Karen Borlaug Phillips was appointed Vice-President, Public and Government Affairs in January 2010, with responsibility for CN's public and government affairs initiatives in Canada and the U.S. Prior to that, she had been Vice-President, North American Government Affairs since November 2004, Vice-President, U.S. Public and Government Affairs since September 2003, and Vice-President, U.S. Government Affairs since December 2000. She also serves as chairman of the Grand Trunk/Illinois Central Rail PAC.
Prior to joining CN, Mrs. Phillips was President of Policy & Advocacy Associates, a consulting firm providing strategic planning, research, and lobbying services on public policy issues relating to transportation, taxes, and trade.
From 1994 to 1998, Mrs. Phillips was Senior Vice-President, Policy, Legislation and Communications of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), where she was responsible for development of rail industry policy, promotion of the industry's legislative goals and direction of AAR's media and public relations activities.
Mrs. Phillips has worked in Washington, DC in various capacities. She was a Republican member of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) (1988-94) and was elected to serve as the Commission's vice-chairman in 1990 and 1994.
On Capitol Hill she was Chief Economist (1987-88), and Tax Economist for the Republicans on the Senate Committee on Finance (1985-87), and Staff Member for the Republicans on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (1982-85).
Mrs. Phillips was an Economist in the Office of Industry Policy in the Office of the Secretary, US Department of Transportation (DOT)(1978-82), where she had major responsibility in DOT's trucking and intercity bus regulatory reform programs.