Presenter ( Karyn Magnusson)

UBC Building Operations

Karyn Magnusson is the Managing Director of Building Operations at UBC. She leads the operations and maintenance of over nine million square feet of building space, and over 1,000 acres of landscaping at UBC's Vancouver campus. Known for her authenticity and encouraging style, Karyn's collaborative approach to leadership engages employees, enabling them to reach their full capacity in a culture that celebrates innovation, excellence, collaboration and thoughtful risk taking. Prior to joining UBC, Karyn spent 14 years in progressive leadership roles with the City of Vancouver's Engineering Department. In May of 2017, Karyn hired Stephanie Innes to create a customized leadership development program for 120 leaders at UBC Building Operations, from the Superintendents to the front line unionized Supervisors. The program has run from Sept 2017 - June 2018 and includes content on: communicating effectively, emotional intelligence, supervising in a unionized environment, and leading change.