some recent initiatives to address the issues raised by the APF report and to get this good news story more widely known, in Canada and worldwide.

Dawn Sutherland, Vice-President, Maple Leaf Education Systems
Karen McBride, President, Canadian Bureau for International Education

Audience: K-12

E1 Viewing International Education Through a Local Lens

Embedding international education within local BC environments creates long-term benefits. The groundwork begins while foreign students are home.  Before leaving, they participate in a teacher directed one-to-one synchronous online English language assessment. This initial connection provides valuable information about the learners’ language abilities and necessary ESL support. Completion of a two-course Pre-Arrival Pack allows credit toward graduation (on arrival) and initiates relationships with BC teachers. While studying here, the students fully participate in Canadian school and Canadian culture.  They become members of local communities.  The bond develops while the students return to their homes during holidays. They may accelerate their progress through continuing online courses in ESL or selected academic subjects. Coordinated partnerships with post-secondary institutions enable successful students to seamlessly progress through higher levels of education.  Neighbourhood high schools, DL schools, and post-secondary institutions work together to create an integrated learning experience. The rewards are numerous and ongoing.

Lloy Falconer, Teacher, South Island Distance Education School, School District #63
Kevin White, Principal, South Island Distance Education School, School District #63

Audience: K-12, Language

E2 BC’s Window to the World

This session will provide a first-hand opportunity for stakeholders to learn about the concept and objectives of the new website. We will present an overview of the genesis of the project and its formation as a unique website that encourages peer-to-peer conversations with current and potential students about study opportunities in BC. By the end of the presentation, stakeholders will leave knowing how best to utilize and seek the value-added benefits provided by this new provincial marketing resource/tool.

The latter half of the session will focus on Stage 1 of the Student Ambassador Program, a primary component of, which will ensure fresh, interactive and student-focused content of the site as it evolves. What is the Student Ambassador Program? What are the benefits for students and institutions? How to get involved?  These are just a few of the many questions that will be discussed during the session.

Colin Doerr, Director, Communications and Programs, British Columbia Council for International Education
Robin Garcha, Coordinator, Programs and Events, British Columbia Council for International Education

Audience: K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

E3 'Bespoke' Customized Group Programs: Finding the Perfect Fit

Tailoring a customized training program can be a challenging task, but one that is extremely rewarding for the client organization, program participants and hosting institution.  This presentation will help to define the scope of customized programming, and will examine a variety of examples offered by both K-12 and post-secondary institutions to demonstrate how to create unique and specifically designed programs to fit the needs of your client.

This session will address customized programming issues such as:

  • client sourcing
  • assessing client needs
  • benefits to host and client institutions
  • program content and curriculum design
  • negotiating final details and feesprogram staffing and delivery

Please note that while examples deal primarily with customized programs for Asian client groups, session content will apply to programming for most countries/cultures and discussion is welcome regarding non-Asian client experiences.

Dawn Wilson, Director, Education Extension & International Programs, St. Michaels University School
Glen Allen, Faculty, Camosun College 

Audience: K-12, Language, Post-Secondary

E4 Breaking Down the Barriers: Working with BC's Private Post-Secondary Institutions

While private educational institutions have been a longstanding part of BC's educational environment, changes over the past decade have brought about the expansion of private post-secondary institutions in the province ranging from career training and language schools to degree granting universities.   There are now over 15 private and out-of-province institutions which offer degrees in our province and 11 institutions that are part of the BC transfer system. 

There has been much discussion and debate about the role of private education in the province.  This session will look at some of the institutions in our province, what they bring to the BC education environment and what barriers they have faced and continue to face.  The session will also include a discussion on what opportunities exist for greater collaboration between institutions to help benefit students.

Neil Mort, Director of Enrollment/Student Services, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Melanie Koenderman, Dean of Student Affairs, Quest University Canada
Christa Ovenell, Academic Director, Fraser International College (FIC)

Audience: Post-Secondary


F1 Long Live Kids! Exploring a Unique Collaborative Model

Concerned Children's Advertisers is a unique Canadian not-for-profit collaboration of government, industry, broadcasters, advertising agencies, issue experts, educator, parent and community organizations . A true model of corporate responsibility for more than 22 years, CCA produces public service messages and related educator, parent and community programs to address issues of importance to Canadian children and beyond. This presentation will address the challenges that children face within a multicultural environment and the solution oriented approaches that can affect positive change.  An underlying theme of respect, cultural celebration and empowerment permeates the content of the Long Live Kids program. We will highlight how Concerned Children’s Advertisers have become a nationally recognized model of collaboration that has the potential to improve the lives of children everywhere.

