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KAST Team Member Thomas Archer

Executive Director

Thomas brings a wealth of experience and expertise to KAST, backed by a diverse background in leading nonprofits across various sectors.
KAST Executive Director Melanie Fontaine

Director of Operations

Melanie Fontaine brings to KAST passion, skill and deep commitment to benefit the Kootenay science and tech communities. Melanie is excited to lead the KAST team, creating relationships across the region and bringing renewed energy to programs, both current and future, for KAST.
KAST Team Member Sam Farrel

East Kootenay Director

Sam Farrell combines his deep background in business and entrepreneurship with his personal passion for science and technology to maximize the potential of the East Kootenays.


KAST Team Member Katie Wells

Chief Financial Officer

After graduating from Engineering at UBC, Katie worked in pulp and paper and then management with Procter & Gamble.
KAST Team Member Kathleen Ayre


Kathleen Ayre is a freelance grant writer and administrative professional with over twenty years working experience in post-secondary institutions, research, technology and innovation nonprofits.

Join the Team

Join the KAST team and shape the future of tech in the Kootenays with your expertise and vision.