Though we are unable to meet in person right now, numerous organizations are hosting webinars and virtual events that seek to provide information, to help us stay connected, and to inspire new ways of thinking. Each week, we’ll share some of the upcoming webinars and virtual events you can attend.

Destination Canada Tourism Industry Webinar

Destination Canada will be hosting its next webinar at 3:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, May 12. Joining Destination Canada as speakers will be The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, as well as the Tourism Industry Association Canada. Click here for the link to join in or to listen to recordings of past webinars.

How to use the CEWS Calculator

The BC Tourism Resiliency Network is hosting a hands-on webinar for tourism businesses to learn how to use the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Calculator on the Canada Revenue Agency website. Host Jenn Bogwald, CPA, CA, Partner and Business Advisor for MNP, will also be answering questions. Register now for this webinar, which takes place on Thursday, May 7, at 1 p.m.

Business Matters: Adapting to the new Tourism Reality

NowMedia Group will be hosting another edition of its Business Matters live stream on Thursday, May 7, from 10-11 a.m. PDT. Joining the live stream will be: Ingrid Jarett, BC Hotel Association; Michael J. Ballingall, Big White Ski Resort; and, Miles Prodan, BC Wine Institute. Click here for more information and to register.

Small Business BC (SBBC) Webinars

Google Strategies for Food and Beverage Businesses: On Thursday, May 7, from 1-2 p.m. PDT, SBBC will be hosting a webinar for people in the food and beverage industry, focused on using Google My Business to boost online business. You can also join in on SBBC’s Digital Meetups, which this week focus on the food and beverage industry.

COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety: On Friday, May 8, from 10-11 a.m. PDT, Chris Back from WorkSafeBC will discuss the preventative measures businesses can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The MX/ Online

Kelowna’s monthly LGBT2Q+ networking event is moving online. Join in on Thursday, May 7 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. PDT for a 15-minute presentation about the various government supports currently available, along with a virtual hangout and happy hour. Advance registration is required.

Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) Interactive Webinar

Each week, WEC—an organization focused on supporting women-owned businesses—is hosting a “Strength in Numbers” webinar, where entrepreneurs can stay connected. On Tuesday, May 12 at 2 p.m. PDT, the free webinar will be focused on self-care. Click here to register.

OYP Lunch and Learn: Online Learning

On Tuesday, May 12, from 12-1 p.m. PDT, Donna Langille, Community Engagement Librarian at UBC Okanagan, will discuss free options available for online learning. Register in advance here.

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