Category: Politics, Academic
First elected to office as a city councillor in 1994, Karen Farbridge became Guelph's first female mayor in 2000, and was subsequently re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Farbridge earned a BSc (1983) and MSc (1985) and PhD (1989) in Zoology from the University of Guelph. She was Executive Director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (Guelph) for over a decade before entering politics.
Farbridge is widely recognized for her passion and expertise in building liveable communities. She currently works bringing energy and sustainability solutions to communities through her company Karen Farbridge and Associates.