Summer Conference


Our 8th Annual Summer Conference will be held at the Delta Grand Okanagan in Kelowna, BC from 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.

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 Conference 2017 Key Dates

Session proposals open 
Accommodation opens
Award nominations open

October 4, 2016

Early registration opens
Sponsorship packages open

November 8, 2016

Bursary applications open

February 1, 2017

Session proposals close

February 3, 2017

Early registraton ends

April 13, 2017

Award nominations close

April 23, 2017

Bursary applications close

April 28, 2017

Online registration ends

June 4, 2017

To view the 2017 conference schedule, click below.



Announcing our Keynote Speaker

Keynote lunch: How the internet broke democracy and what we should do now

Date: Monday, June 19
Time: 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

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.

Featured in: The Globe and Mail – Canadians we want back

Thought Leader Dialogue I
How technology is shaping International Education

Date: Monday, June 19
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

It was not that long ago that communication in International Education departments was accomplished by fax, Rolodexes, and licking of stamps. How things have changed! To be competitive today it seems we need to walk a tightrope between embracing new technologies and maintaining traditional ways of communicating, marketing, and delivering education. This session will examine the digital catalysts in international education as well as look at current research on what most interests and engages students.

Presenter: Mike Henniger, VP – Sales and Marketing of ICEF

Mike Henniger joined ICEF in early 2015. Mike previously held senior positions in the language, vocational and post secondary sectors. Mike has been actively involved in the marketing and recruitment sphere in international education for more than 15 years and is a regular presenter and panelist at international education conferences. Mike specialises in cross media marketing, brand advocacy, social media strategies and effectively using agents to maximize international student recruitment.

Thought Leader Dialogue II
Technology and Education: Trends, Influences and Disruption

Date: Monday, June 19
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

For better and for worse, technology has copied the keys, taken over the spare room and disrupted all aspects of our lives, and education has not emerged unscathed: From classroom to boardroom, airline lounges to late-nights cramming in a coffee shop, student fairs to convocation, from how we engage, for how long, through what medium, with what content, with what motivation and with whom. Research, application, teaching, learning, training, marketing, recruitment, admissions, data, tracking, retention, accreditation, credit, recognition, service, administration, transparency, communication. This presentation will be based on a review of global research from the education technology field, and explore this influence and disruption and invite discussion on ways forward.

Presenter: Elizabeth Shepherd, Research Director, Education Intelligence

Elizabeth joined the British Council in 2006 as part of the UK Education Market Intelligence team. Prior to joining the East Asia team she worked for the British Council in Washington DC, USA where she managed the UK – US Higher Education Policy Dialogues and dissemination of multi-lateral partnership grant funding. She now leads the research strategy of the Education Intelligence team in Hong Kong SAR.


Registration is now closed. For any inquiries related to registration, please email Already registered? You can make changes to your registration and purchase additional banquet and reception tickets here.

Delegates – Early Bird Full Registration (until April 13)
Includes all conference activities and Awards Banquet; excludes pre-conference workshops


Delegates – Full Registration (until June 4)
Includes all conference activities and Awards Banquet; excludes pre-conference workshops


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


Delegates – One Day Registration

  • Sunday
    Includes all Sunday conference activities and Opening Reception; excludes pre-conference workshops
  • 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; please note that if you register as a student you will not be able to represent a school/institution/organization while attending the conference; includes all conference activities and Awards Banquet; excludes pre-conference workshops


Pre-conference workshops
Choose from one of two workshops. Topics are now live!

$75 per workshop

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


International Education Awards Banquet only


International Education Opening Reception ticket only
(Please note: Additional guests tickets to the Opening Reception must be purchased by a conference delegate)



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 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.

For any questions about registration, please email


We thank the first of our 2017 Summer Conference sponsors for their tremendous support! If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please download our 2017 Summer Conference 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.















The Delta Grand Okanagan is now full. However, you can still call the Delta Grand (1-800-465-4651 or 1-250-763-4500) and place yourself on a waitlist and their staff will contact you if a room becomes available.

