Dr. Kyleen Myrah

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND/CERTIFICATION

Pic K Myrah 2015Executive Certified Management Accounting (CMA) Program, 2008
Segal Graduate School of Business, SFU, Vancouver, BC
Top Talent Award for strategic leadership and academic excellence in the program

Doctorate Of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy,
2003
Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Dissertation: “A Study Of Public Post-Secondary Entrepreneurship Education in British Columbia: The Possibilities And Challenges Of An Integrated Approach”
Department of Educational Studies Scholarship, 1998

Master of Public Administration, 1994
Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.
Department of Public Administration Scholarships 1992 - 1994

Bachelors of Arts (honours), 1991
Faculty of Arts, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont.
President’s Scholarship, (UVIC Visiting Student) 1989-1990

CERTIFICATION 

EQ-i 2.0/EQ 360 Certification Program (Emotional Intelligence)
December 2013. Kelowna, BC. 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step I and Step II Certification Program
June 2009. Edmonton, AB.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Current research interests include social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship education, curriculum development and teaching, ethics, service learning and mentorship. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Associate/College Professor, 1999-present
Okanagan School of Business, Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC

President, KyCo Management 2002-present
Corporate Training and Professional Speaking Company, Kelowna, BC

Partner and Business Trainer, 1998-2002
TriStar Innovations, Kelowna, BC

Manager, Management Services, 1996-1998
Business Development Bank of Canada, Kelowna, BC

Special Projects Coordinator, 1993-1995
The GEMS Management Group, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS


PUBLICATIONS

Myrah, K., and Picco, E. (2015). YWCA Metro Vancouver Social Enterprize CaseStudy 2015. Retrieved from Trico Charitable Foundation website: http://tricofoundation.ca/capacity-building/

Myrah, K and Odinsky-Zec, T. (2013). The V formation model: a unifying force for double bottom line ventures illustrated with European and North American examples. Social Responsibility Journal, 9(1) 91-108

Myrah, K, Wilkinson, D, and Manziuk, S. (2012, Fall). The five levels of corporate social responsibility: Is your business ready for the challenge? Certified Management Accountants of BC Quarterly Update Magazine, 16-19. 

Myrah, K., Wilkinson, D, and Manziuk, S. (2012, Summer). The Strategic Advantage of Corporate Social Responsibility: What it is and why you don’t want to be left behind. Certified Management Accountants of BC Quarterly Update Magazine, 17-19. 

Myrah, K. Using a Service Learning Approach to Teach Students about Social Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial Practice Review, 1(1), Autumn 2009.

Myrah, K. and R.R. Currie. (2006). Examining Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, 19(3), July.

Myrah, K. (2002). Taking the Fear out of Public Speaking. Okanagan Shuswap Business Journal, 1(11), 26.

Myrah. K. (2002). Discovering the Mentorship Edge. Okanagan Shuswap Business Journal, 1(7), 20.


REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Myrah, K. “Examining Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education in British Columbia: The Possibilities and Challenges of an Integrated Approach” Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference. Regina, Sask., 2004.


ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

K. Myrah and Rempel, K. “Raven Recycling” and “Optic Signs.” North American Case Research Association Annual Conference Case Presentation. Austin, Texas, October 2014. 

K. Myrah. Presentation of case research (social enterprise & green entrepreneurship). Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Annual Conference, Deerhurst resort Ontario, June 2014. 

K. Myrah. “The Competitive Advantage of Mentoring.” Invest for the Future (IFTF) Eastern European Conference for Women Entrepreneurs. Zagreb, Croatia, March 7-10, 2014. 

K. Myrah and Warner, D. “Bringing the Community and Social Responsibility into the Classroom.” ACBSP Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 2013

K. Myrah and Thurnheer, L. “Growing Community Commitment Personally and Professional.” Junior Chamber International BC/Yukon Regional Convention, Kelowna, BC, May 2012.

K. Myrah and Warner, D. “The Strategic Advantage of Corporate Social Responsibility.” CMA BC Leadership Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 2012. 

K. Myrah and Odinsky-Zec, T. “The Sustainable Enterprise Continuum. Case Examples from Croatia and Canada with Wider Application for Teaching and Research.” International Congress on Small Business, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2011. 

