Melanie Fontaine brings to KAST passion, skill and deep commitment to benefit the Kootenay science and tech communities.
After moving to the West Kootenays in 2020, she managed a small business while settling into the Kootenay life. 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.
Melanie comes from a strong scientific background in biochemistry research with a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta. Some of her experiences include working at a non-profit hospital in Kenya and for the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver.
Outside of work, Melanie can be found spending time with her partner and fur-babies, whether that be skiing the local mountains, creating stained glass art or gardening in her backyard.
EAST KOOTENAY DIRECTOR
Born and raised on a family farm in Northern Alberta, innovation practically runs in Sam’s blood. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce and after this, he gained experience in a multitude of industries and regions. His career has even taken him to Europe, where he met his wife (and picked up a taste for espresso). He is excited about using this diverse professional background to assist KAST in its mission!
When not building organizational connections in the East Kootenays, Sam is likely enjoying the great outdoors, whether that means the slopes, trails or his own backyard. He also loves to cook with his homegrown produce, resulting in some powerfully spicy creations.
MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR
Terry Sidhu is passionate about empowering people to access their fullest potential.
Originally from the UK, Terry moved to Canada in 2010 and successfully launched his very own life coaching practice. After 9+ years of coaching and running a demanding business, he shifted focus towards teaching meditation as a form of sustainable mental health management. In 2020 he released his book, Meditate: Breathe into meditation and awaken your potential, and today specializes in teaching neurodivergent individuals how to meditate.
In addition to lending his wealth of business and marketing skills to KAST, Terry is excited for the opportunity to grow the entrepreneurial and tech community in the Kootenays. He is eager to bring fresh energy to KAST events, working with diverse groups to engage the community and bring people together.
In his spare time Terry enjoys writing, dancing, and exploring ways to incorporate innovative technologies such as: AR, VR, and AI into his teachings.