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Ryan Reynard

MBA – Executive Director

Ryan was born and raised in Kenora until Hockey and School took him to Colorado Springs, Colorado. While attending Colorado College on a full hockey scholarship, Ryan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also completed his MBA in Global Management.  Ryan played professional hockey for 1 year after graduating college.  During his time in Colorado, Ryan worked in the Hi-Tech industry. Colorado was home to Ryan for nearly 10 years until he and his family decided to return to Northwestern Ontario, where he worked for Weyerhaeuser. Ryan joined LOWBIC as the Executive Director in early 2006. Ryan has had a significant impact at LOWBIC, helping the corporation regain stability and rebuild the trust of the business community and government agencies! Ryan has also served as President of the Northwestern Ontario Development Network (NODN) and is currently Chair of the Northwest CFDC Network. Ryan has a passion for community and economic development activities, helping make the Kenora area a great place to live and work. Ryan and his wife Michelle have two wonderful daughters – Natalina and Isabella. Ryan is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys playing hockey, golf, baseball and coaching his girls in hockey!!

Phone: (807) 467-4657  |  Email: rreynard@lowbic.on.ca

Crystal Kast

Business Development

Crystal moved to Kenora in 2004 while working for TD Canada Trust as a Financial Services Representative, working extensively with small business, before coming to LOWBIC as the Self-Employment Benefit Coordinator in 2007.   Crystal has a diploma in International Business Management, participating in two study-abroad programs to South America and Mexico, and she has an extensive self-employment background through past and present activities.  Crystal made Kenora her permanent home when she married her husband, Scott.  She actively helps in the running of his family owned resort in Sioux Narrows.  Together with their two children, they enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, camp, hiking, snowmobiling and Atv’ing; traveling when their schedule permits and spending time with friends and family.

Phone: (807) 467-4642  |  Email: ckast@lowbic.on.ca

Allyson McTaggart

Business Development & Loans Officer

Ally studied for 4 years at the University of Guelph, receiving her Bachelor of Commerce in 2012. She enjoyed studying a semester abroad in Innsbruck, Austria, where she was able to travel and experience a large part of Europe. From there, she was able to continue her travels to South East Asia. She’s happy to be back, and enjoys taking advantage of what Kenora and the surrounding area has to offer, year round. She is currently on the board for YPN (Young Professionals Network) and hopes to become more involved within the community.

Phone: (807) 467-4651  |  Email: amctaggart@lowbic.on.ca

Cierra Parkhill

Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator

Phone: (807) 467-4630  |  Email: cierra.parkhill@headstartinbusiness.com