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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


Kristel is an author and multimedia designer who has worked in the fields of architecture, graphic design & illustration, silviculture, mine camp maintenance, welding, furniture fabrication, marketing, project management, and the non-profit sector. Currently employed at Taylor Architecture Group, she has also been a small business owner and helped establish an arts & design community makerspace in Toronto.


Korry Garvey

Money Maker (Treasurer)

Korry is a social worker and also works in videography and web design. She is currently pursuing an MBA and enjoys playing sports and organizing things.

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.

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Bronwyn Rorke


Bronwyn is an architect working for the GNWT.   She brings a focus on respectful community consultation, sustainability, and flexibility of use to her work on government building projects.   Bronwyn is a beginner woodworker and has built a few simple cabinets in her garage.  She is also a yoga teacher, teaching at Taiga Yoga.


Mike Otto


Mike is a mechanical engineer dedicated to energy-efficient buildings and greenhouse gas emission reduction. Mike previously lived in Whitehorse and was a member of Yukonstruct. He’s a hobbyist woodworker and also serves on the board of the Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club.

Athulya Joseph


Athulya works as a Settlement Advisor, helping to support the integration of immigrants in the NWT. She is passionate about finding creative ways to share and preserve immigrant experiences and stories. She is currently a member of the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Youth Advisory Group, working with youth across Canada to provide youth-led recommendations on settlement and integration to policymakers. In her free time she enjoys finding ways to express herself artistically through forms of needle work and painting.

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Jason McMillian