Karen was born in England, immigrating to Canada with her family in 1973. Her love of rocks led to a degree in Geological Sciences from Queen’s University in Ontario and some exciting years of field work on projects across western Canada. In 2018 Karen successfully completed a Certificate in Regulatory Leadership, delivered by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
Although a new addition to the NIRB in June 2020, Karen is no stranger to the North. Prior to joining as our Executive Director, Karen spent over 15 years with CIRNAC, working out of Iqaluit from 2005 to 2017 and Yellowknife from 2017 to 2020. Karen is familiar to many from her participation in NIRB hearings and technical processes on behalf of CIRNAC.
As Executive Director, Karen is responsible for providing direction, leadership and ongoing management of NIRB operations and staff and provides advice, direction and recommendations to the Board on the mandated duties of the NIRB. Embracing the long periods of daylight, Karen enjoys growing flowering plants and herbs in her windowsills; she has knitting and crochet projects on hand for those less bright days and you may also find her officiating curling competitions.