Staff

Karyn Keenan

Karyn Keenan

Director

kkeenan@aboveground.ngo

A lawyer with extensive experience working with social justice NGOs in Canada and abroad, Karyn provides leadership on policy and law reform work aimed at enhancing government and corporate accountability mechanisms. She was a member of the advisory group for the federal government’s 2006 national roundtable process on the Canadian extractive industry and has provided expert testimony before the Parliament of Canada and UN bodies. While living in Bolivia and Peru, Karyn worked with local NGOs that support indigenous communities affected by mining, oil and gas operations. She is a member of the steering committee of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability.

Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton

Program Officer (on parental leave until July 2017)

khamilton@aboveground.ngo

Prior to joining Above Ground, Karen headed the Guatemalan office of Project Accompaniment Quebec-Guatemala, a grassroots NGO that works to support and protect threatened human rights defenders. Karen has also worked as a researcher with the Centre d’études sur le droit international et la mondialisation and as a consultant for the Inter-Council Network, a Canadian coalition of provincial and regional councils for international cooperation. She completed a master of laws degree in 2014.

Geneviève Paul

Geneviève Paul

Program Officer 

gpaul@aboveground.ngo

Geneviève holds a master of laws in international human rights law from the University of Essex (UK). She worked in human rights education at Rights & Democracy prior to joining the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Paris, where she managed FIDH’s Globalisation and Human Rights desk. With a focus on corporate accountability and economic, social and cultural rights, Geneviève conducted investigations into the textile and rubber industries and large-scale mining and oil projects in Latin America and Asia. She served on the steering committee of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and was active in UN debates on business and human rights.

Lori Waller

Lori Waller

Communications Officer

lwaller@aboveground.ngo

Lori is a writer, editor and communications strategist with more than a decade of experience helping organizations inform and engage key audiences with clear, compelling messages. She has researched and written about a broad range of social and environmental justice issues on a freelance basis, as a labour reporter for rabble.ca and in her work with non-profit organizations including Climate Action Network Canada and the Nobel Women’s Initiative.