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Did you miss our 2017 conference? Here's a recap and a few photos for you.

From February 26 to March 1, 2017, Languages Canada, held its 10th annual conference at the Fairmont Château Frontenac in beautiful Quebec City. Our conference provided the opportunity to come together to hear the voices of our valued member programs. It is a time when we review and reflect on the past year and plan for the future. Over 160 delegates, including LC member representatives, stakeholders, government officials, NGOs, and international education service providers attended the event. 

The conference opened with remarks by LC’s President, Sharon Curl, who gave an overview of the association’s past year activities and presented the various committee reports. The participants thoroughly enjoyed actress Maki Yi’s play “Suitcase Stories”, a fascinating and highly entertaining performance about studying in Canada from an international student’s perspective. LC’s Executive Director, Gonzalo Peralta presented the core message of the association’s direction for 2017: quality, student protection, and ethical practices in today’s new context. 

This year’s conference theme was: Two Languages / One Strong Voice for Language Education in Canada. Plenary and break-out sessions exploring relevant themes and issues for 2017 took place and included several ground-breaking workshops by leaders from both public and private sectors. Over the two days, presentations addressed themes in key areas for the language education sector such as pedagogical learning, student experience and welfare, marketing and leadership. 

The conference was supported by sponsors and contributors from all over Canada and abroad. We are grateful for the support given to us by our Diamond sponsor International Insurance and our other sponsors. Silver sponsors included: Western Union, PhoneBox, British Council Canada, and Higher Education Marketing. Bronze sponsors included: Canada Homestay Network, Inline Marketing, ETS Canada, Halladay Education Group, EDMISS, Pearson English, and iCent app. Languages Canada also appreciates the support of ICEF for continuing to be our global partner and working closely with us on key issues related to international education. 

The event’s closing reception was sponsored by International Insurance and was a resounding success. Delegates had the pleasure of networking, mingling, listening to the sounds of a great local band, Friends and Folks, and enjoying poutine and smoked meat. The last day of the conference was reserved for members only as they participated in LC’s Annual General Meeting. 

To our conference committee and staff members who have worked hard to make this conference happen — thank you. We truly appreciate all you do to make every annual conference a meaningful and engaging event.

Read what some of our guests had to say about our conference!

"The ability to meet with Trade Commissioners at the Languages Canada Conference was a huge value added opportunity for attending the conference.  We all know face-to-face relationships are vital to building partnerships, and an excellent way to learn about the ideal fit for partnership opportunities is to speak to the Trade Commissioner of each country.  Thank you to Languages Canada for making these meetings possible!" -- Deborah Hulston,  ESL Program, University of Regina

“Trade Commissioners who attended the 10th Annual Meeting gave us great insight on the country they represent; we appreciated meeting each one of them.” -- Nadine Wielgopolski , École d'éducation permanente | Université McGill

"The meetings with the trade commissioners were very useful. It was very valuable to meet the trade commissioners face-to-face and get an idea of the market from someone who is not only on the ground but also actively looking for trade opportunities for Canadian businesses. It will be useful to have someone make introductions for us when we are in-market and to provide us information before we go to market. It is also helpful to know from the trade commissioners what information they need from schools in order for them to best help us on the ground." -- Sheila Nunn, East Coast School of Languages

Here are a few photos taken during our conference!