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KeyAdmissions – Our Founding
For each of KEY’s co-founders, a strong educational foundation set us on the right path. A private school education helped prepare us to study at some of the world’s top universities and equip us with the skills to advance in the workplace to ultimately helping us build happy, successful, and productive lives. Our passions are to share these lessons with others, to serve as positive role models, and to provide our students with lifelong educational foundations and preparation.
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From observing the evolving needs of our students, our company’s focus expanded from admission strategy – counseling students on choosing and applying to the right-fit private schools and universities – to providing students with the fundamental skills required for success. An acceptance letter is not nearly enough; a pathway to success at that institution and beyond is the approach that is necessary to ensure future success. As we began working with more students, we saw that the earlier students establish a strong foundation, the better equipped they would be to learn new concepts and scaffold those to existing ones.
After graduating from UBC, Ben moved back to the United States to work in finance and real estate in San Francisco. He returned to Vancouver to join a commercial finance brokerage, which was acquired by a large Canadian pension fund, and soon thereafter by the Royal Bank of Canada, making it one of the largest leasing companies in Canada.
While he was consistently recognized as a top national contributor, he was looking for another outlet that spoke to his passions. Being an advocate for the educational advancement, Ben co-founded an admissions strategy firm in 2009 alongside fellow St. George’s graduate Ali Nathoo. He found that helping people achieve their dreams was deeply satisfying, and it drove him to spread KEY’s message to a wider audience. Merging with a like-minded admissions strategy firm in 2011, he is committed to thought leadership in admissions strategy and building legacies through sound advice.
Bryan R. Ide
Education Director, Principal of KEY Enrichment CentreFirst Year Undergraduate Studies, McGill University
Bachelor of Arts in Government, Cornell University
Master of Arts in Political Science, Columbia University
Bryan believes in the transformational power of education and is passionate about helping students and families make the right educational choices. He graduated from St. George’s School and holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA from Columbia University. He has spent most of his professional life in education having worked in institutional advancement for both St. George’s School and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Also, he is the past chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network Committee for British Columbia. Bryan is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and subscribes to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice, and he is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and subscribes to HECA standards of good practice. Also, Bryan is nearing completion of his Associate Certified Academic Life Coach certification.
Bryan’s unique background in attending and working for some of these institutions has instilled in him a distinct insider’s perspective. His wealth of experience and relentless approach have helped many students achieve success in gaining acceptance to their desired schools. As a thought leader, he writes and speaks on a variety of educational topics including admissions and education trends, private school and selective university admissions, parenting, and the right preparation. He has been featured on CBC Radio and Fairchild TV and in the Vancouver Sun, Our Kids Media, North Shore News, Sing Tao, 24 Hours, West Canada Weekly, Global Chinese Press, New Leaf Weekly, World Journal, Lahoo, and Westca.
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