Lorri comes to KAST with over 25 years of experience in innovation, administration and system change. She is currently the CEO of the Columbia Lake Technology Center, developing out a large industrial land base to support technology, trades and rural economic development.
With 25+ years in the pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 public education system, Lorri brings a passion for education and community growth. A keen watcher of future facing trends, she is passionate about supporting our Kootenay communities in thriving for generations to come. Lorri has experience in living and working across the Kootenays and envisions a strong future for the Kootenays as a global technology leader. She looks forward to supporting the staff of KAST as together we develop our collaborative, profitable regional technology culture.
When she is not working, Lorri can be found playing or relaxing with her family and her dog either at Kootenay Lake or Columbia Lake, or hiking one of our many amazing Kootenay trails.
Chris Botterill is the President and Founder of Genex Marketing Agency Ltd. He joins the board of KAST in transition as a director from the board of KRIC, the innovation council representing the East Kootenay region.
Chris is an active member in his community, serving as a director on the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce for several years, including a year as VP and President in 2017. With a wide range of skills and experience, Chris started his career in computer networking by working with a tech startup, YourTechOnline.com (now support.com). He then moved into digital marketing at the Internet Marketing Centre coaching entrepreneurs all around the world on how to market, sell and develop online strategy for their businesses.
Chris loves living the Kootenay life with his partner Julie and two children, Lucy and Lena, in Cranbrook, BC.
Dr. Paul Tiege is the Manager of Applied Research and Innovation at the College of the Rockies. Dr. Tiege has over 20 years of pure and applied research experience in agriculture, chemistry and the life sciences, including project management and business development. He led an agriculture field crops research program that included primary and service agronomy research, insecticide and fungicide trials, fertilizer and nutrient formulation projects and variety trials, as well as bio-based chemical discovery and synthesis.
Other research work includes typical organic synthesis and analytical chemistry, and development of an intravascular medical device for solid tumours that has now received full Health Canada and FDA approval for sale.
Developing and cultivating collaborative and strategic partnerships with companies and other researchers is an underlying theme of Dr. Tiege’s research program.
After graduating from Vancouver Film School in 1991, Jason worked as a computer modeler and animator in TV, architectural rendering and commercial advertising. Jason started with Selkirk College in August of 1998 and was hired to develop the Multimedia Production and Design program located at the Selkirk College campus in Trail.
In 2002, the program moved to Nelson as part of the School of the Arts where Jason assumed the role of Chair. In 2014, Jason developed the Digital Fabrication division of Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation department. During that year, Jason was invited to support the development and implementation of the MIDAS facility in Trail, BC where he is currently working in applied research, program development and supporting community and industry members.
When not at Selkirk playing, Jason can be found on the golf course, ski hill or in his own workshop making something cool.
Nate Kube is the President and CEO of nonDFA, a Canadian based cyber security solution provider for high value targets. In 2006 Nate Kube founded Wurldtech Security Technologies with the mandate to provide cyber security solutions for mission critical systems. In 2014 Wurldtech was acquired by GE where Nate served 2 years GE’s Chief Technology Officer for Cyber Security.
Throughout Nate’s 20-year career in entrepreneurial, research and product strategy roles, he has created an extensive Intellectual Property portfolio, driven key national and international standards, and regularly contributes to industry press and news media. Nate has testified on cyber security standards for the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and currently serves as an expert for the IEC/ISO working group on cyber security standards.
As a well-regarded speaker and presenter on topics such as Industrial Internet of Things, Industrial Cyber Security, Enterprise to shop floor security convergence (IT-OT security convergence) and Digital Innovation, Nate regularly speaks to Boards of Directors on security best practices has been quoted in a series of consumer and security trade publications.
After graduating from Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Nick worked in oil and gas, transportation and utilities industries. Nick’s entrepreneurial spirit drove him to start an early web development company (in the 90s!) supporting small business and even streaming live events before it was a thing!
Throughout this journey, Nick has been able to work in a wide variety of roles including tier one support, full-stack developer, project manager and cyber security architect. These opportunities allowed Nick to grow his technical knowledge and business acumen until he was ultimately able to take on more leadership roles.
Nick moved to the Kootenay region in 2005 to raise his family. When not working, Nick can be found tinkering in his workshop, gardening, hiking Kootenay trails or swimming in our many (cold) lakes.
Chris has lived and played in Rossland for over 25 years since graduating as a Chemical Engineer from UBC. He joined Cominco (now Teck Metals) as an Engineer in Training and has progressed through various roles in process engineering, research, metallurgy and technology, business development, and operations management. Chris is currently the Manager of Health and Safety and Risk at the Trail Operations leading the site in the development and application of occupational health and safety policies, emergency response procedures and risk management. He is also the Management representative on Trail Ops Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Chris is an active volunteer in our Kootenay communities including soccer coaching, Rossland Winter Carnival and is past Chair of the Rossland Library Board of Trustees, where he initiated the successful library renewal project. He is passionate about supporting the growth of our communities through science and technology and especially in the promotion of diversity in science and technology.
Chris and his wife Kelly love the outdoors and are proud parents of two daughters at university with aspiring careers in STEM.
Jonathan is a physicist and problem solver with over 15 years of research experience at Dalhousie University, Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill University, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Much of his previous work was in cloud microphysics and climate change in the Canadian high arctic. Through this research, combined with his interest in computers and programming, he developed specialization in scientific modelling, computational physics, supercomputing, and data science. He also has significant experience interfacing computers with the physical world through experimental measurement and data collection, and remote lab operation and control.
In his current role at Selkirk College, Jonathan leads the Advanced Computing team at Selkirk Innovates and is focused on applying cutting-edge technology and analysis to a wide variety of problems that local businesses and industry are facing. He is also a faculty instructor for University Arts and Sciences, teaching computer science as well as physics and math.
In his free time, Jonathan pursues further nerdy endeavors such as custom home automation and programming, prolific board and computer gaming, as well as playing music on any number of stringed instruments. He will even venture outside from time to time to climb boulders or crags all over the province.