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ILAC Higher Education Workshop Vancouver 2017


The ILAC Higher Education Workshop 2017 took place in Vancouver from April 17 to 23. We had the honour of welcoming 112 agents from 25 different countries for a week filled with adventures, action, celebrations, and more importantly, to meet with 65+ representatives from top Canadian colleges and universities, creating new partnerships and bonds.

Skiing, walking tours, presentations, parties – these are some of the activities that made this year’s event one to remember.

The main goal of the workshop is to be a bridge between recruiting agents from all around the world and Canada’s top Colleges and Universities. Through ILAC’s University Pathway program, students are able to transition from General English courses into academic preparation to attend higher education institutions in Canada.

Agents not only had the opportunity to meet with representatives and discuss future partnerships, but also got to know ILAC’s staff and facilities, as well as the city of Vancouver, living the ILAC experience first hand.

“I’ve sent a lot of students to ILAC over the past 10 years, and today I feel like I’m getting the service you provide to my students, and I can really see that it’s a great service,” said Juliana Souza from Beetrip Intercambio – Brazil.

For some, the ILAC Workshop was also a rewarding experience that will help them introduce students to Canada as a destination.“We believe that you have to live through this experience to be able to transmit to the student, not only show the pictures and the videos, but be able to transmit the passion,” said Alejandro Gomez from Information Planet – Colombia

Take a look at the highlights of the workshop and relive it with us!

Arriving in Whistler and Dinner Reception @ 21 Steps Restaurant

The ILAC Higher Education Workshop has started! Agents enjoyed a lovely dinner at 21 Steps Restaurant, sponsored by Tamwood International College. It was a great opportunity to mingle and let loose after a day of travelling and settling in beautiful Whistler, B.C.

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Exploring Whistler and Ski/Snowboard Experience

Skiing, snowboarding, and sightseeing were some of the activities ILAC agents engaged in at one of North America’s largest ski resorts and 2010 Winter Olympics host. With Peak 2 Peak gondola for the sightseers, ski lessons for beginner riders, and lift tickets for experienced riders, it was an action-packed day for everyone.

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Dinner and Celebration @ GLC

What a better way to end a day full of exciting activities than by having a traditional après-ski at Garibaldi Lift Co., overlooking the Whistler Mountain. The event was sponsored by Seneca College and got everyone dancing and enjoying the time at the village!

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Welcome to Vancouver: Presentations and Dinner on Campus

After arriving in Vancouver, agents got a peek of ILAC’s newly renovated campuses in the heart of the city. We kicked off the workshop with ILAC and College & University presentations, followed by a dinner reception courtesy of Niagara College.

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Meetings with 70+ Representatives from Colleges and Universities

Networking is a crucial part of the ILAC Higher Education Workshop. Agents spent a full day having one-on-one meetings with 70+ representatives from ILAC’s Pathway partner institutions, building relationships and future opportunities. Delicious lunch at ILAC’s campus was sponsored by University Canada West.

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ILAC’s 20th Anniversary Black and White Gala Dinner

Cheers to ILAC! Agents, partners, and staff had a special night celebrating 20 years of Dreaming Big at the Black and White Gala Dinner sponsored by Douglas College. The Waterview Special Event Space’s beautiful scenery overlooking False Creek, Granville Island, and Downtown Vancouver, was the perfect background while everyone enjoyed the mouth-watering meals from around the world.

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Thank you to all the agents and partner institutions who participated in the ILAC Higher Education Workshop in Vancouver. We hope you expanded your knowledge about education opportunities for international students in Canada, and let’s do it again in 2018!

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