Katrine Conroy was elected as the MLA for Kootenay West in May 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She served as MLA for West Kootenay-Boundary from May 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn. She is the Minister of Children and Family Development.
Katrine served as the New Democrat Opposition spokesperson for Interior Economic Development, Columbia Power and Columbia River Treaty.
Successful in both community and career endeavors, Katrine has enjoyed careers as one of B.C.’s first female power engineers, as an early childhood educator, administrator and college instructor, and as a small business person.
Katrine has worked and volunteered in her community as the executive director of Kootenay Family Place, instructor at Selkirk College; co-chair of the Castlegar and District Social Planning Council, treasurer of the Regional District of Central Kootenay Community Futures Board and founding board member of the Community Social Services Employers Association.
With her husband, Ed, Katrine lives in Pass Creek where they run a successful ranch breeding prize-winning Polled Hereford cattle. Together they have raised four children, and have six grandchildren.