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Pre-Conference Forum for Colleges and Institutes Serving Rural, Remote, and Northern Communities
Apr 27 - 28th, 2018 | Courtenay, , Canada
1590 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, , Canada | View Map


April 27 – 28, 2018

Courtenay, BC (Vancouver Island)



Join us in the Comox Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, just before the Colleges and Institutes Canada 2018 Annual Conference in Victoria, and make the best of your time with colleagues from across the country. This interactive and stimulating pre-conference forum will provide opportunities for learning, discussion and networking for college and institute CEOs, vice-presidents, deans, department heads, researchers, instructors, and board members from institutions serving rural, remote and northern communities.

More specifically, the Forum will:

  • Focus on “how do we listen and learn from our communities and how do we transform our institutions based on what we hear from our communities?”; and
  • explore exemplary practices and models in community engagement and discuss ways that colleges and institutes serving rural, remote and northern communities can enhance community ties and partnerships.

The event will be hosted by North Island College, located in Courtenay, BC (Vancouver Island) and will begin with a meet and greet cocktail social event on the Friday evening (April 27), followed by program sessions on the Saturday (April 28), ending with a dinner that evening.

Participants can fly directly to Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) via Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton and then will be bused to Victoria on Sunday morning (April 29) in time to attend the networking sessions of CICan’s Annual Conference, which begin at noon.

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Comox Valley Airport (YQQ)

The Comox Valley Airport is serviced by Air Canada, WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines providing direct connections to/from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

BC Ferries

Regular ferry service links the British Columbia Mainland to Vancouver Island. BC Ferry terminals on Vancouver Island are located in Victoria (Swartz Bay) and Nanaimo (Departure Bay or Duke Point) with ferry service to/from the Vancouver area.

  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (Victoria)
  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Duke Point (Nanaimo)
  • Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo)

Contact BC Ferries at 1-888-223-3779 for route information and reservations.

Traveling to Victoria?

Comox Valley

The Comox Valley is a place that inspires creativity, tempts the taste buds, soothes the soul and fires the imagination of adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts. Situated halfway up the east coast of Vancouver Island, this community of 75,000 faces the sea and embraces the mountains, has the charm of a small town but with a touch of urban sophistication and taste.

The Comox Valley is comprised of three communities, each one diverse and unique – the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and Village of Cumberland. By road Comox Valley is located 235 kilometres (a 2.5 hour drive) north of the City of Victoria via the TransCanada Highway #1 and BC Highway 19.

For More Information

Please contact: Sue Bate, Executive Assistant to the President, North Island College


Best Western The Westerly Hotel
1590 Cliffe Ave
Courtenay, V9N 2K4
Apr 27 - 28th, 2018
17:00 pm - 20:30 pm
Best Western The Westerly Hotel
1590 Cliffe Ave
Courtenay, , V9N 2K4

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