Our staff represents a wellspring of talent and expertise who work on our titles as well as with our commercial clients as part of the Mountain Culture Group Story Haus. 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.
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.
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.
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 decade and is now the Managing Editor. He is also in charge of populating our ever-growing website with content more poignant than memes.
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.