2019 AGM & Conference - Kelowna

On October 1, 2019, staff, volunteers, community and business leaders met in Kelowna for the annual Community Futures Provincial Conference and AGM.  This was a successful event hosted by Community Futures Boundary, Community Futures Central Okanagan and Community Futures British Columbia.

THANK YOU! to our dedicated staff, volunteers, guest speakers and sponsors who attended this year's Conference to listen to presentations, attend roundtables and network with industry leaders. 

Download pictures from the Conference HERE


Jordan Coble, Councillor for Westbank First Nations provided an opening prayer, followed by greetings from MLA Ben Stewart and Colin Basran, Mayor of Kelowna.

Lane Merrifield - Creator of Club Penguin, Newest Dragon from Dragon's Den - Stepping Through Fear

Gerry Salembier - Western Economic Diversficiation, provided an update and new opportunities from his organization.

Jeremy Stone - Simon Fraser Univerisity - Community Economic Resilience Lessons From the Field

Darrell Goertzen - Venture Connect - The Great BC Business Sale

Marco Pasqua - CUBE

Christian Saint Cyr - Labour Market Expert - Labour Market Changes: The New Tomorrow

The Women's Enterprise Centre (Laurel Douglas, Alpana Sharma, Melanie Rupp, Neasa Maguire) in partnership with the Trade Commission Service (Nicole Van Hove) provided a panel to discuss how they help women-led businesses enter new markets and supply chains.

Pierre Cleroux - BDC - 2019 Economic Outlook

Krista Mallory - Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission - Building a Pipeline of Entrepreneurs

Doug Griffiths - 13 Ways Inc. - 13 Ways to Kill Your Community




Common Goals

Co-Operatives First

Trushield Insurance

Encon / Granville West Group

Fern Software

Indigenous Business Development Services


Small Business BC & Export Navigator


Womens Enterprise Centre / Trade Commissioner Service


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