A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Karen is a former City of Waterloo Councillor (2006-2014) and currently serves the community as the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region.

Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, Karen was a professor at Conestoga College’s Business School, teaching leadership and social innovation courses to tomorrow’s leaders. She was 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. Karen was also a member of the board for the Local Health Integration Network, which coordinated health care in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

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Karen Coviello, Chair