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Ken Ashdown is President of Fifth House Group, a management consulting firm specializing in conflict resolution, team and leadership development for the arts & entertainment industry. A former music journalist, indie label entrepreneur and major label executive, Ken has worked with some of the music industry's biggest stars of the 1980s and 90s including Shania Twain, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Dire Straits, INXS, David Bowie, Cecilia Bartoli, the Pixies and U2.
After serving as Vice President of the Mercury/Polydor division PolyGram Group Canada he was named VP of QDesign Corporation, a leading provider of advanced digital audio compression technologies (now part of DTS). His media appearances have ranged from the CBC to MuchMusic, from the Globe and Mail to Adam Curry's Cyber Sleaze, and in 1994 he was profiled in a TV news feature series entitled The Hit Man.
He earned his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Music Business Management (with Distinction) from the University of Westminster in London, England and is a provincially certified adult educator (post-secondary endorsement). Former Head of the ground-breaking Entertainment Business Management transmedia program at Vancouver Film School, Ken continues to teach and has earned multiple awards and nominations for excellence in classroom instruction. He is a member of organisations such as Music Tank (a London-based industry think tank), the Cultural Human Resources Council and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. He is most recently co-author (with Helene Arts) of Conflict Resolution for Musicians (and Other Cool People).