The future of the Kootenays tech sector is looking bright!
One of the fastest-growing industries in British Columbia (BC) is the technology (tech) sector. Its rapid growth in rural areas is evident, as technology empowers the rural economy to be more competitive in the marketplace.
In the Kootenays, many companies have integrated technology into their operations, and there is a noticeable presence of start-up businesses within the tech sector demonstrating its immense potential.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur in tech, a small business seeking to grow with tech, or a community member eager to learn about the economic and technological developments in the region, then join us at the Revelstoke Ideafactory for an evening of networking and discover ways to grow with tech!
- Gain insight into the status of the region’s tech sector from the perspective of Kootenay Association of Science & Technology (KAST) and outdoor manufacturing advocacy group, Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprise (KORE)
- Learn about the support available for tech-preneurs, startups and companies
- Discover innovations in the rec-tec sector and it’s positive impact on economic development
Brought to you by Community Economic Development, City of Revelstoke & CSRD Area B
- Snacks & Refreshments Provided
Melanie Fontaine, Executive Director, KAST – kast.com
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.
Kevin Pennock, Project Manager, KORE – koreoutdoors.org
Kevin has worked along side the KORE Board for two years developing the concept of creating an industry cluster of outdoor gear makers in the Kootenays, and was brought on as Project Manager of the KORE Initiative in April 2020.
Kevin’s has been immersed in outdoor adventure and the outdoor industry, both as a filmmaker and as a project manager; including creating the Ride Guide TV series and Nordic Sport Manager for the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games.
Code of Conduct
KAST (Kootenay Association for Science and Technology) is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religious affiliation. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Event participants violating these rules may face consequences including, but not limited to, expulsion from the event without a refund. By attending this event, you are agreeing to abide by these guidelines. We expect our community to help us realize a safe and positive experience for everyone.
We acknowledge and honour the four nations on whose traditional land we live and learn: the Sinixt, the Ktunaxa, the Secwepemc, and the Syilx.