Ken Shaw has been an instructor of Geography, Chemistry, Biology, and Math at NWCC since 1996. Ken is a registered Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) with the B.C. Institute of Agrologists.. He has a B.A.Sc. in Bio-Resource Engineering, a M.Sc. in Agriculture Extension, and B.Ed. specializing in physics and agriculture.
For the past 8 years Ken has specialized in developing further skills in the implementation of sustainable community design. He has two Permaculture Design Certificates, one from the University of Oregon (Andrew Millison) and the second from Pacific Permaculture (Jesse Lemieux, Owen Hablutzel, and John Gemmel, Permaculture Noosa), Permaculture teacher training from the Australian Permaculture Research Institute (Geoff Lawton), Urban Permaculture Design certificate (Toby Hemenway), and Edible Forest Design certificate from Dave Jacke.
Prior to teaching, Ken has worked as a crop consultant with Green Valley Fertilizer and with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, ARDSA, Engineering, and 4-H Youth Development Branchs.
At NWCC, Ken co-founded the development of the Applied Coastal Ecology Program and currently coordinates the program. He also has been instrumental in the design of the Sustainable Communities Program. He is chair of the BCGEU Professional Development Committee and is a senior member on the FPSE Pension Advisory Committee.
Outside of work, Ken’s interests and hobbies are centered on sustainable living developing a small farm in Prince Rupert growing vegetables for home use and specialty restaurants. He headed up the Northcoast Performers Society for 20 years hosting music festivals, music events, and theatre productions. He is a co-founder of Transition Prince Rupert, a locally based organization that is part of the Global Transition Town movement, and is heading up the redevelopment of a 2 acre park into community gardens and a variety of recreational features. He is also working closely with the City of Prince Rupert on the development of the 2030 Sustainable City Vision. He is an avid cyclist and has made many long distance trips in North America and Europe.