Brescia University College
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Karen Fryday-Field is the Senior Partner of the Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting Group located in London, Ontario, Canada. Meridian Edge provides consulting services to Boards and Senior Leadership Teams. Since 1996 Karen has consulted in Board governance effectiveness and has worked to develop new ways to add value at the governance level. She completed the Policy Governance Academy Program in Atlanta, Georgia. Her client list of non-profit, public and for-profit/corporate Boards is extensive.
Karen is dedicated to helping Boards improve their effectiveness, be results-focused, owner informed, and to be transparently accountable. Several Boards Karen has coached have been recognized for their governance contribution nationally and internationally. Karen is a highly experienced trainer, facilitator, and consultant. She has spoken and provided governance training and strategy development consultation in Canada, United States, England, and internationally.
Following her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and course work for the Master's program in Epidemiology at Western University, Karen achieved the position of Ivey Scholar while graduating from the Executive MBA, at the Ivey School of Business. She served for several years in senior leadership positions at a large teaching hospital as well as in several community-based public and privately-owned health care organizations and services. Karen also served as the Chief Facilitator for organizational re-engineering at Victoria Hospital in collaboration with Ernst & Young prior to the formation of the London Health Sciences Centre. Karen has served on many Boards and is currently serving as Past Chair, Brescia University.
She completed an international benchmarking study on corporate governance best practices which included an evaluation of the unique work of the Board, communication and accountability systems within corporate governance, and the roles and relationship of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. She has completed several other externally funded research projects and Chairs GOVERN for IMPACT’s Demonstrated Impact (Research) Team. Karen is also serving as GOVERN for IMPACT’s (an international governance research, advocacy, and learning organization) part-time CEO.