Ken Boshcoff was born and raised in Thunder Bay south, formerly known as Fort William. It is there where most of Ken’s academic training took place. As a child he attended St. Ann’s Elementary School, followed by three years at St. Patrick’s High School and two years at Westgate High School. He continued his education in Thunder Bay at Lakehead University, where he completed Political Science and Economics Degrees. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies, Systems Planning from York University.
As a young graduate, in the 1970’s, Ken began his career as an interpretive planner with the Ministry of Natural Resources and an environmental planner at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. Later that decade, Ken changed professions and served as Vice President for Reed Stenhouse Insurance. He later worked for the Port of Thunder Bay as its first Director of Marketing. In 1991, Ken and his brother Ed started Boshcoff & Associates Insurance.
In 1978, Ken began his political career when he was elected to Council for the City of Thunder Bay. He served as a City Councillor for the Northwood Ward and Councillor at Large for 16 years. Ken was elected Mayor in 1997. During his 6 years as Mayor, Ken is most proud of his role in the construction of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the establishment of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine – the first medical school in North America in over 35 years!
Over the years, Ken has compiled an extensive list of community organizations in which he has been involved; these include social, economic, business and arts groups both local and national.
In June 2004, Ken was elected as Member of Parliament for the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding. In his first term he served as Chair of the Subcommittee of the Status for Persons with Disabilities and was member of the Standing Committee on Operations and Estimates. Re-elected in 2006, Ken was the Associate Critic for Natural Resources from April 2006 – January 2007. Ken is presently the Official Opposition Critic for Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FEDNOR). Ken also serves on the Standing Committee of Agriculture and the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. He is member and past Chair of the National Liberal Rural Caucus, where his aim to bring a bigger voice to the issues facing Rural Canada.