Program & Speakers

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


Summer Seminar Questions:
What is Summer Seminar (annual conference) all about?
How were the BCCIE International Education Award winners selected?