Kari Yuers, FACI, is a recognized leader and sought-after speaker on corporate growth strategies, innovation management, corporate culture and export development. She gained a wealth of experience in risk management and strategic global growth through building Kryton International from a Vancouver BC-based family operation into an international organization with offices and distribution in over 50 countries. In 2017, Kryton acquired Cementec Industries in Calgary, AB and, in 2019, partially acquired Sensohive Technologies ApS from Denmark bringing on concrete monitoring technology.
She and her company’s dedication to excellence has earned many awards and achievements: The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Pacific Region, Business to Business Category in 2003; Awards of Merit from Construction Specifications Canada in 2002 and 2004; Professional Achievement Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in 2005; Appointment as Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (FACI) in 2010; CEO of one of BC’s Best Companies to Work For (2008 – 2012); Influential Woman in Business Award in 2012; and ACI Educational Committee Member of the Year Award (2014).
Kari has a passion to inform and inspire small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) by encouraging their growth and identifying export opportunities. Her vision has led her to serve in a variety of leadership roles. She is currently a Board Director for Export Development Canada (EDC) where she works to support the Canadian economy by helping entrepreneurs take on the world. She is also a Board Director and past Chair with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) with a focus on accelerating BC entrepreneur’s success by connecting business communities in the region through advocacy, public policy initiatives and collaboration. Kari was inducted in the GVBOT Council of Governors in 2021.
Previously, Kari was the President of the Leadership and Management Development Council (LMDC) of BC; the Chair of the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) International Advisory Committee (IAC); Board member of ACI; member of The Executive Committee (TEC); UBC’s Sauder Center for CEO Leadership; the MacKay CEO Forums; the Board of the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council (PWEC), Competitiveness BC Leadership Panel; and the Board of the President’s Group. She was re-appointed as Chair of ACI’s International Advisory Committee in 2020.
Kryton International Inc. manufactures and globally distributes durability systems for concrete including the award winning Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM®) and the integral concrete hardener Hard-Cem® that increases abrasive and erosive wear resistance of ready-mix concrete, precast concrete, and shotcrete. These highly acclaimed concrete waterproofing and durability systems produce cost effective, sustainable, long-lasting concrete, or Smart Concrete™.
Since inventing the Krystol® technology in 1973, Kryton continues to lead the field and win awards for innovation, manufacturing, entrepreneurship and best place to work in BC.