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Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School

Ken CoatesRelease Date: October 28, 2015 On November 26th in Saskatoon, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is hosting the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Conference, Breaking Boundaries for Community and Business.

One of the highly regarded keynote speakers is Ken Coates the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus.  Ken was raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, and has long-standing professional and personal interests in Aboriginal rights, northern development, northern Canadian history, science, technology and society, and Japan Studies.

He received his BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC.  Ken has had the distinct pleasure of working at universities across Canada and internationally, starting at Brandon University and continuing at the University of Victoria, and the University of Northern British Columbia (where he was the Founding Vice-President Academic).  He spent two years at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, an institution known globally for its work on Indigenous education.  Ken returned to Canada in 1997 to take a position as Dean of Arts at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John.  He then became Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan, later serving as Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo.  He returned to Saskatchewan in 2012.

Ken is currently working on a series of books, including a reflection on the significance of the Idle No More Movement, a study of the development of the Canadian Light Source (synchrotron) at the University of Saskatchewan, the first ever history of the Circumpolar sub-Arctic, and an examination of the over-expansion of the global university system.

Ken appears regularly on television and radio, largely in association with his work on Aboriginal issues, northern Canada and post-secondary education.  His opinion pieces have been published in newspapers and magazines across Canada.

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