Our staff represents a wellspring of talent and expertise across both of our esteemed titles, Kootenay and Coast Mountain Culture Magazines (KMC and CMC). When it comes to editorial, publishing and art direction, we lead with a passion and drive that infuses our work with a unique, authoritative and edgy flavour not found anywhere else. With worldly experience, technical expertise and a drive to live the mountain lives we write about—our people are basically an eclectic cast of adventurous geniuses. Here’s who we are.
An award-winning photojournalist and commercial photographer, Peter’s also the founding publisher of our two titles, KMC and CMC. His images can also be seen in international magazines and newspapers, hardcover books and stock agencies. Peter’s commercial clients have included Nike, Patagonia, Ford and Black Diamond. His photos have appeared in publications like SBC Skier, Ski Canada, explore, Bike and Paddler. Peter’s much-respected repertoire with some of the world’s best outdoor photographers ensures KMC and CMC’s images are poignant, beautiful and inspiring. He says, “The ability to collaborate with so many interesting and talented people is the greatest aspect of this job.”
Mitchell has been writing professionally for over a 142 years, wow! He cut his teeth in the outdoor industry back when GORE-TEX was fur and has sure seen the world change since. During that time he’s piloted our two esteemed magazines to great heights, been an editor-at-large for California-based Powder and Bike magazines and been published in a host of other titles around the world. Mitchell’s work also includes writing and directing for film and video. He’s the winner of British Columbia’s coveted Media Award and has extensive commercial experience working with brands like Electronic Arts and Kona Bicycles. He brings some serious creative chops to both KMC and CMC and his “Backside” column is a must-read in every issue.
Mike is the Cumberland, BC-based editor of Coast Mountain Culture Magazine and associate editor at Kootenay Mountain Culture. Berard has worked as a writer for 15 years, and has held the editorship at both SBC Skier Magazine and The Ski Journal. His work frequently appears in better outdoor titles. He is a contributing editor and writer at RedBull.com. As a graduate and former instructor at Western Academy of Photography, Berard has the vast photographic experience to know that he is, first and foremost, a writer.
Chris spent eight years in Toronto working with internationally renowned designer Bruce Mau. In 2001 he moved to the Kootenays and founded Chris Rowat Design, a Nelson-based studio with clients throughout North America. He’s designed marketing materials and award-winning books for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. His advertising work has appeared in magazines such as Powder, Men’s Journal, Frequency, Gripped and Climbing. His numerous adventurous and love for his work make sure KMC and CMC are in a league all their own every issue.
A contributor to KMC since the magazine’s inception way back in the last century, Darren is a sales rep for both Kootenay and Coast Mountain Culture Magazines, and one of our primary distributors, racking up 4,500 kilometres every six months in the trusty KMC/CMC Toyota Tacoma delivery rig. Beyond his part-time truck driver and sales duties, he also crafts story titles and photo captions in his spare time. A journalist for nearly 20 years, Darren’s got a background as a contributing editor for explore magazine, a broadcaster and writer whose work has also appeared in Western Living, SBC Skier, newspapers and radio stations coast-to-coast via the Canadian Press/Broadcast News wire service, and the CBC. If you see him or the truck careening anywhere through Cascadia, give a honk and pull him over, he might have a six pack and a sticker for ya.
Tara has been the final-say wordsmith at KMC for over ten years and at CMC since it was born. When she’s not working in all aspects of editorial at the magazines, Tara also works as a freelance copy editor and proofreader, and she also volunteers her time with community projects like the Kootenay Literary Competition, the Nelson Civic Theatre and her family’s large veggie garden, while raising a clever, littler version of herself.
It all comes together thanks to our intrepid production manager, Daiva Villa. With over a decade of experience wrangling artists in Toronto, now her focus lies in managing Chris Rowat Design, whose clients include the Getty Research Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine. When not in the office she’s usually far from the reaches of electronic signals, exploring the depths of some wild corner of the planet.
Simon is Mountain Culture Group’s web maestro. If he’s not elbow-deep in code he’s usually wrangling a trout somewhere in the waters near Nelson, British Columbia.
Vince rock climbs, skis and mountain bikes around his home base of Nelson, BC. And occasionally works. He’s been a senior writer at Kootenay Mountain Culture for the past four years and is now in charge of populating our ever-growing website with content more poignant than kitty cat photos. The one exception: this profile pic featuring his two cats working hard to help him write this bio.