After a comprehensive search, the Board unanimously selected Karen to lead CTN in building brighter futures together. Karen will succeed Louise Paul, CEO, CTN, who is retiring after successfully leading CTN over the last 11 years.
Karen is an authentic, charismatic and collaborative leader with a deep understanding of the social services system in Ontario. She brings exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, along with strong business intelligence and political acumen. A champion of innovation, her leadership focuses on creating an inclusive culture that embraces change and continuous improvement, while keeping children and families at the centre of decisions. She has a strong understanding of CTN's network model and has positive relationships with many network partners.
Karen has over 25 years of leadership experience within the Government of Ontario's Ministries, including 10 years at the Director level. She is currently the Director, Central Region for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, where she has managed over 200 staff and provides leadership and oversight to an expansive service delivery system for children, youth, adults and families.
She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Ryerson University, along with professional education including Queen's University's Public Executive Program.
"Karen brings strong qualities to the role. Her understanding of the network model and support of our core values of inclusion, innovation, agility and shared responsibility are evident," shares Christianne Abou-Saab, Chair, CTN Board of Directors.
"My time at CTN has been exceptionally rewarding. While I will miss my collaborative interactions with employees, partners, frontline staff and especially the children, youth and families we serve, I am confident that Karen will champion the ongoing evolution of the network," says Louise.
"This is an extremely exciting opportunity and I am truly honoured to lead this network. Under Louise's leadership, employees, network partners and the children, youth and families CTN serves, have built a strong foundation we can leverage to achieve our strategic goals of evolving services, nurturing relationships and strengthening capacities," says Karen.
The Board welcomes Karen to the CEO position and looks forward to working with her. We are confident that she will make a tremendous contribution to the network.
The Board wishes to recognize Louise for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the organization and to the children, youth and families that CTN serves. Under her leadership, CTN celebrated significant growth and success. We thank Louise for her many contributions and wish her the very best in her retirement.
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