Alumni Profiles

Ken Derrett

Class of 1978

If you’re a sports fan - Ken Derrett has had a hall of fame career.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration degree in 1978, he went on to work for the CFL, Labatt, the NBA in Canada and New York and spent 16 years in California as the Chief Marketing Officer for the San Diego Chargers. Today he operates his own company Ken Derrett and Associates helping brands, sports teams and organizations develop meaningful partnerships. 


Before he literally went to the ‘big leagues’, he was a young teen from Winnipeg who had never ventured east of Kenora.


“Huntington was a big part of my life and I look back at it very fondly,” says Ken. “Everyone was welcomed with open arms the first day there. Many of the people I met became lifelong friends. I’ve gone to numerous weddings in Sudbury, Toronto and across Northern Ontario - all of friends I met at Huntington.”


Ken offers this advice for anyone considering Huntington as their choice for a post-secondary journey.


“Huntington University is such an important component in the Laurentian community. It’s big enough but not too big. You get to learn about the people you’re going to school with. Where you live and reside is a big part of your learning curve and those relationships are a big part of that environment at Huntington."


Photo (1978 Huntington Banquet) - LtoR: Ken Derrett, Randy Morano and Dr. Ludo Winckel, Huntington University President