Linda Millar, Education Specialist, Concerned Children's Advertisers

Audience: K-12

F2 Pre-Arrival Orientation - Vital English

Traditionally, most international student programs have been designed to commence after students arrive. But just like your holiday to Mexico start when you book it (not when you arrive) – through anticipation and mental images of you on the beach (pause briefly to visualize) the students’ relationship with you starts when they are accepted into your program; whether K-12, a short-term ESL course or a masters program.
Utilizing technology allows you to move beyond PDF forms and engaging interactively with students prior to arrival. You can influence students to form realistic expectations, you can lessen anxieties around airport arrival, orientation and settling in, you can pre-test their language skills and help improve said skills if required.
This workshop will share experiences from an existing pre-arrival learning program, developed in partnership with public and private education providers in BC over the past four years.


Thomas Christensen, Head of Program Development, Vital English

Audience: K-12, Post-Secondary, Language

F3 Mining the Potential in Summer Programs

Summer Programs are a great way of attracting students to your campus for a short-term stay, and then enticing them to either return later or just never go home. This session will explore how summer programs can be designed, marketed, and delivered to complement the work of Admissions and Recruiting departments within your institution. Look at some sample summer programs and look at actual data to find out how to create synergy between departments and ensure that all departments are working towards greater recruitment and retention.

Dawn Wilson, Director, Education Extension & International Programs, St. Michaels University School
Melanie Koenderman, Dean of Student Affairs, Quest University Canada

Audience: K-12

F4 International Education & Tourism: Making the Links

When recruiting out-of-province students, most institutions promote the benefits of living in the surrounding community--in addition to selling the attributes of the school and programs.  Until recently in British Columbia, there has not been a provincial approach to identify synergies between international education marketing and the campaigns of the tourism industry to attract visitors to the same high-appeal destinations.

Learn how LinkBC, an organization supporting tourism programs in 20 colleges and universities, is now building a multi-year strategy, with BCCIE’s support, to create connections between tourism and education, each important economic drivers for BC. The goal is to harness the resources of both to encourage more international students (and their friends and families) to choose British Columbia as their learning (and vacation) destination.

Hear about this new initiative, and get involved in a discussion about creative ways international educators can benefit from a partnership with local tourism professionals.


Terry Hood, General Manager, LinkBC: The Tourism Education Network
Morgan Westcott, Communications Manager, LinkBC: The Tourism Education Network

Audience: Post-Secondary



UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College Campus and Winery Tour

Sunday, June 24, 10:00 to 15:30-16:00

On Sunday, June 24, starting at 10:00 and ending between 15:30-16:00, enjoy a introductory tour and lunch at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus and Okanagan College's Kelowna Campus. Top off the afternoon with a trip to the beautiful St. Hubertus winery. This tour is geared towards secondary school representatives looking for information about the options available to their students in the Okanagan Valley. Registration is free via regular conference registration, and space is limited to 30 participants.

Please meet for this special tour in the lobby of the Delta Grand Okanagan at 10:00.

First-Timers Social and Mentoring Event

Sunday, June 24, 16:30 to 18:00 
Kelowna Art Gallery - 1315 Water Street

Are you new to international education? Learn more about the industry, best practices, and specialized areas. Discuss challenges, emerging issues and opportunities with your colleagues, while building your networks. Mentors will cover the following topics:

K-12 Public & Independent Schools
Post-Secondary – Programming (customized, mobility, education abroad)
Post-Secondary – International Student Advising & Support 
Post-Secondary – Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions

No registration is required for this event. Please join us at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Sectoral Roundtables

Wednesday, June 27, 10:30 to 11:30

These Sectoral Roundtables create opportunity for stakeholders in respective sectors – including public and private K-12, public and private post-secondary and English language sectors – to engage with one another and pursue common ground and understanding on issues and activities. Where appropriate the roundtables will also offer a platform to provide feedback and suggestions to BCCIE in support of our shared and provincial objectives and priorities including professional development, communications, advocacy, strategic planning and best practices in all aspects of the sector.

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Always on Time for the Bus: Tips for Building Great Study Tours for Faculty