Ken Steele , MA

Chief Futurist, Eduvation Inc. , London, Ontario

Ken Steele is a leading higher ed consultant and facilitator, and president of Eduvation Inc, a company dedicated to inspiring innovation in education. More than 25,000 higher education professionals across Canada and the US have come to rely on Ken Steele as a definitive source of breaking news, bright ideas and insight into student trends, technological innovation, strategic planning, branding and recruitment marketing. Ken has consulted with hundreds of colleges and universities, helping them interpret market research, understand their competitive context, and develop distinctive institutional strategies and brand positions using his proprietary Brand Chemistry™ model.

Ken brings his comprehensive perspective to a broad range of audiences hundreds of times a year, from boards and senior administration, to faculty and support staff, concerned parents, government policy analysts and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs. His unique perspective has been shaped by award-winning careers spanning 4 decades, first as a humanities computing researcher and Shakespeare instructor, then an IT consultant, ad agency creative director, and ultimately a higher education market research analyst and brand consultant. He hosts an "almost-weekly" webcast, Ten with Ken, which explores emerging trends, bright ideas, and higher ed marketing. (See episodes at www.TenWithKen.com)

Ken has published dozens of articles and white papers on postsecondary students and branding, and co-authored Canada’s first book on strategic enrolment management. In recent years, Ken has delivered keynotes at more than 70 conferences, nationally and internationally, facilitated more than 50 board meetings and leadership retreats, and presented workshops and lectures at almost 100 college, university, or independent school campuses. He speaks on a wide range of topics encompassing social and demographic trends, student attitudes and perceptions, recruitment marketing and institutional branding, student retention and enrolment management, and innovations in teaching and learning.

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