Freshwater Fish welcomes new Board Director Karlene Debance

Freshwater Fish welcomes Karlene Debance who was appointed to our Board of Directors on July 1, 2021.

Karlene is the Chief Executive Officer of S.A.M. Management in Winnipeg.
Karlene began her career in the not-for-profit sector working with youth, refugees, and international program delivery. During her career with the Province of Manitoba Karlene served as the Director of the Affordable Housing Initiative, Executive Director of the Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Secretariat and Assistant Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs where she successfully led the government-wide federal-provincial Infrastructure Negotiations, Agreements & Programs. During her time with the Provincial Government, Karlene’s innovative approaches to partnerships, project management, infrastructure development and strategic capital planning led to successful economic, social and environmental outcomes that have benefitted communities and sectors throughout Manitoba. Karlene also is a Director on the Board of Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) and English Online Inc. (EO).
Karlene holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Relations and Environmental Management from Concordia University and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Manitoba.
Karlene’s many skills and experiences will complement and strengthen the Board’s role in meeting its governance responsibilities and legislated mandate and supporting the transformation of the Corporation.