Our Team

cmi is comprised of people who really care about our customers and our speakers…plus we like to have fun.  Using a very high touch approach to our high tech environment, each and every one of our staff is here to serve all of our customers.

Karen Harris, CEO aka Super Promoter

Karen is mover and a shaker…if something new isn’t happening around cmi, she’s not happy. That’s why cmi has grown into the current international roster of A-list speakers and entertainers across various specialities. She started her career in the speaking industry in 1995, managing Everest climbers, Jamie Clarke and Alan Hobson. Their skills on stage coupled with Karen’s energy and management, made them two of the best and brightest in corporate speaking at that time. Karen founded cmi speaker management in late 2001 with two speakers during a tough time in the speaking industry. Since then, we have grown to represent business speakers that are the cream of the crop in their areas of expertise. Karen carefully selects only the elite for representation.

Prior to the speaking business, Karen spent 25+ years in various industries (real estate, advertising, protection services) gaining invaluable experience in sales, marketing and management, preparing her well for the exciting industry of professional development. A former facilitator of the “Investment in Excellence” program through The Pacific Institute, Karen has been on stage herself and knows what it takes to move an audience to action. She provides our roster of presenters with ongoing guidance re their speaking career and access to some of the best business relationships in the speaking industry. Her team at cmi provides the roster with sales, marketing and event management for their speaking engagements.

Karen is actively engaged in promoting our speakers to corporate and association executives, meeting professionals and speaker bureaus worldwide, always focusing on building a relationship full of integrity and fun. Now that’s what good business is all about!

On The Personal Side:

  • What She Loves To Do: run marathons, bike, hike, travel to Europe to visit her son Chris, the movies, dig in the dirt (aka flower-gardening)
  • Favorite Colour: red, pink is a very close second
  • Little Known Fact: as a child, Karen wanted to be an actress

Rebecca Clark, Operations Manager aka Our Right Arm

Rebecca came to us from the oil and gas industry where she assisted numerous high level executives. That means she is super organized, is very attentive to detail and a keen learner of all new things. She’s also got a great giggle and occasionally snorts when she laughs – just our kind of girl! Rebecca assists our CEO to run cmi and is also in charge of the event logistics for a select group of speakers. She always ensures that our customers are treated with tender loving care while injecting her cute giggle into everything.

On The Personal Side:

  • What She Loves To Do: travel, read, camp with her family and create things with paper
  • Favorite Colour: Orange
  • Little Known Fact: Rebecca met Keith Richards in an elevator in Lake Louise

Amanda Black, Events Assistant aka The Details Wizard

 ​Amanda came from over 30 years in the Hospitality Industry, starting as a coat check girl to planning weddings in the Caribbean and finally as an Administrative Assistant to a VP at a Major Hotel/Resort Company there isn’t much Amanda can’t handle.  She has traveled the world since childhood (Air Force Brat), dabbles in Direct Sales and went back to school to become a Medical Biller and Coder which makes her very detail oriented, versatile and a real go getter. She loves new challenges, meeting new people and is a trivia master on anything 80’s.  ​

On the Personal Side

  • What She Loves to Do:  Work, Travel, Entertain, Eat, Drink and be Merry!!!
  • Favorite color: Pink
  • Little Known Fact: Is neither Canadian nor American…British born, but not raised!!!

 

Dori Weisenberger, Digital Marketing aka Ms Super Creative

Dori’s creativity is making it’s mark here at cmi! A Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in New Media and Graphic Design, along with her experience of working in marketing at a museum – we’ve already decided she can never leave us. Dori loves working with photography and creating cool graphics for us!

On The Personal Side:

  • What She Loves To Do: Hiking, Gardening, Reading, Netflix-watching and playing with her two dogs!
  • Favourite Colour: Green
  • Little Known Fact: Grew up on a sheep farm and hopes to have a little farm of her own one day!

 

 

 

 

Helen Foulger, Bookkeeper aka The Money Gal

Hailing from South Africa, Helen is one of the fun-est accounting people we’ve ever worked with! Just ask us about the time she fell off her chair at a formal dinner function. Helen takes care of all the money – we love her!

On The Personal Side:

  • What She Loves To Do: Travel with her family
  • Favorite Colour: Blue
  • Little Known Fact: Helen used to be part of a team that organized Formula 1 car races

 

 

 

Jess Fortier, Account Manager aka Our People Person – currently on medical leave

Coming from twelve years in the hospitality industry where she worked her way up to management, Jess loves interacting with people and making others smile. With a diverse background in sales, from hospitality to retail to banking, she has accumulated the experience to deal with any situation. She is an active member in a local band that provides entertainment for weddings, corporate functions and local pubs; Jess is most happy when she has a musical instrument in her hand. Her main mission in life is to surround herself with positive, strong, and enthusiastic people. What better place than cmi!

On The Personal Side:

  • What She Loves To Do: Play Music – Sing, Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle
  • Favorite Colour: Blue
  • Little Known Fact: I was raised on a Dairy farm. My youth was spent in milking Cows, driving tractors, and walking through our many fields enjoying the outdoors.