Karen Hemmingson has been involved in Housing Policy and Planning work since 1989. An Urban Planner by training, Karen started her planning career developing social housing projects with non-profit societies. Karen`s planning career includes policy and development work on the City of Vancouver`s waterfront redevelopment sites of False Creek and Coal Harbour, and manager of the City’s Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program for Gastown, Chinatown and Victory Square. In addition to land use policy and development work, she was the Director of the Vancouver Agreement Unit for the provincial government, responsible for implementing both policies and a variety of housing and community development initiatives in the Downtown Eastside.
Karen is currently Chief Research Officer at BC Housing, and is responsible for managing research and performance planning activities that support the organization’s public accountability plans. She is an active volunteer, and just recently returned from working with housing NGO’s through Rooftops Canada in South Africa and Tanzania.