Public Speaking

Karen has spoken to diverse range of audiences of different sizes and composition. She has been asked to speak in Ontario, Canada and internationally and in a wide variety of formats from keynote addresses to informal fireside chats.  The following events represent some of her more significant speaking engagements.

Top Asks for Climate Action

High Ground: Leadership in Transitioning Times, Vancouver — March 2017

  • Pannelist: Top Asks for Climate Action: Ramping up Low Carbon Communities

Community Energy Planning: Guelph’s Experience

Sustainable Energy Initiative, York University — March 2017

Shifting to Drive

The Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region, Winnipeg — March 2017

  • Speaker

Engaging energy engineers in low carbon city building

Association of Energy Engineers Southern Ontario Chapter, Toronto — December 2016

  • Speaker: how community energy planning is a platform for engaging energy engineers in low carbon city building

Celebrating Municipal Sustainability: Successes and Opportunities

Sustainable Severn Sound, Midland — November 2016

  • Keynote address

QUEST 2016

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Calgary — October 2016

  • Introductory remarks
  • Plenary moderation – Resilient Infrastructure, Resilient Communities

Community Energy Planning: The Role of the Planner

Ontario Professional Planners Institut, Hamilton — October 2016

  • Plenary speaker: Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm

A woman in politics

Cornerstone Women’s Network — May 2016

Smart Communities Forum

University of Ontario Institute of Technolog, Oshawa — May 2016

Low Carbon Cities Conference

McMaster Centre for Climate Change, Hamilton — April 2016

  • Presenter: Low carbon cities as a climate solution

High Ground: Tools for Engaged Leaders

Columbia Institute, Harrison Hot Springs — April 2016

  • Plenary speaker: how local governments can and must play a key role in achieving Canada’s international climate change commitments
  • Plenary speaker: my experience with social media as a women politician – the good, bad and the ugly

Building a Carbon Smart Community

City of Kingston, Kingston — March 2016

  • Plenary speaker: climate change in the context of the new Ontario carbon cap and trade plan and community energy planning

GreenProfit 2016

SWITC, Kingston — March 2016

2015 Sustainable Communities Conference

Federation of Canadian Municipalities, London — February 2015

  • Workshop speaker: Community Energy Planning
  • Plenary speaker: Sharing Failures – What it takes to learn from what didn’t work
  • Workshop speaker: Making Sustainability Part of a Winning Election Platform

QUEST 2014: Innovation to Implementation

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Vancouver — December 2014

  • Key Implementer Panellist – Local Governments: A plenary session dedicated to profiling the successes, challenges, and opportunities for municipalities in advancing Smart Energy Communities

Last Lecture

University of Guelph, Guelph — April 2014

  • Address to the outgoing class of 2014 as an alumni.

Health Jam 2014

Guelph — May 2014

  • Opening Remarks: two-day workshop to generate dialogue and real solutions that break down barriers and inequities to healthy living.

Delivering Change on the Ground

Guelph Urban Design Summit, Guelph — May 2014

  • Public Forum Panellist: Panellists also included David Miller, President of World Wildlife Fund Canada and 63rd Mayor of Toronto, and Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block, for a discussion on how good urban design creates more liveable and enduring places. The discussion was moderated by Ric Young, one of Canada’s leading practitioners and thinkers in the field of social change.

Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue

Berlin, Germany — February 2014

  • Speaker: Community Energy Plan Implementation in Guelph
  • Welcoming remarks: Reception, Embassy of Canada

Health Quality Transformation 2013

Health Quality Ontario, Toronto — November 2013

  • Panellist: Collaboration, Engagement and the Promotion of Community Wellbeing

Toronto Sustainability Seminar Series

Toronto — March 2013

  • Speaker: Cities in the era of climate change:  The challenges and opportunities ahead

Association of Ontario Health Centres Conference

Toronto — June 2013

  • Speaker: Guelph Community Wellbeing Initiative: A conversation about what matters

Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Meeting

Ottawa — August 2012

  • Panellist: Showcasing Water Innovation

Canadian District Energy Association Annual Conference

Ottawa — June 2012

  • Speaker: Combined, Heat and Power and District Energy – Cornerstone to Guelph’s Community and Economic Development

