27 2014

The Learning Partnership’s new board chair: Kenneth J. Fredeen, General Counsel, Deloitte LLP

March 27th 2014

The Learning Partnership is pleased to welcome aboard its new board chair: Kenneth J. Fredeen, General Counsel, Deloitte LLP

ken fredeen picture

Ken Fredeen, recently named one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers and judges by Canadian Lawyer magazine, began a two-year term as The Learning Partnership’s Chair on December 5, 2013. It is a position this well-respected general counsel takes very seriously.
“I believe the well-being of our economy and society depends on the well-being of our education system,” he says. “Working with The Learning Partnership is my way of having a positive impact on public education in this country and helping to protect our future.”
As General Counsel, Secretary to the Board, and a member of the leadership team with Deloitte LLP, Canada’s largest professional services firm, Ken is responsible for all legal matters for the firm and manages a team of 14. He also oversees Deloitte’s activities in the community and its Corporate Responsibility mandate. He is past Chair of the Deloitte Diversity Council and has acted as the Executive Sponsor of the Deloitte LGBT People’s Network for a number of years.
For his professional and personal commitment to community, Ken was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2012.
This commitment to communities across Canada is why Ken joined the board of The Learning Partnership in 2011. “Schools are the heart of many communities,” he says. “They do much more than educate, which is why we all need to support, promote and advance public education across the country.”
This is also why he especially enjoys being part of The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program.

“Principals have critical positions in our public school system,” he says. “Exceptional principals inspire their staff, their students and their communities and they should be recognized for their accomplishments.”
Ken understands the power of public education because he is a product of our public school system, and his son recently graduated from a public high school.  Ken attended Grosvenor Public School and Evan Hardy Collegiate in Saskatoon and later, the University of Saskatchewan where he decided on a career in law.
“I wanted a career that had meaning and would provide new challenges throughout my working life,” he says.  He has worked very hard at cultivating those opportunities and that meaning for himself in his career and now as our new Board Chair.