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Inspiring inquisitive minds: upcoming OC Speaker Series events in Penticton
Okanagan College Media Release

Currently underway, the Okanagan College Speakers Series in Penticton is piquing curious minds, encouraging public dialogue and highlighting research and innovation in our midst.

Penticton CampusFrom now through to December the public is invited to attend six scheduled talks. The presenting speakers will address a spectrum of interests including: uncovering the darkest corners of space, how GPS technology can help gauge sport performance even indoors, financial planning and the stock market, and demystifying the idea of a born criminal.

On Oct. 26 Rob St. Onge, the College’s Energy Manager will present “Living Building Challenge – Lessons Learned.”

Earlier this year the College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at the Penticton campus was awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum designation from the Canada Green Building Council. The next step is the Living Building Challenge standard, which is based not only on construction but also the ongoing green-energy performance of the building.

St. Onge will discuss the victories, and challenges, the College is experiencing as it continues to grow and how the institution is using the Living Building Challenge standards as a guide in its quest towards sustainability.

The Speaker Series takes place on Monday evenings at the Penticton campus lecture theatre from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is by donation, benefitting the College’s Emergency Student Bursary program. Parking on campus is complimentary for the events.

Upcoming speaker series events:
  • Oct. 19: Dr. Sheilagh Seaton, Business Professor at Okanagan College, “The Canadian Centre for Business Growth – C2BG – on the Penticton Campus”
  • Oct. 26: Rob St. Onge, Energy Manager at Okanagan College, “Living Building Challenge – Lessons Learned”
  • Nov. 2: Dr. Ken Tapping, Astronomer at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, “Puzzling Pluto”
  • Nov. 16: Scott McMillan, CEO of XCo, “Wearables: Indoor GPS and the Future of Health Care and Sport Technology”
  • Nov. 23: Jacinta Jay, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, “Take Stock in the Market”
  • Dec. 7: Jarkko Jalava, Criminology Professor at Okanagan College “The Myth of the Born Criminal”

For a complete list of speakers and detailed topic descriptions visit: