2019 Annual CIEL Conference

We are excited to announce the 2019 Annual CIEL Conference at QUEST University.

The conference will begin on the 24th with a pre-conference on the Block Plan and other innovative scheduling approaches. The CIEL conference kick-off event is scheduled for that evening. Panels will be held on October 25th and 26th.

The following are the 2019 CIEL Conference panels:

  • Peer to Peer Mentorship

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Progressive Education

  • Transcripts from non-traditional schools: a workshop

  • Northwest Studies

  • Teaching the Liberal Arts through Progressive Education

  • Experiments in Faculty Governance 

  • Bringing New Students into a Revitalized Liberal Arts Environment

Some of the panels still have space to include more voices, particularly the panels on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Northwest Studies, and the Experiments in Faculty Governance panel.  If you or someone else from your institution is interested in participating, we can put you in touch with those chairing.  


2019 CIEL Annual Conference


Dates: October 24-October 26

Location: QUEST University Canada

3200 University Boulevard Squamish

BC V8B 0N8, Canada


QUEST University is located in beautiful British Colombia.

More information about QUEST University Canada can be found here.

Ready to Explore?


  • Shannon Falls Provincial Park: A beautiful place to hike, and close to the Stawamus Chief Park. A short hike will take you to the beautiful falls. 
  • Porteau Cove Provincial Park: A great little beach for scuba diving, canoeing, biking, hiking, rock climbing, and fishing. The Aurora Borealis (October to March) is visible here, and star gazing is always an attraction! 
  • Alice Lake Provincial Park: This scenic park contains four lakes and is perfect for hiking, swimming, and picnicking.
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park: This park is a favorite destination of outdoor enthusiasts, with lush alpine meadows, wildlife viewing opportunities, alpine flowers blooming in lush meadows, and hikes ranging from a few hours to a few days using map and compass. The park is known for its many peaks, formed by its volcanic geological history.
  • Brohm Lake: This big lake is perfect for fishing, swimming, and hiking. For a workout, hike up the Thompson Trail.
  • Stawamus Chief Park: More experienced hikers will love this challenging trail with stunning views that are more than worth the walk.
  • Squamish Estuary: Fans of wildlife and birdwatching will love this lush wetland environment with a great view of Stawamus Chief Mountain.

Arts and Culture

  • Brackendale Art Gallery Theatre Teahouse: Established in 1970 as a community cultural centre to foster and further appreciation of local, BC and Canadian visual and performing art and artists. The Gallery is also a focus for environmental awareness and conservation and a meeting place for community groups.
  • Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre (Whistler BC): Galleries of incredible First Nations art and culture.
  • Audain Art Museum (Whistler BC): A hidden gem featuring the work of Emily Carr and many other First Nations artists.
  • Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver BC): The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First Nation band governments of the Pacific Northwest.

