Karen Ogen-Toews is the CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance, a society of First Nations in support of responsible LNG development in B.C. – with a priority on the environment, and on First Nations consultation and engagement. Karen brings extensive experience to her role, having served as Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation for six years. Currently she is a council member for the nation holding the Natural Resources, Energy & Economic Development portfolios. She is familiar with the needs of Indigenous communities throughout B.C. and seeks to increase economic opportunities for First Nations through providing information and education regarding responsible resource development.
While Karen recognizes that not all projects will be appropriate for all nations, she hopes to help inspire more First Nations to consider and engage in discussions with industry and government around the possibility of resource opportunities.
Karen’s academic background is in social work. She achieved her Master’s degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2007, and graduated from the Indigenous Governance Certificate Program from the University of Victoria in 2010. Currently she is enrolled in Simon Fraser University for the Masters in Business Administration program for the Indigenous Business Leadership program.
Karen also serves as a member of the following boards: The Premier’s First Nations Advisory Committee, the Resource Works Society, and is on the Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery.