She is an energetic corporate consultant who is relied on by executive teams and lenders to analyze, plan, and project manage financial and operational restructurings.  Karen provides clients with a wealth of knowledge relating to:

  • arranging financing solutions
  • managing cash flow
  • uncovering growth opportunities

Prior to joining Farber, Karen spent more than 15 years at other professional services firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mintz & Partners LLP (now part of Deloitte), and KPMG where she was involved in financial and operational corporate restructuring mandates. Over her career, she has provided hands-on leadership to executives across a variety of industries.

Select client experience

  • Oversaw the strategic operational plan to move manufacturing operations of an auto part firm from Canada to Mexico, creating a 3-week rolling production plan
  • Managed the executive team of a TSE listed company to ensure continuation of the business through its restructuring while the CEO was absent
  • Constructed a consolidated model for a decentralized group of entities to provide the client with a previously unavailable holistic view of the business and understanding of the inter-company practices
  • Developed a gross margin evaluation tool for an after-market auto parts manufacturer with thousands of SKUs to prioritize customers and production and consider price renegotiations
  • Built a 4-wall financial model for national retailer with more than 200 stores, evaluating the impact of a $180 million refinancing, evaluate inventory, review store footprint, and negotiate with landlords

Of interest...

  • Placed 1st in Ontario in the National Insolvency Examination (2004)
  • 18th place in Ontario out of more than 1,000 writers on the Uniform Final Examination (CA Exam), (2000)

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Education & qualifications

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (2012)
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT)
  • Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), Canada (2008)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Illinois (2003)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA), Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (2002)
  • Master of Accounting, University of the Waterloo (2000)

Affiliations & recognitions

  • Treasurer, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (2017)
  • Director at large, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (2016)
  • Insolvency conference committee, Canadian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals (2016/17)