Dan VanKeeken

VP Institutional Advancement P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8087

When I started my leadership role at King’s in 2011 after more than 30 years in corporate and organizational public relations, I thought my job was to inspire donors to continue to believe in and invest in this marvelous, unique institution. To my pleasant surprise, it was our faithful supporters who have been inspiring me. Some of them are among the founders of King’s, and many of them have been faithfully investing in this school for decades, often sending children or grandchildren to learn here as well, or coming here when they were young. They are and have been inspired for a very long time. My job is simply to keep the fires burning, to keep them connected, to update them on one of their favourite causes and the lives that are being changed here.

King's is both the end of the line and a new beginning for me. I wasn’t looking for this job when a friend of mine alerted me to it and urged me to apply, telling why I would be a good fit. Now I’ve been here for more than seven years and grown into the role of leader of three groups of people doing important work for the institution in fundraising, alumni relations, and marketing and communications.

Before King’s, I had senior communication roles at a variety of companies and a few associations,in British Columbia and in Edmonton. A number of these included the happy task of helping leadership teams decide where to invest corporate funding for community causes. I’ve also been very active in my local church in a variety of roles over three decades, from worship team and youth group leader, to elder and council chair. I’ve had the opportunity to serve on some community boards and committees, and often volunteered for the treasurer role or the fundraising role. More than 25 years ago, that even included a stint on the then “King’s College” fundraising steering team, when we were raising money for the new campus.

My wife and I have been married for well over 30, and we have three grown children and three wonderful grandsons.