KEN MATZIORINIS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AHEPA CANADA

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Ken Matziorinis was elected the new President of AHEPA Canada at the conclusion of the 92nd annual AHEPA Family Supreme Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 26, 2014. He represents Canada on the Supreme Lodge of the AHEPA. He succeeds George Vassilas who served the past three years at the helm of the Canadian Order of AHEPA, and will work closely with the newly-elected Supreme President of AHEPA Philip T. Frangos. Dr. Ken Matziorinis is a respected economist who is based in Montreal, Quebec. He has taught economics for 35 years at McGill University and John Abbott College. He has authored four textbooks in economics and been twice awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at McGill. He is the co-founder and managing partner of Canbek Economic Consultants Inc., a management consulting and macroeconomics forecasting and investment advisory firm. Ken has served on numerous boards including the Hellenic Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Canadian subsidiary of the National Bank of Greece (1991-2006).

Ken is a 25-year veteran of the Mount Royal Chapter CJ7 of AHEPA in Montreal. Has served the AHEPA in every executive capacity including Chapter President (2009-2011); V.P. Education; Lt. Governor (2011-2013) and Governor (2013-2014) of AHEPA District 23, Ken has contributed in the organization of the 2010 AHEPA Supreme Convention in Montreal, and the 2011 Montreal Conference on Emerging Hellenic-Israeli Relations and has played key fund-raising roles in philanthropic activities that have secured the naming rights to the AHEPA Family School of the Shriners Hospital in Montreal and the endowment of the Papachristidis Chair of Modern Greek Studies at McGill University.

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Ken’s passions have been his family (is the father of two daughters), and AHEPA’s promotion of the Hellenic ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Excellence. He has a deep interest in Greece’s geopolitical concerns in Southeast Europe as well as issues regarding religious freedoms and the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Christian Orthodox Church in the Near East. He believes that the over than 300,000 strong Hellenic-Canadian community deserves to play a more active and prominent role in Canadian affairs and the policy-making process. -2- “I am humbled by the responsibility entrusted upon me to lead AHEPA one of the oldest and the largest grassroots heritage volunteer organization of the Greek Diaspora in Canada” Ken said at his installation ceremony. “I thank the membership of AHEPA for the trust and confidence they have shown in me and I only hope that I will meet and exceed the expectations of this high office” he concluded. Born in New York City in 1954, he grew up in Piraeus, Greece in the 1960s and has spent most of his life in Montreal, Quebec.

Ken speaks English, French and Greek fluently. “We wish Brother Ken every success in his new mission” quipped Past Canadian AHEPA Presidents George Vassilas, Frank Antoniou, Tony Mavromaras and Nicholas Spillios who were present at the installations.

For the Supreme Lodge of AHEPA and for AHEPA Canada*: -Basil N. Mossaidis Executive Director Order of AHEPA, 1909 Q Street, NW. Suite 500, Washington, DC 2009. -Demetris J. Yantsulis, Chr. P.R. AHEPA Canada & D#23, Dir. P.R. AHEPA Montreal CJ7 : demetrisjy@yahoo.ca *For more information on AHEPA Family Chapters in Canada visit:www.ahepacanada.org