Mayor Ken Christian
Ken was born in Kelowna and pursued his formal education at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Cariboo College and eventually the University of Victoria. His 37 year career in Public Health in the Kamloops region saw him start as Public Health Inspector and Licensing Officer. He became the Chief Environmental Health Officer in Kamloops and then Manager of Environmental Health with the Thompson Health Region and ultimately the Regional Director of Health Protection with the Interior Health Authority until 2012. He operated a small environmental health consultancy; Ken Christian Consulting Ltd. until he became Mayor in 2017.
Throughout his career he has been a leader in Water Quality, Food Safety, Air Quality, Community Sanitation, Disease Control and Emergency Preparedness. In recent years his interests have turned to public policy development, administrative law, sustainability, social determinants of health and the relationship between health and the built environment.
A Kamloops resident for over 40 years, Ken has served his community as an elected representative continuously since 1993, 18 years as a School Trustee on the Kamloops Thompson Board of Education, including 8 years as Chairman. Ken was first elected to Kamloops City Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014. He was elected Mayor in the September 2017 by-election, and then re-elected as Mayor in 2018.
Throughout the years Ken has coached and refereed basketball and volunteered in numerous positions. He is a proud supporter of the Western Canada Theatre Company, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and the Thompson Rivers University Foundation. In his spare time Ken enjoys golf, sports and the Shuswap. Ken and his wife Brenda and have three adult children Nic, Jon, and Taryn.