Specializing in the dynamic realities of community building, community benefit organizations, and support for community ideas and projects.


You have found the online home of EnMark Associates and (on our home page) the blog of Owner/Principal Consultant, Karen Smith. Glad you stopped by. You’ll find a diversity of things here…samples of past work,  a variety of posts about the community benefit sector, community happenings and related thoughts.

Our consulting practice is currently inactive – Karen has joined the team at MDB Insight where she continues to support community building and innovative advancements to help towns and cities and their residents to thrive. She will only be maintaining this web site with occasional updates.

To connect with Karen at MDB Insight, please email ksmith@mdbinsight.com or go to www.mdbinsight.com.

karensmithKaren founded EnMark Associates in 1991. The firm evolved from her successful background in public relations, journalism, not-for-profit management and communications. After progressive roles in community relations, organization and board development, and media relations, Karen combined her skills to concentrate exclusively on the dynamic and rewarding realm of today’s community benefit sector. While maintaining her proven record in the communications field, Karen successfully collaborated with leaders in related disciplines to complete innovative and effective projects including systemic change initiatives and ground-breaking community development successes. Her professional talents have been utilized by clients in three Canadian provinces. As a trainer in the field, Karen taught for Mohawk College’s Non-Profit Management Certificate Program and has been a popular workshop leader and speaker. Karen has served in volunteer leadership and governance capacities for both local and national organizations. She is also an avid photographer, traveler, freelance writer and blogger.

From 2011 to 2016 Karen served as Executive Director at Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services (formerly the Community Child Abuse Council of Canada). She returned to consulting in early 2017 and effective October 2 joined MDB Insight as a Senior Consultant.

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