OC Business students rise to the top in international business case competition

queens icbc 2019 iocOkanagan College School of Business students proved once again they are among the cream of the crop in Canada, cruising to a first-place finish and two runner-up finishes in the country’s oldest and most prestigious case competition over the weekend.

From Jan. 17-19, teams of students from business schools all across Canada, the United States and around the world converged upon Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, for the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.). The College fielded four teams of two in the Accounting, Ethics, Debate and Human Resources categories. The top three teams from each category were announced during a wrap-up banquet on Saturday.

Rowan Nevard and Mark Fellhauer, who made up the College’s Accounting team, had the unique thrill of hearing their names called as winners in a category that boasted some strong competition. The pair were coached by Adrian Fontenla and Mary Ann Knoll. They came out on top of teams from runner-up University of Calgary and third-place Concordia University.

Nevard and Fellhauer weren’t the only ones to experience the thrill of stepping onto the podium as the College notched one of its best-ever showings.

OC’s Ethics team, comprised of Ryan Buchanan and Jason Greaves, coached by Dr. Barry McGillivray, Associate Dean of the School of Business, took second place behind the University of Calgary. The team from Concordia University rounded out the top three.

Mitchell Folk and Derek Monsen proved a dynamic duo in the debate category, notching a second-place showing also falling just short of the team from the University of Calgary. They came out on top of the team from host Queen’s University. The team was coached by Devin Rubadeau and Bob Groves.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our students for their achievements and for the way in which they represented themselves, the School of Business and the College,” says Barry McGillivray.

“It’s certainly gratifying for our students to see their hard work and preparations rewarded, but it’s even more gratifying for us as coaches and educators to witness them seizing opportunities like this to put their skills into practice and show they’re on a level with the best up-and-coming business minds in the country.”

Full results and more information about the competition is available at Stay tuned for the full story at

Winter convocation celebrates first OC grads of 2019

winter convocation image 2019The College celebrated the achievements of 482 students who graduated on Jan. 12 at the first of OC’s eight convocation ceremonies of 2019.

Students from all four campuses crossed the stage at the Kelowna campus to receive their credentials. Graduates from the arts, health, technologies, science, computer science and business programs picked up a combined total of 61 degrees, 271 diplomas, 34 associate degrees and 116 certificates at the winter ceremony.

This year's convocation also marked the most students ever to graduate in a winter ceremony to date, topping last year's all-time high by an additional 55 students.

This year, the College will see more than 21,000 learners attend – the equivalent of more than 8,745 full-time students – at its campuses from the Shuswap to the South Okanagan. 

Both the morning and afternoon ceremony were livestreamed on the College’s Facebook page and viewers tuned in from across Canada.The feeds brought in a combined viewership of more than 3,000 people. If you didn’t have a chance to watch the ceremonies, you can catch up on all of the livestream videos here.

From Olympians to thespians: OC Speaker Series presenters will inspire and delight

OC Speaker Series Kikkan RandallOkanagan College’s Penticton campus has launched a series of presentations designed to inspire the community to embrace its potential in 2019. 

“The OC Speaker Series offers the community a chance to learn new things, and the lineup this term features a rich array of topics to motivate and engage people of all ages,” says Eric Corneau, Regional Dean South Okanagan Similkameen. “We want Okanagan College’s Penticton campus to be home to lifelong learning and hope the seats are filled for these free presentations.” 

The lineup of experts and authorities will cover a wide range of topics, from the performing arts to sockeye hatchery, vineyard management, politics and technology. A special highlight will be Kikkan Randall, U.S. Olympic cross-country skier who will discuss her journey to the Olympic podium and fight through cancer.

