Grew up in Manitoba


Education / Employment History

1953 – University of Manitoba – Graduated with Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering)

1954 - University of Manitoba – Graduated with Master of Science (Electrical Engineering)

1954-1972 – National Research Council – Radio & Electrical Engineering Division – Research engineer – electronic countermeasures, rocket telemetry, and computers. 

1972-1975 - Federal Treasury Board - program analyst for Communications and Science

1975-1980 - National Research Council – Radio & Electrical Engineering Division - Director General

1980-1990 - National Research Council – varied positions such as VP Labs, VP Finance, Comptroller, Secretary General, and Assistant Deputy Minister

1984 - Honorary Doctor of Science (Electrical Engineering) conferred by the University of Manitoba.

1990-1992 - Association of Provincial Research organizations – Executive Director

- Have served on many Boards, including - Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, several Provincial Research organizations, and the Advisory Council on Science & Technology to the Premier of Ontario.

- On Radio Amateurs of Canada Executive in various positions from 1994 to 2000 and in 2004.

- Represented the International Amateur Radio Union to the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva since 1997.

- Chair of the International Telecommunications Union Amateur Service Working Group beginning in 2009.

- Attended three World Radio Conferences for IARU and committed to attend WRC 2012.


Amateur Radio History

1949 – First licensed as VE4KP in Tyndall, Manitoba at age 17.

1954 – After move to Ottawa, received call sign VE3PU.

Active in 50’s on HF CW and on 6 and 10M phone. Inactive during 60’s. Returned to activity in 70’s. 

Member of OARC and served as Technical Advisor (1955) and Treasurer (1957).

Currently have capability on all bands from 160 metres to 70 cm, but have not had much time on the air recently.

XYL now licensed as VE3JKP.


Member of QCWA and Chapter 70. Served as Chapter 70 Director (1982-1984 and 1987-1988) and Secretary (2008-2010). Gave a presentation “Spectrum Challenges and Opportunities” at the QCWA 2004 International Convention. At the Chapter 70 November 2005 dinner meeting gave a presentation “A Typical Day at the Office in Geneva” and at the November 2007 dinner meeting gave a joint presentation with Jim Dean VE3IQ  “World Radio Conference 2007”. Was presented with the QCWA Century Certificate at the Chapter 70 May 2007 dinner meeting and the QCWA “60 Years Licensed” Golden Certificate and lapel pin at the May 2009 dinner meeting.


Ken became a Silent Key March 31, 2013


He was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. The plaque was presented to Ken's widow Rolande VE3JKP and their sons at the Chapter 70 February 2014 meeting.


Biography prepared by VE3XK with assistance from VEPU                                           Updated 2014-02-25