Our 8th Annual Summer Conference will be held at the Delta Grand Okanagan, June 18–21, 2017.
Background information about the Summer Conference
BCCIE Summer Conference provides an essential platform for the growth of BC’s International Education sector. BCCIE’s annual conference brings together more than 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 of International Education in BC. For more information, view or download the 2016 presentations.
This year's conference theme will be Faster, Higher, Stronger: technology, learning and identity.
To submit a proposal, click on the button below.
In addition to a full range of 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
Listen to our 2016 delegates share their thoughts on the conference in the video below.
Please find below a series of key dates for BCCIE Summer Conference 2017.
To receive regular updates on Summer Conference activities and upcoming deadlines, please fill out our email subscription form and we will add you to our conference mailing list.
|Summer Seminar 2017 Key Dates|
Session proposals open
October 4, 2016
Early registration opens
November 8, 2016
Bursary applications open
February – exact date TBA
Session proposals close
|February 3, 2017|
Early registraton ends
|April 13, 2017|
Award nominations close
|April 21, 2017|
Bursary applications close
|April 28, 2017|
Online registration ends
|June 4, 2017|
Announcing our 2017 Keynote Speaker
We are very excited to welcome Sue Gardner as the 2017 BCCIE Summer Conference keynote speaker.
Sue Gardner’s work is motivated by the desire to ensure that everybody in the world has access to the information they want and need, so they’re equipped to make the best-possible decisions about their lives. Sue spent the first decade of her career as a journalist, working in radio, TV, print and online. In 2003 she became head of CBC.CA, the website of one of Canada’s best-loved cultural institutions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2007 Sue became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia, the world’s largest and most popular encyclopedia. Today she serves as an advisor or board member for a variety of non-profit, grantmaking and policy organizations, mostly related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.
Sue has an honorary doctorate of laws from Ryerson University, was named a Technology Pioneer for the World Economic Forum at Davos, has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 70th most powerful woman, was the inaugural recipient of the Knight Foundation’s Innovation Award, received the Cultural Humanist of the Year award from the Harvard Humanist Association, and is a proud recipient of the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for Defending Internet Freedom.
Online registration will begin in early November. For any questions about registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delegate registration and sponsorship opportunities are now open. Please click on the buttons below to register or sign up to be a 2017 conference sponsor.
Delegates – Early Bird Full Registration (until April 13)
Delegates – Full Registration (until June 4)
Delegates – Full Registration (onsite)
Delegates – One Day Registration
Student Full Registration
International Education Awards Banquet Only
Refunds or partial refunds of Conference Registration fees paid, less a $75.00 CAD administration fee per individual, and refunds of Pre-Conference Workshops less a $25.00 CAD administration fee per individual per Workshop, will be granted until May 18, 2017. Requests must be received in writing to email@example.com 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 18, 2017 will incur a name change fee of $35.00 CAD. NO NAME CHANGES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.
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 more about our 2016 award winners or view the press release.
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. 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:
- BC-based: BCCIE will accept nominations for its 2017 International Education Awards from colleagues working at BC public school districts, government recognized independent schools within BC, EQA-designated public and private post-secondary institutions and EQA-designated language schools. All nominees must have worked in BC for a minimum of six months prior to the nomination deadline of April 21, 2017.
- 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?
We are excited to announce that the award nomination process is now open. Submissions will be accepted until April 21, 2017. 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:
- What contributions has the nominee or nominated program made to the overall international program at his/her school or district?
- What contributions has the nominee or nominated program made to the field of International Education in British Columbia?
- 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.
BCCIE Summer Conference 2017 is expected to attract more than 400 delegates from across Canada and abroad, including institutional and district leaders (e.g., vice-presidents, district principals, directors), senior government officials, NGO representatives, frontline practitioners and other key influencers in the field of International Education. The Conference launch will be supported by a high-profile media campaign across electronic, social media and traditional communication channels.
Sponsors of BCCIE Summer Conference 2017 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
Sponsorship registration is now open. Please click below to register.
Not a sponsor? Please click here to go to our delegate registration form.
BCCIE is offering a special conference rate of $209 with The Delta Grand Okanagan during the nights of June 18–21, 2017.
If you are interested in booking additional room nights outside of the above dates or would like to book something other than a standard room, please call the Delta Grand Okanagan at 1-800-465-4651 or 1-250-763-4500 to receive a quote. The online reservation system only allows reservations for standard rooms between July 18 and 21. Please note you will need to identify yourself as being with the BCCIE Summer Conference 2017 in order to qualify for our conference rates.
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