Startup revelstoke

About Us

Our mission is to get people together to take risks, experiment and support one another through success.

back story

The Revelstoke economy has traditionally been centred around the tourism, transportation and timber industries, but as increasing numbers of people trade the stress of city life for the mountain lifestyle, the town’s vibrant co-working community continues to grow, and is now home to dozens of freelancers and remote tech workers.

StartUp Revelstoke was formed in 2017 to nurture a startup ecosystem that supports the diversification and growth of the economy. With funding from Community Futures Revelstoke, the organization is overseen by a committee of local business leaders and employs two part-time staff.

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Start up team

Carolyn Gibson

Carolyn Gibson


A self described “jobler”, Carolyn has pieced together an entrepreneurial life that ranges from running a small B&B, teaching leadership and business skills through Okanagan College’s Continuing Studies department, advising on the Queens MBA & the Masters in Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs and using her small consulting company to help organizations with their training and development needs. She has now added StartUp Coach to her “jobler” roles and is looking forward to helping people from their idea stage through to the business concept development.

Photography courtesy of Oliver Hogan, Old Trip New Mind

Start up committee

John Simms

John is a freelance computer programmer specializing in machine learning and geo-spatial analysis.

Ingrid Bron

Ingrid is the Director of Community Economic Development for the City of Revelstoke. Her most recent work experience as Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator for the Town of Smiths Falls, Ont. focused on using a multi-disciplinary approach to promote the environmental, cultural, recreational and physical assets of that community to achieve sustainable economic growth in target sectors.

Kevin Dorrius

Kevin joined Community Futures Revelstoke in 1997 as business analyst and in 2014 became the general manager. Kevin works with business clients, oversees the activity and administration associated with the loan funds and the Self Employment Program contract and coordinates staff and volunteers working on a variety of projects.

Jana Thompson

Jana moved to Revelstoke from Calgary in the summer of 2016, and her background in business development helped her to acquire a position with Tourism Revelstoke. In September 2017 she became Executive Director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce.

Sara Sansom

Sara is the entrepreneur behind two business focused on bridging the beauty industry with environmental sustainability; Birch & Lace Salon and Feather & Stone Day Spa. Sara also works actively as a stylist, volunteers on several local boards and created an annual fundraiser – Trashion Show – raising awareness on waste, and money for environmental causes.

Dylan Hardy

Dylan is an entrepreneur, investor, board member, reluctant consultant, and recovering engineer. He is also a dad, a skier, Star Wars fan and Chair of StartUp Revelstoke.

Stephen Jenkins

Stephen Jenkins is the owner/operator of The Explorers Society Hotel and Quartermaster Eatery in Revelstoke, BC. After 30+ years in high-tech alliances and enterprise sales, Stephen and his wife Rebekah moved to Revelstoke from Seattle in 2016 and loves to share his passion for Revelstoke and his hotel with locals and visitors to our unique mountain community.

Carol Prince

Carol is an startup accounting specialist working primarily with tech startups and high growth companies on back-end financial reporting solutions and recording needs.

Jean-Marc La Flamme

Originally from Toronto and with experience managing startups for the past decade in the Columbia Mountains, Jean-Marc is a founding member of Mountain CoLab and Startup Revelstoke. He is now building innovation inside industry for Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. As Startup Revelstoke’s Community Leader his passions lie with affordable living, community development and all things technology, including blockchain, artificial intelligence & virtual reality.


Start-up Revelstoke is a collaborative partnership between Community Futures & the City of Revelstoke.

We are part of the StartUp Canada ecosystem connecting startup communities across the country.

Startup Canada is Canada’s national network of 150K entrepreneurs working together to build an inclusive ecosystem for entrepreneurship.

Through online platforms, grassroots Startup Communities like Startup Revelstoke can access large corporate funding and talent from across the country. Being entrepreneur-led and committed to the long-term success and sustainability of our communities is what Startup Revelstoke & Canada strive for.


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