8:00am PST (9:00am MST, 11:00am EST)
Welcome to Kelowna! We are so glad that you will be joining us over the next two days to learn about our destination and all that we offer for meetings, conferences and events. Please join us for introductions from your hosts and an overview of the next two days.
8:30am PST (9:30am MST, 11:30am EST)
Set on the sandy shores of the Okanagan Lake in arguably Canada’s Most “Tropic-Like” destination - Kelowna; Bobby Bissessar, Director of Sales & Marketing at Kelowna’s premier lakeside resort shares the adventures of Ella Lamoureux, Rebellious Unicorns’ “Employee of the Year,” on her most recent incentive trip. Keep an eye on Ella during her stay as she engages in a plethora of distinctive and one-of-a-kind experiences at The Cove Lakeside Resort. Buckle up, and enjoy the ride…
Join Gord Hotchkiss with Giro Okanagan to learn about the origins of our community and our ties to the Okanagan/syilx people. This 10-minute video can be watched at your leisure and shares the story of how Kelowna got its name.
Explore a few other businesses in the area that are a great fit for meetings and events.
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2:00pm PST (3:00pm MST, 5pm EST)
Ensure that you have your bottle of 50th Parallel Estate 2019 Pinot Gris chilled and pour yourself a glass.
Meet the Proprietors of 50th Parallel Estate; Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel and learn how they transformed a 61-acre cherry orchard into a world-class wine destination, complete with a tasting room, restaurant and over 10,000 square feet of event space to accommodate up to 300 people. Sheri-Lee and Curtis will be joined by Chef; Kai Koroll; Winemaker: Matthew Fortuna and Corporate Sales Director; Dana Crichton.
Thank you for joining us for Day 1 of our Destination Showcase. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
8:00am PST (9:00am MST, 11:00am EST)
Tracy Steen with Move Daily Fitness will guide us through a stretching session to get the blood flowing and our day started right. With her Master of Arts in Counselling and personal training certification, Tracy will stress the importance of moving your fitness, nutrition and wellness daily. No equipment needed, you can energize and stretch out from the comfort of your chair. Check out her YouTube Channel and TikTok for additional workouts and tips.
8:15am PST (9:15am MST, 11:15am EST)
Did you know that Kelowna is home to many innovators and creators and that is why it was named the most enterprising region in Canada by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business? Join Tourism Kelowna, the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and KF Aerospace to learn about OKGo – a new program that offers additional value to planners looking for destinations with expertise in key industries.
Take a moment, well actually 8 minutes, to explore the Kettle Valley Railway’s Myra Canyon, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. A short drive from Kelowna, the KVR is one of our most popular off-site activities. Check out the spectacular views and learn from Gord how this unsuspecting railway almost played a key role in WWII.
The start of the wine industry in the Valley began with Calona Wines, but it almost didn’t happen. Gord tells us his final story about how the Catholic Church saved the winery and led to the Valley becoming the premier wine region of the province. Enjoy the final 7-minute video and learn why we can thank Father McKenzie for our wine tasting yesterday!
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11:00am PST (12:00pm MST, 2:00pm EST)
Unwind over Okanagan Valley wine, online. Two of Kelowna’s major group destinations, Iconic Wineries of British Columbia and Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, are pairing up for a flavour-packed and fun-filled virtual tasting at the landmark Mission Hill Family Estate. First, winery Executive Chef Patrick Gayler and resort Executive Chef David Foot will tag team their twist on that BBQ staple, potato salad, live from the TV-worthy Culinary Theatre. Then, your host duo, Shannon Bruckshaw and Clee Varon, will join Iconic Wineries of BC General Manager Graham Nordin to taste wines ideal for spring sipping. While you raise your glasses, they will also share juicy insider tips on what makes Kelowna an unbeatable pick for both winemakers, and event planners.
Prep Tip: Don’t forget to chill your wines before the session and set up your sipping space before logging on.
12:30pm PST (1:30pm MST, 3:30pm EST)
Hosted by the TK Business Development Team
Join the team for a final farewell, we will announce some prizes, and wrap up our destination showcase. We have enjoyed getting to spend some time with you over the last two days. Thank you for learning about Kelowna, we look forward to welcoming you in person soon!