Ken Rowe founded I.M.P. in 1967 and, as Executive Chairman, remains active in guiding the vision for the Group, one of the largest privately-owned businesses in Nova Scotia. The strength of its core operating divisions -- aerospace, aviation, airline, healthcare and commercial -- has made I.M.P. Group one of Canada’s most successful companies. Today, I.M.P. employs over 3,500 people across Canada and the United States and has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for the past six years. I.M.P. also operates a very substantial industrial marine supply business, the largest Canadian-owned aerospace and general aviation service company, one of Canada’s largest charter airlines (CanJet), an IT enterprise solutions company and two hotels.
In 1993, Mr. Rowe was appointed Honourary Colonel by the Canadian Defence Department; in 2000, received an Honourary Diploma from Nova Scotia Community College; and, in 2002, was bestowed by Dalhousie University with an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree. By profession he is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Rowe is past director of a number of public companies, which included the Royal Bank of Canada and Nova Scotia Power Inc., and the recipient of numerous awards including the Order of Canada. In 1992, Mr. Rowe received the Governor General of Canada’s Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada recognizing significant contribution to community and to Canada. In 2005, Ernst & Young presented him with Entrepreneur of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. In 2009, Mr. Rowe was recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding aerospace visionaries by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada.
As a former Board of Governors member at Dalhousie and current member of the School of Business Advisory Committee, he has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to post-secondary education. He has also served as chairman, director or president of numerous organizations and charitable groups. Mr. Rowe and his wife Dorothy have generously supported many worthy causes.