The People of Purdys
CEO & Chocolate Connoisseur
As owner and Chief Executive Officer of Purdys Chocolatier, Karen’s passion for quality, tradition and chocolate, has been the key to her success, not only in re-invigorating one of Vancouver’s most iconic companies, but increasing its reputation for premium chocolates. Her mission for Purdys is to provide fabulous superior quality chocolates and service, made possible by fantastic people – the result is that Karen and Purdys hold numerous awards in the retail and confectionery industries and both have been highlighted in a wide variety of media articles & programs.
With a previous 13-year background in business, Karen began at Purdys in 1994 as Executive Vice President. Following a smooth transition from her father in 1997, Karen purchased the business, became President and has been sole owner and Chief Executive Officer since then.
The Master Chocolatier
Developing new products is Gary’s true passion. It’s an opportunity to create innovative chocolates like no
other, a vision of design, taste and texture. The combinations for new chocolates are endless. Gary’s motivation
is to create those new special treats that will delight the taste buds and tempt chocolate aficionados around the
The Chocolate Scientist
Peter joined Purdy’s Chocolates in 1998 as a Plant Supervisor overseeing the production of signature chocolates
such as Hedgehogs and Sweet Georgia Browns. Now as the Chief Operating Officer, The Chocolate Scientist has made
numerous television appearances where he explains the origins of chocolate using his Chocolate Science Kit, as well
as teaches how to properly taste chocolate using the science of the senses.
Kriston Dean comes from a family with a passion for retail that dates back three generations. Since 2007,
Kriston has been leading a team of people responsible for store design, marketing, merchandising/visual, product
development, season’s development, forecasting and analysis.