The Okanagan Valley region is defined by the basin of Lake Okanagan in British Columbia’s southern interior. Its largest city, Kelowna, together with West Kelowna, is Canada’s fastest growing metropolitan area. According to Statistics Canada, the population grew to 222,162 in 2021, a 14% increase since from 2016. Vernon, 50 km to the north, and Penticton, 60 km to the south, are the region’s two other largest cities. According to the 2016 census, the region’s total population was 362,258 and is currently estimated to be close to 400,000.
With hundreds of architectural, engineering, design and construction firms in the region, CSC determined the need to launch a new Chapter to cater to the growing market, enabling us to provide quality education, training and professional development opportunities and to further our aims and objectives as an organization servicing the design and construction industry.
“Until now, this region was largely underserved with the nearest CSC Chapters located in Vancouver and Vancouver Island,” CSC president Kazim Kanani said in a Nov. 8 statement. “But now, with the launch of the Okanagan Valley Chapter, design and construction professionals can access CSC’s world class education, training and professional development opportunities without having to leave the region.”
The Okanagan Valley Chapter will be led by Tim Simpson who will serve as the Chapter Director and Interim Chair alongside Herb Guhl, Ashley Foster, Mark Felt and Spencer Todd.
“Our goal is to successfully deliver to the Okanagan Valley region, boots on the ground, providing the local design and construction industry with networking, professional development, and education opportunities. We look forward to bringing to this region the same trusted resources that many in the industry take for granted elsewhere and look forward to becoming the trusted resource for the industry,” Simpson said.
For more information about the Okanagan Valley Chapter and its events and offerings, visit http://okanagan.csc-dcc.ca.