Ian Gerard McKay is a Canadian executive who has led a distinguished career in business and politics. In February 2018, Ian was appointed the inaugural CEO of Invest in Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Immediately prior to his appointment he 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.
Ian entered the financial markets prior to completing his studies at the University of British Columbia in 1987, when he was recruited as a derivatives broker by EuroBrokers International in New York. From there, Ian led a NY based team to Tokyo, where EuroBrokers launched its Asian operations. Ian became Managing Director of the firm in Tokyo, spending 12 years there. In 1999, Ian was seconded to London England to become joint Managing Director of EuroBrokers London. Between 2006 and 2009, Ian worked for ICAP Capital Markets Inc. NY as the Director of Canadian Energy Markets.
As well as an 18 year career in the financial market in New York, Tokyo, London and Calgary, Ian worked in Ottawa where he spent four years serving as Senior Policy Advisor to three cabinet ministers under Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin. From March 2010 to May 2013 he served as the National Director and CEO of the Liberal Party of Canada. Following his time in Ottawa, Ian returned to Vancouver where he served five years as the CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission, the City of Vancouver’s economic development agency, from 2013 until 2018. He is a native of Penticton, British Columbia.