Karen is a community planner with two decades of hands-on experience listening to and working collaboratively with clients to develop tailored planning and project development approaches.

She has worked extensively with First Nations, local governments, and the not-for-profit sector on a wide range of projects from enterprise specific business plans to integrated resource management and community plans.

Prior to private practice, Karen worked at Ecotrust Canada as Director of Community Programs where she focused on working with coastal BC communities on a broad range of local planning, capacity and governance initiatives. She has deep experience in facilitating groups as well as teaching and training, including instructing classes at the Native Education Centre and Seabird Island College. Karen has an M.A. Planning from the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC.

Karen is currently the Principal of Access Planning.

Karen teaches Design Lab for Local Economic Development.


  • Project management and implementation.
  • Process design, facilitation and engagement.
  • Community and economic development planning.
  • Business planning and enterprise development.
  • Comprehensive planning research and analysis.
  • Training, teaching, and capacity building.

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