The Lonsdale Group Inc. is a strategic planning and project management firm that focuses on community infrastructure projects.

Our network of experts is committed to building municipal capacity and revitalizing urban neighbourhoods by developing consensus through community-based initiatives.

Karen Pitre – President

Karen Pitre is a Community Builder working to make life better through community-based initiatives. She was the Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs from 2015-2018. Based on input from the community and working with the Community Hubs Advisory Group, Karen developed the Community Hubs Strategy Framework and Action Plan. The Action Plan included 27 recommendations to support local communities and all 27 recommendations were adopted by the government.


Karen has extensive stakeholder consultation, strategic planning and project management experience. Her experience includes working at Metrolinx as the Strategic Advisor on Electrification, a complex project involving stakeholder consultations developed with the input from a Community Advisory Committeeā€ˇ.


Karen has worked with the Toronto District School Board to establish the Toronto Lands Corporation where she developed a framework for the stewardship of surplus capital assets. She has worked with all three levels of government, including as part of her work with the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid and with Waterfront Toronto. Karen was also the Founding Chair of the Toronto Sports Council. Prior to this, Karen worked as labour and employment lawyer in Toronto.


She has a LL.B. from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Community Building & Strategic Planning

From March 2015 until June 2018 Lonsdale Group President Karen Pitre was Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs.


Project Management


The Lonsdale Group was hired 2009, to define the scope and recommend the Terms of Reference for the Electrification Study and we continue to advise on Electrification.