Karyn Magnusson

Managing Director, Building Operations

Karyn leads the operations and maintenance of over nine million square feet of building space, and over 1,000 acres of landscaping at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

With her passion for personal connection matched to a focus on enhancing service and safety performance, Karyn works to improve the way the campus community works, learns and connects.

Known for her authenticity and encouraging style, Karyn’s collaborative approach to leadership engages employees, enabling them to reach their full capacity in a culture that celebrates innovation, excellence, collaboration and thoughtful risk taking.

Prior to joining UBC, Karyn spent 14 years in progressive leadership roles with the City of Vancouver’s Engineering Department.

Her responsibilities ranged from land use planning, infrastructure servicing and public space activation to leading department operations support services and safety portfolios, and the city’s business transformation review.

Karyn is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and a registered professional engineer.