Plenary Speaker
Ken Coates, Ph.D.

Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation

Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
Raised in the Yukon, with a BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC, Ken has
worked at universities across the country and in New Zealand. He was the Founding Vice-President (Academic) of the
University of Northern British Columbia and held administrative posts at the University of Waikato (New Zealand),
University of New Brunswick at Saint John, University of Saskatchewan and University of Waterloo.

His co-authored work, Arctic Front, won the Donner Prize in 2009. He was recognized by the Canadian Society for
Civil Engineering for his work on the history of the Alaska Highway and has received awards from the Manitoba
Historical Society, the BC Historical Society and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. Ken is the President
of the Japan Studies Association of Canada. His research focuses on Aboriginal rights, science and technology policy
and northern development.