BA (UWO), JD (Dalhousie), LLM (U.London)
Karen works with Ng Ariss Fong on special projects.
Karen has dedicated her practice to environmental and natural resources law in British Columbia. Her expertise includes energy, mining, climate and environmental assessment law. She has held senior positions at Ecojustice Canada, the Pembina Institute and West Coast Environmental Law.
Karen has a solid track record of ensuring accountability on resource issues including interprovincial pipelines, fossil fuel developments and mining issues across BC. She was involved in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline review process, which included representing clients before the Federal Court of Appeal. She also represented clients in the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project review. She has appeared before the BC Supreme Court, Federal Courts, the National Energy Board and the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River.
Karen has worked with Indigenous peoples and communities directly affected by resource developments in BC, and particularly across northern BC, including BC’s northeast. More recently, she was a member of the 2017 BC Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee, which advised the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on options for reforming BC’s environmental assessment process. She also advises on federal environmental assessment reforms, and mining law reforms, with an emphasis on Indigenous rights and recognition.
She obtained her BA from the University of Western Ontario, a JD from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and an LL.M. in International Environmental Law from the University of London.