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Ken began working in the technology world with positions at IBM, Sun Microsystems and Digital. He participated in the tech build out of the dotcom and built and sold a successful technology company and has been an integral part of the leadership team, sales and marketing, financing and building organizations across multiple industries including real estate, retail, heavy industry and technology. Ken has extensive experience in strategy, finance, sales, planning and execution for early stage companies and turnarounds.
Ken is currently the President of ColMac Capital Inc. and with his partners has participated as an investor, owner, founder, executive, and board member of numerous corporate organizations from start-ups to established companies. Ken’s responsibilities in these various ventures included structuring investment capital, formulating business plans, sales and marketing strategies, locating and developing key operational and managerial talent, and in some cases, taking on an executive managerial role within the company and/or sitting as a Board Director.
Most recently starting in 2012, Ken has focused on an Edmonton based technology company – Serious Labs Inc. (www.seriouslabs.com). Within this company, Ken and his partners initially invested and then took executives roles to organize and procure material external financing, develop strategic plans, build access to global markets, develop new products and re-tool the existing management team. The result has been a competitive international company and a significant bump of economic value for employees and investors. More specifically, Serious Labs is a virtual reality business focused on providing comprehensive, innovative and non-traditional technology based industrial training and competency solutions for customers primarily involved in construction, engineering and architecture. Serious Labs has grown to employ 70 people headquartered in Edmonton with offices in Calgary and London (UK).
Ken is also a partner within WestBlock Inc, a hosting infrastructure business with customers from Blockchain, rendering, artificial intelligence and machine learning industries.
Ken understands the value of timely and unfettered capital to make a difference. Ken also understands the great complexity of scaling technology-based companies, the complications of commercialization and its intersection with research, the ever-increasing importance of individuals and team in the execution of business in the digital world, and the fit of strategy and tactics.
Ken graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1991 majoring in Management Information Systems. Later, Ken also completed a combined MSC/MBA in 1997 from the University of Calgary. Ken currently sits on the Board of InnovativeRX, a US based wholesale pharmacy company, is a part time Guest lecturer at the university of Calgary on new venture financing and entrepreneurship, speaker and panel participant at numerous industry conferences on VR and is a Certified Coach and instructor for Hockey Canada for goalie development.