Karen Bryk

Karen Bryk

Training Facilitator

Area of Expertise : International Protocol, Government and Client Relations

Educational Background : Bachelor of Arts, The University of Winnipeg

Karen Bryk is a Canadian protocol specialist who was invested as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 for personal service to the Sovereign and now carries the initials MVO after her name. She also received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the ascension of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to the throne. The Medal was awarded to Canadians who made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as whole.

Ms. Bryk has served with distinction at the international, national and local protocol levels. As Deputy Chief of Protocol for the Government of Manitoba for 19 years, she played a vital role in the scheduling and arrangements for Royal, state, official, and private visits/funerals to Manitoba of VIPs such as the Royal Family, Governor General, Heads of State (Presidents), Ambassadors & High Commissioners, Consul Generals, Parliamentarians, Senior Government Officials and Delegations. She worked closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates General, Consular Corps, law enforcement agencies, military, judiciary, Chambers of Commerce, international/provincial protocol offices, and municipality officials.

Ms. Bryk formerly served for 11 years as Information and Cultural Services Officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan at the Consulate General of Japan in Winnipeg. In 2000, Ms. Bryk served as a liaison officer for the Government of Canada at the first International War Affected Children’s Conference, whose participants included over 100 Foreign Ministers and Ambassadors. In 2010, Ms Bryk served as the Chief of Protocol for the Manitoba Pavilion at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Canada for which she received a Service Excellence Award from the Government of Manitoba.

Ms. Bryk has served in an advisory capacity to the Boards of Directors for Protocol Professionals International (San Francisco), and is a founding member of the Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association (Washington, D.C.) and proudly served as Summit Chair for the Protocol School of Washington Summit in 2014.

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