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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, she is 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, 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.

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Brian Bromley 

Paper Maker (Secretary)

Brian has lived as a monastic yogi, edited a grassroots arts and culture magazine, coordinated 100+ educational programs at a west coast island retreat center, and recently graduated with a BA in Justice Studies from Royal Roads University in Victoria. Brian moved North to engage with mine remediation projects and strategic responses to climate change.

Jadie Zeng

Money Maker (Treasurer)

Jadie is a Chartered Professional Accountant who recently moved to Yellowknife from Newfoundland. Besides having a business and accounting background, Jadie also enjoys crafting and sewing. She is very excited to be part of the team and help deliver services to this great community.


Mike Otto

Member at Large

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.

Jake Olson

Member at Large

Jake is the owner of YK Gold and Silver, a growing Yellowknife souvenir business serving the city’s exploding tourism market. As he is looking to grow his business he has committed to partnering with Makerspace YK and work in the larger space. Jake will also be offering workshops on small business operations and marketing.


Maddy Tetrault

Member at Large

Maddy is an artist and entrepreneur. She runs two businesses out of her home: Night Sky Events, which produces the immensely popular Art Battles, and Maddy Tetrault’s Northern Inspired Art. Maddy Tetrault has committed to partnering with Makerspace YK to move her expanding businesses into the space. Maddy will also be offering painting classes in the space.


Korry Garvey

Member at Large

Korry is a social worker and also works in videography and web design. She currently coordinates a youth program and facilitates the participation of youth in workshops offered through Makerspace YK and other community organizations.


Wylie Rudkevitch

Member at Large

Wylie is a Tiny Home builder, Offgrid-er, 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.