Ian McKay

Ambassador of Canada to Japan

Ian Gerard McKay is a Canadian executive who has led a distinguished career in business and politics.

Mr. McKay worked for 18 years as a senior executive in the financial markets in New York, Tokyo, London, Vancouver and Calgary. As well, he worked for eight years as a political advisor in Ottawa, serving under two Prime Ministers, and as CEO of the Liberal Party of Canada. In February of 2018 he was appointed as the inaugural CEO of Invest in Canada.

Immediately prior to his appointment Mr. McKay was recognized for assisting in the successful final negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Japan.

Mr. McKay was appointed as Ambassador of Canada to Japan on April 15, 2021.

Mr. McKay has been featured by dozens of news outlets, including: The Hill Times, CBC/Radio-Canada, iPolitics, The Toronto Star, The National Post, the Globe and Mail, amongst others. He is fluent in Japanese, loves hockey and golf and is a native of Penticton, British Columbia.