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Board of Directors

Kristel Derkowski

Head Maker (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. She has volunteered on the Board of Makerspace YK since 2019.


Wylie Rudkevitch

Vice Maker (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.


Garett Cochrane

Money Maker (Treasurer)

Garett Cochrane is a proud born and raised 2SLGBTQ+ Metis Yellowknifer who is delighted to serve on the board of Makerspace YK. Garett mastered in Political Science and Minored in History at the University of Ottawa. He was recently elected to the Yellowknife City Council & works as the Community Relations Officer for Parsons Inc on the Giant Mine Remediation Project, and has previously worked as a Yellowknife Public Librarian, Justice of the Peace, Constituency Assistant & in a variety of roles in his family’s long time local business - Northtech Drilling LTD.  Outside of work, he enjoys baking, chess, karaoke, traveling, watching film screenings at Capital Theater, adding to his library, lego, collecting millennial inspired swag and spending quality time with his partner Brandon.

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. 


Jamie Stevenson


Jamie is an award-winning Tłı̨chǫ photographer from the Northwest Territories. Jamie has established herself in the landscape of northern creatives as the premier boudoir photographer and she is regularly contracted to photograph events across the territory. Jamie discovered a passion for entrepreneurship through owning and operating Jamie Stevenson Photography. To her, entrepreneurship is about more than running a successful business. It is also about giving back to her community.


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


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