Karen Restoule is an experienced strategist and communications specialist, adept at fostering collaboration and bridging communication among parties. Karen holds a proven track record, spanning a two-decade long career, executing successful strategies, and delivering solutions for clients. Karen’s deep understanding of the justice system, public policy, and organizational governance strengthens her ability to advocate effectively with the government. She brings to the agency specializations in transformational leadership, change management and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining Crestview Strategy, Karen played a pivotal role supporting First Nations leadership at Chiefs of Ontario by advancing innovative and strategic policy solutions to legacy challenges. She has held leadership positions in environmental consulting and led strategy development and implementation of the modernisation of Ontario’s administrative justice system at Tribunals Ontario, including key transformations at the Licence Appeal Tribunal, Ontario Parole Board, Human Rights Tribunal Ontario, and the Landlord and Tenant Board. Under her leadership, Tribunals Ontario successfully navigated unprecedented obstacles posed by the pandemic to ensure access to justice.
Karen co-founded BOLD Realities, a ground-breaking organization that provided tools and insights to advance economic reconciliation. Her work with BOLD Realities included partnering with TakingITGlobal to launch the innovative mobile application, www.whose.land. Karen was awarded CivicAction’s 2018 Emerging Leader Award and was named Public Policy Forum’s 2018 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow, in recognition of her commitment to bridging the private sector, governments, and Indigenous communities.
“We are thrilled to have Karen Restoule join our team,” said Christine McMillan, Crestview Strategy Partner. “Karen will bring tremendous value providing counsel to the clients at our agency rooted in her ability to find opportunity in uncertainty, her reputation as a skilled problem-solver and crisis manager.”
Karen is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program. Currently she sits on governance boards for Banff Forum and Canadian Club Toronto and advisory bodies for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase, and Connected North. Karen is Ojibwe from Dokis First Nation. We look forward to seeing Karen’s results-driven approach and expertise in action, servicing clients globally.
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