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

Kelowna Tour registration ends

June 12, 2017

To view the 2017 conference schedule, click below.



Announcing our Keynote Speaker

Keynote lunch

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: Markus Badde, CEO of ICEF GmbH

Markus Badde is the CEO of ICEF GmbH, connecting international educators and student recruitment agents to key markets and networks worldwide, helping them to achieve the results and efficiencies they require in growing quality international student enrolments. He has a background in journalism and publishing, having studied at CELSA (Sorbonne University – Paris IV) and worked in the media and communications sector in France during the 1980’s before co-founding ICEF in 1991. After that, Markus held various senior marketing positions over eight years at Cisco Systems, the world leader in Internet networking. He is a member of NAFSA, the EAIE and other international associations, and presents regularly on topics related to international education. Markus speaks seven languages fluently and is at home nearly anywhere in the world.

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.


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)
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



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


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.

Submissions will be accepted until April 23, 2017.

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 23, 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: 

  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. 



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.















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

Download our Summer Conference 2017 sponsorship brochure or discuss your sponsorship options at BCCIE Summer Conference 2017 by contacting

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.

Photo credit: Tourism Victoria
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BCCIE maintains its commitment to the professional development of new, emerging International Education practitioners in BC. To encourage participation in this year’s conference by those who may not otherwise be able to attend, 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.

To be considered for a bursary, registrants must be based in British Columbia and must complete a Summer Conference Bursary Application by April 28, 2017. Bursary recipients will be selected by a committee and will be notified at the end of May. In return for the bursary, bursary winners will be expected to complete a four hour volunteer shift during the conference.

Submit application



For more information about the bursary program, please email


Join an organized tour of UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College the day before the conference!

Explore the UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College campuses on a beautiful summer day in Kelowna, BC! Leaving from the Delta Grand Okanagan at 10 am on June 17, your first stop will be at UBC Okanagan where you will have an opportunity to tour the campus and learn why UBC is ranked as the most international university in North America. You will be treated to a delicious lunch, after which you will be transported to Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, where you will enjoy a tour and orientation highlighting the College’s commitment to sustainability. The day will end with a visit to Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, where you will taste some of Okanagan Valley’s famous fine wines.

The price for this excursion is $30 plus tax, and it includes roundtrip transportation from the Delta Grand Okanagan to all three locations, lunch and wine tastings.




Please note that no refunds will be given for this event if you are unable to attend. Tour is subject to cancellation should minimum registration not be reached. Confirmed attendees will be notified by May 18 and provided a full refund in the event of cancelling the tour. 

10 Things to Do

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.

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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!

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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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