K. Myrah. “Using the Power of Personality Style to Enhance your Communication.” 2010 Community Futures Provincial Staff Development Conference, Kelowna, BC.

K. Myrah. “Teaching youth entrepreneurship through a Dragon’s Den Competition.” 2009 International Enterprise Promotion Convention, Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK.

K. Myrah “Social Entrepreneurship: Harnessing Business to Create Social Change.” Keynote address, EXSTA symposium (Entrepreneurship in context of Cultural and Social Responsibility), Vienna, Austria, 2008.

Myrah, K. & Johnson, S. “Incorporating a Team Teaching Approach to Entrepreneurship” Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference. Kelowna, BC., 2007.

Myrah, K. “Discovering your Emotional Intelligence.” Community Futures Development Corporation Boundary Area, Grand Forks, BC, 2007.

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Myrah, K. A Program Evaluation of Community Futures Development Corporation of Okanagan Similkameen’s Entrepreneurial Programs. Penticton, BC, September 1999. 

Myrah, K. A Program Evaluation of Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Okanagan’s Self-Employment Program. Kelowna, BC, May 1999. 

Myrah, K. A Feasibility Study of an Okanagan Employment Information Network. Kelowna, BC., February 1999. 

ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • Faculty Advisor, Enactus OC chapter (formerly SIFE & ACE), 2005-present
  • Member, Okanagan School of Business Library Committee, 2007-2013. 
  • Member, Grants-in-Aid Committee, 2008-2012
  • Member, Business Admininstration Programs Committee, 1999-2011
  • Steering committee member, Institute for Teaching and Learning, 2007-2009
  • Member, Faculty of Business Selection Committee,2012, 2010, 2003
  • Member, Management, Marketing and Tourism Committee, 2008-2010
  • Faculty Advisor, Okanagan Business Students’ Association, 2005-2006
  • Faculty Advisor, Okanagan Business Student Banquet, 2005
  • Member, Buisness Administration Human Resources Committee, 2001-2005
  • Committee Member, OUC Professional Development, Business & Technologies, 2003
  • Chair, Faculty of Business Student Orientation, 2002
  • Coordinator, Faculty of Buisness Student Toastmaster Program, 2002-2003

Reviewer

Reviewer, North Amercian Research Case Association (NACRA) Conference, 2014
Reviewer, Social Responsibility Journal, 2012. 
Reviewer, Entrepreneurial Practice Review, 2012
Reviewer, 2012, 2010 Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference.
Reviewer, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2008. 
Robbins, Stephen P. and Langton, Nancy. Fundamentals of Organizational Behvaiour, 3nd Canadian Edition. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Education Inc. Winter 2006
Robbins, Stephen P. and Langton, Nancy. Fundamentals of Organizational Behvaiour, 2nd Canadian Edition. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Education Inc. Fall 2005
Walter S. Good. Building a Dream:A Canadian Guide to Starting a Business, 5th edition. Toronto, Ont: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. Fall 2001
Walter S. Good. Building a Dream: A Canadian Guide to Starting a Business, 4th edition. Toronto, Ontario: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. Summer 2001.

Graduate Supervisor

Organizational Consulting Project, Masters of Business Administration, Royal Roads University. Student: Wayne Roberts, Strategic Business Plan, Urban Systems Ltd, 2008-09.

Organizational Consulting Project, Masters of Business Administration, Royal Roads University. Student: Pamela Nelson, Strategic Business Plan, FMS Flight Motion Simulators Inc, 2007-08.

Organizational Consulting Project, Masters of Business Administration, Royal Roads University. Student: Jennifer Gorman, Strategic Business Plan, Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence, 2004-05.


COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Director, Inn from the Cold, 2014-present
  • Director, Central Okanagan Foundation, 2013-present
  • Member, Central Okanagan Foundation Community Engagement Committee, 2014-present
  • Judge, 2014 Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Young Entrepreneur Awards
  • Steering Committee, Young Entrepreneur Program, Kelowna (2006-present)
  • Director, Elevation Outdoor Experiential Programs Association (2009 – 2013)
  • Member, Central Okanagan Foundation Governance Committee, 2009-2012
  • Judge, School District #23/EDC Young Entrepreneur Awards (2005-14, 2001-02, 1998)
  • Judge, BDC/Chamber Kelowna Business Excellence Awards (2011-13, 2006-09, 2000)
  • Judge, Yellow Pages, Making it Real Awards (2006-2009)
  • Committee Member, School Planning Council, Glenmore Elementary, 2009-2011.  
  • Coach, Kelowna Youth Soccer/Kelowna United Association, 2007-2012
  • Committee Chair/Member, PAC, Glenmore Elementary, 2006-2011
  • Active Member, Okanagan Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) (1997-2007)
  • Director, Bright Lights Foundation, Kelowna, BC (2002 – 2008)
  • Director, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Member and Municipal Affairs Committee (2004-2006)
  • Board Member, Central Okanagan Youth Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee (1998-2006)
  • Judge, EDDY Awards, South/Central region of BC (April 2003)
  • Director, Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Okanagan (2000-2002)
  • Judge, Women of Distinction Awards, Kelowna, BC, YM-YWCA (2002)
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, Women of Distinction Awards, YM-YWCA (2000-2001)
  • Director, YMCA-YWCA of Central Okanagan, Kelowna, BC (2000-2001)
  • Public Speaking Co-Coach, Lady of the Lake Competition (2003, 2002, 2001)
  • Board Member, Self-Employment Committee, CFDC of Central Okanagan (1988)


GRANTS

Okanagan College Grant-In-Aid
2008-11, 2005, 2002. Grant funding provided for travel and presentation at conferences.

Brian Farlinger Research Award
Presented with a research grant from the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at their annual conference in November 2002. The Brian Farlinger Award for emerging researchers is a seed grant to support young researchers and exploratory research in the areas of entrepreneurship and small business in Canada.


AWARDS

2014 Community Leader Award, Mentor, Honourable Mention
Recognizes volunteers who provide mentorship and enhance their community. 

2012 ACCC Silver Teaching Excellence Award
This award, by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, honours a faculty member who has exhibited consistent excellence in teaching and has had a significant impact on the personal and academic growth of students.

2012 President’s Award, Okanagan College
This award honours and recognize a current employee who has provided outstanding service to Okanagan College, who has shared and supported the mission, vision and values of the College and has been actively engaged within the college community.

2010 Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE) Entrepreneurial Learning Awards, Calgary 2010. 
Runner up Award for Best Course, Buad 309: Social Entrepreneurship

2009 John Dobson Ace Fellow of the Year Award
Recognizes the John Dobson ACE Fellow for all of Canada who made an outstanding contribution in the past academic year as a mentor and coach to students involved in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)programs on their campus

2008 ECMA Top Talent Award
ECMA (Executive Certified Management Accountant) top talent award recognizes academic success and demonstrated leadership throughout the program.

2008 Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senatorship Award
Awarded for dedication and outstanding service to the JCI organization. Confers lifetime membership in the JCI organization.

2006-2011 John Dobson ACE Fellow
Awarded by Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) Canada for support and dedication to the local Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter.

2004 Women of Distinction Finalist
Awarded by the YWCA-YMCA of Central Okanagan, a finalist in the Community Leadership category.

2002/2003 National Junior Chamber Member of the Year
Awarded by the Canadian Junior Chamber for the most outstanding member of the national organization.

2002/2003 National Junior Chamber Trainer of the Year
Awarded by the Canadian Junior Chamber for the most outstanding trainer of the national organization.

2002 BC/Yukon Jaycee of the Year
Presented to a Junior Chamber (Jaycee) member in the BC/Yukon region who provided outstanding contribution and leadership to the Junior Chamber organization and region throughout the 2002 year.

2002 Okanagan Jaycee of the Year
Presented to a Junior Chamber (Jaycee) member in the Okanagan Jaycee chapter who provided outstanding contribution and leadership to their local chapter throughout the 2002 year.

Enterprising, Dedicated, Dynamic Youth (EDDY) Awards, South/Central Region of BC

Category: Supporter of Young Entrepreneurs, April 2000, Kelowna, BC

Americas Junior Chamber (Jaycees) Public Speaking Competition, 2nd Place
April 1999, Panama City, Panama

National Jaycee Public Speaking Champion
September 1998, Edmonton, Alberta