Ms. Koerner is pursuing her PhD at UBC in the Department of Geography. Her research interests are in resilience building; particularly, how people and place matter in a rapidly globalizing world; how they engage in innovative partnerships, at a variety of scales, developing economic strategies and practices, for-profit and not-for-profit, to improve their well-being—economic, environmental and socio-cultural.
Ms. Koerner has an extensive background in philanthropy and the non-profit sector, including employment with both The Vancouver Foundation (Vancouver, BC) as a Program Director and Calmeadow Foundation (Toronto, ON) as a Program Officer. In addition, Ms. Koerner has worked as an independent consultant on micro-enterprise projects in Canada, the USA and overseas.
Ms. Koerner is the founding and Past Chair of Ecotrust Canada, a Vancouver-based enterprising non-profit working at the intersection of conservation and community economic development. She also served on the board of Ecotrust (Portland, OR) as a Director and Vice-Chair, 1994-2005.
Ms. Koerner is a founding member of the Museum of Anthropology External Advisory Board (Vancouver), 2007-present. She was also a member of UBC Campaign Steering Committee, 2009-2011, and is a member of the UBC Campaign Cabinet, 2011-present. Ms. Koerner is a Trustee of The Koerner Foundation (Toronto, ON).
Ms. Koerner served as a board member of BC Women’s Hospital Foundation (1995-1998), as a director of St. John Ambulance British Columbia/Yukon, 1994-2000, and as founding President of the Vancouver Child Study Center, 1997-1999.
She earned her M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Ottawa, ON)in 1984, and a BA Honours in Geography from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) in 1982.Ms. Koerner lives in Vancouver with her husband, Robert Safrata. They have four young adult children.