Karen Restoule - Director (Dokis First Nation)

Karen is an impact-driven leader, specializing in relationships, systems thinking, change management, and policy development. Currently, she serves as the Associate Chair of the Ontario Parole Board where she has been driving key organizational transformations, change management initiatives, and performance improvements, while leading a team of adjudicators in the assessment of risk to 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 issues.  

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. Karen serves on boards with the Banff Forum, Journalists for Human Rights, and sits as part of the advisory board for Connected North, founded and delivered by Cisco Canada and TakingITGlobal. She was named Public Policy Forum’s 2018 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow.

She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and of the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program, where she 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 the recipient of CivicAction’s Emerging Leader Award.

Karen is a member of Dokis First Nation (Anishinabek Nation) and a beneficiary of the Robinson-Huron Treaty 1850.