Vancouver Island University will be hosting the 11th annual Vancouver Island Leadership Conference (VILC), March 8 – March 9.

VILC is sponsored by the VIU office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning. The conference is also supported by a team of students across multiple faculties and disciplines. Jonah Ferguson, a political science student and social media coordinator for VILC, says the conference will be an excellent opportunity for VIU students.

“I see this conference as an opportunity to expand my leadership capabilities, to network with other like-minded individuals, and to work with our team to produce an exceptional experience for all parties involved,” Ferguson said.

Conference speakers will include Mario Asta, Learning Development Program Manager for Microsoft Education; Sandy Pell, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Vidyard; and Attiya Hirji, Fund Development Officer for Oxfam Canada. The theme of this year’s conference is “explore, discover, inspire,” encouraging conference goers to explore Vancouver Island and discover new areas that will inspire them in hopes of inspiring other people.

“The three words are interconnected—each one influencing the others to ignite internal drive and meaningful action,” Hirji said of the conference theme. “We are global citizens, each one of us unique from one another, but together we can alter the course of the world. We have the opportunity and responsibility to learn and create something positive, but first we must have a deep understanding of the world we live in. Travel to foreign places, talk to unfamiliar people, and exchange knowledge and ideas. We have that power right here, right now.”

Registration for VILC is now open. Fees are $99 plus tax for students, who can register online or in person at the VIU Gymnasium. Space is limited, so conference priority will be on a first-come, first-served basis.