LGen (Ret'd) Ken Pennie,
CMM, CD, PhD
Ken Pennie brings several years as a senior military leader, a professor of business strategy and as a defence consultant to bear on government relations. Having served in all three services, he intimately understands global defence and aerospace operations, at both the operational and strategic levels. He has broad international experience and has had the privilege of commanding at every level, including in NATO and NORAD. Ken served as an Air Force pilot, rising to become Chief of the Air Staff, head of Canada’s Air Force.
From serving as a requirements director for the Army and for the Air Force on separate occasions and as Director General Strategic Planning for National Defence, Ken has an excellent understanding of DND and the government procurement process. In the latter capacity he supervised the development, prioritization and programming of DND procurement requirements. This included the oversight of DND projects, through DND approval to government approval in Cabinet.
Ken commanded 10 Tactical Air Group, and he was Deputy Commander of NORAD during the 9/11 attacks. He was also chair of the Bi-National Planning Group to deal with the stand up of US NORTHCOM. Since retiring from the Canadian Forces, Ken has been teaching international business strategy at Carleton University and providing strategic advice to firms seeking to do business with the Government of Canada.
Ken is a graduate of the Royal Military College and a graduate of the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University with degrees in international relations. His PhD is from the London School of Economics. He is also a graduate of several Canadian Forces colleges as well as the Royal College of Defence Studies in UK.