The Team

Here is a bit of background information on KI’s founder and Executive Director, and members of the Institute’s Board and Advisory Board.

RANDY MORSE

Randy Morse
Randy Morse

After earning a BA in political science at the University of Oregon in 1968, Morse moved to Europe, where he worked with the Pakistani Foreign Service. While based in Stockholm, he participated in the negotiations that led to the creation of Bangladesh, and attended the first global UN conference on the environment as a delegate.

Spurred by these experiences, he returned to North America to pursue graduate studies in international politics at the University of Alberta. 1977 found him working on his doctoral thesis at Oslo’s International Peace Research Institute (PRIO), when he was offered a job as General Manager of Hurtig Publishers, one of Canada’s leading publishing companies.

He accepted, returned to Canada, and launched into a long and eventful publishing career.

After two years with Hurtig, he left to form his own publishing company, Reidmore Books. During the period 1979-1995, Reidmore grew to become one of Canada’s leading educational publishers. Morse was at various times president of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and a member of the National Council of the Association of Canadian Publishers.

In 1995 he left Reidmore to form, with his wife, Janet Mayfield, one of the world’s first web-based learning materials development companies, Oz New Media. Oz grew rapidly. Under Morse’s guidance, the company struck strategic alliances and entered into ambitious online educational projects with partners that included British Telecom (OWL, or Online Webstories for Learning, a massive online K-6 literacy program in the UK), and Oracle (working on web-based learning programs for Spanish-speaking students in the Caribbean and Latin America). Between 1995 and 2000, Oz grew under Morse’s guidance, with over 125 staff at its Edmonton HQ, and offices in London, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Beijing.

Morse left Oz in 2000, subsequently consulting with and advising various environmental education and online learning organizations in North and South America. He helped create online learning pilots for First Nation and tribal students in Canada and the U.S., and spoke widely to audiences in North America, South America, Europe, and Africa on topics relating to technology, creativity, learning, change, and leadership.

Randy Morse with Professor Hassan Kaya of South Africa’s North West University, prior to a keynote at the eLearning Africa conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

The recipient of numerous academic scholarships and fellowships, Morse is an accomplished artist, a prolific author (he has authored or co-authored eight books, and is the recipient of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’s 2014 Dalton Camp Award), a singer/songwriter, and a long-time mountaineer (with climbs from the ranges of Western Canada to the Himalaya; from the big walls of Norway to the big walls of Yosemite).

Since moving to Kaslo in British Columbia’s West Kootenay region in 2005, he has created a web-based educational publishing company for First Nations learners in collaboration with Washington State’s Kalispel Tribe, has sat on numerous boards, had several solo exhibitions of his paintings, performed at festivals, theatres and other locales with his band, The Lichens, held retreats for authors, participated in the Requiem for a Glacier project, authored two books, MC’d Kaslo’s first-ever folk music festival, and launched a popular program on Kootenay Co-op Radio, Radio Free Kaslo.

He can be reached at: randy@authorcloud.com.

THE KASLO INSTITUTE BOARD

KI is guided by an outstanding Board of Directors. Members include:

MICHAEL KEVIN JONES

Michael Kevin Jones
Michael Kevin Jones

British born cellist Michael Jones started to play at the age of 13, his first teachers being Pauline Ballard and Dulce Haigh Marshall. He studied at Dartington College with Michael Evans before going on to the Royal College of Music where he was a pupil of Joan Dickson. During his time in London he won prizes for solo and chamber music playing, was chosen to perform for the British Royal Family, and was awarded a scholarship from the German Government to study cello under the great teacher Johannes Goritzki in Dusseldorf.

While a student in Germany he became solo cellist for the German Chamber Academy, playing concerts around the world and in major music festivals such as Salzburg, Lockenhaus, and Kuhmo. He continued to study music full time, participating in the solo masterclass courses at the Hindemith Foundation in Switzerland, and studying chamber music with the Amadeus, Vermeer, and La Salle Quartets. Tours included China, Europe, the Americas, Australia and the Middle East, as well as recordings with WDR, the BBC, and collaborations with well-known artists and groups such as the Moscow Virtuosi, Lindsay Kemp, and Carlos Cano.

In 2002 he recorded the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello on a 1667 Stradivarius Violoncello for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Jones made his debut concert tour of Japan and the Far East in 2007 with his cello guitar duo, the only duo of its kind in the world. Resulting from the tour, the duo was invited to perform in China during the Olympic year in 2008.

