Karen Farbridge was re-elected as Mayor of the City of Guelph in 2006. She was first elected to Guelph City Council in 1994, representing Ward 1. In 2000 she became the first female Mayor of Guelph, serving until 2003.
During her tenure in municipal politics, Karen has championed sustainable approaches to community planning, waste management, water and waste water management, transportation planning and natural area protection. Community consultation and engagement is a hallmark of her approach to municipal leadership.
Prior to entering municipal politics Karen worked for 10 years as the Coordinator of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (Guelph), a non-profit environmental and social justice organization based on the University of Guelph campus.
More recently, she worked on strategic initiatives for the Office of V.P. Research at the University of Guelph and taught courses on sustainability, democracy and environmental policy for the Department of Political Science.
Karen has an M.Sc and Ph.D in Biology from the University of Guelph.