The series includes: 

  • Jan. 28: The Okanagan – beautiful? Illustrated ramblings on the nature of beauty and the Okanagan, by Howie Richardson
  • Feb. 4: Conquering Trails: As an Olympian, Mother and Cancer Fighter, by Kikkan Randall
  • Feb. 11: The Arts – Elite Pursuit or Community Builder? by Rosemary Thomson from the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
  • Feb. 25: Penticton Sockeye Hatchery: How did it get here and what are they doing? By Norm Johnson of the Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • March 4: Alternative Vineyard Management Practices: water, nutrients and ground vegetation, by Mehdi Sharifi
  • March 11: Trump and the US(S) Titanic, by Dr. Rosalind Warner
  • March 18: Reconnecting: Keeping Human Connecting in a Technological Era, by Elad Milman
  • March 25: Defeating the German Army in 1918: the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles and the Hundred Days Campaign from Amiens to Mons, by Howard Hisdal
  • April 1: The Digital Future of Health Care: Development of digital biomarkers to improve chronic disease management, treatment and therapies, by Scott McMillan.

Talks are 7-8:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre (PL 107) of the Ashnola Building. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to support students in need.

Event information is available at

Dine Around returns to Infusions at Okanagan College

OC Dine Around 2019Foodies, take note. Diners looking to sip Okanagan wines and savour locally-inspired dishes can once again pull up a chair and enjoy a new dinner menu from the creative minds of OC Culinary and Pastry Arts students and instructors.

Infusions restaurant at the Kelowna campus will be participating in Dine Around Thompson Okanagan which runs Jan. 16 - Feb. 3. The Dine Around menu at Infusions will be offered until Wednesday, Jan. 30. From Thursday, Jan. 31 – Friday, Feb. 1, the restaurant will be closed for dinner to accommodate preparations for the Canadian Culinary Championships taking place on Feb. 1-2.

For $25, diners can enjoy a choice of starter, main and dessert, each with suggested local wine pairing (wine is extra). Infusions is open for dinner Tuesday to Friday, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made online through open table at Book your reservation as soon as possible as some nights have already sold out

Bites include beet and goat cheese napoleons or crab cakes to start, followed by New York striploin, prosciutto wrapped Ling Cod or wild mushroom shepherd’s pie for the main affair, capped off with Frangelico-infused crème brulee or a fresh lemon tart with torched meringue for dessert.

There is also no corkage fee for BC VQA wines at Infusions, so diners can bring their own wine and have it opened at their table at no charge.

Read the full story here 

Twelfth Annual Business Expo on the horizon

Business expo image 2019Okanagan College, the Okanagan School of Business and the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Centre is presenting the 12th Annual Business Expo and Employment Fair at OC's Kelowna campus on Wed, Feb. 6.

The Expo will feature more than 60 local, provincial and national businesses from a variety of industries. Almost all business are actively hiring.

Students from all disciplines are invited to the event and faculty and instructors are encouraged to bring their classes down during the event, which takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Centre for Learning Atrium (E building). The Expo is also open to the general public.

"This event is about connecting those looking for work with those who do the hiring directly for these enterprises," says Jamie Morrow, Okanagan School of Business Program and Event Coordinator. "Having a chance to meet prospective employers face-to-face can bring you one step closer to having a job and launching a career."

View the event poster to see a full list of attending exhibitors. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Morrow (ext. 4726).

Take the DELT survey and provide your input

DELT logoThe DELT (Digitally Enhanced Learning and Teaching) project is now in the survey phase.

The survey is available to all faculty, instructors and students and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. To take the faculty and instructor survey, please click here. If you know of any students interested in taking the survey, please direct them here. Students who complete the survey will be entered in a draw to win a $100 Best Buy gift card or a $100 Amazon gift card.

If you have any questions about the survey or would like to learn more about the DELT project, please contact Chantale Hutchinson (ext. 4487) or Brad Clements (ext. 2234).


OC welcomes new Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Jason Richards entrepreneur-in-residenceOkanagan College business students have a new expert entrepreneur to turn to for insight and advice.

Jason Richards, who has been involved in a number of start-ups and who sold one of his first companies for $28 million to Procera Networks, has agreed to be the College’s next volunteer Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

“The benefits to students and professors in having an Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Jason’s experience and calibre is obvious. His business interests and initiatives have taken him from California to Kelowna, have ranged from start-up to corporate success and yet he keeps coming back for more,” explains Okanagan School of Business Dean Bill Gillett.

As Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Richards will guest-lecture in classes, consult with students one-on-one or in small groups and will work with professors to brainstorm and strategize about modern, relevant business practices.

