Ken Steele is Canada’s best-known higher ed futurist, speaker, facilitator, and consultant in branding, marketing and student recruitment. His wide-ranging perspective brings context to college and university strategic planning, positioning and enrolment management efforts, and has been shaped by award-winning careers as a Shakespeare scholar and instructor, technology consultant, brand strategist, entrepreneur, and de facto journalist. Ken delivers conference keynotes, retreats, presentations and workshops to a broad range of audiences hundreds of times a year, from boards and senior administrators to faculty and support staff, student groups, concerned parents, government policy analysts, and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs. Ken’s lifelong love of science fiction, Shakespeare, and technology has fuelled his fascination with innovation, creativity and future trends, and served him well in engaging virtual audiences.
More than 30,000 higher ed professionals around the world have come to know Ken as a definitive source of breaking news, bright ideas, strategic foresight, and thoughtful insight. Ken co-founded Canada’s first PSE market research agency, redesigned some of the largest PSE consumer studies in the world, created the nation’s leading PSE news digest, co-authored Canada’s first book on strategic enrolment management, and has written dozens of articles and white papers and hundreds of research reports and environmental scans.
Today, Ken monitors worldwide developments shaping the future of higher education in real time, writes a free daily newsletter (the Eduvation Insider), produces a video webcast (Ten with Ken), and convenes national roundtables of higher ed marketers. He sits on eCampus Ontario’s Virtual Learning Advisory Committee, and has consulted with hundreds of colleges and universities – from New England to New Zealand – helping them interpret market research, understand their competitive context, distill their institutional “Brand Chemistry,” and nurture a culture of innovation across campus.
Ken lives in London Ontario with his high-school sweetheart, and proudly watches from a distance as his grown children blaze their own trails into that undiscovered country, the future.
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