KAST Talent & marketing Manager

Opportunity: Talent & Marketing Manager

KAST Talent & marketing ManagerKAST is a highly entrepreneurial economic development non-profit serving the West Kootenay and Boundary regions for the past 20 years. We aim to solve problems for technology businesses, and work to foster a culture that values science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as vital to the region’s economic diversity/ competitiveness. KAST offers business development services, including coaching, expertise, training, and development projects to stimulate the growth of applied science and technology entrepreneurship.

KAST is looking for a creative and motivated individual with confidence, judgement, flexibility, a desire to learn, a love of language and a sense of humour to be our new Talent and Marketing Manager.

Main responsibilities until March 31, 2018 include startup and delivery of our new technology talent project in Nelson, Rossland, Revelstoke and Kimberley BC in concert with regional partners. Starting April 2018, the role may also include client intake and management for our business coaching programs for technology startups and growth companies. The successful candiate will serve as human resources recruiter to technology companies in the region, provide and/or oversee related marketing services, provide a strategy for community-sensitive attraction of digital nomads, and support technology community and culture building in our pilot communities.

You will need to be outgoing, partnership-but-also-results oriented (enjoy!), willing to travel, and provide a high and customized level of service while remaining professional and discreet. You will have preferably completed post-secondary education and will have a minimum of 5 years combined human resources and/or marketing experience. You will have demonstrated time management and organizational skills, a flair for language, and adore both detail and brilliant but unusual people.

You wil be working in the KAST office in Rossland, BC, with frequent travel throughout the Kootenay and Boundary regions.

Starting wage of $25/h for 30 hours/week.

Resumes to info@kast.com by 5pm December 1, 2017

Please, no calls.

You can read more about this opportunity HERE.

BCIC Ignite

Apply for BCIC Ignite | Deadline January 2018!

BCIC Ignite

Bring your innovation to market faster with funding!

BCIC Ignite provides funding to accelerate commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences in British Columbia.

The program provides awards of up to $300,000 to consortia that are conducting research projects that address a significant demonstrated problem faced by industry and will commercialize a proposed innovation within a 3-year timeframe.

Winter-Spring 2018 BC Ignite Competition: Letters of Intent due January 2018

Program Overview

  • Focus: Proposals must involve the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering, and must provide a clearly articulated solution to an existing problem.
  • Teams: Applicants must be a BC-based consortium comprised of two or more companies, organizations and academic researchers. All consortia must include an academic member and an industry partner.
  • Matching funds: Projects must secure matching funds from industry or government sources at a ratio of 2:1 matching dollars to Ignite dollars.
  • Timing: Projects must plan to move a proposed innovation to market within a 3-year timeframe.

Potential applicants are encouraged to first contact Program Manager, Kailyn Skuban at 604-602-5205 or kskuban@bcic.ca to discuss their project and the program eligibility requirements prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.

Read the complete details in the 2017 BC Ignite Program Guidelines.

Learn more HERE.

Selkirk College GLOWS: Kootenay Contraption Contest

Selkirk College GLOWS brings you the annual Kootenay Contraption Contest inviting students in Grades K-8 to imagine, design and illustrate a “contraption” that solves a problem. Students love to ponder ways to address our questions, and every year we receive approximately 150 entries.

In GLOWS 2017 Contraption Contest, we challenge individuals and entire classes to come up with the most creative, most imaginative “contraption” you can dream up to solve this question:

We use energy in our daily lives from turning on the lights to playing on our tablets. What are some ideas to make or save energy so there is more for everyone?

Win a pizza party for your class or the GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Air! The Kootenay Contraption Contest is generously sponsored by FortisBC.

To enter, illustrate your idea in our form. Remember, this is just a starting point. Have fun and be creative with anything from art supplies, illustrations and even multimedia.

Individual Form

Teacher Form

Email your entry by December 15 to glows@selkirk.ca or mail to Selkirk GLOWS, 301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar, BC V1N 4L3.

You can also send  your ideas via the GLOWS Facebook page.

Learn more HERE!


New CV Trails App Makes Backcountry Trail Info Available Online… Or Off!

Getting out to enjoy the hiking trails of the Upper Columbia Valley in the East Kootenay just got that much easier.

Published earlier this fall, the new Columbia Trails mobile app is available to all backcountry enthusiasts with a mobile device.  Developed by Fairmont Hot Springs resident, Philip Boyer, the mobile app is a companion to the original comprehensive online application found at the cvtrails.ca website.

The mobile version allows users to plan their hike, bike, run or ski and store their data on their iPhone or Android device to be used even while they are out of range of coverage.  This includes GPS files that can be used on navigation apps such as Canada Topo Maps.

“It’s a full-fledged app that allows off-line access to more that 100 trails here in the Columbia Valley.” said Mr. Boyer.

While developed privately by Mr. Boyer, the app utilizes the same data as the cvtrails.ca website, which he also developed under the design guidance of fellow Valley software developer and backcountry enthusiast, Rob Orchiston, in 2014.  The effort was funded by the Greenways Trails Alliance.

“These apps and website are an extremely valuable resource for the Valley that compliments other resources such as Aaron Cameron and Matt Gunn’s Hikes Around Invermere (book) and other websites.  I often find myself referring to cvtrails.ca to find a new trail to hike or bike,” said Mr. Orchiston.  “this is a premier resource for visitors and locals alike.”

Incredibly user-friendly, once you’ve identified a trail of interest the full details are available:  trail description, trailhead access, heights, times, distances, elevation profile, GPS route file and photos.  A simple click and you’ve got a PDF of the trail with maps, photos and descriptions to download or print.

No need to fear random, unproven, or rogue trail information.  All of the the trails outlined in the app, as well as the website, are official, sanctioned trails and include those for hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, Nordic skiers, horseback riders, wheelchair accessible and other non-motorized backcountry users.

“Trails are easily added by smartphone or computer.  Anyone can create an account and add their own trails”, said Mr. Orchiston.  However, in an effort to ensure quality and safety, only confirmed and sanctioned information will be approved.

Mr. Orchiston adds that the design allows organizations in other regions to license the technology from Greenways to set up and brand their own trail repositories and apps with little effort.

Mr. Boyer anticipates upgrading the app some time next year with more enhancements.

Backcountry users can find and download the Columbia Valley Trails app at the Apple App or Google Play stores.


2018 Design for Startups Industry Research Program | November 1 Deadline

Design for Startups is unique program in which student designers join early-stage company teams in order to work on a specific design problem.

Through this initiative a new model for connecting art and design university with early-stage companies through accelerators and VC-backed portfolios has been developed and tested.

Design for Startups is an initiative of Living Labs, one of four research centres at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. We support creative projects, social venture and entrepreneurship driven by art and design; build projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building; and connect with organizations to develop externally facing, embedded, adaptive design labs that take a form suitable to the structure and culture of organizations and the nature of the design problems to be addressed.

Early-stage tech companies seeking emerging creative talent are encouraged to apply and be matched with a designer who can help with everything from branding to designing an app.

Companies who are interested in applying can visit the program’s webpage for more info.  Deadline for program registration is November 1, 2017.