“The school has an amazing reputation for students who care about business and – more importantly – are willing to put their talents to work for their communities. I look forward to further enmeshing myself in that culture,” says Richards.

Read the full story here.

School life-changing experience for student

Jenna TulakWhen Jenna Tulak received her acceptance letter to Okanagan College Vernon campus, she remembers screaming for joy and calling everyone she knew to share the good news.

Tulak, 31, had wanted to pursue higher education since graduating high school but a lack of funds and social anxiety kept her from pursuing her goal.

Instead of going to school, Tulak struggled to find a job, working a series of minimum wage roles for more than 10 years. The experience was difficult for Tulak, who says she often felt invisible. During this time, Tulak’s mother passed away. It was this major loss that emboldened her to start making changes in her life.

“I couldn’t take the stress of being insignificant anymore. I decided I was going to make my mother proud and I was going to go to school,” she recalls. “I think coming back to school saved my life in many ways that I can’t even begin to fathom.”

Tulak also discovered what she wanted to specialize in, creative writing.

“I want to be a teacher and I want to come back and teach creative writing here because it was so powerful and I know I have to do that for the next generation to show them that they have a voice and we need their voices.”

Tulak has been funding her education mostly through student loans. She recently also received a student award from donors to the Okanagan College Foundation.

Read the full story here

Popular soup showdown is back on the menu

Soup's On 250pxCulinary teams from nine Vernon restaurants have planned it, prepared it and tasted it. On Jan. 24, they’ll be ready for you to slurp it and rate it at the highly anticipated craft soup competition, Soup’s On.

The popular event is back and bringing competition to a boil for its third year in a row. Soup’s On gives participants a chance to satisfy their taste buds and help their community at the same time. 

The event is jointly presented by Okanagan College’s Enactus team and the Vernon Upper Room Mission (VURM) and is sponsored by Prospera Credit Union. Soup’s On raises funds for VURM and to date, has raised $10,000. This year’s proceeds will go to revamping VURM’s community gardens.

At the event, participants are encouraged to taste each soup and vote on their favourite. The restaurant with the most votes will take home a ladle full of glory, prestige and the title of 2019 Soup’s On Champion.

The competing restaurants are The Fig Bistro, Basket Case Picnics & Catering, Intermezzo, The Kal, Little Tex, Jolly Good Spudz, Nature’s Fare, Eatology and Stumpy’s Phillys & Flats. The event will also feature live entertainment, door prizes, a silent auction and a cash bar.

Tickets and more information about the event can be found here. Read the full story here.

Submit a proposal to the OC Emerging Opportunities Initiative

The call for proposals is now open for the College’s Emerging Opportunities Initiative (formerly the Innovation Fund), which supports innovative activities throughout the institution.

Now through Monday, Feb. 25, any employee may apply to this Initiative to support a project or activity that promotes innovation and applied research at Okanagan College.

Through this Initiative, the College has facilitated a wide variety of innovation, professional creativity and applied research projects undertaken by employees, either individually or as part of a team.

Employees should submit completed applications to their Dean or Director for review only (not approval). Once reviewed, the Dean or Director will then submit the completed application directly to the VP Education Office.

Follow this link for more information about the Emerging Opportunities Initiative and for more details about what to include in an application.

Jan. 22, 2019, Vol. 12, Issue 26


Derek Cook Memorial Award – applications close Feb. 15

OC established the Derek Cook Memorial Award for International Opportunities with the Okanagan College Foundation in March 2018. The Award is aimed at supporting employees wanting to advance internationalization at the College by pursuing a global exchange or international opportunity. 

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15Click here for award details and criteria and download your application here.

Start the year off right

Prioritize your mental well-being while making your resolutions this year. Even small changes and good habits you put into place now can help you make lifelong changes. If you could use guidance and support in the new year, remember that you can contact LifeWorks to speak with a caring advisor any time, day or night at 1-888-307-0590, or read the online feature here.

