Keren Taylor-Hughes (’07)


Education summary
“One of my personal goals has been to assist people in times of need. That goal drove me to my first career choice as a social worker for Winnipeg Child and Family Services, immersing myself with those disenfranchised and needing protection. That experience taught me the most valuable life lesson—everyone deserves respect and compassion, no matter their circumstances.”

Keren is a results-oriented, strategic change management professional with extensive experience in developing and leading business transformation across Canada and the United States. She is skilled in guiding senior leaders to transform organizations and recruiting, training and mentoring project teams to tackle large-scale and complex projects. Her expertise in organizational development has earned her a reputation for being a supportive executive coach. Keren has honed these skills across a variety of sectors including First Nations, government, child welfare, health care, technology, financial services, agribusiness, not-for-profit and education.

A thought-leader in change management, Keren has authored change leadership tools, contributed to the development of the globally-used National Change Management Framework and, in 2015, conducted research on the state of change management in Canadian healthcare. Keren is a frequent speaker at conferences and organizational events on the topic of leading change with recent engagements at presentations in the United States, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and across Canada.

Keren has a long track record of community involvement and has served on numerous boards including Winnipeg Child and Family Services, Klinic, Food for the Hungry Canada, Global Action and currently serves on the boards of Food Banks Canada, Food Banks Canada Network Council, Manitoba Association of Food Banks and the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council. She also serves as a mentor for young business women.

Keren has earned bachelor’s degrees in business and behavioural sciences and a master’s degree in leadership. She is a subject matter expert in leading transformation and evaluation.

Summary of Work & Volunteer Experience
– I serve as the CEO of Canada’s 4th largest food bank, with an estimated value of over $50M in assets and food.
– I give freely of my time serving on national and provincial boards
– I have served in my community and church as home group leader and marriage mentor