About Us

“If you enter a region, ask what its prohibitions are; if you visit a country, ask what its customs are; if you cross family’s threshold, ask what its taboos are” -The Book of Rites (Li Ji), One of the Five Confucian Classics, ca. 500 BC.

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X (phonemic script: /krɑːs/) Cultural Consulting is a Calgary based company that offers cross-cultural consulting, training, and individual coaching for Canadian organizations that are engaging with overseas companies, considering hiring non-Canadian employees, or sending their employees overseas. X Cultural Consulting assists organizations to develop intercultural competence through onsite training sessions – a smart and strategic investment that pays long-term return on investment. Our intercultural training and destination services can be customized to apply to individuals and families wishing to relocate overseas or are planning on repatriating back to Canada. Additionally, we are available to speak to you and your organization about Chinese art and culture, and the socio-political aspects of contemporary art and artists in mainland China.

X Cultural Consulting can show you how intercultural competence can help your business. Intercultural competence is the ability to communicate successfully with people of other cultures, and understand the culture-specific concepts of perception, thinking, feeling, and acting of those that one is engaging with. Cultural intolerance causes untold personal and company losses in time, resources, and money. More than ever before, there is a need for cross-cultural training in our busy and ever changing world of global business. Don’t let cultural misunderstandings become a liability – contact X Cultural Consulting today to discuss how we can be of help to you and your organization.

Our programs are custom tailored to meet the needs of every client, whether it is individual, small or large group. One-on-one programs can also be delivered over the internet with tech support such as Skype:

  • Cross-cultural Competence and knowledge – training, coaching; presentation or workshop
  • Contemporary Chinese art – lecturing to groups, consulting to individuals
  • Relocation and repatriation – home finding, schools, local culture consultation in Calgary, Canada
  • Other – if you have a project in mind, let us know how we can be of assistance.

Karen Patterson is an experienced and knowledgeable intercultural and international communications specialist. Her proven, entrepreneurial mindset and expertise in establishing goals, evaluating risk and unlocking the value of intercultural relationships ensures success for her clients as they navigate cross cultural competence.

Although her skill set is international, Karen is a born and raised Calgarian with strong roots in the community. Karen holds a BA (Hons) degree in Cultural Anthropology (visual, urban), with an art minor (photography), from the University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada), and she is presently a Masters (MA) candidate in the International and Intercultural Communications program at Royal Roads University (Victoria, Canada). Karen’s TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certification and eight years of teaching experience adds to her unique skill set as a cross-cultural consultant and trainer.

Karen PattersonKaren is well positioned to assist organizations doing business with China, and to facilitate and interpret Chinese culture, society and business knowledge and protocol, as she lived and worked in Mainland China for 15 years, founding and operating four successful businesses in Beijing. Karen was also closely connected to the Chinese contemporary art scene and regularly attended art exhibitions, making strong connections with many artists and representing several artists when she and a business colleague opened an online art gallery (Beijing, 2006-2008). She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Having worked in Beijing and Calgary in the relocation industry, Karen has several years of experience as a successful destination service consultant. She has partnered with a diverse range of people with varying relocation and home-finding needs. She prides herself on her ability to truly listen to her clients, determine their exact needs and present them with opportunities that will exceed their expectations. Using her experience, knowledge and education in cross cultural communications, Karen strives to bridge the culture gap as it sometimes exists in assisting individuals and their families to Calgary, Canada. Karen is also a licensed real estate agent in Calgary.