Webcast sponsored by Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. As an introduction to Conference Week, we will have a night of dance and song performances, highlighted by the giving of a Keynote speech. What does it mean to re-write the African story? We will end this night by inviting all to engage with AAI over the next 4 days.

Keynote Speaker: Njeri Rionge is passionate about growing businesses and igniting potential, and believes in Africa as the next economic frontier. With over 26 years of leadership and change-management experience, Rionge has worked throughout her career within companies and also as an external management consultant, scaling businesses for corporate and start up initiatives both in Kenya and internationally. Rionge uses her entrepreneurial skill set to ignite passion to deliver organizational development and deliver bottom line results, and has a track record that demonstrates effective leadership in high-growth start-ups and corporate turnaround scenarios.

Learn more about Njeri Rionge: http://www.njeri-rionge.com/

The Small Business Accelerator (SBA) is a program that helps entrepreneurs and provides free online expert library assistance, industry information and access to secondary market research help. We actively seek partnerships that align with our interest to help BC businesses succeed.

The SBA and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre are proud to support Fundica’s 2014 Funding Roadshow which gives entrepreneurs working on an innovative product will get the chance to pitch their business to a panel of angels, VCs, banks, and government organizations. Entrepreneurs will individually pitch in a closed setting to funders in order to:

  • Receive candid feedback on their pitch and business model
  • Meet experts who provide one-on-one tips for their business
  • Follow-up with funders and potentially get funded

For more information go to the 2014 Funding Roadshow webpage or to register, click here.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – final week!

A reminder that there is one week left until the Call for Proposals deadline for the IOP 2014 Conference – closing on Monday, March 3


IOP 2014 Conference | May 3

UBC Vancouver

Faculty of Education



Teaching is demanding and complex work, made more difficult if we try to do it in isolation or without sharing and exploring our understandings together. In order to better understand and improve our teaching practice, many of us engage in classroom, program or institution-based investigations focusing on the what, the how and the why of our practice.

On May 3, 2014 UBC hosts the 17th Annual IOP Conference, where practicing education professionals and students come together to share their questions, investigations and understandings about their practice.

The conference stresses dialogue among participants; presentations are intended to provoke and inform discussion. These exchanges typically fall within the following areas of inquiry:

  •  the preparation of practitioners
  •  the ongoing education of practitioners
  • the focus on classroom practice
  • the context of practice (e.g., social, political and cultural analysis of practice)
  • researching practice (e.g., teacher inquiry/action)

The Call for Proposals is open. Proposals are submitted online and the closing date is March 3, 2014. We invite proposals in three formats:


  • Submit a proposal for an individual or group session. We want challenging, relevant, interactive presentations that showcase how you have been investigating some dimension of teaching practice. Session time should be divided equally between provoking discussion by providing access to your understandings and providing opportunity for others to discuss your conclusions.
  • Host a roundtable discussion. You have a critical question you would like to discuss with other practitioners and you are willing to initiate and moderate a conversation, perhaps based on your own experience or research.
  • Prepare a poster session. The poster format is ideal for the visual presentation of research results, a program of research or research activities of a group.

The conference committee will review all proposals and notify applicants by March 21, 2014. 

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