Karen Gilmore is a Senior Associate at The Discovery Group, working with boards and senior leadership of social profit organizations to elevate community impact. A strategic leader, Karen has a wealth of experience in corporate and non-profit organizations at local, provincial, and national management and at board levels. A corporate lawyer for 40 years, both in private practice and as in-house counsel, she brings legal expertise and operational insight to complex strategic and governance issues. In her most recent position as VP and General Counsel at Fulmer & Company Investments Inc., Karen established the legal role, served as a key strategy resource, and led the corporate philanthropic work that was instrumental to the development of a social enterprise business. Karen received the Agnes Amelia Blizzard Award for her personal commitment to the mission of YWCA Canada and many years of service on their board as well as the board of YWCA Metro Vancouver. She has also served on the Grants Committee for the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, the Grants Advisory Committee for the Investment Readiness Program at Canadian Women’s Foundation and many other boards and committees in the legal profession. In recognition of her years of service, she has received the BC Community Achievement Award and the CCCA National Community Builder Award. Although Karen developed a remarkable talent for spoon playing, she thoughtfully decided to take her career in a different direction and become a lawyer and an empathetic champion of the social profit sector, believing that these are the organizations that will truly change the world. With a lifelong pull to the outdoors, Karen loves expansive nature and hopes to one day make tribute to the strikingly untouched Antarctic.