Learning and Applied Research professional development workshops

Be sure to check out the professional development workshops being offered by Learning and Applied Research throughout each campus. Here are just a few of the upcoming workshops:

  • Jan. 25 - Funding Possibilities - NSERC and SSHRC (Kelowna)
  • Jan. 28 - Extended Study Leave (Kelowna)
  • Jan. 29 - Extended Study Leave (Penticton)
  • Feb. 4 - Transitioning to Teaching (Kelowna)

Workshops run until Feb. 25. Click here to view the workshop schedule and email Learning and Applied Research to register for in advance.

Join the OC Social Committee

The Okanagan College Social Committee at the Kelowna campus is looking for employees to join their energetic team and help plan the College’s social events.

Each year the OC Social Committee organizes several events including lunchtime BBQs, pub nights, golf tournaments and the annual holiday party.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you could help with the OC Social Committee, please contact Carlyn Young (ext. 4920).

Download OC Safe App

Okanagan College’s free safety app, OC Safe, was launched in March 2018 and has garnered positive feedback from students and employees. The app provides immediate access to 911, campus security, first aid, emergency procedures, campus maps, support services and more.

For more information about OC Safe, click here. Download the free app through your smart phone’s app store. 

Calling all support staff

A by-election will be held for a support staff seat on Education Council. 

The term for this position starts late February and runs to July 31, 2020. Meetings are usually held at 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month excluding July and August. 

At the same time, Educational Council is seeking a student from the North Okanagan and the Board of Governors is also seeking a student in by-elections to be held simultaneously. If you know an engaged and interested student, please point them to the Elections page in myOkanagan.

Call for Nominations: Jan. 22 – 31, 2019, forms will be available in myOkanagan.
Elections: Feb. 10 – 15, 2019 in myOkanagan.

For questions, please visit the Elections page in myOkanagan, see or contact Inga Wheeler at ext. 4847.

Take a Continuing Studies course, tuition free

Did you know regular continuing OC employees are eligible to take Continuing Studies (CS) courses and certificate programs, tuition free if there are spaces available? Check out the newest CS winter brochures to view course offerings and click here to download a tuition waiver form. 

OC BSN Global Health Initiative Support Bag Drive

Okanagan College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing students are accepting donations and creating Support Bags to distribute to Kelowna’s homeless population. If you are interested in donating items, please place them in one of the donation boxes outside the BSN faculty office hallway (C218), International Education office (E110) or at the Trades and Apprenticeship Office (T115). The donation boxes will be open until Friday, Feb. 15. 

Click here to view a list of ideas for items to donate.

Canadian Blood Services drive - Team Okanagan College

Blood Services is doing a big blood drive and Okanagan College is taking part. If you're interested in donating blood, please make an appointment by clicking this link. Be sure to let the clinic know you are with Okanagan College, using the OC ID#OKAN002612. If you have any questions, please email Gayle Voyer at Blood Services. 

Free Pension Plan Member Education

New to the pension plan or thinking of joining? Have you returned from parental leave, separated or divorced, or changed jobs? Nearing retirement?

Whether you take online learning or attend a workshop, you’ll get the information you need to prepare for your future pension.

Visit your Municipal Pension Plan or your College Pension Plan, click Your Pension, then select from either Pension Basics or Planning for Retirement.

Getting to Know Your Pension: 15-minutes of online learning for new or potential members. Take your online learning today – click here for Municipal Pension Plan and click here for College Pension Plan. 

Making the Most of Your Pension: 45-minutes of online learning or 2-hour workshop for members wondering how important events in their life can affect their future pension. To register your seat, click here for Municipal Pension Plan and click here for College Pension Plan.

Approaching Retirement: 2-hour workshop for members nearing retirement. To register your seat, click here for Municipal Pension Plan and click here for College Pension Plan.

Food Services in your next meeting

Do you need coffee, breakfast or lunch options for your next meeting? OC Food Services can provide a variety of delicious food options to meet your needs, at an affordable price. Click here to view the menu. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please contact Linda Dyck at ext. 4259. Don't forget to check the College's hospitality policy

Trailer for sale

The Okanagan College Foundation and Okanagan College Supply Management are presently offering the following recreational trailer for sale: 

The minimum bid is $10,200 (not including taxes)​ and bidding closes on Wed, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. All bids are to be delivered in person to the Okanagan College Supply Management department located in the P building (P 111).


