How can the Okanagan build a future focused resilient economy?
How can the Okanagan build a future focused resilient economy?

How can the Okanagan build a future focused resilient economy?

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The Laurel Packinghouse

1304 Ellis Street

Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z9


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On Point Series #2: How can the Okanagan build a future focused resilient economy?

Let's talk about economic prosperity that can make us a diverse, adaptable, and resilient community. Join us on October 25th at 7pm to learn more about economic development in the Okanagan.

Did you know the Okanagan once boasted a prosperous tobacco industry? Can our economic history teach us about how we can adapt to change? 

Is resilience the answer, and if so, what’s the secret sauce?

Please join us for a casual evening of local beer, wine, food, music, and art -- where we will hear from industry experts and you -- community members interested in the future of Kelowna. 

*On Point is brought to you by Urban Systems Ltd. and in support of the City of Kelowna's community-centred initiative, Imagine Kelowna

Doors open at 7pm and the program begins at 7:30pm. Coffee, tea, light snacks, and desert will be served. Beer, wine, and ciders will be available at the CASH ONLY bar. 


We are please to host a number of community leaders who all play a role in the story of economic resilience. 

  • Larry Widmer – General Manager, Community Futures Development Corporation (Central Okanagan)
  • Keely Bruel – Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm
  • Danielle Levine – Executive Director, Aboriginal Social Enterprise (ASE) Program
  • Raghwa Gopal – CEO, Accelerate Okanagan
  • Laurel Douglas, CEO Women's Enterprise Centre


We are thrilled to bring you another witty poem by the talented, Erin Scott

NEW for the 2nd #OnPointKelowna Series: 

  • Entertainment from motivational speaker and hip hop artist, K.A.S.P
  • Music from The Blue Quartet


Thank-you to Chris Walker and CBC Radio's Daybreak South for moderating the 2nd #OnPointKelowna. 

CBC Radio and On Point

Imagine Kelowna is about our future. It is our collective vision for our community. 

How can we move from vision to reality when shaping the very city we work and play in? Mayor, Council and City staff will do their part – they will use our vision to inform investments, efforts and decisions within our community. Awesome. That’s one piece of the puzzle. But we, as community members, have a part to play as well.

On Point: A Series of Upside Down Town Halls is your invitation to participate in building the future of Kelowna through four evenings of open dialog amongst community members. Together, we will discuss relevant topics and create connections that deepen our community.

We can be provocative yet balanced by inviting better conversation. On Point is about sharing diverse stories from interesting people and mixing facts with opinions, emotions and feelings.

What are the timely and gritty topics that need greater attention in the Okanagan?

  • Affordability -  What does it mean for us to house a diverse workforce that represents our diverse community needs?  (Monday, Oct 3, 2016)

  • Economic Development - What does economic resilience mean for our region, our community?  Are there tough choices ahead that frame our economic future? (Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016)

  • Climate Change - Should we foster greater responsibility towards our environment, our climate? Perspectives about the villains and heros in our climate story. (Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016)

  • Transportation - Are we stuck, literally? How are we getting around… and getting along in the process? Do we need a new relationship with transportation and mobility in our region? (Thursday, Dec 8, 2016)

Please join us for one or all of these FREE evenings throughout the Fall at The Laurel Packinghouse. More details to come. 

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