Karen Restoule

  Karen is an Indigenous woman with black hair. She is wearing blue glasses and a black fur collared shirt.  

Associate Chair, Tribunals Ontario

Karen serves as an Associate Chair at Tribunals Ontario, responsible for the Ontario Parole Board, where she has been driving key organizational transformations while leading a team of adjudicators deciding on matters of public safety. Previously, she was the Director of the Justice Sector at the Chiefs of Ontario, where she worked with Indigenous political leadership to build consensus and develop strategies to advance policy solutions to justice issues. Karen started her career in the criminal justice and correctional systems.

Karen is co-founder of BOLD Realities, a non-profit organization that strives to build stronger relationships between industry and Indigenous communities by convening discussions and develop tools to help build understanding. In 2018, they partnered with Canadian Roots Exchange and TakingITGlobal to launch www.whose.land, a web-based mobile app designed to equip users with information on Indigenous territories.

A graduate of the University of Toronto and of the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program, Karen was inducted into the Faculty of Law’s Honour Society in 2014 for using her legal education as a foundation for making a significant contribution to society. In 2018, she was named Public Policy Forum’s 2018 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow, and later was the recipient of CivicAction’s 2018 Emerging Leader Award. Karen serves on boards with the Banff Forum, Journalists for Human Rights, Canadian Club of Toronto, and sits as part of the advisory board for Connected North, founded and delivered by Cisco Canada and TakingITGlobal. 

Outside of professional commitments, Karen can be found up north at home with family and friends in her home community, Dokis First Nation.

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