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Board of Directors


Cat McGurk

Head Maker (President)

Cat is a red seal carpenter who is invested in making the trades more accessible to non-traditional tradespeople. A born and raised Yellowknifer, they are a strong advocate for innovative trades training in the north.  Cat is one of the founding members of Makerspace YK. 

Kristel Derkowski

Vice Maker (Vice-President)

Kristel is an author and multimedia designer who has worked in the fields of architecture, planning, graphic design & illustration, research, remote camps, project management, and the non-profit sector. 


Wylie Rudkevitch

Acting Vice-President

Wylie is a Tiny Home builder, Offgrid-er and Outdoorsman, with a passion for DIY projects. Wylie has Worked in Territorial Parks hosting interactive workshops for tourists and children throughout the North Slave Region. He’s committed to bringing tools and equipment that would not be conventionally available to the masses. His aspiration is to get people the tools they need to do the projects they want.

Phil Normandeau

Paper Maker (Secretary)

Phil is a dad and a research scientist at the Northwest Territories Geological Survey where he applies his background in engineering, academia and remote field camp operations. (B.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Geo). He is an avid upcycler and dabbles with spray paint art, music, music production, wood working, instrument making, gardening, photography, DIY home gym building and jewelry making, amongst many interests.


Jamie Stevenson


Sphere on Spiral Stairs

Garett Cochrane


Dawn Ostrem


Dawn is a champion of community-based, grassroots projects and ideas that promote open access to learning. She has a background in adult education, community development. arts-informed participatory research, storytelling, and community radio.


Adam Trend