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Karen Gillam (MSc), founder of Workforce Warriors, has decades of experience in research and development, especially innovating transformative advances in Indigenous capacity development. First in Science and Engineering where she developed and led successful capacity building programs tied to employment and participation in environmental permitting, and in recent years, dedicating her career to building Indigenous capacity, and increasing diversity and inclusion in the skilled trades.


Contributing to the processes and strategies which break through change resistance, Karen’s greatest strengths are her ability to bring growth through collaboration; her understanding of future trends and needs; and most importantly her ability to inspire and motivate essential change. A dynamic ambassador committed to personal values of purpose, inclusion and respect, Karen plans to use her skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to establish and refine effective workplace strategies and cultural requirements, within the Canadian workforce, to help sustain increased Indigenous participation well into the future.