Speaker Series is Back for International Women’s Day

Blog February 27, 2023

Posted by Leslie Louie

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Join e@UBCO, BDC’s Thrive Venture Fund for Women, and Accelerate Okanagan for the next instalment of the 4F Females Founders, Funders, and Fortifiers event in celebration of International Women’s Day.

BDC, e@UBCO, and Accelerate Okanagan have joined forces to celebrate women leading the way in technology and entrepreneurship. International Women’s Day is recognized globally on March 8th every year. It’s a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also serves as a call to action for gender parity and equity. All who are willing are welcome to attend this 4F speaker and networking event. 


Krista Mallory, Manager of the COEDC, will lead a panel discussion with three women entrepreneurs who will share stories of what it’s like to build a business here in the Okanagan. They will be diving into topics like leadership, innovation, and resiliency. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their first-hand experiences.   

Attendees will also have plenty of time to network and connect with other participants before and after the panel discussion. It all takes place at Sandhill Wines in downtown Kelowna on Wednesday, March 8.

Meet the Panelists

Vanessa Lo


Vanessa Lo is a fourth-year nursing student at UBCO and holds multiple positions within the academic and research community. She is also a co-founder of VanTech Medical, a startup that is presently enrolled in e@UBCO‘s Mentor2Market program.

Amanda Holyk


Amanda Holyk is the Founder and CEO of iMaster Health. She is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Most recently she participated in the OKGN Angel Summit, reaching the semi-finals. 

Tasha Da Silva


Tasha Da Silva founded Infuse I.T. in 2012. She joined the Accelerate Okanagan VAP program and committed to developing her first proprietary software. In 2022, Tasha decided to shift her focus and offer a distinct viewpoint to the City of West Kelowna’s council, leading to her first term in office as a city councillor.

Krista Mallory


Krista Mallory leads the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission in Kelowna BC. She strongly believes in the power of collaboration, and her efforts aim to support Canada’s fastest-growing metro region by fostering connections for businesses and entrepreneurs to local resources and networks.

Mark your calendar, grab your ticket, and join us at Sandhill Wines in downtown Kelowna on March 8th for this exciting event! The event is a great opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs and leaders in our community and to network with like-minded individuals in #OKGNtech.

You Can Sip With Us!

Join us for this special instalment of Female, Founders, Funders, and Fortifiers. It’s all happening at Sandhill Wines in downtown Kelowna from 4:00-6:00pm on Wednesday, March 8th.

Ticket includes a glass of wine and light appetizers. 


A special thank you to our partners at BDC’s Thrive Venture Fund for Women and e@UBCO for their collaboration and financial support of this event. 

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