Karen’s professional roots lie in education, which fuels her commitment to public libraries as a key element in a healthy community.
A former City of Waterloo Councillor, Karen is a faculty member at Conestoga College’s Business School, teaching leadership and social innovation courses to tomorrow’s leaders. She is also the co-founder and principal of The Talent Business Solutions, a Waterloo start-up focused on delivering strategic management support to help businesses grow, compete, and embrace change. Her focus is always on developing the capacity of others – her students, a non-profit community organization, or an emerging high tech company.
Karen has served as a board member for several local organizations including Waterloo North Hydro, St. Mary’s General Hospital, The Clay and Glass Gallery, and the Button Factory. Besides being the current Waterloo Public Library Board Chair, she is also the Chair of Community Justice Initiatives, a local not for profit focused on restorative justice practices. Find Karen on Twitter at @KarenScian.