Ken has a background as a lender and investor with several corporations and financial institutions in both Canada and the USA. He has considerable experience in the development of business strategy, long term planning and board leadership. Most recently, as chief executive of the Winnipeg Stock Exchange, he has worked with business owners, securities dealers and government to facilitate access to public capital markets for new and emerging businesses.
His investment and management experience spans over 30 years and includes 15 years direct U.S. experience with 9 years residence in that market place.
Currently he is managing director of the Winnipeg Angel Organization, a non-profit network dedicated to connecting private sector investment with new ideas developed by local entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Ken is a long time resident of St. Vital. He attended Ecole Varennes and Windsor School, where he received the Citizenship Award and then Glenlawn Collegiate where he was class president, captain of the Varsity basketball team and recipient of GCI’s combined Athletic Scholarship Award. He played football with the St. Vital Mustangs for 5 years.
Ken attended the University of Manitoba, receiving his degree in Civil Engineering. He participated in student government and was a member of the Varsity Bisons basketball team.
After several years with Imperial Oil Limited, Ken returned to university and graduated with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
Ken has extensive community interests and experience. Currently these include The Winnipeg Art Gallery as a Governor and member of the Executive, Works of Art and Development Committees; The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation as President; the Glenlawn Collegiate Scholarship Foundation as Chairperson and as a director and Treasurer of Hoops Downtown, an inner city youth leadership development program.
Ken has been interested in public policy and the political process for many years. He served on the board and was Chair, Nominating Committee for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a regional public policy think tank. He has been active politically and has worked in several campaigns
Ken, Lynn and their three boys, Grant, Neal and Ross have lived on Victoria Crescent for the past 15 years. Ken, Lynn and their boys are enthusiastic about this decision and look forward to the opportunity and challenge of public service.