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Phone: (604) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Vernon , British Columbia , Canada
BC Hydro
6911 Southpoint Dr. 11Th Floor
Burnaby , British Columbia V3N 4X8
Canada

Company Description: British Columbia Hydro & Power Authority (BC Hydro) is a Canada-based company. The Company is engaged in generating, purchasing, distributing and selling...   more
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  • Bachelor of Applied Science Degree
    University of British Columbia
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Kal Tire chairman Ken Finch, left, and president Robert Foord.
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We had these conversations about moving to where our business was, says Kal Tire chairman Ken Finch. Theyre humorous in retrospect. There wasnt anybody willing to move out of Vernon.
And that reluctance wasnt entirely based on Vernons appealing outdoors lifestyle. Finch, who is Tom Foords son-in-law, says having a head office in a large city often cuts off a company from its customers.
After all, how many head offices along Vancouvers Burrard Street keep themselves grounded by having a tire store in front of them, as Kal Tire does in Vernon?
With a next-door presence like that, a company is always reminded why its in business.
There are huge distractions in the city, Finch says.
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Finch says the need to seize opportunities for growth sometimes causes the company to grow faster than it should. But its always conscious of the need to catch up with itself and nurture the culture of customer service in its new operations, he adds.
Thats way more important than putting pins on a map, Finch says.
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Those aircraft are in use almost every day hauling people around, Finch says. Aircraft are expensive but they allow us to be very productive with our time and they allow us to stay in Vernon.
Running a tire empire from Vernon does have disadvantages. Coaxing people to leave big cities to fill senior staff positions and information technology jobs can be challenging, Finch admits.
But the Okanagans beauty is a ¬compelling recruiting tool, he says.
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It also gave him the ability to bring in good people who were looking for a form of ownership to get rewards from the growth of the company, Finch says.
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When Tom Foord retired as president and CEO of Kal Tire, the leadership transition to his son-in-law, Ken Finch, went so smoothly there was scarcely a ripple, Bentall says.
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Similarly, the transition from Ken to Toms son, Robert, was accomplished without acrimony.
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Finch, now chairman, refers to a Kal Tire employment policy applying to all positions that stipulates a job goes to the best-equipped person.
Only if the qualifications of applicants are equal does a family member get the nod, Finch says.
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Ken Finch (CIVL '68)
Ken Finch succeeds in business
But engineering is what got him there
"I don't remember a time when I didn't want to be an engineer," says Ken Finch, who graduated with a BASc in Civil Engineering in 1968. After finishing high school in Merritt, B.C., UBC was the logical choice for Ken who remembers his five years at university as "some of the best of his life."
Currently President and CEO of Kal Tire, Canada's largest retail and commercial tire dealership, Ken considers his days at UBC in Civil Engineering as a combination of intellectually challenging courses and great social activities-particularly, he says, the socials with the nurses.
He had originally intended to study electrical or mechanical engineering, but once he arrived at UBC he discovered an aptitude-and a passion-for structures, and joined the Department of Civil Engineering. He then spent 12 years working as a civil engineer, ending up as Chief Engineer for Permasteel Engineering in Vancouver. Working at Permasteel, a design-build contractor, Ken found a lot of satisfaction designing both family houses and commercial buildings and then seeing his designs become reality.
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In October 1980, Ken joined Kal Tire.
He was both pleased and surprised to find out how much his engineering education helped him succeed in business.
"There's an indirect link between engineering and business," he says. "The training you receive as an engineer-the ability to problem solve by gathering the facts, evaluating all aspects of a problem, parsing it out logically and coming to a solid conclusion-that's invaluable in good business."
He is now firmly of the belief that business training should be made available to all engineers while they pursue their education. "Most of the engineers I went to school with have ended up in senior management, and business skills are crucial," he notes.
Ken took over the role of President from Tom Foord in 2005, and continues to enjoy being part of a successful business and a successful team.
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Ken Finch (CIVL '68)
Ken Finch succeeds in business
But engineering is what got him there
"I don't remember a time when I didn't want to be an engineer," says Ken Finch, who graduated with a BASc in Civil Engineering in 1968. After finishing high school in Merritt, B.C., UBC was the logical choice for Ken who remembers his five years at university as "some of the best of his life."
Currently President and CEO of Kal Tire, Canada's largest retail and commercial tire dealership, Ken considers his days at UBC in Civil Engineering as a combination of intellectually challenging courses and great social activities-particularly, he says, the socials with the nurses.
He had originally intended to study electrical or mechanical engineering, but once he arrived at UBC he discovered an aptitude-and a passion-for structures, and joined the Department of Civil Engineering. He then spent 12 years working as a civil engineer, ending up as Chief Engineer for Permasteel Engineering in Vancouver. Working at Permasteel, a design-build contractor, Ken found a lot of satisfaction designing both family houses and commercial buildings and then seeing his designs become reality.
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In October 1980, Ken joined Kal Tire.
He was both pleased and surprised to find out how much his engineering education helped him succeed in business.
"There's an indirect link between engineering and business," he says. "The training you receive as an engineer-the ability to problem solve by gathering the facts, evaluating all aspects of a problem, parsing it out logically and coming to a solid conclusion-that's invaluable in good business."
He is now firmly of the belief that business training should be made available to all engineers while they pursue their education. "Most of the engineers I went to school with have ended up in senior management, and business skills are crucial," he notes.
Ken took over the role of President from Tom Foord in 2005, and continues to enjoy being part of a successful business and a successful team.
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