About this event

For most international students, agents play an important role in selecting and applying to institutions abroad. As a result, agents have become a vital recruitment method for Canadian and US educators.

For the last nine years, the ICEF event in Canada has attracted an increasing number of participants, firmly establishing itself as Canada’s leading education networking event.

At the event, educators and service providers from Canada and the US will meet with hundreds of education agents, all rigorously vetted through ICEF’s renowned quality screening process. Among other requirements, agents must provide several references from current Canadian and US partners, and disclose the number of students they have successfully placed per education sector in the Americas in the last year. This ensures that only active, relevant agencies are accepted to the event.

Prior to the event, educators and service providers gain access to eSchedule PRO, ICEF’s customised scheduling software. Through this software, educators and service providers can easily determine relevant agents and pre-arrange up to 38 face-to-face meetings.

In addition to formal meetings and social events, event participants may also participate in various market intelligence seminars and industry presentations.

Attended by the best educational agents, and organised by the industry leader in educator-agent networking events, ICEF Vancouver is the must attend international education event in Canada.

The event enables educators to hold pre-scheduled one-to-one business appointments with relevant, quality student recruitment agents, as well as with other educators and service providers. These appointments are 25 minutes in duration and serve the dual objectives of meeting with new contacts and/or maintaining existing relationships. The event programme also includes meals, refreshment breaks and evening functions, which offer valuable social networking opportunities.

Specific Information about this Workshop for Agents

  • Easily develop partnerships with quality educators from Canada and the US
  • Increase student placements by gaining new contacts and new representation agreements in North America
  • Broaden and diversify your product portfolio and study options
  • Maintain existing contacts and networks
  • Promote your agency to key players within the international education industry
  • Keep up with current market intelligence and trends
  • Meet with a large number of educators and service providers in one place - save time and money
  • Sit the ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) test

View the Agent comments video.

  • Educators exclusively from Canada and the United States
  • International agents wanted to connect with educators from Canada and the US
  • Service providers who have products and / or services to sell to Canadian and American students via education institutions or education agents
  • Education industry members including education associations, tourism boards and economic development organisations

Prior to the event:

  • Comprehensive details of invited educators and service providers
  • Access to the eSchedule PRO online meeting booking system
  • City and venue information

At the event:

  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation (per agency) for agents based outside the event location
  • A copy of the Educator & Service Provider Catalogue
  • An entry in the Agent Catalogue
  • Access to Marcom Onsite for last-minute appointment scheduling
  • Participation in seminars
  • Event receptions, refreshment breaks and meals
  • Opportunity to attend agents familiarisation tours and receptions

Training options for agents

ICEF supports ongoing agent training through five courses:

ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)
Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA)
Chinese Education Agent Course (CEAC) – China-based agents only
US Agent Training Course (USATC)
Irish Education Agent Course (IEAC)

PROPOSAL FORM for FAM Tours and Receptions / Vancouver

2019 FAM Tours and Receptions

CIBT Edu Fam Tour
CIBT Education Group ( SSC, SSLC, VIC, GEC)
April 23
Greater Vancouver
See for yourself the beauty of the Vancouver area. Visit, experience, wine and dine, and have lots of fun with our incredibly friendly international team composed of staff members from SSC, SSLC, VIC and GEC.
Enjoy a complimentary 2-night stay at our highly sought-after, centrally located Global Education City (GEC) Granville hotel on April 22nd and 23rd, 2019!
Please see attached flyer for more information and the link to register to attend our FAM Tour.
Limited spots available, so please register early. See you in Vancouver!
Please contact CIBT's Fam Tour Team on event@cibt.net
April 23, 08.30 - 17.30
Burnaby, Greater Vancouver, BC
Burnaby School District invites overseas agents to visit 2 of our schools and to have a fun afternoon at a golf driving range.
Burnaby is located a short 25 minute Skytrain ride from downtown Vancouver, is the 4th largest school district in BC. We have 41 elementary schools (K-7) and 8 high schools (grades 8-12). International students are welcomed to study alongside local students for 5, 10 or more months, and to stay to graduate.
Burnaby is well-recognized for its large AP Program, Visual & Performing Arts programs, and its exceptional support for students and its agent partners. Burnaby offers 5 sports academies, 3 IT academies, a Robotics academy, French Immersion, and much more.
Tour two of our high schools, explore the Burnaby community, enjoy lunch in one of our fine restaurants, and choose to join us at the golfing driving range for an afternoon of fun, or go back downtown Vancouver after lunch for your own free time.
We will give each participant a $200 prepaid Visa gift card to compensate for the cost of a hotel room for the night of April 22 for FAM for participants.
See the proposed itinerary below, and send an email if you are interested in participating to richard.payne@burnabyschools.ca by March 31, 2019. We will confirm your acceptance on the tour by April 8, 2019.

ITINERARY – Tuesday April 23, 2019
• 08.30 Meet Burnaby School District representative in Hyatt Regency Hotel lobby
• Skytrain to Burnaby
• 09.15/09.30 Pick up at Skytrain station by tour van
• Tour Burnaby Central Secondary and Byrne Creek Secondary
• Visit Deer Lake Park
• 12.15 Lunch at the famous Hart House Restaurant
• 14.30 Van to Burnaby Mountain Golf Course driving range, dropping off anyone going back to Vancouver at Skytrain on the way
• 15.00-16.00 Driving range
• Refreshments at golf course club house
• 17.00 Skytrain back to downtown Vancouver with Burnaby School District representative

Please contact RICHARD PAYNE on richard.payne@burnabyschools.ca
"Secret Agent" Dinner Cruise Party
Global University Systems Canada
Friday 26 April 7.15pm
Marina at 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Join us for a “Secret Agent” dinner cruise party in honor of our valued agents and partners.
Boarding 7.15 pm (Marina at 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC Canada).
Please RSVP by 2 April 2019.
Proudly brought to you by Global University Systems’ Canadian institutions: University Canada West, Toronto School of Management and The Language Gallery
Please contact Riley Nicholson on riley.nicholson@gus.global
GUS Invitation Vancouver 2019
UCW Agent Workshop
University Canada West
Saturday 27 April 10.30 am – 3 pm
626 West Pender Street, Suite 100 Vancouver
Attend the UCW Agent Workshop from 10.30 am until 3 pm. Refreshments and appetizers included.
Please RSVP by 2 April 2019.
Please contact Riley Nicholson on riley.nicholson@gus.global
GUS Invitation Vancouver 2019
Sea to Sky Experience
Whistler Adventure School & School District 48 (Sea to Sky)
Saturday April 27
Sea to Sky - Squamish & Whistler
Experience a day in the beautiful Sea to Sky region North of Vancouver to learn more about Secondary and post-Secondary education activities in Squamish and Whistler.
Qualified Agents will be picked up on Saturday morning and will travel by bus to Squamish to visit the Secondary School, then come up to Whistler for lunch and an activity, visit Whistler Secondary School and finish off at the Whistler Adventure School for appies & drinks before heading back down to Vancouver.
Transportation, lunch and Appetizers will be included as well as an afternoon sightseeing/cultural/adventure activity in Whistler.
This fam tour is specifically for Agents who are interested in representing this beautiful mountainous region for Secondary or Post-Secondary long-term (6 months to 1 year) programs in the Sea to Sky.
Please contact Shelley Quinn on Shelley@whistleradventureschool.com
2019 Vancouver Higher Education Fam Trip
Capilano University, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Langara College, Vancouver Community College (VCC)
April 27 - May 1, 2019
Metro Vancouver
You are invited to the 2019 Vancouver Higher Education Familiarization Tour with 5 public institutions in Beautiful British Columbia.
- Capilano University
- Douglas College
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University | KPU
- Langara College
- Vancouver Community College | VCC
Limited spots. Click here to register.
For more information: vanfamtour@gmail.com
2019 Higher Education Fam Trip flyer
Please contact Cristian Cano on cristiancano@capilanou.ca
Study in Niagara FAM Trip
Niagara College and Brock University
April 28 - May 1, 2019
Niagara Falls, Welland, Niagara-On-The-Lake & St.Catharines, Ontario
Please join us for Niagara College’s annual FAM Tour, this year featuring Brock University:
- Unforgettable experience in Niagara, Ontario for 3 nights and 4 days
- Discover the majestic Niagara Falls and admire its beauty with one of its world-renowned attractions
- Explore Niagara’s educational offerings
- Indulge in the Niagara Region’s finest wines and experience its many gastronomic pleasures with Wine & Beer tasting as well as a tour of Canadian Food and Wine Institute
- All transportation, accommodations and meals included
Please visit the FAM Website as below for Pre-Registration https://international.niagaracollege.ca/fam-trip/
Please contact Eric Jin on famtrip@niagaracollege.ca

To ensure that you are well prepared and make the most of the event, it is important that you read the Agent Information Pack.

Agent Information Pack
Checklist for Agents


Event Programme

A detailed Seminar Programme will be available closer to the event.

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel Map

Other Useful Documents:
  • ICEF Event Procedures: Guidelines for first-time Participants
  • Getting Started Information for Marcom eSchedule PRO
  • Scheduling Meetings – Useful Hints & Tips
  • Agent Terms & Conditions
  • All participants will need a valid passport or an appropriate travel document to enter Canada.

    As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Click here to find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

    Please check travel and visa regulations with your respective embassy well ahead before travelling. A list of countries whose citizens will require a visa to visit Canada can be found at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

    US citizens should visit the Department of Homeland Security website for a list of acceptable documents to re-enter the US.

    Business travellers usually need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). To make sure you apply for the right visa to enter Canada, please check this page.

    Canada does not have a visa office in every country. To find out the visa office closest to you, please click this link.

    Please refer to this page to find videos on how to complete visa applications correctly.

    Information on general processing times at various visa offices is available at the following link.

    What to do if an application is refused:
    If an individual’s visa application is denied, the applicant will be informed in writing. If there is new information that was not previously considered or if circumstances have changed since the refusal, the applicant may wish to submit a new application. Please note that unless the applicant provides further information that addresses the concerns raised in the refusal letter, the applicant will likely get the same results. Every person applying for a visa must satisfy the requirements under IRPA in order for the visa officer to approve the applications.
    Applicants are advised to submit complete applications, including all supporting documents, in accordance with the instructions provided in the visa office website.

    For additional information on what to do if an application is refused, visit IRCC’s website.

    Please note that ICEF can only provide you with a letter of invitation for the duration of the event (April 24 - 27). If you require a letter of invitation, please contact Ms Hannah Brust. Deadline for invitation letter requests is March 24, 2019.

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