Top 40: David Kemp
Contributed - May 16, 2022 - People in Business

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Okanagan Edge and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Under 40” program.

Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Under 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the eighth year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will be featured throughout the year on Okanagan Edge.


After finishing law school at UBC Vancouver in 2015, David Kemp returned to Kelowna to build his career. He very quickly realized that he wanted to be a real estate and business lawyer, helping people build what was important to them: buying, selling and running businesses, and buying, selling and managing real estate.

As a third generation Kelownian, it was very important to Kemp to get involved as well, so he also made a point of getting involved all over Kelowna—in JCI Kelowna (Kelowna Jaycees), the rugby community, Festivals Kelowna and Downtown Kelowna Association. Kemp was fortunate enough to be able to start and run the JCI Kelowna farm project, which operates a quarter acre of land and grows food for local charities, and he is currently helping to create a new development model for entry-level housing through the YeYe Housing Society.

Since returning to Kelowna in 2016, he has served in the following roles:
• Director of external events, JCI Kelowna
• Director of Social, JCI Kelowna
• Vice-president, JCI Kelowna
• Director, Festivals Kelowna
• Director, Downtown Kelowna Association
• Director, Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation
• Director, Yeye Housing Society
• Director, Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmakers
• Co-chair, Okanagan Young Lawyers Chapter, Canadian Bar Association
• Chair, JCI Kelowna Farm Project at Helen’s Acres
• Member, Rotary Club of Kelowna

The majority of those roles are self-explanatory; Kemp says that his service with JCI Kelowna has been extremely rewarding, as he helped lead a group of young active citizens deepen their involvement in the Kelowna community. Through education, training, fundraising, competitions and social events, they aim to create a generation of leaders in the community.

The Yeye Housing Society also has been extremely rewarding. Led by Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick and featuring top figures in the construction and development community, the society aims to create entry-level housing far below market value due to a development structure they are currently developing, with the goal of inspiring more developers to follow their lead in order to create more accessible housing options.

Kemp holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from UBC Okanagan and a law degree from UBC in Vancouver.

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