Karen Shalley has been supporting entrepreneurs and communities by consulting and providing information and guidance. Karen has helped build capacity at the community level or starting that first business for a new entrepreneur. She has been working in region economic and community development and has built great partnerships across the North and understands the region well. Karen studied business and graduated from Lakehead University with her Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree and recently returned to school to study natural sciences and graduated with her Environmental Technician Diploma. Karen also has her University of Waterloo Economic Development Certificate and Small Business Counselling Certificate. Karen appreciates the opportunities she has had to work with communities, organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals across the region to help build capacity in communities and to help individuals accomplish goals. Karen is married and a proud mom of two young boys and enjoys lots of time outside trying to keep up with them hiking, biking and paddling.