Fred Ketchen, the former director of equity trading with ScotiaMcLeod, has died at 85.
Ketchen enjoyed a career in trading that spanned 57 years. He first joined McLeod, Young, Weir & Company Ltd., which later became ScotiaMcLeod, in 1957, and remained with the company until his retirement in 2014, according to an obituary.
Gifted with a “booming baritone,” Ketchen originally envisioned a career in journalism and worked as a radio DJ in Oakville, Ont., before embarking on a lengthy career in the investment industry. But he still managed to get his voice on the airwaves with regular appearances on Global Television and Newstalk1010, among other broadcasters.
Ketchen, known to many as the “Dean of Bay Street,” became a governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1989. He served as vice-chair for two years before being elected chair in 1993.
In 2012, the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) awarded Ketchen the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his extraordinary career in the investment industry. Ketchen became a member of the IIAC Hall of Fame in 2015.
Always a sharp dresser, Ketchen wore three-piece suits even while he was gardening. “His collection of ties and pocket squares was unrivalled,” his obituary read.
Ketchen died at his home on Feb. 11 surrounded by loved ones.