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About the Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series is proudly presented by OC School of Business. Through this Series, we at the Chamber aim to build on our core mission as being a catalyst of innovation, ideas, and connections where we advocate, collaborate, and deliver programs that accelerate better business, success, and growth. 

We invite notable members of our communities from across the country and our own neighbourhoods to connect and speak on issues that matter, and influence our business success. These are people affecting change and having an impact on our business environments on a national, provincial, and regional scale.

We've heard from former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister Kevin Falcon; held forums for civic and provincial elections; had the privilege of hearing from local leaders, like Chief Robert Louie; and amplify voices for inclusive change, like Darrien McWatters.

2024 Speaker Series

September TBC Shauna Harper, CEO of WeBC


When was the last time you pushed yourself to the edge of your comfort zone? 

Each of us deals with our own mountains/barriers that hold us back in life and our business. Join us as Shauna Harper shares lessons learned about leadership and entrepreneurship when she pushed herself to the edge of her own comfort zone and how she finds ways to do it over and over again. She will share: 

  • How to train your mind to do something bigger than you can imagine. 
  • How to make sure you have the right tools in your “backpack” as you grow your business, career and life.  
  • How to push yourself to the edges of growth & thrive from it. 

Shauna Harper is an impact driven leader, community champion, speaker, mentor, and connector in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She moved to Kelowna 2 years ago to become the CEO of WeBC, a federally funded not-for-profit organization that serves women entrepreneurs across BC. Prior to coming to WeBC, Shauna was an entrepreneur for 22 years. This lived experience as an entrepreneur helps her understand the clients WeBC has the privilege of serving.

WeBC provides thousands of women entrepreneurs across BC with business loans, expertise, training, resources, and mentoring to help their businesses grow and thrive each year. She is a nationally-recognized advocate for women entrepreneurs, gender equity, and a champion for increased access to services, support, and funding.



Watch this space for more dates and speaker announcements as they become available.

Please contact us with questions on our Speaker Series.

Speaker Series Archives

Like many organizations in the not-so-distant past, the Kelowna Chamber went virtual with events and programs. It started in the early days of the pandemic when we couldn't gather as a business community in our usual ways, and we learned a ton - including about ourselves, each other, and technology (Zoom fails highlight reels, anyone?).

As we look forward at what the future may hold for how we capture our information library, we're taking a look back at our virtual resources. You'll find a few of these gems highlighted here.

May 2020: A Conversation with Federal Minister Mona Fortier


Nov 2021: A Conversation with UBCO & Okanagan College 


About OC School of Business

The Okanagan School of Business provides a career-oriented and innovative approach to education so that learners of various ages, experience levels, and cultures succeed. Their unique business programs have a strong focus on integrating theory and subject-matter knowledge with practical applications through business competitions, community-based course projects and work experiences. OC School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees, Business Administration Diplomas, and Business Administration Certificates are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).