Ian Gerard McKay was appointed CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission in September 2013. Prior to this appointment, Ian served as the National Director for the Liberal Party of Canada. A native of Penticton, British Columbia, he has led a distinguished career as an executive in international financial markets, as well as a political advisor to federal cabinet ministers. Ian’s career in the financial markets began in 1987 in New York when he was recruited out of UBC by Euro Brokers International Inc.
From there, he went to Japan as Managing Director of Euro Brokers Tokyo. In 1998, Ian was seconded to London, England as Joint Managing Director of Euro Brokers London. Between 2006 and 2009, Ian worked for ICAP Capital Markets Inc. as the Director of Business Development (Canada).
From 2001-2005, Ian served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Industry under Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Prime Minister Paul Martin. Ian studied Political Science and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, and holds a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from Queen’s University.
The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) works to position Vancouver as a globally recognized city for innovative, creative and sustainable companies through the attraction of smart capital, smart talent and smart businesses.