Ken resides in Ottawa and is a proud member of the Huron-Wendat Nation. He has been working in the area of Indigenous marketing and outreach for over 20 years.
His early years at the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) exposed him to human rights issues affecting Canadians—especially Indigenous Peoples. Ken completed a Diplôme d’études collégiales (D.E.C.). at Vanier College with a concentration in social sciences in 1983. Later, his ongoing interest in social policy prompted him to complete a Baccalaureate of Arts degree (concentration in Communications, Sociology, Psychology) at the University of Ottawa. His desire to understand the challenges faced by diverse populations led him to pursue additional studies at Carleton University’s School of Social Work.
Ken spent over 15 years at an Indigenous advertising agency in Ottawa with a primary focus on cause-related marketing. It was during this time when Ken became emersed into the world autism spectrum disorder—his son was diagnosed with ASD. He quickly learned about the barriers and challenges faced by families seeking help, guidance, and intervention. The knowledge, experience and insights gained during this time was integral when Ken’s third child was also diagnosed with ASD.
Ken is a Partner at Indigenous Link, a company focussed on Indigenous Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA). As a board member of QuickStart Early Years, he is responsible for supporting and facilitating relations with the Indigenous community.