cam whitehead KAST Executive Director

KAST Welcomes New Executive Director: Cam Whitehead

cam whitehead KAST Executive Director

Introducing Cam Whitehead, KAST Executive Director – Thank you Don Freschi!

The board is happy to welcome Dr. Cam Whitehead as KAST’s new Executive Director. Cam will support KAST’s plan to continue to grow and foster a culture that values science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship across our region.

Cam Whitehead is returning to the Kootenays from Victoria, where he worked for the Ministries of Jobs, Trade and Technology and Citizens’ Services. He brings strong experience in strategic planning and workforce development in the technology sector.

His portfolios included the Provincial Nominee Program Skills Stream overhaul, the PNP Tech Pilot, the Global Skills Strategy and the Centre for Data-Driven Innovation. Cam lives in Blewett with his wife Melissa Welsh, founder of Pixel Cents Software, and two kids Oliver and Clio.

The board would also like to extend its deep thanks to Don Freschi for his dedication to KAST—as a long time as a volunteer board member, as an Executive-in-Residence and most recently as our ED.

While Don is stepping down as ED, we’re delighted to have him continue to contribute as an EIR—Don is recognized as an innovative entrepreneur across our region and draws people to KAST who are looking for top-tier mentoring via the Venture Acceleration Program.

KAST also has benefited from Don’s innovative and disruptive ideas on strategy —Don has a unique way of breaking down traditional barriers and creating new opportunities for KAST, our clients and partners.

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