Karen is a highly respected speaker who has delivered hundreds of talks and panel presentations. Karen is asked to speak on matters of current urban interest to a diverse range of audiences both locally and internationally. From keynote addresses to informal fireside chats, Karen’s areas of expertise include:
Incorporating sustainability principles: Karen’s approach to sustainability embraces four pillars: economic opportunity and prosperity, social justice and well-being, environmental stewardship, and culture.
Community engagement in city building: Opening up government, getting it out of its silos and engaging authentically with the community and strengthening its capacity to partner and co-create social value across sectors including: other levels of governments, the private sector, civil society and individuals.
Accelerating the transition to low carbon cities: Drawing from her experience leading the integration of energy planning into the municipality’s development plans, coupled with her ongoing work to accelerate the transition to a low carbon future.
Women in leadership: Reflections on her experiences as a political and community leader.