Bring the Big Picture to your next Retreat

Over the past decade, Ken Steele has presented and facilitated at scores of college and university board retreats, academic retreats, and senior leadership retreats.  As Canada’s best-known higher education monitor and futurist, Ken is often asked to provide broader context for governors, an environmental scan for strategic planning processes or branding exercises, or thought-provoking ideas to spark discussion based on his experience with more than a hundred institutions, and decades of comprehensive research data.

Ken will work with you to design an effective agenda to achieve your objectives, whether focused on emerging trends affecting higher education, strategic planning, enrolment management, marketing and communications, information technology, or teaching and learning. (Click on specific topics and themes at right, for more information).

Ken’s presentations are always up-to-the-moment fresh and just controversial enough, with dynamic visuals, video clips, fast-paced delivery and tasteful humour.  The most demanding audiences report that even after 90 minutes, they could listen to more, and many campuses bring him back year after year for fresh ideas and the latest developments. Ken’s workshops are highly interactive, making use of online polling tools, small group discussion, and a variety of activities to keep participants engaged and focused on the key issues at hand.

Ken can be booked to facilitate a one- or two-day retreat, or to provide a keynote or mini-keynotes to contribute to a larger agenda. While Ken is on your campus, consider scheduling an interview or site visit to be featured in a future episode of Ten with Ken.  (A free value-added bonus for our paying clients!)

If you’re interested in pursuing the possibilities further:

1) Consider Ken’s most popular topics that could be customized for you.

2) Confirm details of Ken’s speaking fees and technical requirements.

3) Contact Ken at your convenience to confirm availability and start the discussion.


“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

I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful day that you spent with our faculty and staff.  I can’t believe how hard we worked you, and how much we packed it.  You were such a trooper!  I have had wonderful feedback on your presentation and visits.

Catherine Mateer, AVP Academic Planning, University of Victoria

“Ken’s presentation to our Board and our school Leadership Team was a critically important component of our comprehensive preparation towards the creation of our next strategic plan. He was delightfully provocative and entertaining, and the presentation was data-rich. He was able to answer any and all questions about the university and college environments with confidence and grace. Ken Steele’s perspectives and wisdom were invaluable.”

Geoff Roberts, Headmaster, Crescent School


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