Below are a few alternative accommodation options, all no further than a 10-20 minute drive of the conference venue. Please note that conference rates are not available at these hotels, unless otherwise noted.

  1. The Royal Anne Hotel (10 min. walk)

Conference rates starting at $169 plus tax/night available until May 26. Delegates interested in booking these should phone the hotel directly at 250-763-2277 or 1-888-811-3400 and request a room in the BCCIE Summer Conference block.

  1. The Prestige Beach House Hotel (10 min. walk)
  2. Coast Capri Hotel
  3. Manteo Resort
  4. Hotel Eldorado
  5. Best Western
  6. Fairfield Inn & Suites

Photo credit: Tourism Victoria
Photo credit: Tourism Kelowna–


The lakeside city of Kelowna boasts kilometres of parkland, sandy beaches, wineries and orchards. Here are the top 10 things to see and do in the largest community of the Okanagan Valley.

Farmers' and Crafters' Market


Located by Orchard Park Mall at the corner of Dilworth and Springfield, this is one of the largest farmers' markets in BC. With the emphasis on farm, food and craft by over 165 vendors, there is an abundance of locally produced fruits, dairy, artisan baking, handcrafted pottery, soaps and more. From April to October, the opening hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Courtesy of –
Salt Food Photography



With over 30 wineries in the region, there are five different sipping trails to explore: Westside Wine Trail, Lakeshore Wine Route, Kelowna Fab Five, Downtown Grapes and Grains and Lake Country's Scenic Sip. Wines from Kelowna have won national and international awards. You can opt for guided tours that will drive you along a customized wine trail.

CedarCreek vineyard
Courtesy of – Brian Sprout

Farm to Table


Taste the freshness in a self-guided Farm to Table tour through scenic landscapes of farms and agri-related sites to amazing restaurants. Talk to locals, chefs and winemasters to find out where your food comes from. It will be a well-rounded dining experience you won't forget.

Courtesy of – Brian Sprout

Knox Mountain

w: Knox Mountain

Take it outdoors and hike Knox Mountain. It boasts a range of trails that take 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete. The summit reaches 646 metres above sea level and Paul's Tomb still exists for visitors to find.

Courtesy of – Brian Sprout

Kettle Valley Railway

Kettle Valley Railway is an abandoned railway bed that stretches from Midway to Hope. It boasts spectacular views and includes 600 kilometres of travel routes. Join cycle tours that range from day trips to two-week adventures or rent a bike and explore at your own pace.

Courtesy of – Shawn Talbot

Walk on Foot

w: Self Guided Walking Tour

Discover the Cultural District that spans six-blocks in the heart of downtown Kelowna. Embark on a self-guided tour on foot and see the galleries, museums, theatres, public art, shops, cafes and restaurants in the area. 

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Honey Farm

w: Arlo's Honey Farm

Spend a sweet afternoon enjoying a true farm experience on beekeeping. Learn about the wonders of the honey bee on a tour and stroll through the buzzing park. The gift shop carries an assortment of natural honey and bee products. Tours by appointment. Closed Sundays.

Courtesy of – Matt Ferguson Photography


w: Orchards

The region's climate and setting lends to a long growing season where fruits, flowers and herbs flourish. Take advantage of the summer warmth and learn about the fertile region at the different orchards in the area. Try your hand at U-Pick fruits and vegetables to take home!

Courtesy: –
Salt Food Photography

Outdoor Recreation

w: Outdoor Recreation

There is no shortage of activities to do outdoors in Kelowna in the summer. Organize your own adventures or with a local tour operator by car or via helicopter. Thrill seekers can enjoy paragliding, hang gliding, ziplinig and more.

Courtesy of – Shawn Talbot


w: Legend of Ogopogo

Try to spot the famous Ogopogo, a fierce lake monster in Okanagan Lake. Legend has it, Ogopogo is a green snake-like creature spanning 25 metres long. If you can't find it, take a photo with the Ogopogo statue in City Park and have a nice stroll instead.

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Summer Seminar Questions:
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