Austin MacArthur
Indigenous Awards drives support for OC students

February 24, 2021

Kamloops’ Austin MacArthur moved to Kelowna to attend Okanagan College’s Automotive Service Technician program to unlock a lifelong dream of becoming a mechanic – a dream fueled in part by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society’s Indigenous Student awards. MacArthur is one of over 600 BC Indigenous students who shared more than $2.2 million in awards from the Society in support of post-secondary studies. The Society’s Indigenous Award program is one of six award programs and was created to assist in removing barriers to higher educatio...

Xiaochen Yang, OC School of Business student
OC students get primed for financial success

February 16, 2021

A local partnership with a non-profit company, Launch Financial Education Society (Launch Okanagan), is powering up to help Okanagan College students boost their financial literacy this spring. Starting March 2, OC students will benefit from a free financial literacy program hosted online by Launch Okanagan. The Primer for Life series is an interactive, five-week program that offers students a chance to learn about their relationship with money, consumerism, budgeting, saving and credit. A number of Okanagan College Business students are al...

Kayla Berlinski
OC Business students shine at international competition

January 28, 2021

While COVID-19 travel restrictions cheated two Okanagan College business administration students out of an opportunity to visit Kingston, Ont. in mid-winter, the duo now have an international quality achievement that will serve to enhance their post-graduation resumes. As the OC Accounting team, Kayla Berlinski and Zina Park earned a third-place finish at the Queen’s University Intercollegiate Business Competition (ICBC), which draws post-secondary business student teams from around the world. Organizers describe the event as “Canada’s larg...

OC Kelowna Aerial
OC Enactus helps young females navigate the future

January 15, 2021

Okanagan College’s nationally recognized Enactus team is kicking off the new year with new community-initiatives, including a program preparing local young females to navigate their future with confidence, positive self-image and the know-how to tackle the world of job hunting. The project, Ivy Collective, is a free skills development program that supports females aged 15-18 through a series of one-hour online training workshops. Topics include public speaking, job application skills and confidence-building strategies. The first workshop o...

Masked elementary student with a hat on picks an apple in an orchard
Enactus’ FruitSnaps transitions into social enterprise

December 8, 2020

The award-winning Enactus initiative FruitSnaps is now running as a social enterprise after the student-run team recently launched apple juice boxes. The direct result of an abundant number of apples over the fall semester, the five-litre boxes of fresh apple juice are now available locally and online for purchase. All proceeds go back into the program and help to keep it sustainable. OC alumni, staff and community members were among the first people who showed up to help the Enactus team pick the approximately 13,000 pounds of apples that ...

Wooden bench constructed at Vernon campus looks out over Kalamalka Lake
Memorial bench put in place to remember Sheryl MacIntosh

November 3, 2020

Overlooking scenic Kalamalka Lake at the College’s Vernon campus, a special memorial bench was installed in memory of OC student Sheryl MacIntosh. MacIntosh, who was studying business and part of the College’s Enactus team, tragically died in a motor vehicle accident on March 18, 2020. The bench comes as a tribute to her life and time spent at the Vernon campus.   “Sheryl has left behind a trail of beautiful memories. To honour Sheryl, the family, with the support of Okanagan Colle...

Open Education Resources
Textbook project celebrated during Open Access Week

October 20, 2020

Students at Okanagan College have many reasons to celebrate Open Access Week – more than a million in fact. Since 2013, access to open education resources (OERs) and free access e-texts through the College’s library has saved students more than $1 million and that number continues to pick up the pace with each semester. A new OER developed by Okanagan School of Business Professor Michael Orwick is just one of those resources that is enhancing access to information and improving student outcomes, all while saving students money. “We used an ...

The Kelowna Homelessness Research Council members stand in front of a brick building
Interdisciplinary research opportunity calling for participants

October 15, 2020

OC researchers, students and staff from any discipline are invited to join the Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative’s third workshop as part of the Homelessness Vulnerabilities and Potential Mitigating Supports series. Held virtually on October 20 from 4 to 7 p.m., Collaborative members and Okanagan College School of Business professors Dr. Kyleen Myrah and Kerry Rempel extend the invitation to anyone who is thinking that they might want to do a project or research related to homelessness. This is the final phase of a year-long stud...

FruitSnaps Team
Harvesting help needed: Enactus OC students invite community to join them in picking apples for a good cause

September 30, 2020

A group of Okanagan College business students are putting the call out for volunteers from OC and the community to help them harvest fruit that will be used to make healthy snacks for children and others in need. Started in the fall of 2018, FruitSnaps is a Vernon- and Penticton-based project, which sees Enactus OC students partnering with the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society facility, where unused apples from local orchards are dehydrated into snacks for local schools. The FruitSnaps team will be hosting small, physically-distanced a...

