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Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Sessional Lecturer, Rotman School of Management


MBA, Rotman School of Management
M.Sc., Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Toronto
B.Sc., Mathematics, York University
ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors


Ken Smith is a strategy and governance consultant, and a corporate director.

As a strategy consultant, Ken has practiced for over 30 years, beginning with McKinsey & Company and later with SECOR Consulting, Canada’s leading strategy boutique, where he was a Managing Partner and Chair of the Board. SECOR was subsequently acquired by KPMG and Ken now practices independently on a part-time basis as a C.M.C.

Ken’s client work and research interests have been focused on business and public policy issues related to industry restructuring and corporate development. He has worked in most sectors important to the Canadian economy, including transportation, energy, financial services, resources, telecommunications, consumer goods, retail, media, real estate development and business services. He also worked in support of the Red Wilson Panel on Canadian Competitiveness in 2008 and on various public policy issues in nuclear energy, medical isotopes, telecommunications, financial services and securities regulation.

In governance, Ken is a director of Accerta, The Arthritis Society, the M&A Leadership Council (US), and MTCC 699, including chair and committee chair roles. He has been an advisor on matters of strategy and governance to corporate and crown boards, and is a past Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).

Ken has also been active in education, research and writing. He has taught the M&A course at Rotman as a Sessional Instructor. He was formerly an Associate Dean in the business school at the University of Guelph, where he developed new MBA programs with specializations in sustainable commerce and international development. He has written extensively on strategy, M&A and governance, including articles for Harvard Business Review, the ICD’s Director, the NACD’s Directorship, and his book The Art of M&A Strategy, written with Alexandra Lajoux for McGraw-Hill, New York. Most recently, he co-authored “Overseeing Strategy” and “Overseeing M&A” – two CPA publications to provide guidance to corporate directors.

Ken’s academic background includes a B.Sc. in Mathematics from York University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Toronto. He is an accredited director with both the ICD and the American College of Corporate Directors.

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