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November 30, 2020: Ken Keelor, CEO of Calgary Co-Op     website

Cory Tretiak introduced Ken Keelor via Zoom.

As CEO of Calgary Co-op Ken Keelor brings passion and enthusiasm to his strategic oversight of one of the largest retail cooperatives in North America, providing Calgary Co-op’s 440,000 member-owners with exceptional shopping experiences, products, and services.

Since being appointed CEO of the Calgary based Co-operative in 2014, Ken has led the development of a new 10-year strategic plan, and overseen the refreshment of pharmacies, investment in store redevelopments, construction of new gas stations, acquisition of liquor stores, the launch of Co-op Cannabis, and the recent acquisition of Community Natural Foods.

Ken brings a wealth of Canadian and international food retailing expertise to his current role including executive roles at Sobey’s and Rexall. Ken holds a BSc (Physics) and an MBA (Marketing). He is on the Board of the Dean’s Advisory for the SAIT School of Hospitality and Tourism. When he is not in the office (or in a store engaging members and energizing team members), you might find Ken in Fish Creek Park or pursuing his interests of kickboxing, spinning and bridge. His favourite local food item? Paradise Hill tomatoes.

Ken provided the club with an extensive presentation that was well received by the membership. Ken encouraged anyone who was interested to reach out to him, as either a member of Rotary or a member of Calgary Co-op, he’d love to hear from you:

Gerry Meek thanked Ken for his presentation, and shared that Calgary Co-op was at one point, the only organization in Calgary that would accept him as a member. A story about his questionable golf skills was also relayed.

reported by Cory Tretiak

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