Dominic Barton

Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

Former Board Member
Century Initiative
Co-Founder & Former Board Member
Former Board Member


Dominic Barton was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China in 2019. Prior to his nomination, Ambassador Barton was a Global Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company. Ambassador Barton has also served as Chairman of Teck Resources, Non-Executive Director at the Singtel Group in Singapore, and Investor AB in Sweden. He was also a board member of the Olayan Group, a private family-owned company.

In 2016, Ambassador Barton became Chair for the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Prior to this nomination, he served on a number of other councils including the Seoul International Business Advisory Council and the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council. Mr. Barton is also one of the founders of Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLTGlobal).

In 2018, Ambassador Barton was named Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He has also served on the University of Toronto Psychiatry Campaign Cabinet, where he engaged in volunteer support, community outreach, and leadership development. In addition to these roles, he has also been involved in the Malala Fund, HeForShe initiative, and Mastercard Foundation to create employment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Barton co-founded Century Initiative and served as a board member from 2013 to 2019.