The ICEF North America Workshop Toronto celebrated a record level of attendance this year, with 1 027 educators, agents, and service providers gathering at the Westin Harbour Castle on the Toronto lakefront between April 26th and 28th, 2018. This represents a substantial growth of 13% over 2017, with the workshop having more than doubled in size since its inception in 2010.
Participants from 639 organisations in 65 countries engaged in a total of 8 691 meetings in the space of just two days.
Dr. Christopher Smith, Executive Director of Enrolment Management & Marketing at Kansas State Polytechnic (USA), said: “I thought the workshop was fantastic. I successfully completed 30 scheduled appointments and five unscheduled appointments with international agents representing over 45 countries. To say the least, it was a very successful event with 26 of the 30 signing MOUs. I will definitely be attending your Miami event this December.”
Diwakar Sharma, Regional Manager of International Recruitment and Partnerships at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), added: “ICEF Toronto was one of the busiest and most lively events we have ever attended. I feel confident dealing with pre-screened future agent partners at ICEF events, and will continue to attend them to enhance Wilfrid Laurier University’s international reach.”
The event featured a full programme of 25 seminars, including an update on the Canadian Government’s International Student Programme by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). ICEF also offered agent testing for its Canada Course for Education Agents, with three new Canada Course Graduates (CCGs) earning their certificates during the workshop. This brings the total number of CCGs worldwide to just under 600.
There were 434 agents from 60 countries and six continents in attendance, all of whom had been carefully selected from a total of 971 applicants, the highest number ever recorded for an ICEF event in Canada. The fact that only 40% of agents applying for this workshop were successfully admitted underlines ICEF’s commitment to working only with the highest-quality agents. Some of the participating agents also had the opportunity to take part in 21 familiarisation (FAM) tours, visiting over 30 institutions and 23 different locations around Ontario and Eastern Canada.
Krishna Niyoga, Chief Advisor at The Chopras (India), said: “ICEF has always been an excellent platform to connect with our existing partners and to look for new opportunities. It has been very useful and productive for us – this was a very well-organised meeting indeed!”
Following a mentoring programme in March 2018, ICEF Media partnered with Mohawk College (Canada) to give three media students from Mohawk experience of working in international media production. ICEF Media guided the students in the set-up and operation of a TV studio at the event, conducting interviews with seven renowned experts with a variety of backgrounds in international education.
The next ICEF North America Workshop will take place in Miami between December 10th and 12th, 2018 and will return to Canada in 2019, when it will be held in Vancouver between April 24th and 26th.
For more information, please visit: http://icef.com/vancouver.
The workshop hall at the 2018 ICEF North America Workshop – Toronto
Performers at the evening reception in Toronto
CEO, ICEF GmbH