Summer Seminar 2015



Our 6th annual Summer Seminar will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, BC from June 21–24. 

This year's theme will be Global Responsibility and Institutional Mandate: Opportunity for Innovation

Background information about Summer Seminar

Summer Seminar provides an essential platform for the growth of BC’s International Education sector. BCCIE’s annual conference brings together over 300 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 that comprise international education in BC.

In addition to a full range of concurrent sessions, the conference agenda will include:

  • A range of networking opportunities
  • BCCIE International Education Awards Banquet
  • Plenary addresses
  • Global Leaders Panel on International Education 
  • Thought Leader Dialogues on special topics
  • A First-Timers' Social
  • Interactive pre-conference workshops on special topics

Don’t miss Summer Seminar in Whistler, from June 21–24, 2015!

For more information on the conference, please contact


Online registration has now closed. For any questions about registration, please email

If you are currently registered as a delegate and would like to change your conference activities, log in using your conference Access Key to update your registration.

Activity Rates
BC and out-of province attendees
Onsite Full Registration $900
One-day Registration (onsite and online)
*Includes events during the day only. Tickets for evening receptions must be purchased separately.
Student Full Registration (onsite and online)
*Excludes Final Awards Banquet ticket
*Excludes Final Awards Banquet ticket
Extra Opening Reception Ticket $75
Extra Keynote Lunch Ticket (on Monday, June 22, 2015) $90
Extra Final Awards Banquet Ticket  $90

Refunds on conference registration fees paid, less a $75.00 CAD administration fee, will be granted until May 21, 2015. Cancellation must be received in writing to on or before this date. No refunds will be given after this date.

Please note that your registration is non-transferable. Name changes made on or before May 21, 2015 will incur a Name Change Fee of $35.00 CAD. No name changes will be accepted after this date.



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Please find below a series of key dates for BCCIE Summer Seminar 2015.

To receive regular updates on Summer Seminar activities and upcoming deadlines, please fill out our email subscription form and we will add you to our conference mailing list.

Summer Seminar 2015 Key Dates

Early Registration Opens
Accommodation Opens

November 19, 2014

Session Proposals Open

November 19, 2014

Sponsorship Package Opens
Award Nominations Open
Bursary Applications Open

December 1, 2014

Session Proposals Close

February 2, 2015

Early Registration Ends

April 10, 2015

Award Nominations Close

April 20, 2015

Bursary Applications Close

May 1, 2015

Online Registration Ends

June 7, 2015

Summer Seminar 2015

June 21–24, 2015

Speaker - Stephen Lewis

Every year BCCIE’s Summer Seminar attracts brilliant speakers from around our country and abroad to provide updates and inspiration on the International Education sector.

Announcing Keynote Speaker, Stephen Lewis
– 13:00, Monday, June 22

Stephen Lewis is a Professor of Practice in Global Governance at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University and a Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University. He is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States. 

Among several senior UN roles that spanned over two decades, Mr. Lewis was the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, and Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations. 

Mr. Lewis holds 37 honorary degrees from Canadian universities, as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and in 2007, the Kingdom of Lesotho invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe, the country's highest honour.

Presidents’ Panel: Innovation in International Partnerships
10:30 – 11:45, Monday, June 22


The BCCIE Summer Seminar will be highlighted by a Canada-Brazil President’s Panel on the topic of Innovation in International Partnerships. This session is made possible and in support of the Universities Canada (AUCC) / ABRUEM reciprocal tour of Canadian provinces and education institutions by a delegation of rectors from Brazil. The session will be a moderated panel that will allow for 10–15 minute presentations, followed by opportunity for panellists’ responses to each others’ presentations and Q&A from conference attendees.

With the maturity and evolution of the Science Without Borders program, the increased flow of students from Brazil into many levels of study in Canada, and enthusiastic interest in enhanced and ‘next generation’ cooperation, this panel is a unique opportunity to consider new or novel ways of engaging with important partners. The panel will allow presidents from BC and Brazil universities to discuss the nascent potential for enhanced post-secondary collaboration between BC and Brazil using existing or innovative models of collaboration – in areas as diverse as research, reciprocal student mobility, staff mobility, joint or dual degrees and program delivery, ‘match to market’ and job readiness for university programming, funding models – that are successful in other relationships or that might be considered and used as models as we move forward. This session will then inform the dialogue for a subsequent Universities Canada BC/Brazil Roundtable. A guiding theme will be to consider “What will International Education look like in 10 years? … and … What will be the forces that shape it?


  • Dr. Andrew Petter, President, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr. Ralph Nilson, President, Vancouver Island University
  • Dr. Julio Cezar Durigan, Reitor, Universidad Estatal Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP)
  • Dra. Adélia Maria Carvalho de Melo Pinheiro, Reitora, Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC)

2015 Global Leaders Panel
8:45 – 10:00, Tuesday, June 23


The Global Leaders Panel has become an integral forum at the Summer Seminar at which to hear from and dialogue with the leaders of our global International Education organizations on trends, issues, concerns and their varied response arising from the conference theme of Global Responsibility and Institutional Mandate: Opportunity for Innovation. We are honoured to have outstanding leadership collected together in British Columbia this year.


