Karen Leibovici

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Karen Leibovici
Karen Leibovici in 2013
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded byGrant Mitchell
Succeeded byBob Maskell
ConstituencyEdmonton Meadowlark
Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 1
In office
Preceded byLeroy Chahley, Wendy Kinsella
Succeeded byDual-member wards abolished
Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 5
In office
Preceded byNew single-member ward
Succeeded byMichael Oshry
Personal details
Born (1952-05-27) May 27, 1952 (age 71)
Montreal, Quebec
Political partyAlberta Liberal Party
SpouseStephen Ivan Zepp
ChildrenAdam Zepp
Alma materMcGill University
OccupationSocial Worker

Karen Leibovici (born May 27, 1952) is a politician from Edmonton, Alberta.

Following a career as a social worker, Leibovici was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 1993, representing Edmonton Meadowlark as a member of the Alberta Liberal Party. She held that seat for two terms until her defeat in 2001. While MLA, she held the positions of labour critic, health critic, intergovernmental affairs critic and caucus whip.

In the 2001 Edmonton municipal election she was elected to city council, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2007 for Ward 1 and 2010 for Ward 5. She has served as chair or vice chair of the community services, executive and transportation and public works committees, and the Edmonton Police Commission.[1]

While on the city council, Leibovici was a board member for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for nine years, and was acclaimed as the president in 2013.[2] She was influential in spearheading the city's 10-year plan to end homelessness, revitalizing retail in west Edmonton, and through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, brokered a $53 billion infrastructure plan with the federal government for funding municipal projects across the country.

2013 municipal election[edit]

Leibovici ran for mayor in Edmonton in 2013, against fellow councillors Don Iveson and Kerry Diotte.

Candidate Votes %
Don Iveson 132,162 62.2
Karen Leibovici 41,182 19.4
Kerry Diotte 32,917 15.5
Joshua Semotiuk 2,596 1.2
Gordon Ward 2,248 1.1
Kristine Acielo 1,292 0.6

2015 federal election[edit]

She was most recently a Liberal Party of Canada candidate in Edmonton West for the 2015 federal election, but lost to Conservative Party candidate Kelly McCauley.


  1. ^ "Karen Leibovici's Professional History :: City of Edmonton". www.edmonton.ca. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26.
  2. ^ "Candidate Profile: Karen Leibovici | CBC News".
  3. ^ City of Edmonton (October 24, 2013). "2013 Official Elections Results" (PDF). Retrieved November 9, 2013.