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 300 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
  • A 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



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 2, 2016

Online Registration Ends

June 5, 2016

Summer Seminar 2016

June 19–22, 2016

Registration is now open for the largest International Education conference in Western Canada! Register before April 5, 2016 to receive the below early bird rates.

Register now

Delegates - Full Registration
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
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


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


Awards Banquet Only



Once registered, you can make changes to your registration by logging in here with the email address and password you will receive in your registration confirmation email. 


Refunds on conference registration fees paid, less a $75.00 CAD administration fee, will be granted until May 19, 2016. Cancellation must be received in writing to on or before this date. No refunds will be given after this date.

Please note that your registration is non-transferable. 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.


Interested in presenting at BCCIE’s 2016 Summer Seminar? Session proposals will be accepted until the end of the day on February 1, 2016. We encourage you to submit proposals with more than one presenter and preference will be given to proposals with speakers from multiple institutions. Interested lead presenters should complete the below Session Proposal Form in full and provide as much detail as possible. Lead presenter and session speakers are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, and conference registration costs. The full list of concurrent sessions will be announced Spring 2016.

Suggested topics:

  • Student and faculty mobility (outbound and inbound)
  • Employability and work integrated learning
  • Academic research, collaboration and best practices
  • Pathway programs
  • Student services and retention
  • Intercultural competencies

Note: the presentation duration is 60 minutes (45 minutes + 15 minutes for Q&A)

For more information on becoming a session presenter, please email You can also view the 2015 program and speakers here.

Submit a proposal

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

The BCCIE Summer Seminar 2016 is expected to attract over 300 delegates from across Canada and abroad, including institutional and district leaders (Vice-Presidents, District Principals, Directors), senior government officials, NGOs, front-line practitioners and other key influencers in the field of International Education. The Seminar launch will be supported by a high-profile media campaign across electronic, social media and traditional communication channels.

Sponsors to the BCCIE Summer Seminar 2016 will have the opportunity to:

  • Profile their organization to an influential audience of top practitioners and decision makers.
  • Network with staff and others who act as a primary liaison with international students and their families, international institutions, agencies, government and supporters.
  • Develop value-added partnerships with some of the leading International Education specialists in Canada.

Check back here soon for the sponsorship link.

Download our 2016 Summer Seminar sponsorship brochure or discuss your sponsorship options at BCCIE Summer Seminar 2016 by contacting



BCCIE is offering special conference rates with The Fairmont Empress Hotel at the rate of $199 during the nights of June 18–21, 2016

Book now

If you are interested in booking additional room nights outside of the above dates, please call the Fairmont Empress at 1-800-441-1414 to receive a quote.The online reservation system is unable to process these bookings at this time.

Parking is $30/night.

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.

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.
Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Nominations are now open for the 2016 International Education awards! Please submit by April 22, 2016.

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.

Submit nomination

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.

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. 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 nominate someone?

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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