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For the past two decades, Ken Steele has been the leading monitor and analyst of emerging trends facing Canadian higher education.  As co-founder of Academica Group, he helped design and interpret the most comprehensive PSE consumer research studies in the world.  As creator and editor of the daily Top Ten for almost a decade, he was the first to monitor cross-sector news, research and trends affecting institutional strategy, enrolment, marketing and branding. In recent years, he has become the most in-demand campus presenter on emerging trends, and has facilitated scores of board retreats and executive sessions examining the changing environment and developing strategic responses unique to each institution.

As you embark on a new strategic planning cycle, or consider ways to improve your enrolment management, or even as prelude to a branding process, Ken can support your information needs, facilitate consultation and brainstorming, or assist with the entire planning process.  He can uniquely do so bringing to bear his comprehensive understanding of Canada’s higher education systems, insightful understanding of institutional differentiation, and up-to-the-moment awareness of competitive changes and emerging trends in the landscape most relevant to you.

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Ken has a truly remarkable command of current developments in the world of postsecondary education, both in Canada and beyond. His presentations are engaging, stimulating, and provocative — and delivered in a manner guaranteed to make audiences think about the future direction of PSE and the ways in which their own institutions might make the most of them. I recommend him highly.

Dr. Leo Groarke, President & Vice-Chancellor, Trent University

“Our Board ended up having one of the best retreats it has ever had, and many connections were made back to Ken’s presentation…  Ken is filling a large void in the Canadian system through his work!”

Alan Davis, President & Vice-Chancellor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

“When organizing our Board of Governors’ Planning Session, I couldn’t think of a better speaker than Ken Steele to discuss the broader education landscape. Ken has a comprehensive understanding of the latest trends, opportunities and challenges facing higher education.”

Steven E. Franklin, President & Vice-Chancellor, Trent University

Christian Lacroix

“Informative, thought-provoking, and relevant are three words that describe Ken Steele’s recent presentation at UPEI. His talk brought approximately 100 members of our university community together to consider the latest trends affecting the role of teachers and models of undergraduate teaching and learning. The presentation was followed by a workshop on the same topic…  a great way to open the discussion on a variety of issues as we embark on an academic planning exercise at UPEI.”


Christian Lacroix, Interim VP Academic, UPEI


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