Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST)


Non-Profit Organizations

About Us

Since 1998, KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) has led our region?s economic development through technology and innovation. We are the only non-profit tech association serving the entire Kootenay region.

Our mission is to enable a vibrant, thriving and healthy tech community in the Kootenays by creating inclusive economic opportunities, stimulating job growth and by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with the support they need to thrive in the local and digital economy.

KAST is here to attract, support and connect people and businesses. We do that at two facilities (MIDAS Lab in Trail and the Nelson Innovation Centre) and through numerous programs, services, networking opportunities and events, and regional partnerships.

We are a connector of five regional districts, five First Nations, 29 municipalities, nine school districts, three postsecondary institutions, dozens of nonprofits, hundreds of small businesses, thousands of tech workers and one of the largest natural resource companies in the world.