Katharine Cornfield is a forward-thinking strategist, consultant, and social entrepreneur with more than 20 years diverse experience working at the intersection of social policy and urban development. From senior political aide and public service manager to non-profit founder and small business owner, Katharine brings a multidisciplinary background in strategy, organizational development, and engagement.
At her best catalyzing action, Katharine established BigCityMix to provide project-based support to forward-looking organizations ready to make things happen. She is also Founder of ambiSHEous.ca, an entrepreneurship and leadership training program for girls. Prior to BigCityMix, she was co-owner and sales representative at Purpose Real Estate, an independent brokerage and advisory firm specializing in impact real estate and innovative housing solutions.
Before her shift towards small business, Katharine served as Director of Integration Promotion at Citizenship and Immigration Canada; as Special Advisor to the federal Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration, Revenue, and Secretary of State Asia-Pacific; and as Program Manager at the Canada US Fulbright Foundation.
An active community member, Katharine has volunteered in various capacities with the YMCA-YWCA, Junior Achievement, and Women’s Leadership Foundation. She currently serves as President of the Board at Ottawa’s Causeway Work Centre. Katharine holds a BA in Canadian Studies from Trent University, and a professional certificate in Public Sector and Non-Profit Marketing from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. through the University of the People.
A dedicated lifelong learner, Katharine is always exploring new territory and generating fresh ideas. She quietly resists group thinking, has a knack for finding a better way, and is never shy about starting something new. Inherently optimistic and good-natured, she is generally up for any task that contributes to a better future.