Over the past decade, I’ve been actively speaking within the mining, construction and project management sectors, ranging from large audiences at national conferences, to smaller university sessions and other functions for team learning or professional associations. I speak frequently on the topics of mining waste management, sustainability and integration of sustainability into projects and processes, but also on Lean, leading through change, collaboration and engagement.

I focus primarily on the integration of various improvement principles and methods into projects, improving team collaboration, and engaging and empowering personnel to facilitate successful change initiatives.  

If you are interested in bringing some focus to these areas to your next event, we can tailor or presentations to the theme of the event, the desired message, and the audience to be engaged.  

Great information. It showed the importance of looking at the whole life cycle early in the project by getting all stakeholder requirements. This applies to all industries.

Nicely done! One the of better presenters for PMI!!!
— projectmanagement.com attendees

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Shifting Sands: From Wastes to Valued Resources, Rocks & Stocks 2019, Mining’s Pressing Issues: Mine Tailings and M&A, hosted by CIM MES & Toronto Branch, October 22, 2019


Design Thinking - Training Insights Podcast Interview

Tune in to hear how Design Thinking can not only help stimulate the development of new and better products and projects, but also stimulate engagement and create more collaborative teams.

Making Your Organization Soar - Training Insights Podcast Interview

The three keys to making your organization soar—not just perform—are good economic returns; environmental performance; and the social aspect, particularly employee engagement and collaboration.

WOW - best webinar I have seen in a while!!
Good tips on how to drive workforce and operational efficiency and how to better equip your employees for sustained high performance.

Many thanks for sharing how programs and projects can clearly gain from a culture shift and full adoption of strategies which revolve around the philosophy behind PDCA, and relevant Lean-based tools to facilitate some of the changes required.

The Necessary Culture for Soaring Performance

Leading organizations have been found to demonstrate key characteristics and capabilities adopted and embraced by every employee.

Listen in to hear how these living team practices are much more than just utilizing a set of tools and analysis methods to monitor performance and correct issues. 


Enabling Organizational Improvement Initiatives 

Every person, team and discipline in an organization can play a role in the facilitation of initiatives aimed at improving stakeholder support and improvements in environmental performance.

These personnel need only the connection and alignment of their own roles to the proposed targets, and the opportunities to present and implement solutions and strategies within their scope. With small contributions from all team players, success can be had through alignment.

I really enjoyed the presenter providing real world situations that she learned from and how she utilized peer feed back to adjust her approach. Kudos and credibility. This is a must for PM’s in my opinion. Awesome Job!

I’ve attended several webinars but this has been the best I’ve ever attended. I like how the presenter checked in on the audience engagement from time to time with surveys or “yes/no” answers in the comment boxes.

Great presentation! Engaging topic that spoke directly to my own and my team’s immediate needs.

Leaning the Project Lifecycle

The work of each engineering discipline plays a significant role in enabling risk avoidance and improvement in design, as well as addressing external stakeholder concerns and requirements.

Achieving success in multi-phase, extended duration projects requires distinct collaboration, coordination, and communication elements. 

Key strategies and tools are introduced to improve the success rates of projects that involve multiple stakeholders, and potential environmental and societal impacts.

Great presentation. Worth watching!

Interesting content! Clever presentation of Opportunities and Challenges while introducing improvements. Thank you!

I enjoyed your presentation and the long term perspective to which you are asking producers and EPCs to consider during mine design and operation.

Good practical presentation of applying Lean concepts to managing project scope. Process Flow mapping is an effective visual tool to lay out project features and allows for brain storming exercises to identify project gaps and risks.
— projectmanagement.com attendees

Past Speaking Engagements

On leading change and performance in mining:

  • Culture Shifts Required for Success: Breaking Silos, Building Inclusivity & Collaboration, CIM Convention 2019

  • Reducing Project Risks: Sustainability & Systems Integration, University of Saskatchewan Civil, Geological & Environment Engineering 2019

  • Strategic Collaboration: Reducing Project & Lifecycle Risks, CIM Conference 2018

  • Maximizing Value-Add of Mining Developments, CIM Environmental & Social Responsibility Society 2018

  • Using Innovation for More Effective Tailings Management, CIM Canadian Mineral Processors MB/SK Regional Conference 2017

  • Evaluating the Impact of Technology for Tailings Disposal, Panel Moderator, Mines & Technology Conference Toronto 2017

  • Extracting Value from Sunk & Presumed Costs, CIM Conference 2017

  • Sustainable Extraction: Environmental Initiatives for Canada’s Resource Industries, Conference Board of Canada

  • Demonstration of a Framework for Mine Closure and Relinquishment, CIM Conference 2016

  • Leaning the Mining Lifecycle, University of Saskatchewan Civil, Geological & Environment Engineering 2016

  • Leaning into Environmental Assessment Approvals, PMI South Saskatchewan Chapter 2015

  • A Leaner Lifecycle, Canadian Mineral Processors SK/MB Regional Conference 2015

  • Integrating Sustainability into Projects Design, University of Saskatchewan Civil, Geological & Environment Engineering 2015, 2014

On leadership, organizational change and project management:

  • The Lean Project Advantage, Saskatoon Engineering Society Lunch & Learn 2019

  • Pulling Together, Toronto Change Days 2018: Agility : Boundaries : Curiosity 2018

  • Success in Change...Set it up Right!, Innovation Place Sustainability Series 2018

  • The Lean Project Advantage, Saskatoon Construction Association Lunch & Learn 2018

  • Improving Projects & Team Dynamics, IEEE SK Women in Engineering Lunch & Learn 2018

  • A Taste of Target Value Design, Interior Designers of Saskatchewan Luncheon 2018

  • Design to Engage & Align, Spark the Change India Conference 2018

  • The Necessary Culture for Soaring Performance, PMI Global Conference 2017

  • Ask the Expert Series, PMI Global Conference 2017

  • Engaging Your Team Through Change, WIMWiN-SK Mine Your Potential Conference 2017

  • The Necessary Culture for Soaring Performance, PMI North Saskatchewan Chapter Luncheon 2017

  • Ask the Expert Series, PMI Global Congress 2016

  • 5 Strategies to Improve Your Project Outcomes, APEGS, Annual General Meeting 2016

  • Improving Project Outcomes through Sustainability Integration, PMI North Saskatchewan Chapter 2015

  • 5 Strategies to Improve Your Project Outcomes, Women In Mining / Women In Nuclear, SK 2015

At the Canadian Mineral Processors regional conference, Karen made a strong case for thinking holistically about the project lifecycle. She clearly and concisely presented the benefits of collaboration to improve project outcomes. The audience was well engaged, posing many questions and comments for her at the conclusion.
— Lorne Schwartz, CMP-SK/MB Conference Coordinator
Our membership liked the presentation and I could tell it provoked thought from those that attended.

Karen spoke very well & knowledgeable on the topic...nice to have the group work.
— PMI North Saskatchewan Event Managers
Ms. Chovan recently prepared and delivered a terrific presentation about ways to improve performance and approval rates of complex industrial projects to women in the mining and nuclear industries in Saskatoon.

Well organized and a great presenter!
— WIMWiN-SK Conference Attendees
The overall impacts of projects are not a focus in school, so it was valuable to have a presentation that reminded us to be aware of our actions.

Made me think about sustainability as a whole...applicable to the engineering concepts of any business...very important to our careers!
— University of Saskatchewan Engineering Students