In 2009 he was awarded the Blue Moon Swiss audio award for his recording of solo Bach, and in 2012 was invited to participate in the Bachfest in South America.

Concert engagements for 2013 include solo Bach tours of England, the United States, and Canada as well as cello guitar duo performances in New York , Miami, and Hong Kong .

Michael has lived in London, Cologne, Madrid, and New York. He currently spends his free time in the Andalucian town of Jimena de la Frontera where he has started a cello education centre which serves the Costa del Sol area in southern Spain and Gibraltar.

BLAIR ENNS

Blair Enns
Blair Enns

Blair Enns is an independent business development consultant to creative firms worldwide and the author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto (Rockbench, 2010). He works with design firms, advertising agencies and other creative businesses to help improve their practices and change the way their services are bought and sold. Working at the intersection of creativity and business, Enns has lectured to international and national design audiences in over a dozen countries on four continents. He lives in Kaslo.

 

KEITH LIGGETT

Keith Liggett
Keith Liggett

Keith grew up within the academic community around Stanford University and Stanford Research Institute (SRI). He graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Philosophy, a minor in History and almost half his credits in the hard sciences. Not knowing what to do with a philosophy degree in the mid 1970’s, he moved first to Wisconsin to build boats, then to New Hampshire for the “mountains and ocean.” Becoming discouraged with the inconsistent winters, Keith moved to the mountains of Colorado. He jokingly refers to himself as “a ski bum with a writing minor.” It’s not far from the truth. He moved to and worked in Aspen, Vail, Jackson Hole, Breckenridge, took a sabbatical on the east coast as an advertising copywriter and creative director, then back to Breckenridge, a few years in Montecito, California to get warm, then a few years in the Columbia River Gorge before discovering Fernie, B.C. and his move there.

Throughout the zigs and zags, Keith’s main focus remained writing. His first poem was published in the Northwestern University literary magazine when he was 16. In 1978, he moved to Boston to work as a copywriter expressly to fine tune his writing. It worked. After working for a major agency, he started his own agency and represented a wide variety of resort oriented accounts– the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, New York Air, Sugarbush and so on. For over 30 years he’s worked as a staff writer or creative director and freelancer primarily focused on the development of brands and the re-branding of existing companies. His portfolio includes projects for Timberland Boots, Salomon, Stratton Mountain, Sugarbush, Breckenridge, Tahoe Mountain Resorts, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and other less well-known companies.

On the journalistic side of his career, he has worked for both AP and Reuters as a stringer covering World Cup races and national championships in North America. His weekly ski column has appeared in over 75 newspapers and for two years he developed and produced a parallel weekly ski piece for NorthWest CableNews reaching 2.2 million households.

In 2009 Whitecap Books published a book he co-authored,  Island Lake Lodge: the cookbook, which won a Gourmand Award. A book of poetry, like socks in the dryer and a novella, South Col Blues will be published in late 2013.

For seven years, Keith has been a board member for The Arts Station in Fernie. In 2007, he founded and for three years directed the Fernie Writers Conference. He taught a writing workshop as part of ArtsWells in 2012, and regularly visits schools to work with youth in developing their writing skills. He splits his time between writing, a bit of construction, and during the winter teaches skiing (Level Three, PSIA) at Fernie Alpine Resort.

JILL HOLLAND

Jill Holland
Jill Holland

Jill Holland is a British Columbia-based theatre, English and history teacher, a director, producer, designer, writer, mother, dancer, artist, gardener and outdoorswoman. She has worked tirelessly throughout her career to ensure culture plays a central role in the lives of everyone she comes in contact with.

Holland attended the University of British Columbia, focusing on theatre, English literature and art history, receiving a BA in 1982, then moved to beautiful Vancouver Island to train as a professional educator at the University of Victoria. After stints as a substitute teacher, graphic artist, radio writer, broadcaster, and B.C. Ferries ticket agent, she fell in love with the West Kootenays while visiting in 1989, and was lucky enough to land a full time position, at J.V.Humphries Elementary-Secondary School in the jewel of the Kootenays… Kaslo.

Over the next 25 years, Holland founded and built the thriving JVH Theatre Program. In that time, the program has produced over a hundred shows to colour the cultural landscape of Kaslo, in the process making Kaslo a destination for performing arts out of all proportion to its tiny size. She has trained, directed, and inspired hundreds of students (and many community members) to stand up and creatively know themselves, many going on to work professionally in theatre, but most simply being empowered by the work. She has offered experiences in all genres of theatre – classical to modern drama, musicals, a dinner theatre in its 16th year, Improv, dance, Fringe – but her special passion has been to kindle a love of Shakespeare among young and old alike (including taking students en masse to the world-renowned Ashland Shakespeare Festival half a dozen times).

