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Karen Keenleyside

Vice Chair for People and Parks, IUCN WCPA, Co-Chair, IUCN #NatureForAll, Senior Advisor, #NatureForAll, Parks Canada, Canada

Karen Keenleyside is vice chair for People and Parks, under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas. She is also co-chair of the IUCN's #NatureForAll task force, and senior advisor for #NatureForAll, Parks Canada. An ecologist by training, Karen's work focuses on bridging natural and social-scientific disciplines to identify solutions in Canada and internationally for building constituencies of support for conservation and protected areas into the future. Over the course of her career, which has included time in the private sector as well as government, Karen has developed knowledge-based strategic guidance on issues such as environmental management, ecological restoration, climate change, and connecting people with nature. She holds an M.Sc. in zoology from the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of Session 574, The Child in the City: Health, Parks, and Play, in 2017.