Karen Stewart

Founder & CEO of Fairway Divorce Solutions

Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart

CEO of Fairway Divorce
B.Sc . M.B.A · C.Med · ICD.D

info@fairwaydivorce.com

Tel: 1-866-755-3247

Biography

As a Founder of Fairway Divorce Solutions®, the first national divorce company, Karen developed a step-by-step divorce process from start to finish. The Fairway model was franchised in 2008, and there are locations across Canada from B.C. to Ontario. Karen is a Chartered Mediator that works directly with high net worth clients whose files offer both emotional and financial complexities.

Karen has over 25 years of experience in the business/financial world. She is experienced as a Financial Planner, Stockbroker, Insurance Agent, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Chartered Mediator, innovator, and entrepreneur. She has previously founded, built and sold four businesses with Fairway being her present primary focus. With Fairway, she designed a unique resolution model for successfully moving people through divorce.

Karen is passionate about changing the way divorce happens™ and disrupting outdated traditional thinking. When her divorce cost her over $500,000 in legal bills alone, she knew there had to be a better way.

My divorce took over four years. Time destroyed assets, opportunities, relationships, feelings of self-worth. Ironically, in the end, the deal we ended up with was almost identical to a deal my ex, and I agreed to in principle before we retained legal counsel. The only real difference was that we had far more assets the first-time around. By the end of it all, a lot of what we owned had either been destroyed by the journey or found its way into our lawyers’ pockets.

Specialization

  • Chartered Mediator with a focus on high net worth families
  • Franchising
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurialism
  • Writing

Karen is the author of the best-selling book “Clean Break” — Guide to Divorce and sought after by various media outlets for her advice and speaking.

Education And Training

2014
License Insurance Agent
2013
Chartered Mediator Designation
2012
Certificate in Attuned Communication
Certificate in Facilitative Mediation
Certificate in Integrative Negotiation
2010
Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for-Profit
2007
Registered Family Mediator
2005
Mediation of Family Legal Education Society of Alberta
2004
Branch Managers Course
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
Effective Management Seminar
Options Supervisor Course
2003
Canadian Securities Course
Conduct & Practices Handbook Course
2002
Partners, Directors & Senior Officers Course
2001
Enhanced Lifestyle Coach (ELC)
2000-2004
Certified Financial Planner Courses
1998
Registered Health Underwriter
1992
Life Insurance Level 1 and 2 Course
1991
Canadian Investment Funds Course
1988
Bachelor of Science Degree Major in Finance and Marketing
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
1986-1988
Masters of Business Administration Major in Finance and Marketing
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Professional Experiences

Since Fairway’s inception in 2006, Karen has been the CEO of Fairway Divorce Solutions® in Calgary, Alberta. In addition, she is the President of Oreiva Insurance Inc, specializing in high net worth succession, business and estate planning.

Prior to Fairway, Karen was the Founder, President & CEO of Milestone Asset Management for 15 years in Calgary, AB. This full stock brokerage wealth management firm, with full capital requirements on the IDA platform, uses a proprietary, disciplined methodology to bring to reality the financial desires of its clients.

From 2003 to 2007, Karen created, directed and actively promoted related organizations such as Exclusive Capital Corporation, Miles Financial Insurance Services, and Miles Financial Group.

Karen, in 1996, founded Balanced Planning Alberta, a financial dealership built it to over 100 representatives by 2000. This dealership was subsequently sold to Cartier Partners who were later bought out by Dundee Securities.

From 1988 to 1993, Karen started her career as a Management Consultant for Arthur Anderson in Calgary, a prestigious management consulting company, where she learned and mastered the fundamentals of business and the value of processes and methodologies.

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