Local, provincial, and national organizations regularly host in-person and virtual events to provide learning and networking opportunities and facilitate discussions on various topics. Here are some of the upcoming events you can attend in the weeks ahead.

Greater Westside Board of Trade Events

Join the Greater Westside Board of Trade (GWBT) at The Modest Butcher on Tuesday, January 24, for their January Business After Hours event. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the event offers networking, local food and drink. and some great prizes. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

Then, on Thursday, January 26, GWBT will celebrate the nominees and announce the finalists for its Key Business Awards. The luncheon will be held at Kelly O'Bryan's in West Kelowna from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $50.

Visit the GWBT website for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop

KCR Community Resources will host a two-day, in-person session at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on January 31 and February 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop costs $20 to attend and will introduce and explore "the topics of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and why they matter." More information is available on the KCR Community Resources website.

Everything is Going to be Alright

The Okanagan Chapter of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) is hosting a luncheon on January 31 with guest speaker, Andrew Ramlo, who will discuss issues currently facing the industry in the Okanagan. The event will be held at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit the UDI website for more information.

15th Annual Business Expo & Employment Fair

Okanagan College will host its 15th Annual Business Expo & Employment Fair on Wednesday, February 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bringing students and local employers together. Attendees will include students in various programs, including Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Businesses in and around Kelowna interested in becoming an exhibitor for the event must register through Eventbrite before January 20—only a few spots remain. 

Empathic Leadership

On Wednesday, February 1, go2HR will host a 1-hour virtual session where leaders can "learn how to communicate more emphatically, using active listening and non-violent communication techniques." Presented through BC's Hub for Workplace Mental Health, the session is free to attend. Advanced registration can be completed through Eventbrite.

Small Business BC (SBBC) Live Education

Small Business BC (SBBC) regularly hosts webinars covering a wide variety of topics. Visit the SBBC website to view upcoming sessions. 

For information on how to access these and future education webinars, along with additional SBBC resources, free of charge, visit Destination BC’s website.

Future Industry Events

Have an upcoming event or webinar that would be of interest to those in the tourism industry? Email us so we can include the information in our next roundup.