Karen Farbridge is a highly respected speaker who has delivered hundreds of talks and panel presentations. Karen is asked to speak on matters of current urban interest to a diverse range of audiences both locally and internationally. She is a thought leader and change agent who can effectively challenge status quo thinking and approaches to provoke new conversations and inspire innovation. From keynote addresses to informal fireside chats, Karen’s areas of expertise include:

Integrating sustainability principles: Karen’s approach to sustainability embraces four pillars: economic opportunity and prosperity, social justice and well-being, environmental stewardship, and culture.

Community engagement in city building: Opening up government, getting it out of its silos and engaging authentically with the community and strengthening its capacity to partner and co-create social value across sectors including: other levels of governments, the private sector, civil society and individuals.

Accelerating the transition to low carbon cities: Drawing from her experience leading the integration of energy planning into the municipality’s development plans, coupled with her ongoing work to accelerate the transition to a low carbon future.

Women in leadership: Reflections on her experiences as a political and community leader.