Karen Rideout, PhD

I love complexity — seeing how all the messy parts connect to make something whole. My process is a little like untangling a crazy pile of yarn, making nice tidy skeins, and then weaving or knitting them into something else. Or turning a pile of scraps into a quilt. You can still distinguish all the original elements but together they create something new. All the original pieces keep their integrity yet are somehow easier to see as parts in a whole new thing.

I have 20 years’ experience creating knowledge and making connections in the public health, food systems, and environmental health sectors in British Columbia. My work involves network building, knowledge development, and creating tools to support health equity and healthy environments. I facilitate cross-sector engagement with diverse professionals to support healthier and more equitable built environments, healthier public policies, and healthier food systems.

If not at my desk, you'll find me cycling to my next meeting, cooking, tending the garden, practicing yoga, or exploring new places.


With expertise gained in academic and public health settings, I have skills in primary and applied research (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods), public health policy and practice, knowledge translation, training and facilitation, writing for diverse audiences, stakeholder engagement, project planning and management, and guiding practice change.

PhD (Trudeau Scholar) Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems | University of British Columbia

MSc Occupational and Environmental Hygiene | University of British Columbia

BSc Applied Human Nutrition/Human Ecology | Mount Saint Vincent University

BA Music (Theory) | Wilfrid Laurier University

Plus training in Healthcare Leadership,Indigenous Cultural Safety, Health Impact Assessment, Project Management, Risk Assessment and Communication, and Evidence-Informed Decision Making, Food Safety and Allergen Management