Karen Jones Consulting




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 event management, the KJCO team can help you address challenges and harness opportunities for successful, sustainable growth.

Karen Gibbons, BBA, Ec.D

Karen GibbonsCEO/Principal705.478.9713karen@kjco.ca

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 GibbonsPrincipal705.478.9713frank@kjco.ca

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

Deidra Farquhar, BA Hons

Deidra Farquhar, BA HonsExecutive Assistant705.478.9713deidra@kjco.ca

Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, Deidra has a deep appreciation for the North. She is highly motivated with an entrepreneurial spirit. With her interest in collectibles, antiques, and fashion trends; Deidra created a lucrative e-Bay store and went on to own and operate a successful professional cleaning and organization business.

Deidra is charismatic and has a passion for fundraising and community engagement. She is very organized with an eye for detail, and a desire to learn. She enjoys being challenged and welcomes new opportunities for growth and development. Deidra received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Western Ontario and plans to further her education in business and social media marketing.

Areas of Expertise:

  • E-Commerce
  • Customer Service
  • Organization
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising
  • Calendar Management

Emma Jones, BA Hons

Emma JonesDirector of Special Events & Initiatives705.478.9713emma@kjco.ca

With passion and creativity, Emma has been successfully planning and executing a wide range of special events for over fifteen years. Emma’s dedication to enriching the lives of others and creating a positive difference within the community has been a driving force in her career. Emma’s talent for organization, attention to detail, creativity and contagious enthusiasm have earned her a reputation for creating high standards of service excellence. She has always been vigilant about developing sense of community and believes in giving back through volunteering and helping others through purposeful engagement. Emma executes enriching yet unique experiences for clients while continuously raising the bar for professionalism.

After obtaining a diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services from Conestoga College, Emma continued her education and obtained her honours bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Services from Brock University.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Special Events
  • Tourism Product Development
  • Tradeshows & Conferences
  • Corporate Events
  • Fundraising Events
  • Customer Service Development
  • Corporate Training/Facilitation/Workshops
  • Leadership & Project Management

Michelle Gibbons, BA Hons

Michelle GibbonsDirector of Communications705.478.9713michelle@kjco.ca

A highly organized and efficient project manager with the ability to guide projects from start to end, Michelle is a communications specialist with a strong focus on funding, business and strategy development. Michelle’s work experience spans across a wide range of industries as she works closely with businesses and non-profit organizations in offering insight, leadership, and innovation to help them achieve their goals.

Michelle received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science from York University.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic Planning & Business Development
  • Communication & Marketing Strategies
  • Funding & Proposal Development
  • Market Research & Industry Analysis
  • Technical & Report Writing
  • Leadership & Project Management