Our Founder

From humble beginnings to a leader in the industry, this is the story of Kenneth George Reed, father, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Spending much of his childhood in Verdun, Quebec, his dad a machinist and mum a home maker, Ken Reed was taught the value of hard work. A formal education was not in the cards for Dad, in grade 9 he left school. At the early age of 14 he began working, bouncing around from job to job, from packer, to clerk to cashier, Dad was looking for a way to support himself and to carve out a career.

After having met his wife Shirley at the age of 20 at the YMCA in Montreal and marrying soon after, Ken decided it was time for a more secure profession. He began a full time sales position at Williams and Wilson a small industrial distribution company. Learning on the job for several years Dad decided it was time to go out on his own, an entrepreneur to the core. In 1968 from the basement of his home Dad began Tenaquip Limited. At home his ever increasing family of 5 children were now learning the ropes at Tenaquip. Naturally there were several lean years but hard work and determination paid off. Tenaquip was finally able to move out of the basement. In the next 10 years Tenaquip moved due to its growth in sales and employees to several different locations. Tenaquip’s head office is now located in Senneville, with several other locations across the country.

Mr. Reed

Tenaquip was a labour of love for KGR, always a family man first with his work taking a close second. As children we got involved, whether it be cleaning bathrooms at his office or sending out a mailing. We loved it too: It was a family affair. Dad worked hard because he loved to but he did not have a greedy or materialistic bone in his body. He wanted to do the right thing by his family, his business and society.

In 2005 Dad was not in good health. His sudden decline was a mystery to all of us as we thought he would be running Tenaquip forever! Finally he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). There is no cure for ALS. This horrible disease involves a steady decline of your body and senses. Knowing this was his fate was painful beyond belief for all of us and the next two years involved much rallying around the man we loved so much. Dads final months were spent putting his affairs in order.

It was Dad’s request that a portion of Tenaquip profits go to those in need. Thus, The Tenaquip Foundation was formed. It is heart breaking that Dad is not here to see all the wonderful things the foundation has done and the many people he has helped.

As a family we are so proud of The Tenaquip Foundation and of the legacy that our father has left.