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 Greater Westside Board of Trade (GWBT) is hosting its November Business After Hours event on Thursday, November 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Porelli Law. The event offers networking, local food and drink, and some great prizes. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
The 36th annual Business Excellence Awards, presented by Kelowna Chamber, are set to take place at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort on Friday, November 17, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tourism Kelowna is proud to be once again sponsoring the Excellence in Tourism Award alongside 16 other award categories. Visit the Kelowna Chamber website for all the details and to purchase tickets.
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's Energy Analyst is hosting a free introductory webinar on Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to help participants understand how RNG is an adaptable option to lower carbon footprints in businesses, transportation, and residential sectors. The session will take place on Tuesday, November 21, at 9 a.m. Register to attend through Zoom.
Join BCFED Health and Safety Centre to discover how you can make your workplaces safer—in-person training sessions will take place in Kelowna on the following dates:
- November 21: Occupational Health & Safety Committee, Part 1
- November 22: Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace
- November 23: Psychologically Healthy & Safe Workplaces
The final Downtown Kelowna After 5 for 2023 is on Wednesday, November 22, at Metro Hub from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will kick off the holiday season, with small bites from Earls Kitchen & Bar. Tickets are $15/person and include appies and two complimentary drink tickets. Visit Eventbrite to purchase your tickets.
The BC Centre for Agritech Innovation (BCCAI) is hosting a Knowledge Cafe at the Kelowna Yacht Club on Wednesday, November 22. The event, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will cover topics like the "impact of climate change on agriculture and food security" and "the immense possibilities and challenges within British Columbia's agritech sector." Spaces for an optional afternoon tour of UBCO's Plant Growth Facility and FiLTER lab are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to learn more and to get your free tickets.
The Kelowna Chamber's next Speaker Series event is on Thursday, November 23, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The in-person event, held at the Coast Capri Hotel, will feature guest speaker Pierre Cleroux, VP Research & Chief Economist at BDC, who will provide a broad look and deep dive into the economy post-pandemic. Tickets are $67 (or $52 for Chamber Members)—they must be purchased before NOON on Friday, November 17. Visit the Chamber website to learn more and to secure your spot.
Small Business BC (SBBC) regularly hosts live webinars and provides access to on-demand learning. Visit the SBBC website to see what's coming up and to find more information on accessing these and future education webinars, along with other SBBC resources, free of charge, on Destination BC’s website.
Upcoming Local, Provincial, and National Tourism Industry Events
- November 15, 2023: Fortify Artisan Fermenters and Distillers Business Conference and Tradeshow | Penticton, BC
- November 21 & 22, 2023: Boating BC Conference | Delta, BC
- November 21 & 22, 2023: Canada Tourism Congress | Ottawa, ON
- December 5, 2023: Tourism Kelowna Holiday Mixer | Kelowna, BC
- January 21–24, 2024: IMPACT Sustainability, Travel & Tourism Summit | Victoria, BC
- March 6 & 7, 2024: BC Tourism Industry Conference | Victoria, BC
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.