Professionals & Entrepreneurs in Metal Tech Alley

Unique businesses led by amazing people are the foundation of Metal Tech Alley. With unmatched lifestyle and career opportunities, the region is home to people from all over the world who choose to lead the way. Read some of their stories below.

Accelerating Kootenay Tech: Cam Whitehead – Executive Director, KAST

A recognizable acronym can be an indicator of success. Enter KAST, or the Kootenay Association for Science & Technology. The innovation hub is the only rural tech association in Canada, and it’s situated proudly in the Kootenay region’s Metal Tech Alley. At the helm is Executive Director Cam Whitehead, who left city life behind to [...]

The Sustainable Mission: Darrel Fry – CEO, Advanced BioCarbon 3D

Carbon neutral and biodegradable are familiar buzzwords in today’s environmental industry - but has their wide usage blurred their definitions? CEO Darrel Fry of Advanced BioCarbon 3D (ABC3D) is breaking down their precise meanings and providing a prognosis for a bright future where wood replaces all 700 manufactured plastics. But Darrel isn’t an environmentalist; he’s [...]

Sustainable Expertise: Morag Carter – Executive Director, the Skills Centre.

Morag Carter Morag Carter views her life through an environmental lens. The Scotland native and citizen of the world moved to the Lower Columbia two years ago to experience the Canadian mountains. She cites coming face-to-face with a moose in the wetlands as a breathtaking moment that made her fall even more in love with [...]

The Perfect Retreat: Jesse Crockett – The Josie Hotel

Luxury can mean so many things. For Jesse Crockett, valet help with his family’s six sets of skis upon first arrival at The Josie Hotel was a rich experience. He was refreshed by the level of customer service – and fresh pow – and before he could say, “concierge,” a new relationship formed. As The [...]

People Project: Jessica Norlander – Thoughtexchange COO

If you put a question out into the universe, you’ll often get your answer in the most unassuming way. That was the case for Jessica Nordlander; a technology executive with an MSc in Applied IT who came across Thoughtexchange while casually touring Rossland on a trip to find a Canadian home. Her desire to innovate [...]

Work-life Balance: The Greatest Catch – A Metal Tech Alley Success Story

Don Freschi is the entrepreneur who grasped the Metal Tech Alley concept early on. After beginning his chemical metallurgical career at Teck, Don started making semiconductors and high purity metals from Teck byproducts. There’s something very authentic about Don; whether you see him fishing on the Columbia River, in downtown Trail exiting the Community Futures [...]

The Balancing Act – A Metal Tech Alley Success Story

When you’re tasked with creating virtual worlds, being inspired by your real world lifestyle is a major advantage. That’s definitely been the case for Sean Smillie, the creative video game writer and producer who operates Planet Fiction Studios from his hometown of Rossland, B.C. Sean’s fascination with sci-fi and comics started before he could tie [...]