Former Canadian Ambassador to China | Global Managing Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company
For more than 30 years, Dominic Barton was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, spending nine years as their global managing partner. In 2019, he was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to China, completing his term in 2021. Sharing deep insight into geopolitics, corporate sustainability, and governance, Barton shares his wealth of global business experience to help audiences better navigate today’s changing world.
Barton is currently the chair of Rio Tinto and LeapFrog Investments, an impact-investment firm focused on emerging markets. He is also the chancellor of the University of Waterloo, an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of the founders of FCLT Global (Focusing Capital on the Long Term), and the co-author of four books, including Talent Wins.
Barton served as chairman of Teck Resources and as non-executive director of the Singtel Group in Singapore and Investor AB in Sweden. He was also an advisory board member of the Olayan Group, a private family-owned company; chair of Standard Chartered Bank’s International Advisory Council; chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth; and chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council.
In addition, Barton was a senior trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Barton is the recipient of eight honourary doctorates from the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Edinburgh, among others. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in economics and earned a Master of Philosophy in economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.