By Gardiner Wilson
After being the High Commissioner to the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam (and it doesn't get any more exotic than that), I retired to my home town Vancouver and a job at the Canadian Education Centre Network a private non profit company supported by DFAIT and mandated to promote Canada as an education destination to international students...an activity near and dear to my heart. When the CECN began to lose it's way I left...it went out of business about a year later. Almost immediately I began to be contacted by former CECN overseas managers who asked me to put together education familiarization tours. Over the past 9 years my wife Suchitra and I have traveled to all 10 provinces with groups of educators, education agents, media reps all of whom are interested in learning more about Canada's education system both K-12 and post secondary. We have had small groups from India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Libya and larger group tours I organize on behalf of the Canadian Accredited Indpendent Schools (CAIS). I do the promotion of the tours to prospective participating school here, organize all the logistics (including meals - see below) and assisted by my wife Suchitra, lead the tours throughout Canada. It is quite tiring but great fun.