Karen Farbridge, President & Urban Connector

Karen Farbridge

Karen Farbridge leads KFA. She advises federal, provincial and municipal policy makers and industry leaders on building healthy and prosperous communities. Her key area of expertise is in managing complex policy and decision making environments to deliver results.

Karen has a long interest in building more sustainable and resilient communities. She has worked in the non-profit, public and private sectors for over 25 years to promote effective community engagement in local decision and has led numerous community innovations in smart growth, downtown revitalization, open government, neighbourhood development, community wellbeing, resource and natural heritage protection, community energy and municipal governance. Her experience includes eleven years as the mayor of Guelph. 

Karen is well connected in the municipal and community energy sector in Canada. She is also a highly-respected speaker and thought leader who has delivered hundreds of talks on matter of current urban interest to a diverse range of audiences both locally and internationally. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in urban sustainability at both the University of Guelph and York University, including a graduate course in community energy planning.

Karen Farbridge is a proven change agent who knows how to effectively provoke new conversations and inspire innovation.

Key Strengths

  • Strategic leadership experience managing complex, multi-stakeholder policy and decision-making environments
  • Significant understanding of the municipal legislative, regulatory and policy environment in Ontario and Canada
  • Experience in building effective and innovative community partnerships
  • Engaging speaker with wide and varied experiences as a keynote presenter