2019 ACE-WIL Conference

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Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, B.C. May 12-15, 2019


  • Members early bird (until Mar 31): $500
  • Members (after Mar 31): $550
  • Non-members early bird (until Mar 31): $600
  • Non-members (after Mar 31): $650

Join us as we challenge ourselves to "switch it on"!

With the welcome addition of more forms of work integrated learning to ACE-WIL BC/Yukon’s scope, this year’s conference will be full of energy, exciting ideas and synergies.  What better time to come showcase your ideas, or find solutions to the challenges you face facilitating co-operative education, practicums, service-learning, or other work-integrated learning programs.  


Through our conference programming and participant discussions, we hope to:

  • Expand viewpoints, challenge status quo or increase understanding of various forms of work integrated learning, stakeholders, or processes.
  • Create synergies and relationships with colleagues, students, partners across different forms of WIL.
  • Explore ideas or experiments in our work (or heads) that spark an innovative approach or outcome for topics like student readiness, learning & teaching excellence, and managing diverse capacities.
  • Cope with change in our work by switching into “high gear”.
  • Shine a spotlight or shed light on an issue that deserves attention and discussion.

Keynote Speaker

Ivan Coyote PortraitIvan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of twelve books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, and been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism. They have toured public schools solo around the world for 17 years now, using the power of a personal story to fight bullying and make schools safer for students, staff and parents. In 2019 Ivan will mark 25 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and release their new book, ReBent Sinner, with Arsenal Pulp Press.
“Coyote resists reading trans-ness in hindsight, refuses to centre trans-ness as the single primary concern in trans lives and, in this regard, is quietly radical. Late in the reading, I realized this is a book about family. An emotionally powerful memoir by a great storyteller about normal life.”- Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail, Nov 2016
“lovely, immensely compassionate and classics of the form.” – Brett Joseph Grubisic, The Vancouver Sun, Oct 2016

Website: www.ivancoyote.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivancoyote/?hl=en

Program Format

We are also looking forward to bringing other thought and policy leaders from the sectors we work with in other plenary sessions.  These details will be confirmed over the next couple of months. Check out the website often to keep up-to-date!

Our conference will feature several formats for our breakout sessions that will engage us at different levels and durations:

Presentation formats:

  1. Campfire Presentations – 60 min presentation/workshop format

This may be a traditional presentation or workshop, with a presenter (or multiple presenters) at the front of the room sharing an idea to a group of people with the provision of audience interaction and engagement. These sessions will allow attendees to drive their own learning and share experiences with others, which also assists with networking.

  1. Lightning Talks – 20 min presentation/TedTalk style

These sessions give speakers a limited amount of time to make their presentation on a topic of their choice. They may or may not include slides, but if they do, the number of slides and information per slide will be limited.

  1. Spark Questions and Ignite Your Ideas Round Tables – 3 minute pitches, followed by multiple 10-minute group discussions

Do you have a burning question or idea that you want to brainstorm with practitioners from other institutions? Do you have an idea but would like some input on how to make it a reality? Submit your idea, problem or a question that you would like help on. A total of five to seven “Spark” questions/ideas will be selected. Each presenter will have no more than 3 minutes to present their question/idea. Following all of the Spark presentations, each presenter will break off to a round table, and all the other attendees can go to the table of a presenter they enjoyed or want to help. In their round tables, they will “ignite” conversations and share ideas to help the presenter come away with solutions to their question/idea. Every 10 minutes, we will SWITCH and attendees can move to another table – the presenters will remain at their tables and take notes. Several switches will happen over 60 minutes. Total session length: 1.5 hours.

Submit your proposal now! Proposals are due no later than January 27, 2019 at 11:59pm.


Accommodations at the Hotel Grand Pacific

Located on Victoria, British Columbia’s picturesque Inner Harbour, the Hotel Grand Pacific offers guests welcoming comfort, world-class facilities, an unbeatable location, and access to Victoria’s most exciting experiences.


Photo credits: Hotel Grand Pacific

ACE-WIL has blocked 75 rooms for the conference until April 12. After that date, the rooms will be released to the public. To get the conference booking code, please contact Sanya Sivic or Sara Sethna.

Standard rooms are $189, Harbour View rooms are an additional $80.

Grand Pacific Hotel:  https://www.hotelgrandpacific.com/en-us
Toll Free: 1-800-663-7550
Direct: 250-386-0450
Email: reserve@hotelgrandpacific.com


Join your colleagues for an evening of drinks and local cuisine on the waterfront.

When: Monday, May 13th at 5:30 pm
Location: across the street from the Grand Pacific Hotel at 470 Belleville Street.

We have reserved 25 spots for ACE-WIL conference attendees to meet and enjoy each other’s company.

Sign up at the Sunday evening Wine and Cheese reception.

