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Karen Farbridge

Research Associate

Karen served as Guelph’s mayor for eleven years. After that, she founded Karen Farbridge & Associates (KF&A) (karenfarbridge.ca), a consulting firm committed accelerating the transition to low carbon and sustainable cities. Drawing on Karen’s extensive experience and expertise on urban issues and in working with all levels of government and the private sector, KF&A works with cities, businesses and governments interested in building urban communities that are equally focused on generating economic prosperity and building people friendly spaces. Karen was the lead researcher and writer of Columbia Institute’s 2016 report, “Top Asks for Climate Action – Ramping Up Low-Carbon Communities.” She also assessed progress on the Top Asks report recommendations in 2017, in our first “Report Card on Top Asks for Climate Action.” Karen is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a PhD in Zoology. For the first ten years of her career, she was Coordinator at the Ontario Public Interest Research Group in Guelph. Click here for Top Asks @karenfarbridge