Rose's formal education was in Theatre Arts
in Pasadena, CA at the American Academy of
Dramatic Arts and in Winnipeg and Nelson,
BC. Her career in the arts and cultural industries
includes stage manager, events coordinator,
executive director, production manager, volunteer
coordinator, producer and a variety of other
roles at major events. Rose was campaign
manager for both of Glen Murray's winning
mayoralty bids. She was the Mayor's Chief
of Staff from 1998 to 2002. As Chief of Staff,
she was able to inform and promote cultural
policy and initiatives such as the Carol
Shields Winnipeg Book Award, the Public Art
Policy and increased funding to festivals
and the arts in general.
Karen's diverse background began in retail
then grew in scope to become Vice-President
Marketing and Promotions with Kemper Snowboards,
a Toronto-based company that was one of the
largest snowboard firms in the world. After
formal Conventions and Meeting Management
training in Ottawa, Karen moved to Winnipeg
where she managed a wide range of events
for a diverse clientele, both as an employee
of one of Winnipeg's leading event management
company's and later as an independent contractor.
As Special Events Liaison for the City of
Winnipeg, she worked on numerous major conferences,
festivals, events and even the Queen's Golden
Jubilee visit. Karen's previous contract
work with the City also included the event
management for the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities Conference, the Winnipeg Wave
Grey Cup party in Regina and Creative Cities.
Contract work with Strauss Event and Association
Management included such projects as the
Rotary Career Symposium, The Volunteer Centre
of Winnipeg's Annual Awards Dinner, The Helen
Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation Annual
Gala and the 60th Anniversary of VE Day.
Karen is also involved with volunteering
with a variety of community based events.
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