Before his election as the new MP for Fleetwood–Port Kells, Ken Hardie was active in the Liberal Party as the president of the Seniors Commission. The commission’s mandate was to connect with BC’s seniors to help inform party policies.
Hardie studied economics and English at the University of British Columbia and graduated from the Executive Management Development Program at Simon Fraser University. He started his career as a broadcast journalist before moving into public affairs. Hardie worked as the manager of corporate affairs for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and then for Translink where he eventually became the director of communications first for corporate communications and later for the compass care and faregate project. In these roles he has been closely involved with regional development and public safety initiatives in Metro Vancouver and throughout BC.
Hardie was involved in designing and implementing the communications for the regional transportation authority during the 2010 Winter Olympics and also worked to support the Vancouver Police with media around the Stanley Cup riots in 2011. More recently Hardie has worked as a communications consultant for PlaceSpeak Inc and as social media editor for Facts and Opinions.