Hotel Fitness Classes

Check out the fitness schedule at the hotel while attending the conference. Most classes are free although if additional fees are required this will show on the website.

More social events are coming soon.

Sponsor Information

ACE-WIL invites you to sponsor our conference, which will bring together co-operative education and work-integrated learning practitioners from more than 15 institutions across British Columbia and the Yukon for an exceptional learning and networking opportunity.
For more information about sponsoring our conference, please review our sponsorship packages.

Travel Information

By water:
BC Ferries – to Swartz Bay: 32 km from hotel – 45 min drive
Clipper – Seattle to Victoria
Black Ball Ferry – Port Angeles to Victoria

By Air:
Victoria Int’l Airport: 28 km from hotel – 40 min drive
Air Canada
Alaska Airlines
Harbour Air: harbour to harbour option – right across from hotel
Helijet: harbour to harbour option – right down the street from the hotel
Car Rentals located at Victoria Airport

By Taxi:
Yellow Cab Victoria
Victoria Taxi

From BC Ferry Terminal to Grand Pacific: $52 – $70
From Victoria Airport to Grand Pacific: $50 – $70

From BC Ferries Swartz Bay: 32 km
Follow BC -17 all the way into Victoria. Turn RIGHT on Belleville St at 31.7 km and hotel will be on the left.

From Victoria Airport: 28 km
Get on Patricia Bay Hwy/BC-17 from Electra Blvd and Willingdon Rd. Make note of the directions at the roundabout. Follow the signs to Victoria. Follow BC-17 and turn RIGHT on Belleville St. Hotel will be on the left.

From Harbour Air Terminal: (750 m)
Either take a taxi right from the terminal or simply follow the causeway to the stairs and then cross Belleville and hotel is on the left.

From Helijet: (2 km)
We recommend taking a taxi. Terminal is on Dallas Rd and hotel will be on the right on Belleville St.

Busing options from BC Ferries Swartz Bay
BC Transit
You can choose to take BC Transit after you have walked off the ferry. Bus #70 will take you downtown in approx. 1 hour. One-way fare is $2.50, day pass is $5.00 (sold on board buses, exact change required).

BC Ferries Connector
You can purchase tickets on the ferry that will take you by charter bus directly downtown. The bus drops off about 500 m from the hotel.

About Victoria, B.C.

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. Locals and visitors enjoy the moderate sub-Mediterranean climate, award-winning restaurants, and a wealth of outdoor activities.

Flowers in Beacon Hill Park                                              Oysters at the Bard and Banker                                                         Dallas Road Beach

Photo credits: Tourism Victoria

Tourism Victoria: What to Do & Where to Eat

Our favorite food and drink spots near the Hotel Grand Pacific

Coffee Shops in James Bay (walk in under 20 minutes): 

Imagine Studio Café: 31 Erie St.
A funky-hygge place.

Moka House Coffee: 19 Dallas Rd.
Next to Fisherman’s Wharf so you can get your caffeine fix after touring the wharf and seeing the float homes.

Discovery Coffee: 281 Menzies St.
High-quality coffee and unusual doughnut flavours (no need to go to Portland).

James Bay Coffee and Books: 143 Menzies St.
Used Books for sale, and tea leaf readings on Sunday afternoons.

Cafes, Bistros, Restaurants in James Bay (walk in under 20 minutes):

$-$$ Fisherman’s Wharf: 1 Dallas Rd.
Check out the float homes, go whale watching or kayaking and then eat!
Smoke and Anchor for pulled pork or seared wild tuna
The Fish Store for delicious seafood and gluten-free batter
Lots more to choose from.

$$ Nourish Kitchen & Café: 225 Quebec St.
Whole, unprocessed, natural, organic and seasonal ingredients in an 1888 heritage building with a beautiful patio too!

$$$ Blue Crab Seafood House: 146 Kingston St.
Sophisticated seafood restaurant on the waterfront

$$ Il Covo Trattoria: 106 Superior St.
Rustic Italian and a lush garden patio

$$ O Café and Bistro: 500 Oswego St.
Locally-sourced, globally-inspired sharing plates, with live music Wednesday and Sunday nights

$$ Breakwater Café-Bistro-Bar: 199 Dallas Rd.
Great after a walk along Dallas Rd. and the Ogden Point Breakwater. Bring a jacket for the breakwater if it’s windy.

$$ Heron Rock Bistro: 435 Simcoe St.
Delicious food, great prices, and live music Friday – Monday nights.

$-$$ The food trucks behind the Royal BC Museum: 675 Belleville St.
Tour the museum and eat alfresco out back at the food fair on wheels

Get Involved

We are seeking committee members for communications, logistics, social, programming, and other areas. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Claudia Sperling, Conference Co-Chair (csperlin@uvic.ca).