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Ken Tencer

January 8, 2018

Ken helps organizations to get their ideas off of the back of the napkin and successfully into the market.

A successful entrepreneur, best-selling author, and Director serving on multiple boards, Ken is recognized internationally as a business and innovation thought leader who helps organizations to imagine and to master a better future.

Never content with ‘what is’, Ken has successfully built international-scale companies spanning manufacturing, product development, distribution and professional services. As CEO of Spyder Works, he energizes companies with sustainable innovative strategies that propel change.

Ken co-developed The 90% Rule®, a success-tested innovation process that enables businesses of all sizes to identify, alter and implement growth opportunities. He regularly shares his insights on entrepreneurship and innovation in his monthly column for Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe & Mail.

Active through speaking engagements and in print, Ken has co-authored two books on innovation — The 90% Rule and the bestseller Cause a Disturbance (Morgan James Publishing, NY) both of which have been generously embraced by business leaders in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Business journalists with leading publications and networks including The Globe & Mail, The Financial Times, CNBC, Forbes, INC and Bloomberg have recognized the timeliness and power of the books’ messages to change organizations.

Ken is a sought-after speaker at workshops, keynotes and sessions with Fortune 500 executives at such notable events as the World Innovation Convention in Cannes, France, Unleashing Innovation in New York, and a Brazil conference focused on “innovation in a time of crisis.”

A lifelong learner, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and a Masters of Science in Management from Boston University through its campus in Brussels, Belgium.

Ken is also a graduate of the Directors’ Education program offered jointly by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and holds their ICD.D designation.

By Ken Tencer

Ken Tencer is chief executive officer of design-driven strategy firm Spyder Works Inc. and the co-author of two books on innovation, including the bestseller Cause a Disturbance. Follow him on Twitter at @90percentRule

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