Kara Johnson was called to the Ontario bar in 2016.
An interest in legislation and public policy brought Kara to the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law in 2012 as a mature student. Upon admission, she was awarded the Nancy and Constance Backhouse Scholarship for Community Service and Social Justice. Also in 2012, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, awarded by C-CAT (the Canadian Coalition Against Terror), one of the Government of Canada’s partner organizations in the area of justice.
During her years in law school, Kara worked as a research assistant in the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Office of the Minister of Defense, and for a Member of Parliament. She was an organizing committee member of the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s 2015 Law & Freedom Conference.
In 2012, prior to returning to studies, Kara assisted with the launch of Convivium magazine, about faith in common life, sponsored by Canada’s leading Christian think tank, Cardus.
From 2006 to 2011 Kara worked as the Director of Special Projects at the High Park Group, a Toronto-based public affairs and public policy consulting group. Her duties included a time as senior consultant to American Philanthropic LLC, offering strategic consulting and management, development, and communications services for philanthropies and nonprofit organizations in the United States.
Prior to her time in consulting, over a period of nine years, Kara worked as a teacher, then as Assistant Head of School and Director of Character Education at Hawthorn School for Girls, an independent girls’ school in Toronto.
Kara has many volunteer interests. Her involvement in politics began at the age of twelve. In 2005, she was elected to the national executive of the Conservative Party of Canada, on which she served until a mandated three-consecutive three-term limit in 2013. She was re-elected to the board in 2016.
She currently sits on the board of an eastern Ontario charity, and assists with their activity programming. She has been involved in mentoring women of all ages, and training mentors, for over twenty years, in school, church and community settings.
Kara is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and conversant in Italian.
Education & Qualifications
- 2016 – Call to the Bar of Ontario
- 2012-2015 – Juris Doctor – University of Ottawa,
Faculty of Common Law Ottawa, ON, Canada
- 1993-1994 – Master’s in Arts (English), University of Toronto,
Department of English, Toronto, ON, Canada
- 1990-1993 – B.A. (Honours Liberal Arts), Thomas More College of Liberal Arts,
Merrimack, USA; Rome, Italy- Awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarship
- 1989-1990 – B.A. (Honours Liberal Arts) The University of Ottawa,
Faculty of Arts, Ottawa, ON, Canada – Awarded entrance scholarship and fellowship for studying in French
- Law Society of Upper Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 2016
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