Karen Jones Consulting

About KJCO

Karen Jones Consulting Inc. (KJCO) employs a team of individuals with expertise and experience across a wide range of industries. From economic development, marketing communications, content development and graphic design, the KJCO team can help you address challenges and harness opportunities for successful, sustainable growth.

Karen Gibbons, BBA, Ec.D

Karen GibbonsPrincipal705.493.4525[email protected]

As a business consultant with a specialization in economic development, Karen Gibbons is a seasoned professional with a track record of success when it comes to helping businesses, non-profits, and municipalities with growth. Strategy and creative insight are hallmarks of Karen’s innovative approach, gaining her both national and provincial recognition as a rising business leader.

Karen’s background reflects a diversity of experience, supporting clients in a wide range of different industries with anything from marketing communication solutions, economic development strategies, business planning and growth, investment attraction, to funding and proposal development, social and digital processes, and market research. She is also regularly invited to share her insight and expertise through workshops and training sessions.

Karen has received recognition for her contributions, having been awarded the Northern Ontario Business Top 40 Under 40 for North Bay, a Product Development Redevelopment Initiative Award with the Economic Council of Ontario and the Special Purposes Project Award with the Economic Developers Association of Canada.

Karen holds her designation in economic development (Ec.D) with the Economic Developers Association of Canada, as well as an Economic Development Certificate from the University of Waterloo. Karen received her Bachelor of Business Administration-Marketing from the University of New Brunswick. She is a Business Retention and Expansion Consultant with Business Retention & Expansion International and is a trained facilitator with Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC).

Areas of Expertise:

  • Economic Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning & Development
  • Funding & Proposal Development
  • Marketing Communication
  • Asset Inventories & Community Profiles
  • Business Expansion & Retention (BR+E)
  • Board Governance
  • Leadership & Management
  • Corporate Training/Facilitation

Frank Gibbons

Frank GibbonsPrincipal705.493.4525[email protected]

Frank Gibbons is a qualified Information Technology and Operations Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the field. Frank’s abilities relate to networking, system administration and IT support. Frank’s background enables him to provide IT management services to clients while he draws on his project management experience to guide the internal and financial operations of the company. Frank is committed to managing Karen Jones Consulting Inc. projects and IT requirements while providing dedicated support services to clients.

Frank has a three-year Computer Programmer Analyst Diploma from Canadore College and held a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Project & Operations Management
  • Information Technology Support
  • Client Management Services
  • Financial Management

 

Natasha Penn

Natasha PennDirector of Client Services705.492.3216[email protected]

Natasha Penn is a business development consultant with a focus in economic development. Natasha has experience providing professional business counselling, completing funding applications, developing business plans, completing market research, organizing various events and seminars as well as creating partnerships within the community.

Natasha has her Business Administration Diploma with Honours and Event Planning Certificate. She is currently working on her Certificate in Economic Development through the Economic Developers Association of Canada and University of Waterloo. Natasha also took part in the New Exporter to Borders States Program offered through the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, which offered an in depth two-day course of exporting/ importing into the USA. Natasha is an active member within the community as a past Board of Director for the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Young Professionals Committee and Awards Committee.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Economic Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning & Development
  • Funding & Proposal Development
  • Marketing Communication
  • Business Expansion & Retention (BR+E)
  • Leadership & Management
  • Corporate Training/Facilitation

    Samantha Culham, Provisional RGD

    Samantha CulhamCreative Director705.478.9713[email protected]

    Samantha Culham graduated with an Advanced Diploma in the Graphic Design program at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario. Sam has a background working with non-profit organizations and within the economic development sector. She has a passion for branding, collateral design and info-graphic design. Sam has perfected her skills as a designer to bring a fully encompassing experience to her clients. Sam’s work has been recognized by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Graphic & Info-Graphic Design 
    • Creative Strategy 
    • Branding 
    • Marketing Collateral Development
    • Event Coordination 
    • Print and Production