The Ken McKinnon Memorial Fund is a tribute to Ken McKinnon's leadership, service to Canadian agriculture and commitment to excellence in agricultural leadership. A director of the Concentrated Milk Producers' Board in the early 1960s, McKinnon was chosen by Minister of Agriculture William A. Stewart to be a founding member of the original Ontario Milk Marketing Board (OMMB). McKinnon was re-elected to the board representing Region 11 (Bruce, Grey and Huron counties) from 1965 until 1986 and served as vice chairman and chairman. He was also president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada and vice chairman of the Dairy Bureau of Canada during that time. In 1986 McKinnon left the OMMB to become vice chairman of the Canadian Dairy Commission and was later appointed by the Federal Minister of Agriculture to chair the task force on national dairy policy.
McKinnon died in December 1991. Through donations from families, individuals, businesses and organizations, the Ken McKinnon Memorial Fund will foster the leadership qualities needed in rural Ontario in the years ahead.