Director of Operations
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 led the KAST team as Executive Director from 2021-2023 before moving into the Director of Operations role while starting a family. She enjoys 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.