Kene Ilochonwu

Legal Counsel, Parkland Corporation

Kene is an internationally trained lawyer.  He is currently an in-house counsel at Parkland Corporation where he focuses on strategic business initiatives and commercial agreements relating to the safe transportation and marketing of hydrocarbon commodities.

Kene was born and raised in Nigeria. He obtained his law degree from Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar.  Subsequently, he obtained a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow before relocating to Calgary in 2007.  Prior to qualifying as a lawyer in Alberta, Kene worked as a supply chain professional for oil and gas majors for several years. 

In 2020, he was elected as the first Black bencher at the Law Society of Alberta in its 113-year history, and recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for 2021 by Canadian Lawyer magazine. 

Kene understands the value of giving back and is deeply involved in volunteering for various causes in the community. He volunteers at the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project with Pro Bono Law Alberta. He serves as a mentor to Black law students at the University of Calgary, to internationally trained lawyers through Global Lawyers of Canada, and immigrants through the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. He sits on the Boards of Calgary Black Chambers, Global Lawyers of Canada, and Our Saviour Anglican Church, Calgary.