  • Dr. Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila, President, AMPEI; General Coordinator, Internationalization and Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO Observatory (Mexico)
  • Dr. Jose Celso, President, FAUBAI (Brazil)
  • Dr. Jenifer Cushman, President, AIEA (USA)
  • Hans-Georg van Liempd, Past President, EAIE; Managing Director, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
  • Professor Katsuichi Uchida, President, APAIE; Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Waseda University (Japan)

Tuesday Lunch Speaker, Dr. Jenifer Cushman
12:30 – 13:45, Tuesday, June 23

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Jenifer Cushman is Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German at Ohio University Zanesville, where she serves on the Ohio Board of Regents working group for post-secondary globalization and the OU Senior International Management Team. After earning her PhD in German Literature from Ohio State, she taught English in Russia as a US Peace Corps volunteer and then privately in Poland. 2015 President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Cushman first engaged with International Education administration through the University of Minnesota study abroad curriculum integration effort, as a faculty member at University of Minnesota Morris. Formerly Dean of International Education at NAFSA Simon-Award-winning Juniata College, she participated in the 2013 Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar to India, chaired the 2014 Simon committee, and contributed to the NAFSA publication "Improving and Assessing Global Learning" and the forthcoming Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Practical Lessons Learned At Home and Abroad.

Closing Keynote Speaker, Dr. Wade Davis
10:30 – 11:30, Wednesday, June 24

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Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently a member of the NGS Explorers Council. Author of 17 books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River, The Wayfinders and The Sacred Headwaters, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his PhD in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic. Davis is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers Club, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for botanical exploration, and the 2013 Ness Medal for geography education from the Royal Geographical Society. His latest book, Into the Silence, received the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language.


*Please note that the Schedule at a glance and Online Session Guide are subject to change.


BCCIE thanks all this year's Summer Seminar sponsors for their tremendous support! If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please download our 2015 Summer Seminar sponsorship brochure or contact










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This year’s conference will be held at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel, situated at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler.

Accommodation - Fairmont Chateau

Staying at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel

BCCIE is offering special conference rates with The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel at the rate of $175 during the nights of June 19–25, 2015.

Guests will be able to make reservations three days prior and three days after the group dates at the contracted rates based on availability. 


To reserve your room in Whistler, visit

Guests may also call the in-house reservations department at 1-800-606-8244 to make reservations.  Callers should identify themselves as being with the BC Council for International Education or group code “0615BCCO_001” in order to receive the group rates.

Please note that as only a limited number of rooms are available, reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Accommodation - YVR

Special Offer at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport

For those who are in transit between Whistler and Vancouver, BCCIE is offering a special rate of $185 per night to stay at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel between June 18–26, 2015. Guests will be able to make reservations three days prior and three days after the group dates at the contracted group rates based on availability.

To reserve your room at YVR airport, visit Callers should identify themselves as being with the BC Council for International Education or group code “BCCO0615” in order to receive the group rates.

Sea to Sky Highway with Blackcomb, Wedde and Armchair mountains

Getting to/from the Conference Hotel

Click to view on Google Maps:

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel Address:

4599 Chateau Boulevard
Whistler, BC
Canada V0N 1B4

Visit Whistler Blackcomb’s Plan Your Trip, to arrange your transportation.

From YVR – Vancouver International Airport

  • By car: View The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel's detailed map and driving directions.
  • By shuttle bus: Pacific Coach will offer a 20% discount for conference participants travelling between YVR Airport and Whistler from June 15–30. 2015. The promo code is BCCOUNCIL15.

Parking information

Hotel guests have the option of self parking for $35 per night/24 hrs or valet parking at $39 per night/24 hrs. You will be directed by staff on arrival.



Tourism Whistler website and Flash your Badge discountsscreenshot-flash-your-badge

Tourism Whistler has set up a website for Summer Seminar delegates. Visit this site often to schedule fun activities and make the most of your stay.

Delegates are also eligible to participate in the Flash your Badge program. Show your conference badge at participating stores and businesses around the Village to receive great discounts!


Participate in the early bird running group

Date: Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23

Meet time: 6:15 a.m.

Meeting location to be confirmed

Whistler offers spectacular scenery in the summer and is perfect for outdoor activities. This year, one of our delegates, Thomas Christensen of Vital English, will be organizing a running group. The run will be a partial trail/hill course and is approximately 6km. It should take under an hour. Make sure to pack your running shoes if you are up for the challenge!

More information will follow.


Special golf rate for Summer Seminar delegates

Whistler Golf Club is now offering a special rate for delegates available between June 20-25, 2015!

Guests can log on to Whistler Golf and book a tee time online by using the promo code “BCCIE”. This will get them an $89 green fee. Our regular rates are $99/$109 (Saturdays) for BC Residents and $139 for all other guests.

Book now to reserve your spot on the green!


Spa discount passes available at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler front desk

Complementary discount vouchers to Whistler`s Scandinave Spa will be availabe to all delegates on arrival. Delegates will receive $10 off bath access or 10% off massage (not applicable on RMT). No reservations needed for bath access but you will need to book the massage ahead of time.

Simply present your voucher at the Scandinave Spa to receive the discount!

For more information, visit the Scandinave Spa website.


Anne in Whistler...Ziptrek by Ladycliff, on Flickr
Discount Code available for Ziptrek Ecotours

Use discount code 2015BCCIE for 20% off Ziptrek Ecotours. Valid on Bear, Eagle, Mammoth or TreeTrek tours, exclusdes P2P packages. Valid on tours departing June 19–26, 2015.

Must be booked onlilne at Guests must show their BCCIE name badge as proof at check in.


Finer Things Dinner Tour – Private BCCIE Group 

Visit four award-winning restaurants in Whistler, where each course of the delicious dinner happens at a different restaurant. Included is a visit to an impressive 15,000-bottle wine cellar where guests learn to saber champagne. All along the guide will enhance the experience with local knowledge and enthusiasm for the wonderful dining scene in Whistler, while also dealing a playing card at each venue to make a poker hand.

Tour Price: $114.99/pers + 5% GST  (incl. gratuities for restaurant servers)
Optional Wine Pairings: $29.99/pers + 5% GST (incl. liquor tax and server grats)
Tour date: Monday, June 22

This will be a private tour for BCCIE delegates. More Information about the Finer Things Tour



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 about the 2014 Award winners here.

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.

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.