Sean Campbell is the General Manager of Community Futures East Kootenay operating in the Regional District East Kootenay & Regional District Columbia Shuswap Area A. Sean has been with Community Futures for 5 years, applying extensive experience in small business lending and knowledge on process improvement. Sean sits on the Board of Directors of the Cranbrook & District Community Foundation and is a past president of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Sean is actively supporting the Ground Floor Coworking Space in Cranbrook, the Elk Valley Economic Initiative (EVEI) and the Kootenay Employment Services Community Investment Co-op initiative.
As an economist, Ange has had a variety or work experiences; representing groups to create destination tourism infrastructure, community economic development, working with government agencies, municipal government and not-for-profit boards. Currently Ange is a City Councillor serving the City of Fernie.
Ange also serves a local government association, the Association of the Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments where the mandate is to ‘assist our members in providing effective, responsible and accountable local government through dialogue, education and advocacy’.
Recently Ange has participated with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities International in the CISAL (Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America) program to work with communities affected by resource extraction. Using peer-to-peer knowledge to help build capacity with community leaders in Colombia, and support local economic development initiatives has been truly a rewarding experience.
Tanya Malcolm is the Community & Marketing Manager at Ground Floor Coworking Space. Tanya is an experienced Communications and Project Coordinator with a demonstrated history of digital storytelling and animating ideas within non-profit organization management. She has used her skills in fundraising, content marketing and public speaking to advance the work of organizations such as Wildsight, Community Connections Society of Southeast BC and Shanti Uganda. She is a strong advocate for sustainable communities, local food systems, maternal healthcare, collective social impact and the sharing economy.
Brad Pommen is Mr. Technology of the BC Kootenays.
He has taught thousands of people of all ages how to code, design and adopt emerging digital technologies throughout the Kootenay region, providing inspiration for other local tech hubs to grow.
Provides support for BC teacher professional development and student adoption of ADST curriculum and digital fabrication technologies through MIDAS.
He is a Kootenay-wide technology network liaison, providing professional representation, influence in technology adoption and education leadership through initiatives such as Ladies Learning Code, Nelson Tech & Knowledge Workers and Startup Nelson. He helps lead the initiatives of Nelson’s Intelligent Community and Innovation Center planning.
Brad is a hacker, a maker, a technology enthusiast and a leader in STEM initiatives, a passion he contributes to each and every project.
Brad lives in Nelson with his wife Amy and their two daughters, Abigail (5) and Stella (3).
Eden Yesh is the Branch Manager of KES Invermere, a Community Economic Development satellite office of Kootenay Employment Services based in Creston, BC. His work experience and training resides in the employment, community economic development (Simon Fraser University), and financial sectors. For the past 4 years, Eden led the feasibility study, business planning and launch of rural British Columbia’s first and largest Community Investment Co-op.
He is the Chair of the British Columbia Community Impact Investment Coalition, a learning and advocacy group comprised of local investment practitioners across the province. Eden has developed and defended multiple impact investment policies, and is working actively with several BC Ministries to enable local investing in BC. Eden is project manager and lead consultant on the Mobilizing Local Capital project, an initiative assisting over 25 communities to establish two regional investment co-ops in Southeastern BC. To get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For almost two decades, Karen has worked on climate mitigation policies, plans and programs. She creates evidence-based, pragmatic yet elegant solutions to contribute towards global efforts in GHG reductions. Karen has worked with a range of think tanks, not for profits, all levels of government and multiple private sector clients. She has designed and/or evaluated multi-million-dollar energy efficiency programs, managed municipal climate mitigation plans, and produced numerous technical studies. She is attending the forum as the GHG Reduction Advisor for the Columbia Basin Trust’s Climate Action Program. Fernie, BC is her home where she plays in the mountains with her three kids and husband. If you want to learn more about Karen go to gorecki.ca.
Meredith Hamstead, MEDes, EP is the owner of an independent consulting firm, thinkBright Environmental Innovations, based out of Invermere, BC. She is a leader in the development and implementation of community based sustainability solutions. Meredith is the coordinator for Columbia Basin Trust’s Climate Action Program.
Patrick Sorfleet is the Manager of Planning at the City of Fernie and has been with Fernie for the past year. One of his first projects upon joining the City was to develop a Short Term Rental regulatory and enforcement framework. Prior to joining the City of Fernie Patrick worked at the Town of Canmore and brings over a decade of experience dealing with the challenges of regulation and enforcement of Short Term Rentals in mountain communities.
Mark Lautman started his economic development career in Grants New Mexico after the collapse of uranium mining industry in 1983.
Over the next 25 years, he went on to lead job creation programs for three large master planned community developers, AMREP corporation, Santa Teresa Real Estate Development Corp and Forest City Enterprises.
He also served ten years as Chair of the New Mexico Economic Development Commission during the Johnson and Richardson administrations.
In 2007 he helped establish the Community Economics Lab, (CELab) a not-for-profit think tank focused on developing new approaches to economic and workforce development.
In 2011 he wrote a book titled “When the Boomers Bail”, about how a growing shortage of talent is changing the economic development game. The bulk of his time is currently invested in several CELab's projects that include;
He is a 1971 graduate of The University of New Mexico in Economics, Architecture and Geography, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer.
Mark lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife Mary Anne. They have three grown children, one Aggie and two Lobos, and five grandchildren - all live in Albuquerque.
His recreational interests include open-water swimming and mountaineering.
Mark can be reached at email@example.com