Manager, Community Relations, ABC Recycling
Karen is a fourth-generation member of ABC Recycling, a family enterprise with a 100-year heritage of serving and supporting communities through the recovery, processing and recycling of scrap metal.
As Manager of Community Relations for ABC Recycling, Karen Bichin is responsible for the company's corporate social responsibility activities including community relations, sponsorships, donations and charitable campaign activities. In this capacity she also serves as the steward for the family owned business. She oversees all initiatives related to business family governance and next generation leadership. ABC Recycling has six locations throughout British Columbia, and employs more than 130 people including seven family members.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Karen graduated from University Hill Secondary School. She spent a year on a work-study program at a kibbutz in Israel before returning to UBC where she earned her Bachelor's Degree, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from Concordia University. During her university years, Karen spent a year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, worked at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts (Montreal), and interned in the marketing department of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Karen joined ABC Recycling in 1999, learning the family business by working in administration, sales and brokerage before becoming Manager of Human Resources. She was named Manager of Community Relations in February of this year.
Karen has served on the Communications Committee of the Recycling Council of BC and the Not-for-Profit Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade. She currently serves on the Parent Advisory Committee of the Karen and Gary Simkin Family Child Development Centre at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver.
Karen and her husband, Mark Bichin, have two children, one-year old Noah and four-year old Zachary.