As President and CEO of Kryton International Inc., a Vancouver-based international manufacturing company, Kari Yuers, FACI, is recognized for her ability to build organizations and affect change. Under Kari’s leadership, Kryton has flourished from a family-run business to a company with offices and distribution in over 40 countries. Benefiting from over 25 years of experience in the global construction industry, Kari was instrumental in defining the new category of integral crystalline concrete waterproofing.
Kari is the winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2003), Awards of Merit and Professional Achievement from the American Concrete Institute (2005) and Construction Specifications Canada (2002 and 2004), an Influential Woman in Business Award (2012) and for 4 consecutive years, Kryton was named one of the Best Companies to Work For. In 2010 she was appointed a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (FACI), and serves as Chair of ACI’s International Advisory Committee. Through this position, Kari helps to implement strategies which continue to foster relationships with the global concrete community.
Currently the Chair of the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) International Advisory Committee (IAC); Member and Secretary of Committee 212, Chemical Admixtures; E702, Design of Concrete Structures; and E701, Materials for Concrete Construction. In addition, Kari serves on the Convention Committee, Financial Advisory Committee and Committee 362, Parking Structures. Kari is also an active member of numerous other professional organizations including: Construction Specifications Canada (CSC); British Columbia Envelope Council (BCBEC); British Columbia Ready-Mix Concrete Association (BCRMCA); American Shotcrete Association (ASA).
General Business & Community Involvement
Within the broader general business sphere, Kari is a sought after speaker on topics from Corporate Growth Strategies, Corporate Culture, Leadership and Management to Innovation. Through her role as President of the Leadership and Management Council of BC (LMDC), Kari has been instrumental in the creation of peer mentoring groups focused at SME’s and continues to support small business for a strong economy. Over the past two decades, Kari has been an active member of The Executive Committee (TEC); Sauder Center for CEO Leadership; and is a current member of the MacKay CEO Forums and the Vancouver Board of Trade (VBT).
British Columbia (BC) Consultative Committee Involvement
- Competitiveness BC Leadership Panel – Provincially funded committee responsible for identifying and addressing the most pressing issues affecting BC’s competitiveness and capacity for innovation
- Premier’s Women’s Economic Council (PWEC) – Appointed by the Premier of BC,PWEC offers advice to the Premier, the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, the Minister responsible for Labour, the Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business with regard to issues, strategies, policy changes and potential actions to tap into economic opportunities for women that will help strengthen BC’s economy
- President’s Group – Appointed by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, this group will acts as an advisory committee of prominent business leaders in B.C. with a commitment to championing employment and consumer opportunities and improved outcomes for people with disabilities