Karen McCarthy

Bachelor of Public Relations (Co-op) (1991), Mount Saint Vincent University
Master of Education (2001), Memorial University

Portugal Cove-St. Philips, NL

Chair, Committee to hear Appeals regarding Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
Vice-Chair, Governance Committee

Member since March 2017
Appointed by Lieutenant-Governor in Council

Ms. McCarthy is vice-president of communications and corporate affairs for Fortis Inc. Previous to this she was director of customer and corporate relations for Newfoundland Power. She accepted this role after spending time as director on the Newfoundland Power Board of Directors. Ms. McCarthy was president of an Atlantic Canadian public affairs consulting firm for seven years and spent 15 years in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador public service with senior roles in communications, Cabinet operations, energy, labour and intergovernmental affairs. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Women’s Foundation. Ms. McCarthy is Past Chair of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD-NL), and graduated from the ICD/Rotman Directors Education Program in June 2017. She was awarded the ICD.D designation in the Fall of 2017.

She is past chair of the Government Relations Strategy Group with the Canadian Electricity Association, and member of the International Women’s Forum-NL.