Ken MacLeod has been a leader in the not-for-profit sector for more than 30 years—as a volunteer, board member, senior manager, donor, and consultant.
Ken is President and CEO of the internationally-acclaimed New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. He has lead, over the past fifteen years, the development of what is today known as one of the most accomplishment youth orchestra programs in Canada.
During this period the NBYO conducted 5 international tours and performed on renowned stages - Carnegie Hall, in New York City, Auditorium Paganini, in Parma, Italy, Forbidden City Concert Hall, in Beijing, China and the Golden Hall of Vienna, Austria. They recorded 6 CD's, were nominated three times and won the ECMA 2008 for Classical Recording of the Year.
During this period the NBYO was featured in two nationally televised documentaries, “Practice, Practice, Practice” and “Sistema Revolution” and received the Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award and the TD Canada Trust Arts Organization of the Year award. In July 2011 the NBYO won first place, with the highest distinction, at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival and competition in Vienna, Austria, the first Canadian orchestra ever to do so.
The NBYO tours throughout New Brunswick annually, presenting original works, engaging special guest artists and performing to ever increasing and appreciative audiences.
Ken is founder of NBYO's Sistema New Brunswick program. Launched in 2009, Sistema NB offers social change and hope to vulnerable children, through music. Sistema NB is expanding annually and now operates nine Sistema NB centers in New Brunswick, serving more than 1,000 children daily, the largest of its kind in Canada. NBYO and Sistema NB is also providing leadership in Canada by presenting national conferences for teachers and leaders and by mentoring others in their efforts to begin Sistema-inspired programs. In 2015 the NBYO received the Prime Minister's Award for Social Innovation for the work and leadership in Canada of its Sistema NB program.
In a recent book, Nuts, Bolts and a Few Loose Screws, by Gair Maxwell, Ken was profiled as the 'Virtuoso of Vision' for his work with the NBYO and Sistema NB.
Ken is founder and President of KMA Consultants, a firm specializing in fundraising and communications for non-profit organizations, serving charitable organizations throughout Canada.
From 1995-1999, Ken served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. He served as Vice-President at Crandall University (formerly Atlantic Baptist University) and was part of the management team that built a new campus and expanded academic offerings.
Ken is a graduate of Acadia University and Mount Allison University. He is a recipient of the Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal, the Order of Moncton, and is a Paul Harris Fellow and Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar. He has served on numerous local, regional and national Boards and is a frequent presenter at symposia and conferences.