KAST Talent & marketing Manager

Opportunity With KAST: Executive Director

KAST Talent & marketing Manager

The Executive Director of the Kootenay Association of Science & Technology (KAST) will lead the organization to build a recognized, vibrant and prosperous technology community in the West Kootenay region of BC by providing programs to connect and solve problems for entrepreneurs. 

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Is a strong leader who will inspire clients, partners, staff and contractors;
  • Is a future-focussed strategic thinker who will identify opportunities for KAST;
  • Enjoys networking with funders, partners and entrepreneurs;
  • Can sell ideas, gain buy-in and build vision, excitement and momentum;
  • Has business expertise and an understanding of the technology industry;
  • Has demonstrated financial management experience;
  • Is a strong project manager and administrator;
  • Is creative and adaptable;
  • Has worked effectively with a Board of Directors; and
  • Will raise the profile of the organization inside and outside of the region in order to secure funding for the organization and to engage entrepreneurs to benefit from KAST programs.


  • Build and maintain relationships with funders, prospective funders, economic development partners, the entrepreneurial community and other stakeholders;
  • Project development including identifying and evaluating project opportunities, building joint projects and managing project implementation;
  • Management of MIDAS Facility, Venture Acceleration Program and Tech Talent Attraction project as well as other ongoing and emerging projects;
  • Communications including community presentations, marketing and social media;
  • Human resources management including managing staff and contractors;
  • Operations management including financial management and ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of KAST; and
  • Liaising with and reporting to a Board of Directors.

Education & Experience: 

  • Post-secondary education in the areas of Business, Technology, Science, Engineering or a combination of relevant training & experience.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial/ business skills moving from start up to growth.
  • Previous experience as an Executive Director of a Non-Profit or working with a Board of Directors is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the rural and provincial economic development landscape with a focus on the technology sector is an asset.

Must be able to travel. A valid driver’s licence and access to the use of a vehicle are required.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to coaching@kast.com by Friday, January 19, 2018. 


#BCTECH Summit 2018

Get $1,000 to go to #BCTECH Summit!

Columbia Basin Trust will help 50 Basin-based technology businesses attend #BCTECH Summit, by offering up to $1,000 to offset expenses.

The #BCTECH Summit is a two-day event that showcases B.C.’s vibrant technology industry, builds cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explores the latest ideas and innovations fueling our economy locally and globally. It is the place for connecting industry, government and research under one roof to do business.

Hosted by the provincial government in partnership with the BC Innovation Council, the event will help BC tech companies attract customers, connect with investors, network with government representatives and build their brands. It takes place in Vancouver on May 15-16, 2018.

Application deadline is midnight Monday, January 15, 2018.

Check your eligibility and apply online at: ourtrust.org/techsummit.

Help Wanted: Full Time Environmental Technologist With the RDCK

Environmental Technologist
Permanent, Full‐Time; Specialty Tailings Project Regional District of Central Kootenay — Nelson.

The RDCK is seeking applications for an Environmental Technologist to join their Resource Recovery team in Nelson, BC. This is a full time, permanent position that supports the general operations and ongoing compliance of all solid waste management services throughout the RDCK including landfills, transfer stations, recycling programs and facilities, septage management, composting facilities, and tailings storage facilities.

The first 12 months in this role will focus on contaminated sites and dam safety, with specialization on meeting the technical demands relating to closure works and post‐closure operations of the HB Tailings Storage Facility. Once trained, the incumbent fulfils the role of Tailings Storage Facility Qualified Person for the RDCK and assists with activities for the Engineer of Record in line with the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in BC.

The position assists with development of short and long term planning for the HB Facility and coordinates internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the RDCK actions related to the facility are consistent with overall strategic objectives, policy, standards and regulations.

Given the diverse requirements of this role, the RDCK will consider applicants who are skilled in the Environmental/Solid Waste Management OR Mining Reclama on/Tailings fields, who are willing to learn and train across both fields once in the role. Participation in the rotational Resource Recovery On‐Call Program is a requirement of this position.


  • Bachelor degree in Environmental Science, Applied Science, Engineering or similar
  • 3 years experience in administration and operation of municipal solid waste services and/or tailings facilities
  • Demonstrated contract administration and project management skills
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered for this completion
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers License and satisfactory Criminal Record Check


  • Considerable knowledge of best practices and operations of tailings facilities, earthen dams, surface water control systems, landfills and other solid waste management systems and programs.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including public relations skills.
  • Ability to develop, implement and manage long‐term projects and work to organizational policy and procedure.
  • Ability to perform manual work, in all weather conditions with exposure to unpleasant substances and materials.

This posting, along with a detailed job description including specialist project tasks, can be found on our website at HERE.

Applications in the form of a resume and cover letter detailing qualifications and experience relative to the position will be accepted by email or post until 9am Wednesday December 12, 2017.

Human Resources, Regional District of Central Kootenay Box 590, 202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC V1L 5R4
E‐mail: humanresources@rdck.bc.ca
Phone: (250) 352‐8150


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!