Karen Chovan is a Change Agent bent on bringing Clean, Lean and Green approaches to projects, programs and organizational strategies. She is the Principal of Enviro Integration Strategies, a Principal of the Lean Team Builders, and a training partner with GPM Global (Green Project Management).  

A geological engineer, a sustainability expert, and a project manager with 20 years in the industrial sector, Karen has gained tremendous insight into the risks, challenges, and improvement opportunities of industrial operations, projects, and developments. Karen is a strategic forward thinker who has strength in raising awareness of risks, aligning multi-disciplinary teams, working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders, and empowering them to build consensus on common goals.

Karen also believes that the best innovative solutions come from considering diverse perspectives to set strategic direction, then bringing together specialized support, based on the needs of the specific challenge. For this reason, she follows the activities of many groups, and is an active member of:

  • Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, registered member
  • Project Management Institute, registered member of Northern Saskatchewan Chapter
  • Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, acting committee member for Int'l Environment & Social Responsibility Society, member of Saskatoon Branch
  • Canada Mining Innovation Council, acting committee member for Environmental Stewardship Initiative
  • Saskatchewan Water Action Network, member
  • Women in Mining and Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan, acting committee member for annual "Mine Your Potential" conference & Membership liaison
  • Raj Manek Mentorship Program, protege 



I worked with Karen for 2-3 years on the Environmental Stewardship Committee of the Canada Mining Innovation Council. As the past Chair of the initiative, I remain impressed by Karen’s dedication to our team, both as a team member and a team leader. Her contributions to the group are well planned and well thought out and she contributes to the team by inspiring others with the depth of her understanding and willingness to support our objectives. Karen’s contributions to the team are part of the reason we are successful and I welcome her contributions and counsel. She is a true leader on our team.
— Dr. Mark Thorpe, Chair, Environmental Stewardship Initiative, Canada Mining Innovation Council

Programs & Organizational Change

Karen spent a number of years focused on sustainability and a change initiative, transitioning an international organization into a state of proactive environmental risk management and performance improvements. Some of her primary projects and activities involved with the sustainability initiative are listed here.


Karen's career has taken her through various roles within the extractives industry, with a heavy focus on managing and executing projects involving the characterization and mitigation of environmental risks and opportunities. For more information, please see this list of projects as examples. 

Karen has a lot of passion for her work and can always be relied upon to deliver high quality results in a timely fashion.
— Director, Projects

General Experience

Mining is very diverse, and involves many operational functions, practices, and environmental issues that one might find in many other industrial and commercial sectors. Below is a list of the ways this diverse experience may be related to other applications:

A broad exposure to improvement areas:

  • Energy use and recovery,

  • Greenhouse gasses and emissions abatement,

  • Water supply, use & re-use, and treatment, 

  • Waste management options and containment, 

  • Radioactive waste decontamination and management,

  • Tailings and mining waste rock management, 

  • Groundwater contamination issues, 

  • Dust management,

  • Closure and reclamation, and

  • Earth and infrastructure construction and decommissioning

Integrating the needs of functions of a multitude of distinct services in one operation / location.

Engaging local communities and other external stakeholders, incorporating obligations, and addressing concerns into programs and projects.

Bringing together diverse groups, each with its own distinct challenges, priorities, and economics, to focus and align on a shifting organization's vision and overarching goals: 

  • Integrated and/or parallel business units,

  • Remote and/or geographically dispersed operations, 

  • Operations in differing regulatory and reporting jurisdictions.