Dr. Kyleen Myrah
Chartered Professional Accountant Designation (CPA)
Executive 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
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.
Current research interests include social entrepreneurship/social enterprise, non-profit management, corporate social responsibility, leadership, service learning and mentorship.
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
Myrah, K. Rempel, K., Penney, D. (September, 2018). Optic Signs: A. Entrepreneur's Dilemma, The Case Centre, 1-22 Retrievedfrom: https://thecasecentre.org/educators/products/view?id=155964
Myrah, K., and Rempel. (2017, May). Mission Possible:Social Enterprize Case Study. Retrieved from Trico Charitable Foundation website: https://tricofoundation.ca/mission-possible-social-enterprize-case-stu
Myrah, Rempel & Warner. (Winter, 2017). Howard Industries: A Social Enterprise Worth Continuing? Case Research Journal, 37(1), 1-22
Myrah & Sawatzky. (Fall, 2016). Lunapads: Co-Leadership in a Social Business. Case Research Journal, 36(4), 1-15
Myrah, K., and Picco, E. (2015, April). YWCA Metro Vancouver Social Enterprize Case Study 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.
K. Myrah., (October, 2018). Evaluating Marketing Value of Social Enterprises. Academic Leaders Symposium, Enactus World Cup, San Jose, CA.
K. Myrah., and Bell, M. (June, 2018). Journey Home: Addressing Homelessness in Kelowna, BrainX Symposium on Brain Injury, Kelowna, BC.
K. Myrah, (April 2018). Panelist. Homelessness and the Opioid Crisis, Business Improvement Association of BC Annual Conference, Kelowna, BC.
K. Myrah, (March 2016). Panelist. Unleashed Okanagan. Stories of Social Change in the Community. Kelowna, BC.
K. Myrah., Rempel, K., & Warner, D. (2014-2017). Presentation of case research. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Annual Conference.
K. Myrah and Rempel, K. Presentation of case research. North American Case Research Association Annual Conference Case Presentation. Austin, Texas, October 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.
- Faculty Advisor, Enactus OC chapter (formerly SIFE & ACE), 2005-present
- Committee Member, Extended Study Leave, 2015-2017.
- Committee Member, Dean of Business Hiring Committee, 2017.
- Member, Okanagan School of Business Library Committee, 2007-2013.
- Member, Grants-in-Aid Committee, 2008-2012
- Member, Management, Marketing and Human Resources Committee, 2008-present.
- Steering committee member, Institute for Teaching and Learning, 2007-2009
- Member, Faculty of Business Selection Committee, 2012, 2010, 2003
- Faculty Advisor, Okanagan Business Students’ Association, 2005-2006
- Faculty Advisor, Okanagan Business Student Banquet, 2005
- Member, Business Administration Human Resources Committee, 2001-2005
- Committee Member, OUC Professional Development, Business & Technologies, 2003
- Chair, Faculty of Business Student Orientation, 2002
- Coordinator, Faculty of Business Student Toastmaster Program, 2002-2003
Reviewer, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Annual Conference, 2014-present
Reviewer, Case Research Journal, 2016-present.
Reviewer, The Case Journal, 2016-present.
Reviewer, North American Research Case Association (NACRA) Conference, 2014
Reviewer, Social Responsibility Journal, 2012.
Reviewer, Entrepreneurial Practice Review, 2012
Reviewer, Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, 2012, 2010.
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.
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.
- Founding Chair, Central Okanagan Journey Home Society, 2019-Present
- Co-Chair, Journey Home Transition Team, 2018-2019
- Co-Chair, City of Kelowna Journey Home Task Force 2017-2018
- Member, Central Okanagan Foundation Community Engagement Committee, 2014-present
- Loran Scholars Foundation National Selections 2017 Interviewer
- Chair & Interviewer, Loran Scholar Foundation, BC Interior Committee, 2014-present
- Director, Inn from the Cold, 2014-2017
- Director, Central Okanagan Foundation, 2013-2015
- Judge, 2014 Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Young Entrepreneur Awards
- Assessor, Loran Scholar Foundation, BC Interior Committee, 2012-13
- Steering Committee, Young Entrepreneur Program, Kelowna (2006-2016)
- Director, Elevation Outdoor Experiential Programs Association (2009 – 2013)
- Member, Central Okanagan Foundation Governance Committee, 2009-2012
- Judge, School District #23/EDC Young Entrepreneur Awards (2005-16, 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)
Social EnterPrize Case Study 2016: Awarded a $10,000 research grant to investigate, document and write a case study on an award-winning social enterprise, Mission Possible and its social enterprise, MP Maintenance.
Social EnterPrize Case Study 2014: Awarded a $10,000 research grant to investigate, document and write a case study on an award-winning social enterprise, YWCA Metro Vancouver and its social enterprise hotel.
Okanagan College Grant-In-Aid
2008-17, 2005, 2002. Grant funding provided for travel and presentation at conferences.
Brian Farlinger Research Award 2002
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.
2017 Best Paper, Case Track Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) National conference, Montreal, Quebec. Awarded for the case, “MP Maintenance: Evaluating the Marketing Strategy of a Social Enterprise.”
Top 40 over 40 Award, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce & BDO. In recognition for individuals over the age of 40 who act as mentors, champions and role models to foster the future leaders of the Okanagan community.
2016 Honourable Mention, Case Track Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) National conference, Edmonton, Alberta. Awarded for the case, “Howard Industries: A Social Enterprise Worth Continuing?”
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