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.

About this event

The event enables educators to hold up to 38 pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings 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 new contacts and maintaining existing relationships. The event programme also includes meals, refreshment breaks and evening functions, which offer valuable networking opportunities.


Wednesday
April 24, 2019
09.00am – 07.00pm
Registration of participants
11.30am – 13.00pm
Update on Canada's Student Visa Programme
01.00pm – 02.00pm
Networking Lunch
02.00pm – 02.45pm
Introductory seminar:
“How to maximise your ICEF event experience”
02.45pm – 05.00pm
Seminars I
05.00pm – 05.30pm
Refreshment break
05.30pm – 07.00pm
Seminars II
07.00pm – 09.00pm
Welcome reception - sponsored by Centennial College
Thursday
April 25, 2019
08.00am
Event hall opens, light breakfast
09.00am – 11.00am
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes each)
11.00am – 11.30am
Refreshment break - sponsored by St. George's University
11.30am – 01.00pm
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes each)
01.00pm – 02.00pm
Lunch - sponsored by Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
02.00pm – 04.00pm
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes each)
04.00pm – 04.30pm
Refreshment break - sponsored by St. George's University
04.30pm – 07.00pm
Business meetings (5 x 25 minutes each)
08.00pm – 12.00am
Dinner reception - sponsored by Coquitlam School District 43
Friday
April 26, 2019
08.00am
Event hall opens, light breakfast
09.00am – 11.00am
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes each)
11.00am – 11.30am
Refreshment break - sponsored by J. Addison School
11.30am – 01.00pm
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes each)
01.00pm – 02.00pm
Lunch
02.00pm – 04.00pm
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes each)
04.00pm – 04.30pm
Refreshment break - sponsored by J. Addison School
04.30pm – 06.00pm
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes each)
Saturday
April 27, 2019
08.00am
Familiarisation (FAM) tours

ICEF Vancouver is hosted at the Hyatt Regency hotel. Located in downtown Vancouver, the Hyatt Regency offers guests a sophisticated stay in the heart of the city.

The hotel features contemporary guest rooms, extensive 24-hour sports and fitness facilities, including an outdoor heated pool, and exceptional business and conference services. Renowned for its modern amenities and world class service, the Hyatt Regency is an ideal venue for our Canada-based event.

Event participants enjoy preferential rates, but can also choose from a number of other hotels to meet differing budget requirements.

Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures for ICEF Toronto 2018:

  • 1 027 participants representing 639 organisations from 65 countries and 6 continents 
  • 423 educators representing 250 education institutions from Canada and the United States
  • 434 agents representing 330 agencies from 62 countries
  • 97 service providers representing 48 organisations from 9 countries 
  • 73 guests and speakers representing 11 additional institutions
  • 8 409 pre-scheduled and 65 Marcom Onsite meetings over 2 days

Attendee Ratings “Excellent” or “Good”

Toronto18 attendee ratings

Educator demographics

Toronto18 educator demographics

Educator profile

Toronto18 educator profile

Agent demographics

Toronto18 Agent demographics

Appointment System

The ICEF meeting booking system offers participants direct and total control over the types of partners - by main activity and country of origin - they meet during the event. Up to 38 meetings can be scheduled with agents, as well as educators and service providers.

1. Prior to the event, details of all invited agents, educators, and service providers are supplied via the industry leading Marcom eSchedule PRO online meeting scheduling system.
2. During the event, additional meetings and schedule adjustments can be made through Marcom Onsite or personal contact.


Online Video Tutorials

Our online video tutorials explain how to get the most from the eSchedule PRO meeting scheduling system. We highly recommend viewing these videos as soon as the meeting scheduling system opens, around 8 weeks prior to the event.

An integral benefit of attending an ICEF event is the seminar programme. These seminars provide valuable information, latest research and trends affecting the world of international education.

The 2019 seminar programme will be available shortly before the event.


Previous event's seminar programme is available here.

PROPOSAL FORM for FAM Tours and Receptions / Vancouver



(English)

2019 FAM Tours and Receptions

CIBT Edu Fam Tour
Organiser:
CIBT Education Group ( SSC, SSLC, VIC, GEC)
Date:
April 23
Location:
Greater Vancouver
Invited:
Agents
Programme:
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!
Contact:
Please contact CIBT's Fam Tour Team on event@cibt.net
BURNABY SCHOOL DISTRICT - SCHOOLS & GOLF
Organiser:
BURNABY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Date:
April 23, 08.30 - 17.30
Location:
Burnaby, Greater Vancouver, BC
Invited:
Agents
Programme:
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

SEE YOU IN BURNABY!
Contact:
Please contact RICHARD PAYNE on richard.payne@burnabyschools.ca
"Secret Agent" Dinner Cruise Party
Organiser:
Global University Systems Canada
Date:
Friday 26 April 7.15pm
Location:
Marina at 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Invited:
Agents
Programme:
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
Contact:
Please contact Riley Nicholson on riley.nicholson@gus.global
GUS Invitation Vancouver 2019
UCW Agent Workshop
Organiser:
University Canada West
Date:
Saturday 27 April 10.30 am – 3 pm
Location:
626 West Pender Street, Suite 100 Vancouver
Invited:
Agents
Programme:
Attend the UCW Agent Workshop from 10.30 am until 3 pm. Refreshments and appetizers included.
Please RSVP by 2 April 2019.
Contact:
Please contact Riley Nicholson on riley.nicholson@gus.global
GUS Invitation Vancouver 2019
Sea to Sky Experience
Organiser:
Whistler Adventure School & School District 48 (Sea to Sky)
Date:
Saturday April 27
Location:
Sea to Sky - Squamish & Whistler
Invited:
Agents
Programme:
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.
Contact:
Please contact Shelley Quinn on Shelley@whistleradventureschool.com
2019 Vancouver Higher Education Fam Trip
Organiser:
Capilano University, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Langara College, Vancouver Community College (VCC)
Date:
April 27 - May 1, 2019
Location:
Metro Vancouver
Invited:
Agents
Programme:
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
Contact:
Please contact Cristian Cano on cristiancano@capilanou.ca
Study in Niagara FAM Trip
Organiser:
Niagara College and Brock University
Date:
April 28 - May 1, 2019
Location:
Niagara Falls, Welland, Niagara-On-The-Lake & St.Catharines, Ontario
Invited:
Agents
Programme:
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/
Contact:
Please contact Eric Jin on famtrip@niagaracollege.ca

“This was a great event for us. I was able to target agents from specific countries and regions and I feel and I made valuable connections. It was fantastic to meet people you have worked with but never met. It's like a family reunion!” - Judy Hershman, Vernon School District, Canada.

“Overall - a great event - I met old friends and many new ones!” - Robin Moloff-Gautier, Washington Academy, USA.

“Excellent food, accomodation, organization. Well run conference. I am very impressed.” - Karen MacKinnon, York University, Canada.

“We are very pleased to be part of ICEF. Thank you for a great atmosphere at the event.” - Shigeo Haseyama, CIBT Education Group, Canada.

“Great event - very smooth and well-organized. I liked that the seminars and meetings were scheduled on separate days.” - Andrea Kammerer, AFS Intercultural Programs, USA.

“Great quality of agents, with huge interest in British Columbia. We had our best meetings at this ICEF event!” - Tanya Ogilvie, BCCIE - British Columbia Council for International Education, Canada.

“I felt very well taken care of. By tuesday morning the staff already knew my name and what I needed.” - Nathan Speedie, Canada Homestay International, Canada.

“The event was excellent. From the venue to the meetings, everything was well organized.” - Michael Polan, Global Partners Institute, Canada.


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