Member Spotlight | Todd Penke


Meet Todd Penke, a Strategy/Project Management Consultant specializing in the social impact sector (he too is trying to figure out what that actually means) and board member for the Wild Steelhead Coalition

Todd joined 2nd Edition in January as a Hot Desk Member to be able to have a hard break between home and office while working remotely. He values the Coworking space because it is inexpensive, right in town and filled with cool people (it also saves him from eating his weight in snacks each day at home).

Q: What do you love most about your work?

A: I really like that I get to meet/work with interesting people from across the globe.

Q: What is one thing – either industry-related or not – you learned in the last month?

A: I learned a little about Epigenetics.  Basically (and apologies for likely saying this wrong), that evolution can occur not just through changes in a species’ genes, but also through changes in how genes are expressed.  In terms of wild vs. hatchery fish, this means that when fish raised in hatcheries mate with wild fish, the offspring can inherit negative traits (e.g., smaller brains among other things) even if their DNA isn’t altered.  

 Q: How do you define success?

A: Having my work/life improve others’ lives in the world (people and animals included) in addition to continually learning both in and out of the office. Basically, if my “good place” points were tallied up, I’d hope to be in positive territory while still having fun.  

  Q: Who inspires you?

A: My dog, Prevelly… I wish I had her energy and her dashing good looks.

Q: When not working how do you spend your time?

A: I’m mostly spending time with my two kids (1 and 4), or cleaning the never-ending mess that is our home.  I’m likely also thinking about my next time to get outside and explore the Elk Valley, either skiing, biking, fishing, hunting, or just walking around in the woods.

Q: What’s one thing you love about Fernie?

A: How close everything is.  When you’re limited to getting out for activities after the kids are in bed, being able to bike out the door is the difference between a rad mid-week ride/hike or sitting on the couch eating family sized bags of potato chips by yourself (though I guess the potato chips get eaten either way).

Q: What’s the last book you read?

A: Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy.  The trilogy starts slowly, but it gets better with each page / sip of bourbon.  


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