Summer Seminar



Our 6th annual Summer Seminar will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort in Whistler, BC from June 21–24. More information about the seminar is forthcoming, please subscribe for further updates regarding Summer Seminar.

This year's theme will be Global Responsibility and Institutional Mandate: Opportunity for Innovation

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
  • International Dialogue on International Education 
  • Thought Leader Dialogues on special topics
  • A First-Timers Social
  • Interactive pre-conference workshops on special topics

Don’t miss our next Summer Seminar in Whistler, from June 21–24, 2015!

Session proposal submissions are now closed. The full list of concurrent sessions will be announced in Spring 2015. Please note that session chairs and session speakers are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, and conference registration costs.

For more information on becoming a session presenter please refer to our FAQ sheet or email seminar [at]


Please note the 2015 full conference registration rate includes the Opening Reception and the Awards Banquet ticket.

All prices are exclusive of taxes. One-day, discount, and individual event tickets are available. Please see the below table for the rates.


If you are currently registered as a delegate and would like to change your conference activities. Log in using your conference Access Key to update your registration.

Activity Rates
BC and out-of province attendees

Early Bird Full Registration (Until April 10, 2015)
*Includes Opening Reception and Final Awards Banquet  ticket.

Regular Full Registration (Until June 7, 2015)
*Includes Opening Reception and Final Awards Banquet  ticket.
Onsite Full Registration $900
One-day Registration (onsite and online)
*Includes events during the day only. Tickets for evening receptions must be purchased separately.
Student Full Registration (onsite and online)
*Excludes Final Awards Banquet ticket
*Excludes Final Awards Banquet ticket
Extra Opening Reception Ticket $75
Extra Keynote Lunch Ticket (on Tuesday, June 23, 2015) $90
Extra Final Awards Banquet Ticket  $90

Refunds on conference registration fees paid, less a $75.00 CAD administration fee, will be granted until May 21, 2015. 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 21, 2015 will incur a Name Change Fee of $35.00 CAD. 

No name changes will be accepted after this date.


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Please find below a series of key dates for BCCIE Summer Seminar 2015.

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 2015 Key Dates

Early Registration Opens
Accommodation Opens

November 19, 2014

Session Proposals Open

November 19, 2014

Sponsorship Package Opens
Award Nominations Open
Bursary Applications Open

December 1, 2014

Session Proposals Close

February 2, 2015

Early Registration Ends

April 10, 2015

Award Nominations Close

April 20, 2015

Bursary Applications Close

May 1, 2015

Online Registration Ends

June 7, 2015

Summer Seminar 2015

June 21–24, 2015

Speaker - Stephen Lewis

Every year BCCIE’s Summer Seminar attracts brilliant speakers from around our country and abroad to provide updates and inspiration on the International Education sector.

Announcing Keynote Speaker, Dr. Stephen Lewis

BCCIE is excited to welcome Dr. Stephen Lewis as the 2015 Summer Seminar keynote speaker.

Stephen is a Professor of Practice in Global Governance at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. He serves as the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which is dedicated to turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and he is the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States.

Tuesday Lunch Speaker, Dr. Jenifer Cushman

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Jenifer Cushman is Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German at Ohio University Zanesville, where she serves on the Ohio Board of Regents working group for post-secondary globalization and the OU Senior International Management Team. After earning her PhD in German Literature from Ohio State, she taught English in Russia as a US Peace Corps volunteer and then privately in Poland. 2015 President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Cushman first engaged with International Education administration through the University of Minnesota study abroad curriculum integration effort, as a faculty member at University of Minnesota Morris. Formerly Dean of International Education at NAFSA Simon-Award-winning Juniata College, she participated in the 2013 Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar to India, chaired the 2014 Simon committee, and contributed to the NAFSA publication "Improving and Assessing Global Learning" and the forthcoming Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Practical Lessons Learned At Home and Abroad.


*Please note that the Schedule at a glance and list of Concurrent sessions are subject to change.


Become a Sponsor - Summer Seminar 2015

The BCCIE Summer Seminar 2015 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 2015 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.

Download our 2015 Summer Seminar sponsoship brochure or discuss your sponsorship options at BCCIE Summer Seminar 2015 by contacting seminar [at]


This year’s conference will be held at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort Hotel, situated at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler.

Accommodation - Fairmont Chateau

Staying at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort Hotel

BCCIE is offering special conference rates with The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort Hotel at the rate of $175 during the nights of June 19–25, 2015.

Guests will be able to make reservations three days prior and three days after the group dates at the contracted rates based on availability. 


To reserve your room in Whistler, visit

Guests may also call the in-house reservations department at 1-800-606-8244 to make reservations.  Callers should identify themselves as being with the BC Council for International Education or group code “0615BCCO_001” in order to receive the group rates.

Please note that as only a limited number of rooms are available, reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Accommodation - YVR

Special Offer at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport

For those who are in transit between Whistler and Vancouver, BCCIE is offering a special rate of $185 per night to stay at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel between June 18–26, 2015. Guests will be able to make reservations three days prior and three days after the group dates at the contracted group rates based on availability.

To reserve your room at YVR airport, visit Callers should identify themselves as being with the BC Council for International Education or group code “BCCO0615” in order to receive the group rates.

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Getting to/from the Conference Hotel

Click to view on Google Maps:

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort Hotel Address:

4599 Chateau Boulevard
Whistler, BC
Canada V0N 1B4

Visit Whistler Blackcomb’s Plan Your Trip, to arrange your transportation.

From YVR - Vancouver International Airport

  • By car: View The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort Hotel's detailed map and driving directions.
  • By shuttle bus: Pacific Coach will offer a 20% discount for conference participants travelling between YVR Airport and Whistler from June 15–30. 2015. The promo code is BCCOUNCIL15.

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 1, 2015. Bursary recipients will be selected by committee and will be notified at the end of May.

Complete the Bursary Application

For more information about the bursary program, please email seminar [at]


Nominations are now open for the 2015 International Education awards! Submit by April 20, 2015.

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 2014 Award winners here.

Criteria for submission and application form

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.



Summer Seminar Questions:
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