Sightseeing and Activities

  • Aerial Kiteboarding & Squamish Watersports, Mountain Biking, Whitewater Rafting, Rock Climbing, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding 
  • Rental Equipment: More information here.
  • Sea to Sky Air: A small company with a big goal– Promote environmental awareness and protection of our region by showcasing the Squamish wilderness to everyone, regardless of their age or fitness level. In our small aircraft and floatplanes everyone has the chance to experience the enjoyment of being amongst ancient mountains, plateaus, valleys, lakes, rivers, fjords, and wetlands, without the need for expert knowledge or backcountry equipment.
  • Sea to Sky Highway: A two-lane scenic highway passes both the Pacific Ocean and rugged mountain peaks.
  • Squamish Craft Tasting Trail: A visit to Squamish is not complete without a trip one of the local brewpubs, cideries, distillery or other craft beverage makers. With a variety of small boutique producers, Squamish is quickly becoming well known in the craft brew and distillery scene. More information here.
  • Brewery Tours and Tasting Rooms: More information here
  • Pepe’s Chophouse and Seafood: Dining at Pepe’s is a premium casual dining experience. Perfect for the whole family or a romantic evening out. Every ingredient is hand chosen and cooked to perfection. Come and enjoy a wide range of classic and modern appetizers and accompaniments make choosing difficult, but satisfaction guaranteed.
  • The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar: The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar features Pacific Northwest inspired share plates created by Executive Chef Jeff Park, paired with a beverage selection curated by General Manager and Sommelier Pat Allan. Each dish highlights sustainable, organic and seasonal ingredients. ($$)
  • The Copper Coil Still & Grill: Opened in 2015, The Copper Coil Still and Grill is a southern-style restaurant with a west coast twist, focusing on quality local ingredients including hormone free and antibiotic-free meat and BC oysters. The menu includes Pemberton Valley Bison, local Dungeness Crab and slow-cooked smoked pork in a maple bourbon barbecue sauce. Vegan, gluten-free and kids menu options make this central Cleveland Avenue spot a local favourite. ($)
  • The Crabapple Cafe: Bringing happiness through the appreciation of wholesome, delicious food for Breakfast and Lunch. The menu is designed to appeal to all, with a focus on traditional cuisine, families, vegan, gluten-free and organic food. ($)
  • Howe Sound Brew Pub: Rated one of BC’s best pubs for food and beer, the Howe Sound Brew Pub has become one of Squamish’s most popular spots for visitors and locals alike. With its warm post and beam construction and dramatic high ceilings, the brew pub offers the perfect venue to show off the Stawamus Chief rock climbing face along with the rest of Squamish’s natural scenery and character. Take a seat at the bar where you’ll find all of Howe Sound Brewing’s handcrafted, micro-brewed ales and lagers on draft, or sit outside where you’ll find a pub patio along with spectacular views of the Stawamus Chief.  Located next to the brew pub is the family-friendly Firebread restaurant best known for oven-fired pizza and weekend brunches. ($)
  • SAHA Eatery: We offer a unique dining experience by combining traditional Lebanese and Moroccan recipes with modern dietary practices. Using ethically sourced meat, poultry & seafood, organic grains, legumes & root vegetables, we prepare our food from scratch daily, while including a range of gluten free & vegan dishes. ($)
  • Backcountry Brewing: Come experience our unique tasting room complete with a wide array of fresh craft beer on draft, growler fill and packaged. A hip pub open 7 days a week with Pizzas, salads and snacks. ($)
  • Sunny Chibas: We pride our self on making fresh food. We serve fried chicken and Mexican style cuisine in a fun and funky atmosphere. Lots of vegetarian options! ($)
  • Caffe Garibaldi: A little cafe with sandwiches and ice cream to go and view of the mountains. ($)
  • Mountain Burger House: Traditional diner style fare. Unpretentious with an extensive menu. ($)
  • Zephyr Cafe: A funky little place with lots of healthy, vegan, and vegetarian options. This is the right place for a salad or rice bowl. ($)
  • Backyard: A classic pub serving burgers, street tacos, and poutine and a wide selection of craft ales. ($)

The closest airport to QUEST University is Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Driving: Just take BC-99 North to Squamish, 1.5 hours. Expect a taxi to cost $130-170 USD

Bus: Take the YVR Skylynx all the way from Vancouver International Airport to Squamish Adventure Center. The ride takes 2 hours and is an less expensive option at $60.

Train: Shave a few dollars off your taxi fare by taking the subway from YVR Station Platform 2 to Waterfront Station on the Canada Line.

Executive Suites Hotel & Resort Garibaldi Highlands: From $122/night, 1.5 miles from QUEST

Sandman Hotel & Suites Squamish: From $118/night, 2.4 miles from QUEST

Squamish Highlands Bed and Breakfast: From $114/night, 1.3 miles from QUEST

Mountain Retreat Hotel: From $85/night, 3.7 miles from QUEST

Sea to Sky Conference Center and Hotel: From $80/night, 2.3 miles from QUEST

Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company: From $75/night, 5.2 miles from QUEST

Hotel Squamish: From $56/night, 5.1 miles from QUEST

Squamish Adventure Inn: From $52/night, 0.8 miles from QUEST

For more accommodation information, see hotwire.com

If you have questions, comments or would like to inquire about joining a panel, please feel free to reach out to:

Noah Coburn: ncoburn@bennington.edu

Kim Dawe: Kimberly.Dawe@questu.ca