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 upcoming events you can attend in the weeks ahead.
The Kelowna Chamber's next Commerce ConneX event is set to take place on Thursday, March 23, at Kelowna BCSPCA (3785 Casorso Road) from 5 to 7 p.m. Learn more about this networking opportunity, which includes a tour of the facility, and register in advance through the Chamber website.
Small Business BC (SBBC) Live Education
Small Business BC (SBBC) has several upcoming webinars, including:
- March 22
- Financial Planning for Your Small Business | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- March 28
- Business Networking Skills for Success | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- March 29
- Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- March 31
- Financial Navigation for Indigenous Entrepreneurs | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Click the links above to register or visit the SBBC website for additional upcoming webinars. For information on accessing these and future education webinars, along with other SBBC resources, free of charge, visit Destination BC’s website.
Indigenous Resilience Festival
On Sunday, March 26, the Indigenous Resilience Festival (IRF) will take place at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The free community event will showcase "Indigenous Elders, youth, leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs sharing knowledge on their challenges that lead to triumphs." Presentations from more than 40 participants from Indigenous communities throughout BC will include dance, storytelling, music, and more. Learn more about IRF and register for free on the RCA website.
Join this 1-hour workshop, presented by BC's Hub for Workplace Mental Health, to learn more about navigating emotionally challenging conversations and applying effective communication tactics to address them successfully. The online session, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., is free to attend, but advance registration is required.
Matrices: Trans, Non-Binary & Agender Digital Connect
Pride at Work Canada is inviting trans, non-binary, and agender professionals and jobseekers to the sixth instalment of Matrices on March 28 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PDT. The free networking event will include a brief address from guest speaker, Pri Bertucci (they/them), about the history of Portuguese neutral language and pronouns, as well as some of the content of the Neutral and Inclusive Language Dossier. A one-on-one speed networking round will follow Pri's address. Learn more about the event and register here.
TIAC's Ask an Expert
Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) Members and Associate Members are invited to the next Ask an Expert session, taking place virtually on Wednesday, March 29. The 1-hour session will focus on the "ways your business can become more inclusive to the LGBTQ+ travel market by addressing the needs of both your internal team who identify as LGBTQ+ as well as potential LGBTQ+ customers." Learn more and register on the TIAC website.
Navigating LGBT+ Diversity & Inclusion in the Tourism Industry
Tourism-related businesses are invited to join the CGLCC on Thursday, March 30, to "learn about LGBT+ inclusion and how to effectively understand, value, and serve LGBT+ customers and employees." The online session will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT. Visit the CGLCC website to learn more and to register.
Future Industry Events
- Global Meetings Industry Day | March 30, 2023
- National Volunteer Week | April 16–22, 2023
- BC Cannabis Summit | Kelowna, BC | April 21–23, 2023
- Tourism Week in Canada | April 24–30, 2023
- BC Hotel Association Summit | Kelowna, BC | May 1–2, 2023 | Early bird pricing ends March 17.
Have an upcoming event or webinar that would interest those in the tourism industry? Email us so we can include the information in our next roundup.