Media panel shares insights
... and a few laughs
From left: Nikki Csek, Kelowa Chamber President; Phil Johnson, AM1150; Peter Angle, Stingray Radio; Kent Molgat, KelownaNow; Doris Bregolisse, Global Okanagan; Wayne Moore, Castanet; Al Waters, Black Press; Steve MacNaull, Daily Courier; Chris Walker, CBC
On May 7, Kelowna's top media personalities joined us over lunch to answer some questions from the audience,  including the state of journalism in the era of so-called "fake news", the role of social and digital media, and the federal government's funding plans to support local journalism in the latest budget. 

We had a lot of fun. Thanks again to our sponsor Serenity Aesthetics, our panel and of course, everyone who came out and made this one possible. It's definitely in our plans to make this an annual discussion.
Soundbites...

"If you rely only on social media for your news, you end up seeing stories through your own echo chamber - so you hear the same message over and over to the exclusion of other views."  
- Kent Molgart, KelownaNow

Q: Do journalists make mistakes?
"Absolutely, we do. But no journalist sets out to make a mistake in print or on air. They're genuine mistakes. And we correct them, and move on."   - Steve Macnaull, Daily Courier

Q: Does print journalism have a future? 
"Yes, everything finds its level. So there is a future for print, for online, for broadcast. Multiple news sources are always best." - Wayne Moore, Castanet

Q: Why is community news important? 
"Stories build community - collectively, we represent the city and the region."  - Doris Bregolisse, Global Okanagan

Q: Would you encourage a young person to pursue a journalism career? 
" Absolutely. We got into this to tell contextual stories. That need will never go away, despite the platform. We're very privileged to get to do this. " -   Al Waters, Black Press
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BC Gov Mulls Amendments to the Employment Standards Act
Last week in our blog we told you about the BC government's recently proposed legislation to amend the Employment Standards Act. We had some concerns, outlined in a letter from now Past President Carmen Sparg to Hon. Harry Bains, BC Minister of Labour. 

This week we have an update including two key asks from our joint submission with the BC Chamber that the government paid attention to - not extending sick leave provisions and maintaining the secret ballot. To read the full story, check out our blog
Amendments Enable Broadband Service
An update to the Local Government Act (LGA) will provide regional districts with an additional tool to expand high-speed Internet to under-served areas. The changes enable regional districts to provide financing for capital costs to Internet service providers where it may not otherwise make sense from a business perspective. Learn more
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Global Company Chooses Kelowna
IMPC Smart Technologies Inc. Canadian operations director Jasbir Dhillon receiving his plaque from Kelowna Chamber ambassador Michael Smith of BDO.
Information Technology company IPMC Smart Technologies Inc., which has locations in seven countries and a workforce of 700+, has chosen Kelowna as its North American Headquarters. 

Director of Canadian Operations Jasbir Dhillon said that a value on work-life balance, the growing tech sector and economy, post-secondary institutions with talented graduates and Kelowna's central location were all determining factors in choosing our city. 

We previously welcomed Jasbir and IPMC as a Kelowna Chamber member but would like to once again wish them luck and continued success. Read the full story via Okanagan Edge. 
Mayor Colin Basran was on hand to help welcome the folks at IPMC to Kelowna.
IPMC grand opening

On May 8, IPMC held a well-attended grand opening at their new North American headquarters at Landmark 3 in Kelowna. 

If you didn't get a chance to stop by, make sure to say hello to Jasbir or Regional Sales Manager Pierre Piche at one of our future Commerce Connex.
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Chamber Events
The Business of Cannabis 2.0 Tickets on Sale
Nine months after legalization and a year after our first luncheon on this issue, there's still a lot to sort out.  That's why we're revisiting it with an updated take on the Business of Cannabis. 

Our panel of experts includes:
  • Peter Guo - MNP's BC Leader for Enterprise Risk Services and leader of MNP's BC Cannabis Advisory team
  • Dr. Terry Lake - Hexo Corp, former BC Minister of Environment and Minister of Health
  • Dan Winer - Director of Marketing for Starbuds and Compass Cannabis Clinics
Additional panelists will be announced shortly. Tickets are now on sale. Join us for another fascinating luncheon presented by the Okanagan School of Business and MNP LLP. 
More upcoming events...
Welcome Craig!

A warm welcome to Craig Hall, who recently joined our team as a Sales & Business Development Executive. 

Craig brings a wealth of experience from the telecoms and real estate industries across BC and Alberta. He's also a heck of a nice guy and a welcome addition to the office.

Be sure to connect with Craig at one of our upcoming events, or feel free to drop him an email  or call 250-469-7353. 
Watch for the next issue of Connexions on May 23, 2019.
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