Over the past 20 years, Karen Chovan has worked in industry, saving her clients millions of dollars, while reducing risks to the environment, and increasing regulatory and community trust in their organizations.
Karen has incredible tenacity to overcome obstacles and find the right solutions to unique challenges. Trusted and recommended as a manager who can deliver results, Karen is a strategic leader with strengths in bringing data, information and siloed people together, to raise the awareness of risks and opportunities, and to quickly solve complex challenges and achieve transformational change.
Karen believes the greatest value can only be derived through common goals, healthy engagement, and collaboration to reduce wasteful practices. Open dialogue allows stakeholders to expose risks, gain a common understanding of multiple objectives, and discover improvement opportunities and solutions within the operations, projects, and developments for which they work.
As an experienced geological engineer, sustainability expert, and project manager within the industrial sector, Karen has gained tremendous insight into the risks, challenges, and improvement opportunities of industrial operations, projects, and developments. She authors blogs, presents to a broad range of audiences, produces webinars, and coaches teams and leaders on lean processes, sustainability, organizational change and the soft skills aspects of managing these.
YOUR SUCCESS IS MY PRIORITY
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.
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:
Integrating the needs of a multitude of distinct services and/or disciplines.
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 shifting organizational goals. Working with:
Integrated and/or parallel business units,
Remote and/or geographically dispersed operations,
Operations in differing regulatory and reporting jurisdictions.