Summer Seminar


Our 7th annual Summer Seminar will be held at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC from June 19–22, 2016

The 2016 conference theme will be An Agent of Change

Background information about Summer Seminar

Summer Seminar provides an essential platform for the growth of BC’s International Education sector. BCCIE’s annual conference brings together over 400 participants from our province, across Canada and beyond our borders. The conference attracts senior leaders, researchers, practitioners, student service providers, administrators, government, NGOs, and students to explore these ideas with the aim of strengthening our work and taking steps towards advancing outstanding leadership in the fields that comprise International Education in BC.

In addition to a full range of concurrent sessions, the conference agenda will include:

  • A range of networking opportunities
  • BCCIE International Education Awards Banquet
  • Plenary addresses 
  • Thought Leader Dialogues on special topics
  • First-timers' Social
  • Interactive pre-conference workshops on special topics

Don’t miss Summer Seminar in Victoria, from June 19–22, 2016

Note: We look forward to trying out our new program schedule this year, which will include concurrent sessions starting early on the Sunday afternoon.



For more information on the conference, please contact


Sunday, June 19 – 2 p.m. concurrent sessions

Sunday, June 19 – 3:15 p.m. concurrent sessions

Monday, June 20 – 2 p.m. concurrent sessions

Monday, June 20 – 3:15 p.m. concurrent sessions

Tuesday, June 21 – 1:45 p.m. concurrent sessions

Tuesday, June 21 – 3:15 p.m. concurrent sessions

Thought Leader Dialogues and Special Presentations

Government Updates


Please find below a series of key dates for BCCIE Summer Seminar 2016.

To receive regular updates on Summer Seminar activities and upcoming deadlines, please fill out our email subscription form and we will add you to our conference mailing list.

Summer Seminar 2016 Key Dates

Session Proposal Deadline

February 1, 2016

Early Bird Registration Ends

April 5, 2016

Award Nomination Deadline

April 22, 2016

Bursary Application Deadline

May 9, 2016

Online Registration Ends

June 5, 2016

Summer Seminar 2016

June 19–22, 2016

Online registration has now closed. For any questions about registration, please email If you have already registered, you can make changes to your registration by logging in here with the email address and password you received in your registration confirmation email. 

Delegates - Early Bird Full Registration (until April 5, 2016)
Includes all conference activities and Awards Banquet; excludes pre-conference sessions


Delegates - Full Registration (until June 5, 2016)
Includes all conference activities and Awards Banquet; excludes pre-conference sessions


Delegates - Full Registration (onsite)
Includes all conference activities and Awards Banquet; excludes pre-conference sessions


Delegates - One Day Registration

  • Sunday
    Includes all Sunday conference activities and Opening Reception; excludes pre-conference sessions
  • Monday
    Includes all Monday conference activities
  • Tuesday
    Includes all Tuesday daytime conference activities; excludes Awards Banquet

Student Full Registration
Full-time students are eligible for a discounted full registration pass; please note that if you register as a student you will not be able to represent an institution while attending the conference; includes all conference activities and Awards Banquet; excludes pre-conference sessions


Pre-conference sessions
Choose from one of two sessions on Increasing Outbound Student Mobility or Intercultural Best Practices.

$49 each

Includes all daytime conference activities and Opening Reception; excludes Awards Banquet and pre-conference sessions


International Education Awards Banquet Only



Refunds or partial refunds of Conference Registration and/or Pre-Conference Sessions fees paid, less a $75.00 CAD administration fee per individual, will be granted until May 19, 2016. Cancellation requests must be received in writing to on or before this date. After this date BCCIE is liable for all conference fees for each registered delegate; therefore, regardless of the reason for cancellation, NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THIS DATE. 

Please note that your registration is non-transferable. Any name changes made on or before May 19, 2016 will incur a Name Change Fee of $35.00 CAD. NO NAME CHANGES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.


BCCIE thanks all this year's Summer Seminar sponsors for their tremendous support! If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please download our 2016 Summer Seminar sponsorship brochure or contact If you have already decided you would like to sponsor us, you can select your sponsorship package on the conference registration page. In the form under Registration type select Sponsorship package and registration.















We look forward to trying out our new program schedule this year, which will include concurrent sessions starting early on the Sunday afternoon.




Announcing keynote speaker Dr. Julio Montaner

BCCIE is very pleased to announce Julio Montaner as our 2016 keynote speaker. Dr. Montaner is a professor of medicine and Head of the Division of AIDS at UBC, and director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Healthcare. The architect of the UN 90-90-90 strategy aimed at ending the AIDS pandemic by 2030, he is a determined and passionate visionary whose life’s work has directly contributed to the increased survival and dignity of people living with HIV in Canada and the world. 



