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Manufacturing and Technology Sector (MATS) Initiative

Manufacturing and Technology Sector Initiative (MATS) is a two-year Columbia Basin Trust initiative supporting economic diversification and development in the Columbia Basin, with a focus on the manufacturing and technology sectors.

Delivered in partnership by Kootenay Association of Science and Technology (KAST) and Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC), MATS focuses on the development, retention and expansion of Basin manufacturing and technology businesses. 


MATS activities include:

  • Conferences, workshops and networking events.
  • A Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Initiative aimed at obtaining data and shedding light on current sector strategies for the retention and expansion of Basin businesses.
  • Virtual incubator where businesses can find mentors and track their progress through business development in an online setting.
  • Peer mentoring groups designed specifically to help entrepreneurs address the issues and barriers they experience in building and developing their businesses.


For more information contact KAST’s Executive Director, Kelvin Saldern, at or KRIC’s Executive Director, Larry Sparks, at





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