Ken Pennie brings extensive experience in the defence and security field. Having been a senior military leader and a professor of business strategy, he is able to provide an integrated and strategic approach to clients. He intimately understands the global defence and aerospace sector. He has broad international experience and has been teaching at the Sprott School of Business. He has commanded 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 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. Ken has been teaching international business strategy and providing strategic advice to firms dealing 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.