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.

Workplace Health & Safety Training

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:

View the Course Calendar for additional offerings taking place in November 2023. Space for the courses is limited, so advance registration is required. 

DKA After 5

The next Downtown Kelowna After 5 event takes place on Wednesday, September 20, at Pushor Mitchell LLP and will feature Summerhill Winery, Rustic Reel Brewing Company, The Art of Fine Catering, and Stoke Cold Pressed Juice. Tickets are $15/person and include appies and two complimentary drink tickets.  Visit Eventbrite to purchase your tickets.

Greater Westside Board of Trade Business After Hours

Join the Greater Westside Board of Trade (GWBT) at Manchester SPG on Thursday, September 21, for their September 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.

Commerce ConneX

The Kelowna Chamber's next Commerce ConneX event is set to take place on Wednesday, September 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at MNP. Learn more about this networking opportunity and register through the Chamber website.

Accelerating Housing in the Okanagan: Moving the Dial on Large-Scale Solutions

On Thursday, September 28, the Kelowna Chamber will host the next iteration of its Speakers Series presented by Okanagan School of Business. The event will focus on housing in and around Kelowna, with a panel of guest speakers providing insights and updates. The session will take place in person at Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport from 12 - 1:30 p.m. Visit the Chamber website for more information and to register. 

Understanding Truth and ReconciliACTION

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's (TOTA) Indigenous Tourism team is hosting a 2-hour virtual workshop on September 28 to empower tourism professionals to engage with Indigenous neighbours, businesses, and communities within Canada. The online session will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Advance registration is required and can be completed online.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is observed on September 30, offering visitors and residents an opportunity to honour residential school survivors and those who never made it home, along with their families and communities.

The day has also been recognized as Orange Shirt Day since 2013, honouring the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad and all the children harmed by the residential school system. You can purchase 'Every Child Matters' shirts locally at Sncewips Museum and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society.

On September 27, the first session of a four-part weekly workshop, K’west’lap ee Stethtatht (Truth Shows Itself), will take place. Hosted by Kelowna Museums, the workshops will be led by syilx Elders, Grouse and Pamela Barnes. 

In October, Sncewips Heritage Museum will be offering a four-part Cultural Competency Training program, where syilx knowledge keepers will provide attendees with the knowledge needed to being their journey towards reconciliation. 

Small Business BC (SBBC) Live Education

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.


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.