Matt Mosteller – Board Chair
Powder Matt Mosteller, started out super fat (those skis did not exist then), until one day a ski instructor gave him a chance to feel something he had not before. The ankle biter had found his freedom and joy. Now he is on a mission to share the positive energy of the mountains and his crazy love for flakes. He lives along the storied Powder Highway of British Columbia and he co-founded the non-profit KORE Outdoors, which supports entrepreneurs of all ages in making craft outdoor gear, providing local jobs. He looks out his window onto the home range of the Ktunaxa People, where residents ski, climb, mountain bike, hike, and paddle, and everyday he and his partner are grateful and fortunate to call this place home. He is amazed and inspired by the talented and passionate people coming to the mountains today and has hope that with some extra work we can find a new model for the mountain town that is positive for the people and full of care and support for the environment. Everyday is a gift.
Don McCormick – Board Director
With 20+ years committed to start-ups, I have the requisite scars to underscore the experience. Good fortune has smiled often, including a very successful exit. My work with start-ups and early stage companies follows experience in larger corporate environments (Xerox, Oracle), driving sales and building markets. As an associate for a boutique venture capital firm, I evaluated the sales and marketing plans of early stage software companies in search of seed money. Goals and results are the focus of my leadership style. I moved to Kimberley, British Columbia in 2003. It is literally a slice of paradise in south eastern BC that allows a lifestyle most dream about. With an airport and fiber connectivity I am as accessible and mobile as anyone located in the metro areas. I am serving my second term as City of Kimberley Mayor.
Robyn Peel – Board Director
Robyn Peel is a New Zealander who was a big city dweller in the UK but now calls the beautiful rural town of Fernie, BC home. During the day she’s the Community Economic Development Manager for Community Futures East Kootenay and on weekends and evenings does a number of volunteer roles, works in her garden, swims in lakes, climbs mountains, cycles gravel roads, cross-country skis, trail runs and makes the most of the Kootenay mountain lifestyle. She is passionate about ensuring rural communities are vibrant and thriving places to live and work, is driven by collaboration and connection, supports and loves social enterprises, and is always looking for ways to “do things better.” Being part of the KORE board is a way to bring her many strengths, passions and talents to support an emerging and important economic sector, and allows her to work with so many other passionate and talented people.
Francis Argouin – Board Director
Francis is a brand builder and accomplished marketing professional with over 20 years of experience at driving significant consumer awareness, conversion and revenue growth. He discovered early on that he wanted to align his passions in life with his professional career. Since then he has been involved with many companies and brands that make the outdoors more accessible. He’s excited to help deliver on the KORE mission.
Pat Bates – Board Director
Pat Bates was born and raised in Kimberley, BC and has been happily recreating in the Kootenay wilderness for over half a century. Pat enjoyed a successful career as a landscape photographer, and spent many years hangliding and racing bicycles. These days, his life is calmer, while no less adventurous: he spends a generous amount of his time ski touring, climbing and hiking throughout the Purcells and Rockies with his friends and his border collie. When he’s not wandering in the mountains, Pat can be found enjoying good coffee and good beer at his home in Kimberley, where he lives with his wife Jocelyn.
CHRISTIAN RAWLES – BOARD DIRECTOR
Christian has over 20 years of experience in the outdoor industry ranging from retail sales, production management, and wholesale sales management. He has owned Ambler, an outdoor apparel accessory brand, since 2009. Through the growth and development of Ambler, Christian has gained extensive experience in branding, marketing, e-commerce, wholesale sales, international distribution, and outsourced production and fulfillment. He has joined the KORE board to help support fellow entrepreneurs in the outdoor industry and to grow the community of outdoor entrepreneurs in the Kootenays. He is an executive-in-residence with KAST where he works with KORE companies to help them as they launch and grow their businesses. He lives in Nelson with his wife and their two sons.
Kevin Pennock – Executive Director
Kevin along with Matt Mosteller, co-founded KORE back in 2017 with the concept of creating an industry cluster of outdoor gear makers and product designers in the Kootenays and became Executive Director in April 2020. Over the past three years, Kevin has taken KORE from a start-up non-profit to a the leading outdoor rec-tech network in Canada and has introduced initiatives such as the KORE Summit, the Kootenay Approved campaign and currently developing the KORE RE:hub, the Kootenay Hub for Outdoor Gear Circularity.
Kevin’s has been immersed in outdoor adventure and the outdoor industry, both as a filmmaker and as a project manager; including creating the Ride Guide TV series and Nordic Sport Manager for the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games.