Remembering Ken McKinnon, former chancellor of Yukon College

Ken McKinnon
Ken McKinnon served as Yukon College Chancellor from 2000 to 2004.

The Yukon College community is saddened by the passing of former chancellor Ken McKinnon. We offer our heartfelt  condolences to his family and friends.

Ken was our chancellor from 2000 to 2004, during a time where the College expanded its reach and reputation through becoming a founding member of the University of the Arctic.

Ken achieved many firsts and made significant contributions to Yukon throughout his life. He became the youngest member of the Yukon Territorial Council in 1961 and served four terms at a time when federal responsibilities were being transferred to the territorial government. He was the first president of the Arctic Winter Games, the first chair of the Yukon Anniversaries Commission and was involved in the creation of Kluane National Park.

Ken served as Commissioner of Yukon from 1986 to 1995 and was made an Honorary Chief of the Yukon Native Brotherhood for his support of the original land claim on behalf of Yukon First Nations.

Ken was a passionate supporter of Yukon College before, during and after his time as chancellor. We are grateful for his tireless contributions to our lives and work. He will be missed.


For more information, please contact:

Michael Vernon

Communications Coordinator

Governance and External