MIDAS LAB Transition to the Selkirk Technology Access Centre

MIDAS Lab is growing up and going to college!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that KAST’s project management of the MIDAS Lab will be changing at the end of March. Selkirk College, a key partner at MIDAS from the very beginning, will be taking over daily operations as they transition the facility into the Selkirk Technology Access Centre (STAC) in April. This is exciting news for the local research community and key industry sectors as the lab grows and extends its services and impact in the Kootenay Region.

STAC will focus on offering services in advanced manufacturing, advanced materials and advanced computing which is designed to build the competitiveness of companies in the Kootenay region.

STAC will be driven by industry need, is built on partnerships, addresses the significant gap in R&D support for our companies and complements the range of training and business supports already available within the region. KAST will remain a key partner in the facility offering business supports to companies, startups and entrepreneurs.

What does this mean for you as a past or present MIDAS client, member or supporter? 

  • Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, STAC is closed to the public for the foreseeable future. Current MIDAS memberships will be put on hold and re-activated and honoured by Selkirk College when the STAC facility is able resume operations.
  • Over the coming months Selkirk College will be reviewing the membership model. In the short term, monthly memberships will be available for purchase through Selkirk College once STAC re-opens.
  • Courses and training classes on equipment will now be offered through Selkirk College’s Community Education & Workplace Training Program.  Stay tuned for upcoming course dates and offerings!
  • Selkirk College will notify members and the public moving forward as decisions are finalized regarding plans for future member structure and lab access.

We want to thank you immensely for your past and present support of the MIDAS Lab project. We would love for you to stay connected to the KAST network through our newly launched KAST memberships, our newsletter, and visiting us at the Nelson Innovation Centre …slated to open soon! 

We are extremely proud and excited to support the Selkirk College team as they take the MIDAS facility to the next level. On behalf of Selkirk College, KAST and the whole MIDAS team, we look forward to continuing to serve you in the coming months during this exciting transition! 

Any questions about the changes ahead and the new STAC facility can be directed to Jason Taylor at jtaylor@selkirk.ca, STAC Researcher, or Terri MacDonald, Director of Applied Research and Innovation at tmacdonald@selkirk.ca.