Experiential Entrepreneurship program supporters
New OC business program creates more real-world learning for budding entrepreneurs

September 24, 2020

Okanagan College’s School of Business is launching a new program that will teach entrepreneurship and business in a way most business owners would say is key to learning – by doing. The Experiential Entrepreneurship program will offer an entrepreneurship specialty to the College’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Modelled after a long-running and highly successful program at the College’s partner school in Finland, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, the Experiential Entrepreneurship program will see business students design, pl...


Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence

Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence

Okanagan College partnered with Scotiabank to create the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence, a resource to help build organizational capacity and operational excellence to ensure sustainability for the nonprofit industry. We encourage you to use the resources available on this site. Explore the research conducted by Honours BBA students on key areas of interest to the non-profit sector, review the team of student researchers, faculty advisors and community partners who collaborated on this project, and participate in any of the training courses and resources materials provided to you at your convenience and as often as you would like.


You can use the training resources as often as you would like, and enter and exit each topic area at the module or points you need. We encourage you to share these resources with others at your organization and through your networks!

    What's available

    Training resources to assist non-profit organizations build capacity and skill development in areas determined during gap analysis research. 

    • collaboration and collective impact
    • financial management
    • fraud
    • impact reporting
    • project management
    • servant leadership
    • social enterprise
    • strategic plan implementation
    • fundraising

     These materials are flexible and geared to individual self-paced learning. There is no evaluation or review of your work by an outside instructor; it is informational and skill-based for your own growth and development. 

    New user registration

    Launch the training site (Moodle) and click on "I don't have a moodle account." This will prompt a quick online form to register with your name, email and a password you create and confirm.
    Need help? View the instructions on how to register as a new user.

    Returning user login

    Launch the training website (Moodle) and select the green "Manual Login" option. Once you enter your information, you will be redirected to the training page.
    Need help? View the instructions on how to login as a returning user.

    How the training was developed

    Training was developed during a project conducted between May 2014 and July 2019. Scotiabank funding enabled Okanagan College students to research and identify strategies to ensure sustainability within all realms of Non-Profit organizations. The project covered four phases: gap analysis of the training and education needs of the nonprofit sector, curriculum and training development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of training services offered to local agencies, and the provision of an online platform to offer a suite of research and training resources to organizations in the non-profit sector, irrespective of geographic location.

    The first year of research work completed for the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence focused on identifying the areas in the nonprofit sector where further education and training were most needed for operational success.  The final outcomes were presented to key stakeholders from the Central Okanagan non-profit community in July 2015.  This presentation included the key findings from both the qualitative and quantitative gap research undertaken throughout the first year of operation of the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence. The results highlight keys areas aimed at improving the sustainability of organizations.  These areas include external support services, board and organizational capacity, finances, public awareness and image as well as implementation of operations and innovative sustainability practices. 

    The second year built upon the needs analysis and identified resources and developed curriculum targeted to further support the capacity and sustainability of non-profit organizations in the Central Okanagan.  Based on the results of gap analysis research, the following areas were identified, and piloted training was offered to non-profit leaders in some of the areas:

    • human resources management
    • financial management
    • fund development including social enterprise
    • strategic plan implementation
    • impact reporting
    • collaboration

    In order to further develop the knowledge base, a second phase of survey research was designed and completed in March 2016.  Focusing on staff, volunteers and managers within the Central Okanagan non-profit sector, this study addressed the areas of human resources, internal financial resources, organizational culture and activities and programs.

    The third year continued with program implementation. Curriculum was built, tested and evaluated in the gap areas within the non-profit sector. As the training was refined, it was made available to a wider audience through the Okanagan College website. In order to determine how best to make these resources available and used, a third phase of survey research was conducted in March 2017. The findings identified methods in which nonprofit organizations can be encouraged and engaged to participate in training activities and common barriers they face. 

    The fourth year continued with ongoing program development. Most face-to-face delivery was piloted and materials were finalized to allow others to use the resources in their own organizations and communities. As materials were finalized, they were uploaded to the training site. The greatest focus for our work was concentrated on preparing materials for online learning to enable anyone to access the research done by the centre. Those materials were piloted, revised and launched as a suite of training in the spring of 2019.

    During this year, research was conducted into the marketing and communication strategies used by organizations that focus on disseminating information to other agencies. This research led to the development of a marketing strategy for the centre to ensure that the resources that have been created will be accessed by those outside of the immediate community. 

    The final year continued the full development of the training platform to provide resources to the non-profit sector. During this year, research was conducted to explore the perceptions of post-secondary students in the Okanagan region towards careers in the non-profit field and recommendations to address these findings. 

    Research library

    Year 1: Gap analysis

    Challenges in Achieving Non-Profit Sustainability: A Study of Social Service Organizations in the Central Okanagan, 2015

    Year 2: Contributing factors

    Contributing Factors to Social Service Non-Profit Mission Attainment: A Study of Sustainable Non-Profit Practices within the Central Okanagan, 2016.

    Year 3: Non-profit sustainability

    Reaching Sustainability: A Study Designed to Explore Non-Profit Sustainability Through Training and Resource Development, 2017.

    Year 4: Communications strategies

    Disseminating Resources to Non-Profits Across Canada: A Study of Marketing and Communications Strategies Used by Organizations That Disseminate Information and Their Effectiveness, 2018

    Year 5: Student perceptions

    Student Perceptions of Non-Profits: A Study Designed to Explore Post-Secondary Student Perceptions of Careers in the Non-Profit Sector, 2019.

    Research team

    Faculty advisors

    Sheilagh Seaton

    Business Administration
    Office: Centre of Excellence 230
    Campus: Penticton
    Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3212
    Shei Seaton

    Dr. Kyleen Myrah

    Business Administration
    Office: Centre For Learning 221
    Campus: Kelowna
    Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4678

    Dr. Myrah is a Professor of Business at Okanagan College teaching in the areas of management and social entrepreneurship for over 20 years. She is also President of KyCo Management, a corporate training company specializing in leadership development, strategic planning and social enterprise.
    An active member of her community, Kyleen has held volunteer positions with organizations including Loran Scholars Foundation, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Central Okanagan Foundation, Inn from the Cold, YMCA-YWCA, and Community Futures of the Central Okanagan. In 2017 she co-led the City of Kelowna's Journey Home Task Force and is currently the founding Board Chair of the Society tasked with implementing the community's plan to end homelessness. Kyleen is also a Faculty Advisor for the award-winning student organization, Enactus Okanagan.

    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, 2004
    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 Scholarship 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

    Kerry Rempel

    Business Administration
    Office: Centre For Learning 218
    Campus: Kelowna
    Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4778

    Student researchers

    • Rebecca Alfred
    • Humberto Aranda
    • Alisa Cassidy
    • Milanne Defosses
    • Aiden Doody
    • Jill Harris
    • Francis Lampreau
    • Cassandra Lum
    • Cassandra McColman
    • Cassandra McFarland
    • Faith Pickles
    • Andrea Poznikoff
    • Sean Roussouw
    • Carly Suddard
    • Maliki Suppin
    • Karen Vandergaag
    • Cindy Wasyluk
    • Amanda Wright

    Community partners

    • Andrew Greer, Purpl
    • Sinead Scanlon, BDO
    Enactus OC FruitSnaps Team
    OC business students adapt FruitSnaps project to feed those in need during pandemic

    June 23, 2020

    When the pandemic hit, they adapted. When greater need appeared, they collaborated. When an unthinkable tragedy struck, they supported each other through it. And when the chance came to share their idea with the country, they rose to the challenge. It all started in the fall of 2018, when Okanagan College business student Abby Lagerquist noticed apples still on the trees at the end of harvest season. After inquiring with the orchard owners, she discovered that these apples were imperfect and would be left on the trees to rot (sadly, the fat...

    Downtown Revelstoke
    Okanagan College hosts virtual info session on Tourism Management diploma program

    May 25, 2020

    Set at the foot of the picturesque Columbia Mountains and home to a growing array of four-season tourism operators and activities, where better to advance your career in the tourism industry than Revelstoke? On May 27, prospective students can attend a virtual information session to learn more about Okanagan College’s Tourism Management diploma. The program, which debuted last year, is set for a September start at the College’s Revelstoke Centre and combines hands-on learning in the tourism sector with applied business courses. The virtua...

    Michael Orwick
    Okanagan College prof leads the way in developing new open educational resources

    April 15, 2020

    In a challenging time when nearly every post-secondary institution has made the move from in-person to online classes, an Okanagan College Business professor is working to develop and put free online textbooks in the hands of students. Announced in March, Michael Orwick, professor at Okanagan College’s School of Business was awarded one of four BCcampus Marketing OER grants. With aid from the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the grants will help the development of open educational resources in marketing...

    Drew Vincent
    Million dollar idea: OC alumnus creates a charitable gala in time of need

    April 14, 2020

    OC alumnus, Drew Vincent knew he wanted to bring the community together during a global quarantine. His challenge: how to hold an in-person online and still generate the kind of participation needed. His ingenuity and the community’s generosity yielded results that surpassed expectations. In just five days, his idea turned into a $20,000 donation to help the Okanagan community during COVID-19. The event also laid the groundwork for an even bigger charitable effort on May 2. A graduate of the College’s Bachelor of Business Administration pro...

    Enactus GreenScreen team
    Families and community at the heart of Enactus GreenScreen technology initiative

    April 9, 2020

    GreenScreen is bigger than just a technology recycling program. It’s about people and helping build connections. An initiative launched by Okanagan College’s Enactus team in 2019, the project works to repurpose technology such as phones, laptops and tablets, saving them from the landfill and connecting them with families in need. The team consists of students Isaac Hossmann, Emily Pilon, Rachel Wehrmann and Maya Samaddar, and aided by College professor Devin Rubadeau. Working alongside Kelowna Cell Repair, Columbia Bottle Depot and Go ReCel...