Specializing in the dynamic possibilities of community building, facilitation, 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, and information about services.

Karen has scaled back her consulting practice in semi-retirement but she continues to support community building and innovative collaborations on a select basis.

To connect with Karen please email enmarkassociates@gmail.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 the community benefit sector. More recently, she has focused on business development supports and writing as well as facilitation. 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 several 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 spent five years with MDB Insight as a Senior Consultant. When MDB Insight was acquired by Deloitte early in 2022, Karen became Business Development Manager. She retired from that position in August of 2022 and now pursues passion projects and limited engagement contracts.

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