Office Crawl

Brian Stephenson, left, of Pushor Mitchell Lawyers, Tyler Krenz from Grant Thornton accountants and consultants, and Garrett Jones of Valley First Credit Union will be taking part in the Okanagan Young Professionals Collective’s Office Crawl from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Above, they check out the energy pod, a.k.a. the nap chair, at Valley First’s office in the Okanagan Centre for Innovation.

We’ve all heard of, or done, a pub crawl — that fun bounce from drinking establishment to drinking establishment.

Well, the Okanagan Young Professionals Collective has taken the concept and organized a less-boisterous Office Crawl event with a business networking component for Friday afternoon.

“It’s not as rowdy as a pub crawl,” said collective community cultivator Tory Braun. “But there will be socializing and food and drink at each office stop.”

As of Thursday, 25 young professionals had bought $20 tickets to take part in the Office Crawl from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“It’s a fun twist on a traditional business networking event and a pub crawl that appeals to young professionals,” said Braun.

“And since business people in Kelowna like to kick off their weekend early, we set this for a 3:30 p.m. start on a Friday.”

The crawl starts with the group meeting at Valley First Credit Union’s funky, open-concept office in the Okanagan Centre for Innovation at the corner of Ellis Street and Doyle Avenue.

There will be eats, beer, wine and mingling in the office’s communal areas.

Participants can also climb into the futuristic-looking energy pod, which doubles as a nap chair.

“Our sponsors have some cool office spaces downtown,” said Braun.

“The crawl is a novel way for the group to walk from one to the other and be hosted at each office.”

Stop No. 2 is a four-block stroll from the innovation centre.

Grant Thornton accountants and consultants, at Ellis and Leon Avenue, is on the second floor of the building with TD Bank in the bottom.

From there, it’s just a quick nip across the street and up the elevator to the roof-top patio at Pushor Mitchell Lawyers.

The collective, an arm of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, has a mandate to help attract young professionals to the region.

It’s also a resource for young professionals new to town to expand their social and professional networks.

This is the second annual Office Crawl.

Last year, it was launched after Braun’s predecessor, Drew Vincent, and the program sponsors brainstormed to come up with a unique way to network and socialize.

“As far as I know, there is nothing similar in any other city,” said Braun.

Buy last-minute $20 tickets for the Office Crawl at OYPCollective.com.

Proceeds from the crawl are being donated to the Cops for Kids charity, which helps children suffering a medical, physical or traumatic crisis.