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Ken Coates
Research Co-director for Who Discovered Klondike Gold?


Ken Coates

Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and Director of the International Centre of Northern Governance and Development at the University of Saskatchewan. Raised in the Yukon, with a BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC, Ken has worked at universities across the country and in New Zealand. He was the Founding Vice-President (Academic) of the University of Northern British Columbia and held administrative posts at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), University of New Brunswick at Saint John, University of Saskatchewan and University of Waterloo.

His co-authored book, Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North, won the Donner Prize in 2009 and his earlier work, The Marshall Decision and Aboriginal Rights in the Maritimes, was short-listed for the same award. He was recognized by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for his work on the history of the Alaska Highway and has received awards from the Manitoba Historical Society, the BC Historical Society and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. In 2013, Ken was named as the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Senior Fellow in Aboriginal and Northern Canadian Issues.