A Visionary and a Team

Karen Farbridge advises federal, provincial, and municipal policy makers and industry leaders on building sustainable and resilient communities. Her unique area of expertise is facilitating complex, multi-stakeholder policy and decision-making environments to deliver results.

She has a significant understanding of the municipal legislative, regulatory and policy environment, particularly in Ontario, and experience mobilizing effective community engagement processes, having worked with non-profit, public, and private organizations for over 30 years.

For 11 years she served as the Mayor of Guelph, Ontario where she led numerous innovations in smart growth, downtown revitalization, open government, neighbourhood development, community wellbeing, resource and natural heritage protection, and municipal governance.

Karen has delivered hundreds of talks and panel presentations both locally and internationally. Her areas of expertise include community engagement in city building, accelerating the transition to low carbon communities, integrating sustainability principles, women in leadership, and governance leadership. Karen has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in urban sustainability at both the University of Guelph and York University, including courses for urban planners in community energy planning.

She has Ph.D in Zoology and is a Charted Director (C.Dir).

Karen Farbridge & Associates

KFA supports communities along their path to net zero. KFA brings experience in data-driven community and stakeholder engagement, strategy development, policy integration and governance with a focus on effective implementation.

KFA is committed to building communities that are healthy, affordable, inclusive, resilient, and prosperous through sound energy planning.

KFA also collaborates with an international team of associates, on a project-by-project basis, at Garforth International Canada, which offers a suite of services designed to assist clients to take the most effective climate action.

KFA is based in Guelph, Ontario.