Karen Laprade, GDCR, CFWA, ACFBA, FEA

Communication, Strategy

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"I help business families and the leaders of family enterprises effectively manage the important – and often complicated and sensitive – family, business, ownership and financial issues they face. My work with families helps them identify their priority issues by engaging them in frank and honest conversation about their circumstances, resources, responsibilities, challenges and opportunities.

I have worked with many families, including those in severe turmoil, helping them navigate through the conflict that often arises between family and business issues. I bring experience in mediation, facilitation and organizational development to guide conversations, bring clarity to conflict and provide insights and interventions into the dynamics that underlie many family businesses. This process is essential, and it results in stronger relationships within the family and prosperity in the business."

Karen is a mediator, facilitator and family business advisor who specializes in conflict resolution, leadership development and relationship building. She helps family members collaboratively create systems, structures and relationships to better function as effective stewards of their enterprise. Karen has worked with families in business in both Canada and Bermuda as part of a multidisciplinary team, taking the lead on family relations and succession.

Her approach is informed both by her own family retail business experience as well as her training in family business advising. Karen completed graduate education in both psychology and conflict resolution and holds various certificates in mediation, coaching and assessments. She is a certified Family Enterprise Advisor and holds certificates in Family Wealth Advising and Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute.

Karen is passionate about parenting and living closely with nature. She and her family spend much of their time caring for and showing horses.