Cross-Cultural Awareness – China presentation

Jan. 30 – Join in for the next instalment of the Cross-Cultural Awareness project on Jan. 30 in the Trades Atrium at 12:15 p.m. for a presentation on China. Learn about Chinese culture and education systems first-hand from international students. 

View the event poster here.

Bell Let's Talk Day

Jan. 30 – In recognition of the nationally recognized Bell Let's Talk day, employees are encouraged to wear blue on Jan. 30 to show support for mental health awareness. Student Services will be hosting a Bell Let's Talk Cafe on the Kelowna campus in collaboration with OC Athletics, Recreation & Student Life, Counselling and OCSU. The OCSU will also be hosting an event at the Penticton and Salmon Arm campuses.

Click here to view the event details.

OCSC pub night

Jan. 31 – The Okanagan College Social Committee has arranged a fun pub night on Jan. 31 from 4-6 p.m. at the Mission Tap House in the games room. The event is drop-in and will have happy hour pricing on food and drinks. 

Twelfth Annual Business Expo and Employment Fair

Feb. 6 – Okanagan College, the Okanagan School of Business and the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Centre is hosting the Twelfth Annual Business Expo and Employment Fair on Wed, Feb. 6 from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Centre for Learning atrium (E building).

This event is for all students from all programs and will feature more than 60 industry participants from local, provincial and national employers. This event allows students to explore and even apply for different employment options and also gives them an opportunity to make decisions on their educational goals.


OC’s popular Speaker Series returned to the Penticton campus this January and made headlines in the Penticton Western News which announced each weekly session. 

The Capital News, Okanagan Weekend and the Daily Courier shared details about OC’s new entrepreneur-in-residence, Jason Richards.

Information about the upcoming  Soup’s On event in Vernon – presented by OC Enactus and the Vernon Upper Room Mission – was shared by the Vernon Morning Star.

OC HCA graduate Zaynah Stewart was celebrated in the Capital News and the Daily Courier for graduating with multiple job offers. 

InfoTel News featured the various cannabis courses offered at Okanagan College.

The Capital News, KelownaNow and Global News shared game information for the OC Coyotes men’s and women's basketball teams (who were preparing to play weekend games on Jan. 11-12) and pre-game pep rally. The Capital News, Daily Courier and KelownaNow also delivered highlights and scores from the games.

Recent OC Water Engineering Technology graduate Scott Brost was featured in the Capital News. Brost graduated at OC’s winter convocation ceremony, leaving with both his credentials and a secured full-time job at the City of West Kelowna. 

Okanagan Life Magazine and Okanagan Weekend shared information about OC’s Culinary Arts information night on Jan. 14. A new intake of students will step into the classroom later in January.

A Summerland woman attending OC in Penticton was featured in the Summerland Review for receiving a $3,000 grant from the U.S.-based women empowerment company, P.E.O. Sisterhood.

The Canadian Culinary Championships is returning to Okanagan College's kitchens for their Black Box event on Feb. 2. The Okanagan Weekend shared information about the daily culinary challenges and attending chefs.

Okanagan College's restaurant, Infusions, is participating in this year's Dine Around Thompson Okanagan event and Castanet and the Daily Courier shared details.

OC alumnus and award-winning country music artist Ben Klick performed at Rogers Hometown Hockey celebration in West Kelowna. The Penticton Herald followed the event.

The Canadian Press reported on OC alumna and Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa who won the first World Cup medal of the season in Idre Fjall, Sweden. 

The Okanagan Weekend featured Okanagan School of Business professor Dr. Lynn Sparling and four other Kelowna-based runners who recently traveled to Florida to compete in the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge. 

Richard Cannings, MP for South-Okanagan West Kootenay and 2008 Honorary Fellow wrote a letter to the editor at the Osoyoos Times about Canada's forestry industry. 

The Daily Courier highlighted Team Kelowna's medal count from the International Children's Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. OC employee Leanne Foster was one of the coaches for the Kelowna girls' hockey team and former OC Regional Dean Heather Schneider was the city representative for Team Kelowna.


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