Dr. Karen Bakker, BASc, PhD is a Canada Research Chair and Professor at the University of British Columbia, with expertise in environmental governance, innovation and digital technologies. She is the author of more than 100 academic publications and seven books. She is also a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow and member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She obtained her PhD from Oxford University (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar) and her BASc from McMaster University in 1995.
Dr. Bakker has extensive board experience. She is a member of the Board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Council of Canadian Academies, and a member of the governing Council of the federal National Research Council. Fluently bilingual, and trained as a certified workplace coach, Dr. Bakker regularly acts as an advisor to national and international organizations, including various UN bodies.
Dr. Bakker has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including Canada’s Top 40 under 40 (2011), the Annenberg Fellowship in Communication (from Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2015), and a Cox Visiting Professorship (Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, 2015). Her research was recognized by a SSHRC Impact Award in 2017. Dr. Bakker is also a tech entrepreneur, and was the founder and CEO of two educational technology startups. After the acquisition of her most recent tech startup in 2017, she served as Strategy Director for Riipen, a Future of Work platform.