Past and present positions

  • Professor and Head of Division of AIDS, Department/Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation Chair in AIDS Research
  • Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, St. Paul’s Hospital-Providence Health Care
  • Past President, International AIDS Society
  • UNAIDS Special Advisor on HIV Therapeutics

2016 Global Issues Panel: Responses to the Refugee Crisis
10:30 – 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, June 21


Panel description:

The ascendency of globalization at the end of the Cold War led to an erosion of nation state borders and the pronounced movement of temporary workers, students, immigrants, migrants and refugees across borders in search of economic advancement, education, work, safety, security and health. Recent years have seen this turn into an exodus as the waves of humanity crossing borders have grown to a ground swell. Economic migrants primarily from the Near East and Africa, as well as refugees from war-torn regions of the Middle East flee on perilous journeys to reach Europe and onward. 

In 2015 alone, Europe received more than 1 million refugees, forcing national redefinitions and refinements of social policy, responsibility and identity. The education sector across Europe has been key in articulating and implementing its roles. The incoming Canadian government has also made good on its early commitment to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees and is now pondering an increase of an additional 8500 before the end of 2016. Substantial numbers are being settled in British Columbia. Sectors and governments have had to make difficult choices and face difficult truths. Our panel of experts will explore key issues and responses to the crisis within the context of Europe, Canada and British Columbia.


  • Laura Howard, President, European Association of International Education (EAIE)
  • Sidney Frank, Former Coordinator, International Operations, Syrian Refugee Program, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Rob Mingay, Assistant Deputy Minister Workforce Development and Immigration, Government of BC
  • Adel El Zaïm, Executive Director, International, Office of the Vice President, Research & International, The University of British Columbia



BCCIE maintains its commitment to the professional development of new, emerging International Education practitioners in BC. To encourage participation in this year’s Seminar by those who may not otherwise be able to attend the conference, BCCIE offers its conference bursary program. Bursaries will cover the full registration costs for BC educators. Please note that pre-conference workshop costs are not included and participants will still need to cover transportation and accommodation costs.

Please note: To be considered for a bursary, registrants must complete a Summer Seminar Bursary Application by May 9, 2016. Bursary recipients will be selected by committee and will be notified at the end of May. In return for the bursary, bursary winners will be expected to complete a four hour volunteer shift during the conference.

Submit application



For more information about the bursary program, please email


Please be advised that the Summer Seminar room block at the Fairmont Empress Victoria is full; however, a special rate for the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights of the conference may still be available by calling the hotel at 1-800-441-1414.

Photo credit: Tourism Victoria
Photo credit: Tourism Victoria

Getting there

Delegates can travel by boat or air to reach Victoria from Vancouver. Please refer to the BC Ferries for sailing times to the Island departing from Tsawwassen. Helijet and Harbour Air are two popular options for air travel.

Fairmont President’s Club members are eligible to receive a 15% discount on Helijet flights. Members will need to quote their Fairmont President's Club membership number, as well as their hotel confirmation number when booking flights. For questions or assistance, please contact our concierge.

Budget Rent-a-Car is offering delegates a 15% discount off regular rates. Car rentals can be picked up at the airport upon arrival or at the 757 Douglas St. office across from the Conference Centre. When booking, please identify yourself as a BCCIE Summer Seminar delegate. You can also book online at using the Budget discount code a033900. This code is only for Victoria use only.  

Harbour Air is offering delegates a 20% discount off regular fare to / from Victoria Harbour between June 17 and 27, 2016. The discount is available on bookings made through the Reservations Department, directly by phone at 1.800.665.0212 or by e-mail at, as well as online at by quoting the promotional code BCCIE06-16. Attendees will be required to provide proof of attendance (ticket) upon check-in. Please note that all rates are subject to GST, a carbon offset fee and a port and/or airport fee where applicable, and cannot be paid for with Turbobuck, Airbuck credits.

Travel resources near the hotel


There is never a shortage of things to do in BC's provincial capital, Victoria. Check back for more activities in the coming months!

