Dr. Ken Jenkins (MD CD)   |   CEO, Frontline Medics Inc.

Since graduating from the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1984, Ken's professional life has enriched him with a variety of clinical and health leadership opportunities. Employed as a Medical Officer with the Canadian Forces (CF) until 2001, Ken proudly served his country in several capacities including operational flight surgeon, Wing/Base Surgeon in Goose Bay and Ottawa, and Senior Medical Officer in Geilenkirchen, Germany. At the Air Force Headquarters in Winnipeg, Ken's roles included Senior Staff Officer for Aeromedical Operations, Division Surgeon and Command Surgeon. Ken's final posting was in Gander, NL where he was the first and only Medical Officer in the history of the CF to serve as a Wing/Base Commander.

Ken has had a close affiliation with the Search and Rescue (SAR) branch of the air force throughout his career, and spearheaded the renewal of the medical training program for SAR Technicians. Appointed by the Minister of National Defence as Honorary Colonel for 103 SAR Squadron in Gander in 2006, Ken serves as an ambassador for the heroic men and women of the CF SAR effort in NL.

Physician assistant (PA) development within the CF and the Canadian civilian health sector has been a longstanding passion for Ken. From his research on PAs as a Master's student, to his leadership roles in representing PA issues across the country, Ken has been a strong supporter of the relevance and need for PAs in the health system. Ken's PA leadership roles have included Founding Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants, and Founding Chairman of the Board for the Physician Assistant Development Foundation of Canada, Inc.

Clinically, Ken's interests have been family practice, emergency medicine, public health, telehealth, and occupational medicine. Current clinical activities include Medical Advisor for Sykes/Clinidata Healthline in NL, and occupational health consultant and examiner for a variety of companies in NL including Fit For Work (clients include Workplace Health and Safety Compensation Commission of NL, CannAmm, insurers, and lawyers) and Shepell-fgi (clients include Vale Inco and Clearwater Fisheries). Ken has been certified as a Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medical Examiner since 1986 and more recently as a Marine Medical Examiner.

Ken served as Medical Officer of Health in Western NL for a year upon retirement from the CF in 2001, and since 2002 has been honored to serve as Vice President Medical Services with Western Health in Corner Brook, NL, with responsibilities for the medical staff, laboratory, medical imaging, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, and emergency medical services (road ambulance). Ken also acts as Medical Advisor for the Paramedic Program at the College of the North Atlantic in NL.

An active member of the community, Ken has served in a wide variety of volunteer roles over the years. Some examples include Deputy Mayor and Mayor of CFB Goose Bay Community Council from 1988-1990; founding President of the Canadian Club of Geilenkirchen; baseball coach; co-founder of the Gander Minor Basketball Association; Team Physician for the Corner Brook Royals Senior Hockey team from 2003-2006; Provincial Government Ministerial appointment as Town of Steady Brook representative and member of Marble Mountain Development Corporation Board; citizen representative on Town of Steady Brook Watershed Management Committee; medical support to international triathlons and half Ironman competitions held in western NL.

Ken is married with three children and his leisure interests include hiking, snow shoeing, jogging, weightlifting, and music.