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.

BC Hotel Association Summit 

The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) is inviting professionals in the hospitality industry to attend its upcoming Summit in Kelowna, taking place on May 1-2, 2023. This must-attend program offers a packed schedule of keynote speakers, panels, and breakout sessions that will equip you with tactical skills and invaluable insights to drive industry success. There will also be nearly 50 leading vendors at the Summit Marketplace and networking opportunities at events like the Summit Spring Fling and Awards Ceremony. Learn more and register now on the BCHA website.

Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge | The Importance of Measuring Sustainability Performance

Join TIABC and GreenStep at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, to learn more about taking the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge and about the importance of measuring the sustainability performance of your business or destination. Learn more and register through Zoom.

Pathway to Net Zero Carbon

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) will host a three-part MasterClass on achieving Net Zero Carbon based on the internationally accepted Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. The first virtual session takes place on Wednesday, May 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the two following sessions occurring during the same hours on May 17 and May 24. Learn more and register on the TIAC website

Female Founders Funders and Fortifiers (4F) Speaker Series

The third installment of the 4F speaker series, presented by BDC’s Thrive Venture Fund, Accelerate Okanagan, and the Canadian Securities Exchange, is set to take place at the Kelowna Innovation Centre on Thursday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Guest speaker, Camille Saltman, is the Chief Marketing and Sustainability Office at INCA Renewtech and the Co-founder and General Partner at the Okanagan Women’s Mentoring and Angel Network (OKGN WMAN). Tickets for the event can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Commerce ConneX

The Kelowna Chamber's next Commerce ConneX event will take place on Thursday, May 4, at The Co-operators - Solve Insurance Services from 5 to 7 p.m. Learn more about this networking opportunity and register through the Chamber website.

Tourism Kelowna Industry Forum & AGM

Tourism Kelowna invites industry members and partners to join us at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort on Tuesday, May 9, for our 2022 Annual General Meeting and a day of learning and networking at our Industry Form and Industry Mixer. Learn more and register on Eventbrite


Mayor Milsom's State of the City Breakfast

On Wednesday, May 10, West Kelowna Mayor, Gord Milsom, will host a State of the City presentation over breakfast.) The event will be hosted in person at The Cove Lakeside Resort from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration can be completed through the Greater Westside Board of Trade website.

Small Business BC (SBBC) Live Education

Small Business BC (SBBC) has several upcoming webinars, including:

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.

Board Bootcamp 101: Introduction

Learn more about the non-profit sector and the role of Board Directors in this virtual bootcamp session hosted by KCR on Wednesday, May 10, from 4 – 6 p.m. More information and registration info can be accessed on the KCR website

Future Industry Events

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.