Royal BC Museum

Located on Victoria's Inner Harbour, the Royal BC Museum is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists hoping to learn more about BC's unique history. Travel back in time to the Ice Age, learn about the fur trade, or climb on Captain Vancouver's ship and set sail across the Nootka Sound. For the current exhibition schedule, visit
Royal BC Museum
Photo credit: Blake Handley on Flickr CC

Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress

For over 95 years, afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress in Downtown Victoria has been a beloved tradition. Enjoy England's authentic tea ritual and sample pastries from award-winning Chef D'oyen Christie. You can make your reservation online
Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle

Built in 1890 by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle (or mansion as it is called) has 39 rooms and tells a fascinating tale of an intriguing family in the Victoria Era. Robert and Joan Dunsmuir had two sons and eight daughters. A visit to Craigdarroch Castle is the quintessential Victoria, BC experience. For more information visit the Craigdarroch Castle website.
Photo Credit: Jeff Hitchcock on Flickr CC

Butchart Gardens

One of the top tourist attractions in Victoria, Butchart Gardens opened in 1904 and attracts over one million visitors each year. Allow plenty of time for taking photos, and enjoying some of the famous landmarks such as the Sunken Garden and the Japanese Garden. For more information and hours, see
Lower Johnson Street
Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Beacon Hill Park Victoria

The busiest and most popular park in Victoria includes a children's farm, sports fields and playgrounds, and 200 acres of beautiful landscape. If you're looking for a tranquil place for walking, reading your favourite book, or hosting a summer's picnic, Beacon Hill is your answer. 
Lower Johnson Street
Photo Credit: Holly Lawrence on Flickr CC

Whale watching

Delegates and their friends and family are eligible to receive a 30% discount on whale watching tours by mentioning "BCCIE Summer Seminar" when they reserve directly with SpringTide, either by telephone, website, email, or in person at 1119 Wharf Street.

Please refer to this poster for the full details.

SpringTide whale watching


Flash Your Badge Program

Victoria Conference Centre’s VIP program offers Summer Seminar delegates exclusive, insider discounts to help you fully experience Victoria. Simply show your conference badge at these participating stores and businesses to take full advantage of amazing deals!
Lower Johnson Street
Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria










Note: Nominations for the 2016 International Education awards have now closed. Thank you for your submissions.

The annual BCCIE International Education Awards recognize the professionalism, dedication and efforts of an exemplary group of experts and practitioners in the field of International Education in British Columbia. Each year's winners represent a broad range of leaders from all parts of the sector and who represent the best and brightest in our province. Read about the 2015 award winners or view inspirational messages from the 2015 International Education awards gala.

The BCCIE International Education Awards are decided by a peer committee and are awarded in the following categories:

1. International Education Distinguished Leadership Award

This award recognizes the unique and important accomplishments and contributions of an international educator or member of the community who has effected change and leadership in the field of international education in a senior leadership position or in service, who has `led from behind' and whose work will have a lasting impact.

2. Excellence in International Education Marketing Award

This award recognizes excellence and success in support of the education export sector in British Columbia and in the marketing of our world-class education system. Note: For this award, individuals, teams, programs or ideas can be nominated.

3. Rising Star in International Education Award

This award recognizes tomorrow’s leaders, our up-and-coming talent, and the next generation of leaders and practitioners in the field of international education.

4. Outstanding Program in International Education Award

Awarded to an institution, district or program to recognize high quality and highly creative programming in international education.

5. Friend of BCCIE Award (Occasional)

Recognizes the long-term dedication, work and commitment of an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions in support of International Education in British Columbia, and in so doing, made the goals of BCCIE so much more attainable. 

6. International Education Lifetime Achievement Award (Occasional)

This award recognizes the long-term contributions made and the far-reaching impacts realized over a career of commitment to BC’s international education sector.

Criteria for determining the recipients of the awards: 

  • Quality: A demonstration of quality work
  • Creativity: A highly creative approach to International Education program design and/or delivery is evident 
  • Impact: Positive, tangible and sustainable impact on the field of International Education in BC
  • Transferability: Active engagement in the sharing and transferring knowledge, expertise and experience amongst the International Education community
  • All members of the Selection Committee submit their votes and the rankings are based on the Borda System

What do you need to submit a nomination?

Please click on the button at the top of this page to start the nomination process. You will be required to provide your contact information, the nominee;s contact information, and at least one reference. There are three key questions you will be required to answer about your nominee: 

  1. What contributions has the nominee or nominated program made to the overall international program at his/her school or district?
  2. What contributions has the nominee or nominated program made to the field of International Education in British Columbia? 
  3. Please comment on any additional attributes (leadership, personal, team) exhibited by the nominee or nominated program you feel the selection committee should consider in making their decision. 

Looking for information on the 2015 award winners? Read the full story here or download the press release

Summer Seminar Questions:
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How were the BCCIE International Education Award winners selected?