Karen Knight

Karen Knight is a consultant, volunteer leadership expert, and a dynamic and engaging speaker.

With over 25 years of experience speaking and running workshops, both in person and online, Karen has honed her presentation skills to a high level of effectiveness.


45 – 60 mins

Karen’s workshops are hands-on, practical and useful for volunteer leaders with all levels of experience and training. Whether you need a refresher in the lifecycle of volunteers, tips for advocating to your board, or help setting up a Community of Practice, Karen has something for you.

Keynote Speeches

30 – 45 mins

Karen’s keynotes are inspiring and energizing, and packed full of useful suggestions and thought-provoking ideas. She loves to challenge the status quo!

Karen has used her decades of experience as a leader and mentor in the social impact sector to develop a proprietary framework for turning volunteers into an enthusiastic, reliable and committed team.

Dynamic, motivating and we all felt that what we had learned would be easy to implement

Popular Topics

Trends in Volunteering Keynote

Keep abreast of trends in the global volunteer environment

Working with organizations worldwide affords Karen a birds-eye view of the changing volunteer landscape and helps organizations stay ahead of the curve.

5 Steps to Building
Stellar Volunteer Teams

Learn best practices for running an effective volunteer program

In this interactive, hands-on class, you will learn the five elements of an effective volunteer program: recruiting, training, managing, program review and appreciation, and evaluate your program based on best practices.

Advocate Effectively to
Your Board

Master the skills that will have your Board sitting up and taking notice

Simply knowing how to advocate for your program can make a massive difference in the amount of support, financial and otherwise, you receive. This interactive workshop covers, and let’s you practice, the simple skills that will finally get you “a seat at the table”.

Successful Board

Board Directors are volunteers, too

This interactive workshop will help you discover the skills and strategies for recruiting for Boards, successfully engaging members, and creating workable succession plans.

Creating a Community
of Practice

Communities of Practice help members increase the impact of all their organizations

Through facilitated discussions, group activities and networking, this workshop will guide you through the seven steps of creating a Community of Practice that can help everyone improve their programs. 

The Volunteer Lifecycle

Knowing the volunteer lifecycle can help you nurture them at each stage

This hands-on class covers the five specific stages in the volunteer lifecycle, and what to do at each stage to strengthen your program and increase your impact.

Tailored Workshops and Presentations

If your volunteer organization is dealing with a unique challenge, or you simply don’t see what you’re looking for here, Karen will research your topic and create a presentation tailored to your specific needs.

Recent Talks & Appearances

Volunteer Halton: Workshop Presenter (Advocating to Your Board)

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House: Workshop Presenter (Volunteer Lifecycle) & Facilitator (Creating a Community of Practice)

BC Special Olympics: Workshop Presenter (Running Productive Meetings)

Regional District of Nanaimo: Workshop Presenter (5 Steps to Building a Stellar Volunteer Team & Successful Board Engagement)

AVM United Kingdom: Workshop Presenter (Language of Volunteering) & Panelist

PAVRO: Workshop Presenter (5 Steps to Building a Stellar Volunteer Team)

United Way BC: Workshop Presenter (5 Steps to Building a Stellar Volunteer Team)

Let's talk about your next event

Volunteer engagement is my passion, and I would be thrilled to participate in your next event in person or online.

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