Congratulations to Keith McKenzie, our "Entrepreneur in Virtual Residence" for 2012.
Keith McKenzie launched his career from the seat of a pedicab in downtown Victoria, but not in the business you might assume.
An Ontario native, McKenzie was working in Vancouver as a bartender and landscaper when his parents decreed it was time for him to do something more serious with his life. He moved to Victoria to attend an environmental technology program at Camosun College and paid the bills by pedaling tourists around the city.
After college, he landed a job as a co-op student with MacMillan Bloedel. The position included a lot of field work and his summer pedaling made him an ideal candidate for the job thanks to his fit physique. Fast forward in his career and McKenzie has launched multiple companies, ranging from specialized computer software to a drilling company in Alberta.