KORE To Host 6 Regional Roundtables This June

Since April 2020 the Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprises (KORE) initiative has gone from a conceptual idea to a thriving industry cluster. The success of the KORE Summit 2022 exemplified the needs and opportunities for organizing and advancing the outdoor rec-tech industry not only within the Kootenay region but throughout other areas of British Columbia.

As the first outdoor rec-tech industry cluster to be organized in Canada that has successfully established a network of over 60 outdoor gear industry manufacturers and product designers within the Kootenays, KORE now sees the need for industry engagement from its members to provide a strategic direction for the the next two years of the initiative.

Project Overview

KORE wants to hear directly from the outdoor rec-tech sector what it needs and sees as opportunities. This sector engagement includes two components:

  1. Sector Survey
  2. Regional Roundtables

Industry Scan Survey

The College of the Rockies conducted an industry scan in November 2020 when KORE was first launched. This project will update the sector data and Selkirk Innovates will survey members to learn in more detail the needs, challenges, and opportunities available. This survey will provide a baseline of the sector economic impact in the Kootenay region.

Regional Roundtables

KORE will be hosting a series of regional roundtable sessions in June 2023 to identify the needs and opportunities for outdoor rec-tech within the Kootenays. These KORE Roundtable Engagement sessions will be coordinated in six locations with representation from KORE businesses.

  1. Nelson – June 6
  2. Rossland/Trail – June 7
  3. Invermere – June 13
  4. Revelstoke – June 14
  5. Kimberley/Cranbrook – June 26
  6. Fernie – June 27

The KORE roundtable sessions will be facilitated by a Community Futures representative with an expertise in supporting business growth and identifying sector opportunities. KORE will also be working with all the Kootenay Community Futures offices for location and promotional support for hosting the 6 roundtables.

Selkirk Innovates will develop the roundtable facilitation format and sector survey and will summarize the economic impact research and roundtable discussions. And Michelle Laurie from Rossland will provide graphic facilitation to support the roundtable conversations.