Karen Michell joined the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) as executive director in 2009. Working with the CEOs of the province’s 24 research hospitals, she champions their value as the research and development arm of Ontario’s healthcare system.

Karen has been instrumental in advancing the stability of and investment in the health research enterprise. She has solidly positioned Ontario’s research hospitals as key drivers in the province’s growing knowledge-based economy. Through strategic collaborations, Karen enabled the creation and sustainability of the Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program.

Prior to joining CAHO, Karen spent 14 years at the Canadian Bankers Association. Her most recent role, as the vice-president of banking operations, saw Karen working with senior decision makers in government and senior executives in the banks. Collectively, they developed policies and regulations that contributed to a safe and efficient banking sector in Canada.

Karen has a master’s degree in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a bachelor of arts in international relations from the University of Toronto.