Work Experience

President, Karen Farbridge & Associates Ltd.

Guelph, ON — current

Mayor, City of Guelph

Guelph, ON — 1999-2003, 2006-2014

  • Elected as the full-time Head of Council and Chief Executive Officer for the Corporation of the City of Guelph

Strategic Project Manager, Office of VP Research, University of Guelph

Guelph, ON — 2004-2006

  • Employed to lead a variety of projects on behalf of the Vice President of Research
  • Key accomplishments: partnership development (e.g. Memorandums of Understanding with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Stratford Festival), undergraduate teaching, leadership (e.g. international delegations, symposia), research and analysis (UG Animal By-Product Disposal Strategy)

Councillor, City of Guelph

Guelph, ON — 1994-1999

  • Elected as a part-time ward Councillor

Coordinator, Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Guelph

Guelph, ON — 1990-2000

  • Employed to provide executive leadership to a community benefit organization

Consultant, Green Community Initiative, Province of Ontario

Guelph, ON — 1992-1993

  • Engaged as a part-time consultant to establish Guelph 2000
  • Key deliverables: development of a provincial seed grant proposal, establishment and facilitation of Community Steering Committee, preparation of strategic and operational plans (vision, goals, objectives, organization structure, contractual partners, background research, conceptual plan, work plan, budget, time line, and communication plan)

Researcher, University of Guelph

Guelph, ON — 1984

  • Employed for four months to conduct laboratory research on pituitary histology including electron microscopy and immunohistochemical techniques, and studies on fish endocrine systems and growth.

Researcher, University of Guelph

Guelph, ON — 1983

Employed for four months to conduct laboratory research (as above)