Karen Sharma (she/her) is a first generation South Asian, living in Treaty 1 territory – Winnipeg. She has worked with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission since 2015. In her role, she ensures the Commission undertakes fair, neutral and thorough investigations of human rights complaints. Sharma also oversees the development of human rights policy and regularly presents to the public on Manitoba’s Human Rights Code. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked with the Government of Manitoba in the area of immigrant settlement and integration, including overseeing the implementation of legislation to better regulate recruitment practices of migrant workers.
Sharma holds a bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender studies from the University of Winnipeg and is pursuing a master degree in public administration from the University of Manitoba, where her research and publications focuses on the use of apologies as instruments in public policy. Sharma serves on the Women’s Health Clinic Board of Directors and is an organizer with the Queer People of Colour Winnipeg Collective.