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Summit Addresses Dramatic Shift in Post-Secondary School Education

The Future of Post Secondary Education

International education is one of Vancouver Island, and BC’s, largest export products. The global pandemic has forced post-secondary institutions around the world to dramatically shift their entire educational delivery model with far-reaching impacts that are likely to continue well into 2021, if not longer.

Institutions around the world are grappling with the shift – looking at opportunities while trying to mitigate serious impacts, including the dramatic downturn in international students. The impact of the significant reduction in international students coming to Vancouver Island is far-reaching. It means the loss of millions of dollars in airline travel, rental accommodation, groceries, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment – in addition to tuition fees.

Join leaders from the three Island Universities – Vancouver Island UniversityRoyal Roads and the University of Victoria – at the State of the Island Economic Summit, October 27th to 29th, as they speak to the challenges, the opportunities and how and why universities play a key role in our economic and societal recovery.


• Michael Hawes, Executive Director, Fulbright Canada


• Deborah Saucier, President, Vancouver Island University

• Philip Steenkamp, President, Royal Roads University

• Chris Horbachewski, Vice-President External Relations, University of Victoria

Thank you to the Coastal Community Credit Union for sponsoring this session!


Indigenomics and Reconciliation

We are familiar with ‘reconciliation’ as a philosophy and as government policy. But what does reconciliation actually look like on the ground, face-to-face in our business dealings and community interactions? As Island First Nations continue developing their economies, how will all of our local economies relate for mutual benefit?

Join panelists at the Summit for our ‘Indigenomics and Reconciliation’ session:


• Dan Hurley, Principal, Hurley Martin Group


•Carol Anne Hilton, Founder & CEO, Indigenomics Institute

•Karen Joseph, CEO, Reconciliation Canada


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