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Karen Schulman Dupuis - . Southwestern Ontario, ON, CA

Karen Schulman Dupuis

Business Designer

Southwestern Ontario, ON, CANADA

Business Designer. Connector. Shift Disturber. Intrapreneur. Speaker. Teacher. Elephant Hunter. Feminist. FSE.




Innovating for your small business - SMB Stratford March 2013 - LinkedIn Social Media Breakfast Stratford February 2013 - Welcome Back How Social Media Can Help Your Business Grow Social Media Doesn’t Have To Be A Four Letter Word Social Media Doesn’t Have To Be a Four Letter Word Karen Schulman Dupuis’ talk for Small Business Community Network




I’m a business designer; I work in all the intersecting parts of operations, marketing and strategy. I bring together 20+ years of business acumen and fluency which spans digital and social strategy, sales, marketing, communications, operations, management, training and education, business analysis, workflow and process design, and project management to help companies design and redesign their opportunities, both internally and externally.

What's most engaging to me is that which creates a dialogue. Collaboration is key. I intrinsically believe that when we all win, we all win. It impacts how I work, and how I live.

I’m an exceptional connector. I understand how connecting people and ideas creates opportunities, and my instincts are valued by my connections. It’s not about the size of my network; it’s about seeing the possibilities.

I am an educator. I have built online and offline courses and curricula before LMS' existed, and have taught for over 15 years, including social media marketing, sales skills, internet, data and voice technology and soft skills. Having always been an early adopter of technology means I'm on the leading edge of emerging platforms with a discerning eye on design and user experience.

I am a passionate, and knowledgeable public speaker, which stems from my years as an educator in ICT and the arts, and my desire to have impact on an audience and a community.

I’m an award-winning communicator. I craft messaging that is compelling, topical, impactful, and is engaging and authentic. I create events and experiences that are goal driven and have purpose.

I’m an intrapreneur. I bring an elephant hunting spirit to advising businesses, always answering the question: to what end? I view organizations holistically, designing processes and efficiencies, saving my organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. I have an innate understanding of the importance of establishing best practices and how to measure their impact.

Industry Expertise (10)

Media - Online


Social Media


Information Technology and Services

Program Development


Training and Development

Corporate Training


Areas of Expertise (10)

Marketing Communications

Digital Media

Women in Technology

Process Design & Deployment

Operational Management

Sales Effectiveness

Community Management Learning and Development Strategies

Customer Engagement

Social Business

Program Management

Education (3)

Rotman School of Business: MBA for Managers, Business 2015

York University: Hons BA, Economics, Women's Studies 1996

Women's Executive Network: Wisdom II Protegée 2007

Affiliations (2)

  • Women in Communications & Technology (WCT)
  • YouInc. (Arlene Dickinson)

Media Appearances (2)

How Working on Multiple Screens Can Actually Help You Focus

WIRED Magazine  print


Profiled in print magazine and online July 2014 edition of WIRED Magazine article: How Working on Multiple Screens Can Actually Help You Focus

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How I survived the dot-com bust and became a social media expert

Globe & Mail  online


A special to the Globe & Mail Careers section, on how I became the Manager, Digital Communications at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

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Event Appearances (20)

Business Design

Jump on the Brand-Wagon: Leverage Social Media to Be a Thought Leader and Business Generator  Canadian Bar Association/Ontario Bar Association


What The F*&k Are You Doing?

FITC Women’s Make and Mix 2015  Mozilla Canada


How To Be A Yes Woman Without Saying Yes To Everything

Boost your career and brand through the power of purposeful networking  WCT Toronto @ MaRS Discovery District


Digital Tools Workshop (panelist)

mesh marketing 2013  Toronto Reference Library


Real-Time Marketing: Myths and Realities

Real-Time Marketing: Myths and Realities (Panel)  Edelman Digital Toronto


Is Canada Falling Behind in Innovation? (Curator & Moderator)

Social Media Week Toronto  Toronto, Ontario


Day of Disruption Demo Pit (Curator)

Social Media Week Toronto  Toronto, Ontario


Innovating for your small business

Tweetstock 8  Brantford, Ontario


Women in Technology (panel)

Canada 3.0  Toronto, Ontario


Women in STEM

PodCamp Toronto  Toronto, Ontario


Taking the Leap from Education to the Workforce (panelist)

Desire2Learn: Mobilize  Waterloo, Ontario


Keynote: Why Women Leaders Matter

Emerging Leaders London Graduation  London, Ontario


Social media panel

Internaional Women's Forum  Stratford, Ontario


Blind Eye Stratford

Ignite Waterloo  Waterloo, Ontario


SheSaid Panel

Tweetstock 7  Brantford, Ontario


Social media doesn't have to be a four letter word

Ignite Parents  Stratford, Ontario


Curation Can be a Dangerous Thing

Intersections  Waterloo, Ontario


Blind Eye Stratford

Ignite Stratford  Stratford, Ontario


Social Media doesn't have to be a four letter word

Kiwanis   Stratford, Ontario


The Road to Social Media Idol

Small Business Community Network   Kitchener, Ontario




  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training


500 to 3500 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee