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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.

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Sunday, June 18 • 14:00 - 15:00
The Future of Now: Canada at the Crossroads

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Canada remains a highly sought after destination of choice for many international students looking for post-secondary education and language training opportunities in a safe and politically stable environment. However, experts are predicting that this is set to change. Has Canada peaked as a destination of choice for international students? In the competitive English language training sector what steps need to be taken to stem recent declines and grow the sector? Join representatives from the British Council and British Columbia's higher education sector to look at how Canada is viewed externally and to hear about new innovative approaches being taken with Canadian partners to enhance the language training experience and success of students while positioning Canadian institutions at the forefront of innovative program delivery.

The content of this session is applicable to PSE and Language.


Patrick Donahoe

Dean, Faculty of Academic & Career Advancement, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Patrick Donahoe is an experienced Academic and Student Affairs educator and administrator; originally from Halifax he now lives in Vancouver.  He currently serves at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) as Dean, Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement, and as Principal of the... Read More →

Jesus Gomez

E&E Business Development Manager, British Council
Jesus Gomez is the Business Development Manager, Canada for British Council. He holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and has 8 years of experience working in the English Education Services field. He joined the British Council Venezuela... Read More →
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John Shalagan

Principal/CEO, JTS International Higher Education Consultancy
For nearly 30 years John Shalagan worked in the area of higher education for provincial governments in Manitoba and Ontario. In Ontario, he played an active role in the development and promotion of Ontario’s international postsecondary education strategy. He represented Ontario... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 14:00 - 15:00 PDT