About

Karen Farbridge & Associates (KF&A) is committed to the creation of smart, sustainable, and resilient cities. We offer consulting services around government relations, community engagement and leadership in building strong governance platforms for effective partnerships.

Led by Karen Farbridge, Guelph’s former mayor of 11 years, KF&A works with cities, businesses and governments interested in building urban communities that are equally focused on generating economic prosperity and building people friendly spaces.

All levels of government and the private sector, particularly those involved in urban development and community energy, will benefit from the experience, knowledge and leadership that KF&A can bring to their development project.

Karen Farbridge, Urban Connector

Karen served 17 years in municipal politics, 11 of those as Guelph’s first female mayor. She has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Guelph and a Chartered Director designation (C. Dir.) from the Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

Karen’s passion during her time as mayor was building a healthy and prosperous city. Karen’s leadership led to dozens of community wide initiatives that focused on finding new, creative and cost effective ways to deliver municipal services. Karen was recognised by local, provincial and national organizations for her leadership and commitment to building Guelph into a more liveable and sustainable community. Most recently Karen was recognized as a 2015 Clean50 & Clean16 Honouree.

Karen has taught courses on urban development, sustainability, environmental policy and democracy at the University of Guelph while leading several projects for the Office of VP Research at the University of Guelph. For 10 years, she mentored youth seeking to make a difference in their community and around the world as the Executive Director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (Guelph).