Karen currently holds the position of Managing Director of the International Centre for Co-operative Management (Saint Mary’s University, Canada) where she develops global relationships and networks, shares and exchanges knowledge on how to build people-centred economies and societies, and researches democratic governance systems. Throughout her career, ‘business and sustainability’ has been a cross-cutting theme, and she has developed a deep understanding of the complex and evolving nature of environmental, social, and economic systems. Over the past decade, Karen’s expertise has evolved to be most focused on the management and governance of values-based businesses, with an emphasis on cooperatives, credit unions, and mutuas (plus, the broader social solidarity economy).


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