Program & Speakers

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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.

Summer Seminar Questions:
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