Karen Sun ( 孫嘉欣 ) is an environmental and social activist. She previously was the Executive Director of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO), an organization dedicated to promoting human rights, social justice and equity for the Chinese community in Toronto. She also sits on or recently was on the boards of Heritage Toronto, the Working Women Community Centre, the Conservation Council of Ontario and the Chinese Interagency Network.
Prior to working at CCNCTO, Karen worked in the environmental sector. She was the Humber River Watershed Resources Planner at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. She has worked for the City of Toronto in Urban Forestry Services as an ecological restoration specialist and briefly in the Water and Wastewater Division. She has worked and volunteered for a number of environmental organizations including the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (now Ontario Nature), Citizen's Environment Watch, the Toronto Bay Initiative, and the Quetico Foundation. She was also a member of Mayor Miller's Roundtable on the Environment.
Karen holds a Baccalaureate in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph and a Master's in Planning from the University of Toronto. Karen is also a graduate of the Maytree Foundation's Leaders for Change program and School4Civics. She is currently a DiverseCity Fellow through a joint program of the Toronto City Summit Alliance and Maytee Foundation. In addition, Karen is a member of DiverseCity OnBoard and DiverseCity Voices.
Karen was a City Council Candidate in Trinity Spadina Ward 19 during Toronto's 2010 election. She came in second.