Event Schedule

Day 1

April 5th — Nanaimo Museum
  1. 5:30pm - 6:00pm
    Nanaimo Museum

    Networking & Registration

    Check-in, registration and networking opportunity. Appetizers will be available.

  2. 6:00pm - 6:30pm
    Nanaimo Museum

    Introductions & Formal Welcoming

    Our opening ceremony will include a Traditional Welcome by a VIU Elder and introductions from our VILC hosts.

  3. 6:30pm - 7:00pm
    Nanaimo Museum

    Opening Keynote: Beyond Boundaries and Leadership

    Brodie Guy - CEO, Island Coastal Economic Trust

  4. Guest Performances
    7:00pm - 7:15pm
  5. 7:15pm - 7:45pm
    Nanaimo Museum

    Workshop: Cultural Intelligence

    Karima Ramji - Principal, Ramji Consulting

  6. 7:45pm - 8:00
    Nanaimo Museum

    Closing Remarks

    Closing remarks to learn about conference schedule for Day 2. Delegates receive networking swag bags.

  7. 8:00pm - 9:00pm
    Nanaimo Museum


    A chance to mingle and get to know your peers ahead of Day 2.

Day 2

April 6th — VIU + Coast Bastion Hotel
  1. 8:30am - 9:00am
    VIU B210 Atrium

    Check In + Breakfast

    Coffee, tea, and refreshments available.

  2. 9:00am - 10:00am
    VIU B300 R401

    Workshop: Global Collaboration

    Jatinder Dhir - Director of Global Development Partnership, Business Development and Recruitment

  3. 10:00am - 11:00am
    VIU B210 R275

    Workshop: Cultivating Safe Spaces

    Robyn Ward - Certified Cultivating Safe Space Trainer, CEO and Founder,  Rewarding Relationships

  4. 11:00am - 11:30am
    VIU B300 Upper Caf

    Morning Keynote: The Power of Networking

    Jatinder Dhir - Director of Global Development Partnership, Business Development and Recruitment

  5. 11:30am - 1:30pm
    VIU B210 Atrium

    Career Expo + Lunch

    Discover the various career opportunities on Vancouver Island and kickstart your career search.

  6. 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    VIU B300 Upper Caf

    Soft Skills Workshop

    Presented by: Grant Thornton LLP

  7. Break
    3:30pm - 5:30pm
  8. 5:30pm - 6:00pm
    Coast Bastion Hotel

    Gala Doors Open

    Networking opportunity. Gala has a formal/business casual dress code. VILC hosts will provide evening opening remarks.

  9. 6:00pm - 6:30pm
    Coast Bastion Hotel

    Closing Keynote: Diversity and Leadership

    Nneka Otogbolu - Chief Operating Officer (COO), Foundation for Black Communities Canada

  10. 6:30pm - 7:15pm
    Coast Bastion Hotel

    Gala Dinner

    Multi-course dinner will be provided. Beverages available for purchase.

  11. 7:15pm - 8:00pm
    Coast Bastion Hotel

    Co-Curricular Alumni Speaker

    Mohit Payare - Project Manager - Strategic Initiatives, Simon Fraser University

  12. Guest Performances
    8:00pm - 8:15pm
  13. 8:15pm - 10:30pm
    Coast Bastion Hotel

    Closing Remarks & Social

    Closing remarks from our hosts and the opportunity to socialize with other conference delegates, speakers, and presenters.