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BCCIE Summer Conference provides an essential platform for the growth of BC’s International Education sector. BCCIE’s annual conference brings together more than 500 participants from our province, across Canada and beyond our borders. The conference attracts senior leaders, researchers, practitioners, student service providers, administrators, government, NGOs, and students to explore these ideas with the aim of strengthening our work and taking steps towards advancing outstanding leadership in the fields of International Education in BC.

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Sunday, June 17 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
International Student Virtual Kidnappings - Is Your Student at Risk?  

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Police agencies across the country increasingly come up against criminal schemes that largely target International Students. One such phenomena emerged in the summer of 2017 that were initially reported as kidnapping events. Members of a student’s family residing offshore contacted Canadian police advising they received ransom demands for the return of their captured child. In most cases, their child was an international student studying in the Greater Vancouver Area. Upon their recovery, police learned the victims were deceived by a sophisticated telecommunication fraud to participate in their own kidnapping to extort their families. This session will explore this type of incident as a case-study to illuminate some of the elaborate frauds that may entangle institutions and their international students while beginning to identify strategies to help ensure students are aware, informed and safe.

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Will Howard

Serious Crimes Unit, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Cpl. Will HOWARD has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since 2006. His first posting was to the Richmond RCMP Detachment, where he remains today. The majority of his career has been spent in Economic, Serious and Major Crime investigational units. Cpl. HOWARD is currently... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
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