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Karen A. McCrimmon is a Canadian Forces veteran, mediator, and politician who was elected Member of Parliament for Kanata—Carleton in the 2015 Canadian federal election.
Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor in Russian and Linguistics, and originally wanted to work in Canada's diplomatic corps. However, in 1980, she joined the Regular Force (a full-time position with the Canadian Armed Forces) and became an air navigator, the first female in Canada to gain such a qualification. She later became the first woman to command a Canadian Forces air force squadron.
In July 2002, Karen was posted to Ramstein, Germany, to serve as a Senior Staff Officer at the NATO Air Headquarters. From that post, she did a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2004 where she was responsible for NATO Airlift Co-ordination. After a 31-year military career, she retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Forces in 2006.
In 2015, Karen McCrimmon was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Kanata—Carleton, and she was re-elected in 2019. She served as Chair of the Defence Committee in the 43rd Canadian Parliament. In August 2021, Karen announced that she would retire from politics and did not seek re-election in September of that year.