Board of Directors
George BrookmanCEO, West Canadian Industries Group Ltd.
George Brookman is well known in Calgary’s business and volunteer community, with a reputation for speaking his mind on political matters whenever the occasion arises. He is a third generation Albertan and was born in Calgary. Most of his early career was spent in the Real Estate Development Industry; initially with Manulife Financial and then later as Vice-President of Development for ATCO Ltd.
In 1984, he acquired West Canadian Industries Group (www.westcanadian.com), which today is considered to be Canada’s leading digital print and document management companies. The company operates as West Canadian Digital Imaging in Calgary, Edmonton and Ft. McMurray, and as Commonwealth Legal with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. West Canadian is also a partner in VISTEK West, a significant retail camera and photo retail store in Calgary and Edmonton, and has recently entered the growing photobook industry though an association with Blurb.com out of San Francisco.
In addition to his own company, George is a Director of Penn West Energy and Chairman of the Board of Tourism Calgary. He also serves as a Director for a number of Foundations including the Calgary Stampede Foundation, the Saddledome Foundation and the Calgary Flames Foundation.
As a volunteer, he has been the President and Chairman of the Board of the Calgary Stampede, the President of the Downtown Rotary Club of Calgary and served on the President’s Advisory Council for the University of Calgary. In 1988, he was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Business, in 2008 he received the Distinguished Business Leader Award from the Haskayne School of Business and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 Mr. Brookman received an Honorary Degree in Applied Technology from S.A.I.T. Polytechnic Institute.
Karen Brookman, B.A.APresident and Co-Founder, Commonwealth Legal
As President and Co-founder of Commonwealth Legal, Karen is responsible for the overall strategic planning and direction of company performance, while leading all initiatives related to business development and operations in accordance with the corporate vision and mission. In her role as President, she is instrumental in identifying and developing business partnerships and alliances and new technology offerings that drive growth and expansion in key markets. Working with clients in Canada, the US and Europe, Karen draws on more than ten years of industry experience in litigation support and evidence management for the planning and fulfillment of complex litigation projects and project management contracts involving a variety of leading software solutions.
Under Karen’s leadership, Commonwealth Legal has grown from a regional Toronto-based scanning and coding facility employing less than ten staff in the late 1990s, to an industry-leading, multi-million dollar, national evidence management and litigation support services firm with offices across Canada and more than 100 full and part-time staff. Karen’s affinity for recognizing key business development opportunities has had a significant impact in growing the company’s client base from a select number of early adopter law firms to a client list that today boasts not only the top 25 law firms in Canada, but also some of Canada’s largest and most prominent corporations and institutions from a variety of industries including finance, insurance, government, telecommunications.