Join a visiting Austrian student delegation


Royal Roads University is hosting 29 masters and undergraduate international business students from Management Center Innsbruck during the week May 13 to 17. The students are learning about Canadian society and business, and you are invited to join us for special activities highlighting indigenous engagement in business and international trade and Canada's immigration policies on Monday May 13 and Tuesday, May 14. You are welcome to join one or both events.

On Monday, May 13 from 9:00am-noon in the LIC Centre for Dialogue RRU Indigenous Education and Student Services together with Animikii Indigenous Technology has organized a special open event that will highlight and discuss indigenous engagement in international trade in both a historical and contemporary context. The presentation will include a special welcome to Lekwungen traditional territories from Lekwungen drummers and singers, then presentations by Asmanahi Antoine on indigenous trades and treaties in the region, by Animikii highlighting their work to support indigenous business development, and a panel discussion of ways indigenous businesses are and can engage in international markets.

On Tuesday May 14 from 5:00-7:30 on the Quarterdeck you can join a panel presentation and discussion on Canada's immigration policies. This event will feature a panel of immigration experts discussing aspects of Canadian immigration and integration policies, and will then break into "table discussions " of key questions related to immigration. Guests will include the visiting MCI students, 80 international students from the MGM program, and 40 community members of the Canadian International Council. You are welcome to join to hear the presentations and then meet and engage with a diverse set of international students and international experts from the Victoria community. There will be light food and reception from 5:00-5:30, presentations from 5:30-6:15, table discussions 6:30-7:00 and then final reports from table groups.

The MCI students are visiting as part of a study tour on "Doing Business in Canada" led by RRU School of Business Professor Charles Krusekopf, and organized by the International Contact Training department. The students are gaining first hands views and experience with business and society in Canada through a variety of speakers and site visits in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria.

The group was in Vancouver May 6-9, where they toured locations including the Mercedes Fuel Cell production facility, the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Port of Vancouver and the BCIT Digital Technologies labs. Partner organizations and speakers in Vancouver included the German-Canadian Business Association, the Canada-EU Chamber of Commerce, the consulates of Germany and Austria, BCIT School of Business and the Asia Pacific Foundation.  On Friday May 10 the group were hosted by RRU MEM Alum Heather Beresford for a sustainability tour of Whistler, and gain an appreciation of the traditional peoples and environment through tours led by the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.  In Victoria in addition to the RRU campus activities they will visit the BC Museum and Parliament, engage in a case study on the Trans-Mountain pipeline with MGM students, and discuss Canada's engagement and soft power in a digital world. On Friday May 17 the students will wrap up making presentations on business development ideas that link Canada and Europe.   The tour is part of the academic cooperation with MCI including student and faculty exchanges, a Dual Degree program between RRU MGM and the MCI blended MBA, and other developing ties.

Please join us to welcome our student visitors from Austria (and Germany, Italy and Finland)!