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Karen Farbridge was re-elected as Mayor of the City of Guelph in 2010. She was first elected to Council in 1994 and previously served as Mayor in 2000-2003 and 2006-2010. A resident of Guelph since 1979, Farbridge has an MSc and PhD in biology from the University of Guelph and a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
During her tenure in municipal politics, Farbridge has championed sustainable approaches to community growth and development with a strong commitment to citizen engagement.
In addition to serving on all Standing Committees of Council, Farbridge serves on the Guelph Police Services Board and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Board. She chairs Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. Farbridge also serves as Honorary Co-Chair of the Guelph Citizenship Committee, Honorary Chair of Pollination Guelph, and has participated in QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow).
Farbridge has served as an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, teaching courses in political science and environmental policy, and for ten years was the Director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. In 2005, Farbridge was the recipient of the Women of Distinction Award from the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph in the business and professions category.
Farbridge graduated with an M.Sc (1985) and Ph.D (1989) in Biology from the University of Guelph. What began as a volunteer stint at the Ontario Public Interest Research Group in Guelph (OPIRG) while she was completing her degrees turned into a 10-year job as Director.
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