As the manager of the Nelson Innovation Centre, Karen is thrilled to put her skills to work supporting tech and knowledge workers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Nelson area.
In 2019, Karen came on board as the Manager of Marketing and Communications for KAST and has been responsible for getting the word out about our thriving regional tech hub, as well as supporting the Nelson Innovation Centre and MIDAS Lab.
Her decade-long career as a journalist and professional editor in TV, radio and print and her passion for writing and community engagement easily translated into the marketing, communications and events management sector. She has worked hard for nonprofit, tourism and government organizations in both Manitoba and British Columbia. Karen made the move to the Kootenays in 2011 and is proud to call this eclectic region home.
Karen is no stranger to tech and is an entrepreneur herself. She runs her business, KG Creative, out of the Slocan Valley and Nelson. Her focus is on elevating and empowering women entrepreneurs as well as nonprofit organizations through social media management, copywriting, digital content marketing, branding and consulting. She is no stranger to the tech sector, and she truly understands the challenges and successes of running a business from a wilderness home with weak internet and no cell service.
Outside of the office, Karen is very active and enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, hiking and canoeing. She also loves writing poetry, rapping and hiking with her cat.