Vancouver Island Leadership Conference

Resilient Minds | Brilliant Leaders


Vancouver Island Leadership Conference 2020


March 20 - 21, 2020


Coast Bastion Hotel & Nanaimo Golf Club

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MARCH 20 & 21


Vancouver Island University through the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning will host the 12th annual Vancouver Island Leadership Conference (VILC). The VILC is a student-led, non-profit conference that aims to connect students with a passion for leadership and providing tools for change in building resiliency in one's own-self.

This year's Co-Curricular topic relates to sharing your experience in overcoming and building resiliency through the obstacles that you may have faced within your life. The theme of "Resilient  Minds, Brilliant Leaders" is to share what a resilient mind means to you as well as how our challenges make us a better leader for ourselves and others.   


MAR 20

6:00 pm


6:30 pm


7:00 pm

Traditional Welcome

- Welcoming from Snuneymuxw Elder

7:15 pm

Opening Remarks & Introduction

7:30 pm

CCR Talks

-Featuring Co-Curricular Students from across Canada. 
   Keynote - Charlene Bearhead
9:00 pm
9:40 pm    Closing  Remarks

Location: Nanaimo Golf Club

MAR 21

7:30 am

Registration / Breakfast

8:45 am

Opening Remarks

9:00 am


- Keynote #1 - Andre Aresnault 
- Keynote #2 - Elena Sinelinikov

10:15 am

Excursions (Body, Mind, Spirit) 

4:30 pm


6:30 pm        Doors Open for Gala
- Featuring: Keynote #3 - Nabil Karim
9:30 pm      Evening Social and Dance

Location: Coast Bastion Hotel

The Speakers



Nabil Karim

Nabil Karim


Nabil Karim joined ESPN in May 2019 as an anchor on SportsCenter.


Prior to joining ESPN, Karim was an anchor and reporter on Canada’s leading sports network (TSN) since 2011. He hosted TSN’s news and information show SportsCentre and covered a variety of major sporting events including the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Karim also hosted the 2016 FIBA Americas, and TSN’s live coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games and Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games. His duties also included hosting/anchoring coverage of the NHL, NBA and NFL programming.


A native of Vancouver, Karim graduated from Simon Fraser University where he majored in Communications and received a broadcast journalism degree from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


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Elena Sinelnikova

Elena Sinelnikova is a software development team lead that turned entrepreneur. Elena has an extensive background of developing enterprise software solutions for government and law enforcement industries. She holds a Master of Computer Science degree and her specialties are in blockchain, cyber security and full stack programming. She has taken on the opportunity to found and lead CryptoChicks, blockchain international educational organization for women.This non-profit organization has been profitable from day one and successfully educates thousands women and youth in blockchain technology globally


Elena Sinelnikova


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Andre Arsenault

Andre Arsenault

Mindset Coach/Educator

Andre is a graduating educator, volleyball coach, and yoga teacher. He specializes in Elementary Education but has taught various ages and grades from kindergarten to university students. Andre is a former student-athlete, having competed in the University Sport (USport) league at MacEwan University where he currently holds the digs/set match record. Before his USport career, Andre competed in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) at Medicine Hat College (MHC) for two years. Both years Andre was awarded by the ACAC with back to back All-Conference (All-Star) and Academic Athlete titles. Andre was awarded back to back prestigious Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Academic All Canadian and National Scholar Awards. He is also a social advocate for the LGBTQ2+ community and has traveled internationally to share his story of persevering through the adversity of being a gay athlete and to educate others on turning their trauma into power.


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Charlene Bearhead

Indigenous Education

Charlene Bearhead is an education activist with 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene currently serves as the Director of Reconciliation for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Head of Education for the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, and the Education Lead for the Moose Hide Campaign. Charlene also serves on the Pathways to Education Canada Indigenous Education Advisory Circle and the National Film Board Education Advisory. Ms. Bearhead is a member of the Royal Geographical Society College of Fellows and maintains her role as the vision keeper for the National Indigenous and Reconciliation Education Network Gathering annually on a volunteer basis. 

Previously Charlene served as Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Relations Coordinator for the Alberta Schools Board Association and Indigenous Education Advisor with the College of Alberta School Superintendents.


Charlene Bearhead


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Coast Bastion Hotel

11 Bastion St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E4

Located in heart of Nanaimo's downtown core, the Coast Bastion Hotel will be one of the venues for our conference. Across the street, enjoy Nanaimo's beautiful waterfront lined with small businesses and other attractions.

Nanaimo Golf Club

2800 Highland Blvd, Nanaimo, BC

V9S 3N8

A quick drive from Nanaimo's downtown core lies the exquisite Nanaimo Golf Club. You will enjoy stunning views of the grounds in addition to the golf club's ocean view.






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