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In conversation with Senator Pamela Wallin
Ken Taylor, a graduate of University of Toronto,Victoria, B.A. and the University of California Berkeley M.B.A., joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1959.
His assignments ranged from Guatemala, Detroit, Pakistan, London, Ottawa, Tehran and New York. He resigned from the diplomatic service in 1984 to join Nabisco Brands, RJR Nabisco as Senior Vice President International. He formulated and implemented polices to strengthen the $21 billion company’s international presence.
Following change of control of the company in 1989 he has served either in an advisory capacity as a director for a number of companies both in Canada and abroad.
On return from his posting in Iran as Canadian Ambassador during the revolution he received the United States Congressional Gold Medal, The Order of Canada and the Key to the city of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Dallas.
From 1998 to 2004 he served as Chancellor of Victoria University in The University of Toronto.
He has recently visited Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, UAE, Sudan, China, London, Paris, Moscow, Colombia and Mexico on behalf of business interests. Ken Taylor resides in New York but visits Canada frequently.