BCCIE hosts seminar and awards

July 08, 2013

Over 260 delegates from around the world gathered for the British Columbia Council for International Education's (BCCIE) fourth summer seminar, which concluded with the presentation of the 2013 International Education Awards.

The 2013 International Education Award Winners at BCCIE's summer seminar

The event, held in Whistler, was an opportunity for international education professionals from BC and beyond to engage on current issues and trends in an industry that is the province's fifth largest export sector, according to BCCIE. Delegates and presenters were welcomed from China, Japan, India, Korea, UK, Switzerland, Germany and USA.

The theme for 2013 was Re–imaging the International Narrative. Dr Randall Martin, Executive Director of BCCIE, said, "We do not interact with the world in a vacuum; international engagement is both global and local and is infinitely interconnected. An examination and appreciation of the context for what we do, why and how we do it, is imperative."

The awards ceremony concluded the event and was dedicated to late Dr Wesley J. Koczka of Thompson Rivers University (TRU), who was also posthumously awarded with the International Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

"This year's awards are dedicated to Wes and his incredible contribution to International Education in our province," said Colin Doerr, Director, Communications and Programs at BCCIE. "We applaud those of BC's outstanding international educators and programmes which are currently active as well as those educators that have left a lasting legacy and built a solid reputation for BC as a high–quality study destination at all education levels across all regions."

The Outstanding Program in International Education Award was presented to two winners: Capilano University and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland for the Canadian Academics Studying Europe (Case) Study Tour; and Douglas College for its Zambia Global Leadership Program.

Other winners at the event included: Mike Henniger, International Marketing Director at TRU, in the Excellence in International Education Marketing Award; Brad Booker, District Vice Principal of School District #59 (Peace River South), in the Rising Star in International Education Award; and Catherine Vertesi, Vice President, International Programs, External Relations and New Initiatives, Capilano University for International Education Distinguished Leadership.

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