Karen Pighin is the Communications Manager at The ACT Arts Centre. Her expertise lies in marketing, communications, development and community engagement and she is passionate about arts, cultural tourism and business development. Karen has been involved with arts organizations and festivals for over 20 years and previously, as an independent contractor, she facilitated Olympic Legacy funded projects for the City of Vancouver and made significant contributions as the Manager for the Vancouver hosted 2009 JUNO Awards. Prior to that Karen was the Manager of the Spirit of B.C. program for 2010 Legacies Now, worked as a publicist and spent eight years in licensing with SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. Karen is a graduate from Simon Fraser University and BCIT.
Karen demonstrates a strong commitment to volunteerism. She is the Arts Council representative on the Maple Ridge Economic Advisory Commission and for the past five years has served a juror of the Western Canadian Music Awards. She has a history of volunteer support with organizations such as the Lower Mainland Red Cross (Communications committee) and the City of Port Moody (Economic Development, Tourism and Arts committee) “I am excited about the opportunity to serve as a Director of the Chamber of Commerce serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows and to continue to work to promote the valuable role of business in the community”.