Ken Reynolds earned his BA from Trent University and his MA and PhD from McGill University. After graduation he worked as a freelance historian before joining the public service as a historian with the Department of National Defence. His duties include work on military flags and Colours and he currently serves on the Executive Board of the North American Vexillological Association. He has also been fortunate enough to conduct battlefield tours in Europe, participate in the identification of Canadian war dead, and deploy to Afghanistan on two occasions as a war diarist.
The Canadian Red Ensign was the de facto Canadian national flag from 1868 until 1965 when it was replaced by the maple leaf design. Based on the ensign flown by British merchant ships since 1707, the three successive formal designs of the Canadian Red Ensign bore the Canadian coats of arms of 1868, 1921 and 1957.