Numerous local, provincial, and national organizations continue to host webinars and virtual events to provide learning and networking opportunities and facilitate discussions on a variety of topics. Here are some of the webinars and events you can attend in the weeks ahead.


Labour Market Forum

Join Tourism HR Canada for its annual Labour Market Forum, March 15-18, 2021. The free, virtual event will feature speakers from across the industry presenting on a variety of topics centred around four pillars: Skills, Supply, Sentiment, and Strategy. Visit the event website for the full schedule and to register.


Employee Recruitment During a Pandemic: Practical Tips

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and go2HR are presenting this free webinar as part of the Tourism Resiliency Network webinar series. Join in on Tuesday, March 16, from 1-2 p.m. PDT for tips on how to recruit and retain talent for the upcoming summer season. Find more information and register online.


2021 Culinary Tourism Webinar Series

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) have partnered to host a series of complimentary online webinars focused on culinary tourism development:

  • Multisensory Experience Development
    Tuesday, March 16, 10 a.m. PDT
  • Partnering for Success
    Thursday, March 18, 9 a.m. PDT
  • Growing Agritourism
    Thursday, March 25, 8 a.m. PDT
  • Exceeding Expectations
    Wednesday, March 31, 8 a.m. PDT

Click the links above for more information and to register.


BC Wine Industry Insight Conference 2021

Wine Growers British Columbia (formerly BC Wine Institute), BC Wine Grape Council, BC Grapegrowers’ Association, and the BC Wine Authority are co-presenting the BC Wine Industry Insight Conference on Thursday, March 18, 2021, which will include breakout sessions as well as a keynote from Lane Merrifield of CBC’s Dragons’ Den and tech entrepreneur. Click here for more information and to register.


CSAE BC MLA Panel: Government Relations During the COVID-19 Ages

The BC Network of the Canadian Society for Association Executives (CSAE)—who are dedicated to association and not-for-profit professionals—is hosting a panel discussion to offer practical tips on government relations during COVID-19. Click here for more information and to register for the event, which will take place on Thursday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PDT.


Business Smarts Webinar – Cybersecurity

The next Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Smarts webinar will be focused on cybersecurity. Join in on Wednesday, March 24, from 9-10 a.m. PDT as guest speaker, Garland Sharratt, consultant in cybersecurity / information security and resilience, offers information on how to make your business more secure. Click here for more information and to register.


Connect with Student Talent

Learn more about how your organization can benefit from working with students from UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College in this free webinar on Tuesday, March 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PDT. The webinar is being hosted by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and presented by Talent Forward, which is a partnership program that helps connect businesses with student talent. Learn more and register online


Small Business BC (SBBC) Webinars

SBBC continues to regularly host webinars on a wide variety of topics applicable to small businesses. Upcoming sessions include:

Visit the SBBC website to see other upcoming webinars.


Going Digital with DER3 Business Advisor, Richard Takai

Businesses can book one-hour sessions with Accelerate Okanagan’s DER3 Business Advisor, Richard Takai, to learn how they can expand and improve their online presence. Sessions are available (with advance registration) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. PDT on March 15, 22, and 29. Visit Accelerate Okanagan’s online calendar for more information and to register.

Those interested in additional support can apply for the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) program; deadline to apply is March 15.


IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism 

IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism is hosting a virtual session on March 31, 2021, from 8:30-10 a.m. PDT, to examine and discuss recovery and the future of tourism. The following industry members will be speaking at the session:

  • Keith Henry, President & CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
  • Marsha Walden, President & CEO of Destination Canada
  • Katie Briscoe, President, MMGY Global

Destination Greater Victoria's CEO, Paul Nursey, will moderate the free event, with a welcome address from Marion Joppe, Professor at the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, University of Guelph, and President, Tourism environment. Click here for additional details and to register. 


OYP Coffee Social

The next virtual coffee social, hosted by OYP, will take place from 8-9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Register and join in on Kumospace to network with other Kelowna professionals. Click here for more information.


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.