Erik Karlsen began his planning career in 1968, became a member of Planning Institute of British Columbia and the Town Planning Institute of Canada in 1972 and was elected as a CIP Fellow in 2004.
Erik has held professional and management roles in government organizations including the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Parks Canada, the BC Environment and Land Use Secretariat, and the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs. In these roles, he engaged in developing integrated approaches to land use planning and resource management/environmental protection with emphasis on community/regionally-based interests.
Erik has also been a consultant, an Associate Faculty member in the Masters of Environment and Management program at Royal Roads University, and the Chair and CEO of British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Commission.
Erik received public service awards from the Province of British Columbia (for partnership and change management) and from the Fraser Basin Council (for leadership in sustainable development). In 2003, he was awarded a Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth from the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (for his community service in environment and sustainability).
Throughout his career Erik has mentored young (and not so young) professionals (and some elected officials too!). He maintains contact with former colleagues to share knowledge and experience on approaches to governance for sustainability, focusing on best practices for making and implementing decisions in complex adaptive situations.