Holland also played a key role in helping establish and grow one of the world’s great outdoor summer music festivals – media ranging from USA Today to Reuters have touted the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival as one of the top-ten open-air music events in the world, no mean feat in an isolated mountain village of 1,000 people. She is the proud mother of one son, Jasper James. She lives in Kaslo with her exceptional dog, Lapis.

CARA LUFT

Cara Luft
Cara Luft

Cara Luft is a Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter, co-founder of the Juno Award-winning group, The Wailin’ Jennys.

KAREN BEHN

Karen Behn
Karen Behn

Karen Behn is a Kaslo-based singer,  voice instructor and choral conductor. She received a Jazz Diploma from VCC in voice, piano, and trombone, and her B.Mus. from the University of British Columbia in classical voice and piano, with a secondary major in English. Behn studied voice with a variety of renowned teachers, then went on to teach voice, Orff music, and choir at the Langley School of Music. She continued to hone her craft by attending many choral workshops, completing Orff and Kodaly training, and participating in vocal master classes. She performed Galatea in Acis and Galatea by Handel, and performed with the Greater Vancouver Opera Society in several musical productions. She and harpist Allyson Hunter formed the duo Telyn, performing at Vancouver’s Expo ’86.

Curious, energetic, and tirelessly enthusiastic, Behn has always loved teaching, beginning with instructing young members of the Toronto Children’s Choir. She went on to teach music in the public school system, working with students of all age levels. Teaching led naturally to her passion for conducting, leading extracurricular school, as well as church and community choirs across British Columbia — most recently, Kalso’s Kuimba and Argenta’s Tuimbe choirs. She continues to teach voice and provide coaching lessons in a musical career that has spanned over 20 years.

Teaching and performing has been her lifeblood. She brings her talent for organization, her passion for the arts, education, and life generally — from the beauty of Nature to physical fitness — as well as her keen sense of fun and sheer joie d’vivre to the Kaslo Institute board.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

The KI Board and management are assisted from time to time by members of the Institute’s Advisory Board. Comprised of outstanding individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, their advice, ideas, suggestions, and guidance provide a welcome layer of strength to the Institute and its activities.

JEREMY BEHN

Jeremy Behn
Jeremy Behn

Jeremy Behn is a Kaslo-based luthier, businessman, and musical educator.

CHARLES CUELL

Charles
Charles Cuell

Dr. Charles Cuell is a Kaslo-based mathematician, physicist, and college instructor.

KAMEN TODOROV

Kamen Todorov
Kamen Todorov

Kamen Todorov is an outstanding graphic designer based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Full bio to come.

LOUIS BOCKNER (pending)

Louis Bockner
Louis Bockner

Louis Bockner is a Kootenay-based photographer and filmmaker.

BARBARA GONZALEZ

Barbara Gonzalez
Barbara Gonzalez

Barbara Gonzalez is the head personal technology advisor for Sears Inc. She is based in San Francisco.

JOHN GOTTBERG ANDERSON

John Gottberg Anderson
John Gottberg Anderson

John Gottberg Anderson is a Bend, Oregon-based travel writer, formerly an editor with the Los Angeles Times and a publisher with Lonely Planet Asia.

LAURENCE MOSS

Laurence Moss
Laurence Moss

Founder of the Kaslo-based International Amenity Migration Centre, Dr. Laurence Moss is one of the world’;s leading experts on the phenomenon of urban migration to high-amenity rural areas around the world.

TED FITZGERALD

Ted Fitzgerald
Ted Fitzgerald

Ted Fitzgerald began his career as a secondary school teacher of English and drama in the UK. He was instrumental in seeing Media Studies established as an examination course for the English secondary school system, helping turn it into an established element of the British secondary school curriculum.

Ted left education to take a position with Apple UK in the mid-1980’s, where he specialized in the emerging field of multimedia. He soon became Apple’s regional sales manager and digital video specialist for the UK and Northern Europe, working with major European media companies, various levels of government, and post-secondary learning institutions.

After 12 years with Apple, Ted established his own company, where he continues to produce content for clients that include Discovery, A+E, and History, as well as corporate promotional DVDs, interactive training films, and websites for global organizations and companies.

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