Mr. Kenneth R. Ellis

Biography / July 15, 2016

Mr. Kenneth R. Ellis, who runs his own consulting firm in his name, was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 437 Air Mobility Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton ON, in Jun 2013. Ken is on the Advisory Councils of 3 companies plus is an advisor to the World Nuclear University.

Honorary Colonel Ken Ellis was born and raised in Espanola, Ontario, spending his high school years in Cranbrook, British Columbia.  Mr. Ellis graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering after having spent his first two years at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia.  Following his graduation, he served four years as an Aerospace Engineer with the Canadian Armed Forces.  During this time he performed the role of Aircraft Maintenance Officer of 442 Search and Rescue (SAR) Squadron, Base Avionics Officer at Canadian Forces base (CFB) Comox, and actively participated in the CF-188 Hornet acquisition program.

Ken has more than 34 years experience in nuclear power operations, maintenance  and engineering. Ken has spent the majority of his nuclear career at Bruce Power which is world’s largest nuclear complex and provides 25% of Ontario’s energy. Ken has held several senior positions at Bruce Power including the Executive Vice President & Chief Nuclear Officer, Bruce B Station Vice President, Site Chief Engineer & Vice President Engineering, and Site Vice President Maintenance. Ken’s career includes a two year assignment in Europe as the Ontario Hydro Liaison Engineer to Électricité de France.

From April 2013 to Dec 2015 Ken was the Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), a non-profit association which membership includes 440 nuclear power plants in more than 30 countries. Ken was responsible for the WANO London Office, along with overseeing WANO’s four regional centers in Atlanta, Paris, Moscow, and Tokyo. WANO works with its members in pursuit of its mission of maximizing the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide. Mr. Ellis was a member of the Board of Directors for the World Nuclear Association (WNA) and a Board member of WANO.

Ken has close ties with the Canadian Armed Forces.  In addition to his time with the Canadian Forces (CF), his family history includes his father who served as a tank driver with the British Columbia Dragoons in the Second World War and his mother who made ammunition in Pickering as part of the WWII war effort. Mr. Ellis and his Bruce Power colleagues are strong supporters of the Wounded Warriors Fund and together have raised over $500,000 for the cause. Ken Ellis is a registered professional engineer and currently resides in Kincardine, Ontario.  He and his wife Catherine have three daughters.

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