Sustainable Communities Conference

Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Ottawa — February 2012

  • Moderator: Implementing Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES) – Building Partnerships for District Energy

Canadian Solar Industries Association Annual Conference

Toronto — December 2011

  • Keynote speaker: Cities and Solar

Leading Change in Challenging Times

Centre for Civic Governance, King City — November 2011

  • Panellist: Making it Work: Being on Council in Ontario

Cities Grow Ontario

Toronto — September 2011

  • Speaker: Towards a Greater Golden Horseshoe

Growing the Margins

Rural Green Energy Conference and Exhibition, London — March 2011

  • Plenary Speaker: Rural Green Energy: Making it Happen

GLOBE: International Forum on Business and the Environment

Vancouver — March 2010

  • Speaker: Implementing Guelph’s Community Energy Plan

Hammond Lecture Series

Guelph — March 2010

  • Speaker: Community Energy Planning: The Guelph Experience

Ontario Electricity Association Breakfast Speakers Series

Toronto — March 2010

  • Speaker: Implementing Guelph’s Community Energy Plan

Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Government of Canada, Ottawa — August 2009

  • Delegate: Community Energy Planning in the City of Guelph, Ontario

Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Meeting

Ottawa — August 2009

  • Panellist: Guelph’s Community Energy Plan

Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Meeting

Banff — June 2009

  • Panellist: Implementing Guelph’s Community Energy Plan

QUEST Ontario

Toronto — June 2009

  • Speaker: The Case for QUEST Ontario: A municipal government perspective

Canadian Urban Institute

Toronto — May 2009

  • Speaker: Implementing the Community Energy Plan

A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium: Local Solutions for Global Challenges

Conservation Ontario & University of Guelph — November 2008

  • Speaker: Urban Growth and Sustainability: Implementation Challenges and Opportunities

Places to Grow Summit

Province of Ontario, Toronto — November 2008

  • Speaker: Places to Grow: Beyond Conformity

Canadian District Energy Association Annual Conference

Calgary — May 2008

  • Speaker: District Energy: as a catalyst for economic development and smart growth

Sustainable Communities Forum

Columbia Institute, Collingwood — June 2007

  • Speaker: Citizen Action for Democratic Communities

Leading Edge 2006

Ontario Niagara Escarpment Commission, Burlington — October 2006

  • Panellist: Stakeholder and Governance Solutions for achieving Smart Growth i Ontario

Environmental Sciences Symposium

University of Guelph, Guelph — 2006

  • Speaker: The Politics of Valuing Water

Environment Summit

Chatham-Kent — December 2005

  • Speaker

Guelph Civic League Annual General Meeting

Guelph — March 2005

  • Speaker: Cost of sprawl

Earth Day

Roots and Shoots, Guelph — April 2005

  • Speaker: Water Stewardship

Guelph Reads

Guelph — April 2005

  • Presenter: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future by Thomas Berr

Ontario Soil and Water Conservation Society

Milton — 2004

  • Speaker: The Smart Guelph Experience

Community Energy Planning Mission

Natural Resources Canada and Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Netherlands — August 2003

  • Participant

Municipal Leaders’ Forum on Implementing Kyoto

Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Winnipeg — April 2003

  • Speaker

Foundations of Change: The Cornerstone of Strength and Stability

Association of Municipalities of Ontario, London — November 2002

  • Presenter: Smart Growth in Guelph

The Changing Face of Waste

Solid Waste Association of North America — May 1998

  • Lunch Speaker

Workshop on Policy Implications of Evidence Regarding Toxic Substances and Human Health

Great Lakes Science Advisory Board’s Workgroup on Ecosystem Health, International Joint Commission, Racine, Wisconsin, USA — September 1997

  • Invited Participant

Planning for Tomorrow’s Communities: Partnering for a Sustainable Future – A Professional Institute by the Ontario Learning for Sustainability Partnership

Kingston — October 1997

  • Presenter: Sustainability and Community Partnerships

Environment and Energy Conference of Ontario: Facing the Future

Toronto — October/November 1995

  • Presenter: Sustainability and Community Partnerships

Instituto Autónomo de Investigaciones Ecológicas – El Medio Ambiente Y el Tratado de Libre Comercio

Mexico City, Mexico — January 1992

  • Presenter: Local Solutions to Environmental Protection