Karmen Blackwood

  • Executive Director, Executive Education
  • Harbour centre Room: HC 2306
    Harbour centre Phone: 778.782.9023

    Email Address: karmen_blackwood@sfu.ca


    Karmen’s previous experience have included Director and Program Director of Custom Corporate Education (Custom Programs) and Senior Consultant and Director, Open Enrolment Programs, and Manager of Business Development at Executive Education at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia for more than a decade.  Karmen was Director, Stakeholder Relations, Finance and 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. Karmen has been a Director on the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. More recently, she was the Director of the Continuing Studies & Executive Education division at Capilano University since 2013.  She led the strategic planning and restructuring and re-branding of Continuing Education to Continuing Studies and launched a new business line and program portfolio for the university by establishing their first Executive Education division.

    As an experienced leader in higher education and executive education, Karmen’s key areas of expertise include business development, partnership and alliance building; program development;  strategic, operational, business and financial planning and management.  Passionate about international education and fostering international partnerships, Karmen has designed, developed and overseen the delivery of programs for international clients representing both corporations and universities from countries such as USA, Mexico, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Denmark, Liechtenstein, 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.

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