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Exploring New Markets Stakeholders Meeting

April 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0


Help us explore new and expand existing opportunities in the Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake area!

Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and action towards the regional economic strategy. Perfect for individuals involved or looking into technology, forestry, agriculture, and bio-fuel markets in the region.

* PRESENTATION FROM BRIAN FRY* – a rural technology expert.

Brian was born and raised in the Kootenays and in his 54 years has truly leveraged all the advantages rural life can deliver. In his early days he was part of the infamous Red Mountain Racers. Through great coaching be became a National Ski Team member at 19 years of age during the Crazy Canuck era but this wouldn’t last long. A bad crash abruptly ended his promising career and left Brian looking for a new exciting path forward.

He chose to become a technology entrepreneur in 1985 and since this time has been involved in over 10 technology Start-Ups and was a founding member of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association. While he spent some of his early career in Vancouver and Silicon Valley getting his tech start he was determined to prove he could build great companies from the rural Kootenays and in 1997 made his move. He has now been doing this for 20 years.

Brian’s biggest success to date was the building of RackForce which he co-founded with Tim Dufour. It became Canada’s largest cloud provider by the time of its sale in 2015. Since this event Brian has had the luxury and time to seek out the next big opportunity which he calls a “moonshot” just to keep him excited.

Brian has been fortunate to recruit his dream team. Tim has rejoined Brian as well as a new to the region tech super star entrepreneur, Pilar Portela. Together, along with significant partners in the region and abroad, they are working on a major strategy to build a rural tech industry around local strengths. Brian will be sharing why he thinks major rural economic development can happen through Tech Industry opportunities and how to do it.

Other agenda items include:
– Collectively list realistic actions to be included in the regional economic strategy;
– Discuss where we can support each other, where we need outside support, and what opportunities are out there; and
– Talk about implementation – how can we make these actions into reality?

To attend this event, please contact economy@kes.bc.ca or call 250-428-5655 ext 429 as soon as possible.


April 4, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
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Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake Economic Action Partnership
250-428-5655 ext. 429


Ramada Creston
1 BC-3
Creston, BC V0B 1G8
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