Karmen Blackwood

Email Address: karmen_blackwood@sfu.ca


Karmen is an experienced senior leader in higher education, executive education and lifelong learning who joined the SFU Beedie School of Business as Executive Director of Executive Education in March 2018. From 2013-2018, Karmen was Director of Continuing Studies & Executive Education (CSEE) at Capilano University, a division of the University that offers non-credit open enrolment and custom contract programming at Capilano University's three campuses: North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt (Sunshine Coast).  In that dean-level role, she led the then Continuing Education through strategic planning, restructured and rebranded Continuing Education to Continuing Studies and she launched a new business line and program portfolio for the University by establishing their first ever Executive Education division.  Previous to joining CapU, Karmen was Director of Stakeholder Relations, Finance & Operations at the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), where she led the organization through strategic planning, financial and operational planning, and led BCCIE’s transition to a Crown Corporation, under the Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED), in 2012.  By working closely and collaboratively with the board, AVED, and a broad stakeholder base across the sectors BCCIE serves, Karmen developed BCCIE's value proposition and strategy and developed the first BCCIE Service Plan. Karmen's other previous experience includes roles at UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Education, such as Director/Program Director of Custom Corporate Education (Custom Programs), Senior Consultant and Director, Open Enrolment Programs, and Manager of Business Development.  Karmen has also worked as a commercial banker for HSBC Bank Canada at Vancouver Main Branch (HSBC Bank Canada's largest branch), and she has experience in real estate development. She has served as a Director on the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2013, and she served on the board of the York House School Foundation, her alma mater, from 2011-2017.

A native Vancouverite, Karmen brings a wealth of experience to her role at SFU Beedie in leadership, strategic planning, business development, partnership and alliance building,  program development, and operational, business and financial planning.  Passionate about international education, lifelong learning and fostering international partnerships, Karmen has designed, developed and overseen the delivery of programs and partnership initiatives for international clients representing both businesses and universities from countries such as the USA, Mexico, Brazil, China and Hong Kong, Korea, India, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Russia, Austria and Germany. Karmen holds a BA (English Literature), a Diploma in Urban Land Economics (Management & Property Appraisal), and an MBA (Finance & Strategic Management) all from the University of British Columbia. She also earned her Canadian Securities Certificate (CSC) from the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI).

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