Jenn Wilson, Managing Partner, Austin Engineering

Engineering Remote Communication The ability to run a team meeting remotely is a skill that Jenn Wilson has mastered. The Golden, BC resident is the Managing Partner at Trail’s Austin Engineering and is a leading example of a thriving remote-working professional. After a career in communications and public affairs, Jenn pivoted and leveraged her entrepreneurial […]

Championing School Engagement: Chris Derochie, Account Manager, Thoughtexchange

Like many from smaller communities, Chris Derochie was eager to leave his hometown after graduating from high school. Seeking a larger centre, he left Rossland and landed in Michigan, where he played college hockey and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration. While there, he also discovered his passion for working with tech startups, and after […]

Preserving a Lasting Legacy: Ingrid Hope – Owner, Hall Printing

A customer calls looking for help with materials for a fast-approaching marketing event, or replacement labels after a missed shipment from their supplier. It’s calls like these that excite Ingrid Hope, owner of Hall Printing. Problem solving drives innovation and breakthroughs, and that’s the environment that she excels in. Ingrid became the print shop owner […]

Circular Economy Role Model: Pete Stamper – General Manager, KC Recycling

Circular Economy Role Model: Pete Stamper – General Manager, KC Recycling

Pete Stamper traded in his business suit for coveralls and a respirator when he moved to the Lower Columbia from Seattle, WA to become KC Recycling’s General Manager (GM). The primed professional is comfortable working at ground level operations, especially excelling at leading global manufacturing companies through ownership transitions and turnarounds. Last March, Stamper was […]

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 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 Kootenay […]

The Perfect Retreat: Jesse Crockett – General Manager, 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 […]