Scope of Service + Experience
Karen began her career as an architect for commercial, industrial, office and hi-tech facilities. With over 20 years of experience as an event architect developing major sport venues for Olympic and Paralympic venues, Super Bowls, Pro Bowls and more–Karen has a highly developed project management expertise that proves invaluable in complex and deadline-driven commercial transactions.
In her previous career, Karen created initial cost estimates and budgets for 32 Olympic and Paralympic venues in Vancouver and maintained overall budget responsibility of $40 million through a volatile economy. These projects illustrate Karen’s abilities as a highly organized project manager with creative problem solving skills and the ability to cultivate good working relationships under immense pressure.
Karen thrives in every phase of a project from strategic planning, budget development and management, to design, build-out, signage, site management and operations. She has worked with representatives from global government agencies, large scale property owners & developers, engineers, architects and stakeholders at all levels. As a consultant, she has seen the vast changes in technology and how it can be applied across industries. This refined expertise sets her apart and provides a high-level skill set that is unique among commercial brokers.
A natural born problem solver, Karen was drawn to commercial real estate in her quest to broaden her scope of expertise in a category she is passionate about. Karen possesses an intimate understanding of how commercial investing and development shapes a community and takes pride in her contribution as an expert in the field.
On her off days, Karen enjoys sports, traveling, gardening, movies and all things creative. Karen’s personal motto of ‘If you stop learning you stop growing and if you stop growing you start dying” has turned her into a die-hard Googler. She enjoys pickleball, walking, yoga, pilates and kayaking. If she’s not frequenting one her favorite restaurants such as Hola’s, The Loft, Wild Rose or Five Fusion–she is probably grilling up something mouth-watering at home. Her furry feline friends are siblings–Sydney & Milly–named after two of the Australian Olympic mascots.