Putting Reconciliation into Practice: Inclusion and Action Leadership ProgramA PPF Academy Leadership Program
It's been an inspirational learning experience. It's the best learning experience I've had since joining the government 26 years ago. Coming into my role, I had little to no experience working with Indigenous communities. Now, I have a better sense of the scope of the work.
Karen is a member of Dokis First Nation (Anishinabek Nation) and a beneficiary of the Robinson-Huron Treaty 1850. She recently served as the associate chair of the Ontario Parole Board within Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario.
Previously, Karen was director of the Justice Sector at the Chiefs of Ontario, where she coordinated the efforts of First Nations leadership in Ontario to address justice and legal issues. She started her career in restorative justice and later worked in Ontario’s correctional system.
In 2016, Karen co-founded Bold Realities, an organization that aims to promote discourse among Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders on the importance of reconciling the relationship between Indigenous communities and corporate Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa’s common law program (in French), where she was inducted into the Honour Society in 2014 for using her legal education as a foundation for making a significant contribution to her community.
Karen was the Prime Ministers of Canada fellow and a fellow with PPF and sits on boards for the Banff Forum and Level Justice. She enjoys leisure and commuter cycling, kayaking and spending time at the cottage with friends and family.