Conference Keynote Speaker, Friday, Oct. 20: Karen Prentice, Q.C., ICD.D

The Friends of Sable Island Society is thrilled that Karen Prentice, Q.C., ICD.D. will deliver the keynote address to open its 2017 conference: The Science and History of Sable Island, on Friday evening, Oct. 20, 2017.

Karen is a Calgary-based corporate director with more than 30 years of combined legal, executive management and governance experience.

Her late husband, The Honourable Jim Prentice, P.C., Q.C., was instrumental in getting National Park status for Sable Island when he was Minister of the Environment. Karen remembers Jim’s thick binder of reports, and many meetings and late night conversations to make it happen.

On Dec. 1, 2013, Sable Island National Park Reserve became officially protected under Canada’s National Parks Act as its 43rd National Park. Parks Canada assumed full administrative control of the island and is assessing its ecological and biodiversity. This assessment will lay the foundation for a park management plan.

Karen’s own connection to Sable Island deepened when she travelled there in July 2017. Her first-hand experience walking on Sable Island’s shores and meeting those who continue to work to protect and preserve it will inspire her keynote address.

More about Karen Prentice:
Karen currently serves on the board of directors of TSX traded Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. She was a director of Matrix Solutions Inc., chaired the Board of Trustees of CANMARC REIT and served for six years as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice-President of ENMAX Corporation.
Her extensive not for profit governance experience includes having been a director or chair of over a dozen boards spanning the diverse sectors of visual, performing, and literary arts, mathematics, science, and advanced education. She currently is a director of the National Arts Centre Foundation and the Walrus Foundation. She holds an L.L.B. in Law from the University of Calgary and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan.