Selkirk College Alumnus Brings Wealth of Knowledge Home to the Kootenays
Selkirk College alumnus Brian Fry considers himself an ordinary man from an ordinary region, both capable of extraordinary things. Humble to the core, the one-time ski racer, now millionaire is a small town boy true to his roots ready to help grow potential in the West Kootenay.
“There is a way to do so much here. But we do it as a team,” Fry says. “Really, I was ordinary. I didn’t know I had the potential to be a ski racer. I didn’t know I had the potential to be an entrepreneur, most of the time I didn’t know how I would achieve any of this when I started. But I started. And doors opened.”
Alumnus and successful tech entrepreneur Brian Fry turned to Selkirk College as a young man seeking direction after a ski racing accident took him off the national team.
Fry grew up in Rossland and as a young child embraced mountain living donning downhill skis and joining the Red Mountain Racers in the late 1960s. Coached by renowned Grant Rutherglen, 12-year-old Fry thrived under his guidance.
“He had a unique ability to coach me and bring out the best,” says Fry. “He is one of these unique individuals that connects with others and his influence sent me off in this direction. He inspired a bunch of us and our success came from that.”
Rutherglen was inducted into the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Hall of Fame and coached nearly a dozen racers to Canada’s Alpine Ski Team including Fry.
But early on in Fry’s downhill skiing career, he had an accident that shattered his leg, changing the course of his life at age 19. His focus had been more on skiing than high school studies and going onto post-secondary education was a little intimidating. Finding Selkirk College accessible, he enrolled in January 1984.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he says. “I needed some direction. Selkirk was the next logical step. It gave me the initial confidence I needed to step into a new and different world.”
Read the entire feature on Fry at selkirk.ca