SchoolAdvice Canada West

Admissions Consultants



Admissions consulting for families seeking private and independent school options for their children. With offices around the globe, our professional experts can help you with applications, admissions, and relocation.

Professional Educators, Trusted Advice

SchoolAdvice Canada West provides admission consulting to families and students considering K-12 schools and university level studies in Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK and Europe. Our global network of professional educators works with families seeking the best day and boarding school options for their children. We offer a free 30 minute consultation via video conference, telephone, or personal visit.  Chat online with an education consultant to ask questions and seek advice.


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(604) 449 1583 | (888) 509 7202
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Berlin | Montreal | New York | London | Hangzhou | Hong Kong | Singapore | Vancouver | Capetown | Bratislava | Adelaide


is pleased to collaborate with the SchoolAdvice network.  As an Independent SchoolAdvice Affiliate, we are able to offer families further expertise when selecting schools in North America, Hong Kong, the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.

University Acceptance

Canadian/ International Private School Admissions

American Boarding School Admissions

Tutoring Students

Early Years Sudents

KeyAdmissions – Our Founding


For each of KEY’s co-founders, a strong educational foundation set us on the right path. A private school education helped prepare us to study at some of the world’s top universities and equip us with the skills to advance in the workplace to ultimately helping us build happy, successful, and productive lives. Our passions are to share these lessons with others, to serve as positive role models, and to provide our students with lifelong educational foundations and preparation.

A Comprehensive Experience


From observing the evolving needs of our students, our company’s focus expanded from admission strategy – counseling students on choosing and applying to the right-fit private schools and universities – to providing students with the fundamental skills required for success. An acceptance letter is not nearly enough; a pathway to success at that institution and beyond is the approach that is necessary to ensure future success. As we began working with more students, we saw that the earlier students establish a strong foundation, the better equipped they would be to learn new concepts and scaffold those to existing ones.

Meet the Team Behind SchoolAdvice Canada West

Ben Batt

Ben Batt

Managing Director

After graduating from UBC, Ben moved back to the United States to work in finance and real estate in San Francisco. He returned to Vancouver to join a commercial finance brokerage, which was acquired by a large Canadian pension fund, and soon thereafter by the Royal Bank of Canada, making it one of the largest leasing companies in Canada.

While he was consistently recognized as a top national contributor, he was looking for another outlet that spoke to his passions. Being an advocate for the educational advancement, Ben co-founded an admissions strategy firm in 2009 alongside fellow St. George’s graduate Ali Nathoo. He found that helping people achieve their dreams was deeply satisfying, and it drove him to spread KEY’s message to a wider audience. Merging with a like-minded admissions strategy firm in 2011, he is committed to thought leadership in admissions strategy and building legacies through sound advice.

Diana Chang

Diana Chang

Admissions Strategist

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development, Queen’s University

Bryan R. Ide

Bryan R. Ide

Education Director, Principal of KEY Enrichment Centre

First Year Undergraduate Studies, McGill University
Bachelor of Arts in Government, Cornell University
Master of Arts in Political Science, Columbia University

Bryan believes in the transformational power of education and is passionate about helping students and families make the right educational choices. He graduated from St. George’s School and holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA from Columbia University. He has spent most of his professional life in education having worked in institutional advancement for both St. George’s School and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Also, he is the past chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network Committee for British Columbia. Bryan is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and subscribes to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice, and he is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and subscribes to HECA standards of good practice. Also, Bryan is nearing completion of his Associate Certified Academic Life Coach certification.

Bryan’s unique background in attending and working for some of these institutions has instilled in him a distinct insider’s perspective. His wealth of experience and relentless approach have helped many students achieve success in gaining acceptance to their desired schools. As a thought leader, he writes and speaks on a variety of educational topics including admissions and education trends, private school and selective university admissions, parenting, and the right preparation. He has been featured on CBC Radio and Fairchild TV and in the Vancouver Sun, Our Kids Media, North Shore News, Sing Tao, 24 Hours, West Canada Weekly, Global Chinese Press, New Leaf Weekly, World Journal, Lahoo, and Westca.

Anjli Shah

Anjli Shah

Admissions Strategist

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish, Smith College
Diploma in Accounting, Sauder School of Business

Featured Canadian Schools

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King’s-Edgehill School | Windsor, Nova Scotia

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Star Academy | Mississauga, Ontario

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Trinity College School | Port Hope, Ontario

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Aurora International School | Newmarket, Ontario

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Fraser Valley Elementary School | Langley, British Columbia

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Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School | Montréal, Québec

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Upper York School | Markham, Ontario



SchoolAdvice Services


School Selection and Application

SchoolAdvice works with you to find and enroll your children in the ‘best fit’ schools.


Student VISA Application

SchoolAdvice will guide you through the process of acquiring a student VISA.


Legal Guardianship Services

SchoolAdvice provides legal guardianship services for your son or daughter while attending Canadian schools.


Advisor Services

SchoolAdvice offers educational advisory services for students enrolled in Canadian and US Schools.


Family Immigration and Settlement Services

SchoolAdvice assists families with Canadian and US immigration.


Advocacy services

SchoolAdvice consultants advocate for parents and students of Independent Schools.


Student Advisory and Support

SchoolAdvice consultants offer 24/7 assistance to students enrolled in Independent Schools.


Student Assessment

SchoolAdvice will arrange for professional educational assessments for your children.


IEP Development

SchoolAdvice consultants works with families and education professionals to develop customized IEP’s for students.


Educational Planing

SchoolAdvice works with students and families to develop short and long term educational footprints.


What our client’s are saying

“We came to Michael Hayes with a late and urgent need for the best school placement for our son. He knew the most appropriate schools and had personal contacts at those schools at his fingertips. He moved very quickly and obtained us three interviews rapidly, at a time when schools were full and already in session. Michael’s guidance and intercession were beyond valuable and worth every penny to us.”

John WH

Ottawa, Ontario

“This was an invaluable service to our family. Our children are in excellent schools and comfortably settled into our new home. I highly recommend SchoolAdvice to anyone considering sending their children to private schools in Canada.”

Arif K.

Dubai, UAE

“Our consultant, Michael, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He found the perfect school for our ‘special needs’ daughter.”

Susan A.

Toronto, Ontario

“Moving from Germany to Canada was a big move for our family. Finding the right schools for our four children would have made the whole venture near impossible without the services of SchoolAdvice. We are more than pleased with how they helped us.”

Hans S.

Berlin, Germany

“SchoolAdvice is one of the best consultancies for student development that we ever worked with. The service is flawless and Michael Hayes is a very personable professional. We got more than what we paid for and they went out of their ways to ensure we get the right treatment from the targeted schools. I would recommend the service to any family that want an unbiased consultancy on the right school for their kids.”

Wassim M.

Dubai, UAE

“School Advice’s Team gave our family precious advice on the most suitable school for our kids in Montreal. Highly recommend!”

Moyses F.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“We are new to the area and needed help deciding on an elementary school. I emailed School Advice on Saturday and by Sunday afternoon Michael had scheduled a phone call with me for the following week. His advice was helpful and his knowledge thorough. When we need to make our next school transition I will definitely contact him again.”

Nancy D.

Montréal, Québec

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