Karen brings a can-do attitude and more than 20 years of communications experience to every project. Her deep understanding of the natural resource and energy sector stems from 10 years in the public service in a range of departments, from Efficiency Nova Scotia, Environment to Energy.
Her collaborative approach to communications has encouraged responsible development of our natural resources among government departments, industry, advocates and communities. Working with energy partners and stakeholders, Karen led communications and provided advice for complex and high profile regulatory, policy and public affairs files in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.
Karen has led communications for many complex public and community engagements on policies such as hydraulic fracturing, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. She brings a depth of experience in crisis communications, most recently applying her Incident Command System training to provide communication counsel and advice during a sour gas pipeline incident in Saskatchewan, the Fort McMurray wildfire response and as section chief for an oil spill response on the North Saskatchewan River, which included a focus on Aboriginal engagement.
Before joining government, Karen worked with a wide range of private sector clients at two Toronto-based public relations agencies. She prides herself on excellent client service and loves to manage integrated campaigns and their teams. Karen helps her clients achieve their business objectives through superior stakeholder, government and media relations.
Karen is a positive, intelligent, and enthusiastic practitioner driven to deliver results. Outside the office, she is a Board Director with the Maritimes Energy Association and is a member of the NATIONAL Energy Committee. She has also volunteered with Junior Achievement Canada to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among young, bright minds. She holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University.