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Ken Tencer

Chief Executive Officer, Spyder Works Inc.


Ken Tencer is a business and innovation thought leader who helps organizations master better futures. He is co-developer of The 90% Rule®, a success-tested innovation process that enables businesses of all sizes to identify, filter and implement growth opportunities.

 A successful entrepreneur and business developer, Ken has built international-scale companies spanning manufacturing, product development, distribution and professional services. 

As CEO of Spyder Works, Ken helps companies with both business and innovation strategy. His insights on entrepreneurship and innovation appear in his monthly column for Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe & Mail. He is also an in-demand keynote speaker, workshop leader and event Chair.

Ken is the co-author of two books on innovation – The 90% Rule and the bestseller Cause a Disturbance(Morgan James Publishing, NY). Leading publications and networks including The Globe & Mail, INC, CNBC, Forbes and Bloomberg have recognized the timeliness and power of these important works.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and a Masters of Science in International Management from Boston University from its campus in Brussels, Belgium. Ken has also received a joint certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, for the small and medium-sized enterprises Board Effectiveness Program. He has sat on a number of for profit and not-for-profit Boards, and has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Business Innovation.