Karen is a founding partner with Shift2Lean Inc., committed to delivering Value for clients through the implementation of Lean Project Delivery strategies. Together, we believe that lean applies to all project delivery models, as productivity and collaborative team work enable exceptional projects.
We are a founding member of the Women on the Move “Artemis Project”, a national accelerator platform designed specifically for women-owned businesses in the mining sector. The program aims to bring a network of complementary professional services and supplies together to collaborate on projects, supporting the mining industry, and to help women in the mining sector supply chain develop leadership skills and gain vast visibility across Canada.
We are on the “Women Leaders in Mining Advisory” team of PowHERHouse Media Group, a national women’s accelerator platform, designed to help women develop leadership skills and visibility across Canada. PowHERHouse was built to last and has grown into a national brand with a solid reputation offering live events, publications and partnerships to help build strong women who lead.
We are the only Canadian training partner for GPM Global (Green Project Management), offering a program that recognizes and builds upon existing Project Management training and certifications, as well as stands on its own. GPM's principles are derived from the UN Global Compact's Ten Principles, Earth Charter, and ISO:26000, Guidance on Corporate Social Responsibility.
Karen has always been interested in helping to educate our next generation of leaders about the particulars of what can be done, and is being done, responsibly and sustainably within mining. Over the past several years, she has volunteered 20% of her time to supporting industry associations and committees to raise awareness about the great things happening in mining, as well as to offer insights for areas of improvement.
Some of the ways Karen has done this work:
She is currently the Vice Chair of the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society of our national mining association, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). In this role, Karen has a lead responsibility in designing the technical content we offer through webinars, workshops, dialogue sessions, and the annual convention. This involves work with the team and external collaborators to bring this together.
She has been on the Board of Directors for Women in Mining Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan, Inc. for the past 2 years. With this group of women leaders, we are engaging women in industry and helping provide both a support network, and learning opportunities to advance in their roles. Karen delivers talks at luncheon events, conferences and promoted our efforts at trade shows and children’s learning events as well.
She has been involved with advancing initiatives in mine waste management, collaborating with various individuals and groups, including the Canada Mining Innovation Council, Zero Waste Environmental Stewardship Initiative, and Natural Resources Canada CleanGrowth and CanMET Mining programs for several years. If we can see more value derived from, and less risk associated with, mining wastes, that will make us very happy!
To help engage our next professional generation, Karen speaks at the University of Saskatchewan annually, playing the role of sessional lecturer, project team mentor, and speaking for the engineering department, in project management sessions, as well as on the industry expert panels.
At a junior level, Karen has also had occasion to speak to elementary-level classes, with her most recent support being to educate a grade 7 classroom to help them debate the pros and cons of mining. This was organized by the Girls in the Classroom initiative.
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, Karen is an active member of:
Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Project Management Institute
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Environment & Social Responsibility Society
Canada Mining Innovation Council, Environmental Stewardship Initiative, Tailings & Closure Committees
Lean Construction Institute of Canada, Education Provider
Saskatchewan Water Action Network
Women in Mining and Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan, Inc.
International Women in Mining
Women in Infrastructure
SaskInteractive Media Association
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