Karen has practiced environment and natural resource law for more than 20 years, with a focus on climate, energy, mining and environmental assessment law. She obtained her JD from Dalhousie University.
After obtaining her LL.M. International Environmental Law from the University of London, Karen moved to Vancouver where she worked at West Coast Environmental Law and the Pembina Institute. At both organizations, Karen conducted law reform and advocacy efforts in relation to land and community impacts from oil and gas developments, oil pipeline projects, federal and provincial environmental assessment, mining and contaminated sites legislation. She has advocated at the provincial, federal and international level for stronger laws and policies to regulate resource industries.
Karen joined Ecojustice in 2011, where she has applied her expertise to climate change and energy litigation and advocacy efforts. She leads Ecojustice’s Climate Change Team, responsible for Ecojustice’s program to hold governments to account for meaningful action on climate change. Her case work includes regulatory reviews and litigation related to the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain oil sands pipelines, and a challenge to a thermal coal export facility on BC’s Fraser River.