Karen Ras
Karen Ras – Councillor Ward 2

Karen and her family moved to Mississauga from Etobicoke in 2007 and quickly fell in love with the city and the community that they had chosen. She became involved in this community, put down roots and pledged to work to make the community a better place for their children and neighbours.

Prior to the 2014 Municipal Election, Karen was the Director of Corporate Relations for Enersource Corporation and in that role developed a high profile in the local community. At Enersource, Karen led the transformation of communications and focus of the company so that it is now much more community focused and was one of the first utilities in Ontario to utilize tools such as social media to engage and inform the community. She is also a past Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade, a volunteer role she took on in 2013 after a number of years on the Board of Directors. MBOT gave Karen a deeper appreciation of the issues and challenges facing local business and has worked hard to make the Board of Trade a positive advocate on behalf of those who do business in Mississauga. She currently serves as Chair of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and Foundation, raising awareness and funds to enhance local conservation initiatives.

Previously, Karen worked in the Ontario Government in a variety of roles including media spokesperson and advisor to a number of Ministers in the Ministries of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Environment, Management Board, Ontario Realty Corporation, Women’s Issues, Seniors Issues and Citizenship & Immigration. In these roles, she developed a level of knowledge and skills in how to get the Ontario Government and other agencies to work together toward common goals – and these are skills and knowledge that she brings to Mississauga City Council.

Karen holds a degree in Applied Geography with a minor in Economics from Ryerson University. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She lives in Lorne Park with her husband Michael and two daughters Delaney and Danica.