Event Description

The Business Council of British Columbia is delighted to host David I. McKay, President & CEO of RBC as the keynote speaker for our 2019 Chair's Dinner.

From competing for and developing talent with the skills needed to thrive in the jobs of the future to the debate over data, resources and Canadian competitiveness, Mr. McKay not only contributes a measured and informed voice to the national dialogue, but supports his thought leadership with meaningful action. Mr. McKay will speak about what he sees as Canada's challenges for the 2020's, including the effects of the slowing global macroeconomic forecast and the changing nature of work given the exponential impact of technological transformation.

Digital technologies, including automation, AR/VR, artificial intelligence, 5G, big data and blockchain, will transform our economies, industries, workplaces, and public and private institutions whether we are ready or not. As we consider the ingredients for medium-term growth in our country, more collaborative and forward-thinking approaches are needed with respect to governing and using data to inform our decisions and research, cultivating innovation, and attracting and retaining talent. There is a growing urgency to act so that our businesses, governments, workforces and young people are equipped to compete with other advanced economies in a rapidly approaching future we are only used to seeing on the movie screen.

Join fellow thought leaders in business, academia, First Nations and government to engage in a provocative discussion about the global and national trends impacting the future of our economy and society. Past speakers include Dominic Barton of McKinsey, Elyse Allan of GE, retired Globe and Mail Columnist, Jeffrey Simpson and David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic.

We look forward to hearing Mr. McKay's insights and perspective on how in the face of so much uncertainty and volatility, business leaders can embrace this opportunity to lead and succeed with purpose.


Table of 8 - $1,700 + GST

Half Table of 4 - $900 + GST

Individual - $225 + GST

  • Location:Fairmont Waterfront, Waterfront Ballroom
  • Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm



Dave McKay is President and CEO of RBC, Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization. Dave is credited with helping transform the bank’s retail division and introduce new technology that has enabled RBC to adapt and evolve to rapidly-changing consumer demands. Appointed President and CEO in 2014, the following year he led the acquisition of City National Corporation, creating a platform for growth with institutional, corporate and high net worth clients in the U.S.

Dave started his career at RBC in 1988 as a computer programmer before moving to the organization’s retail banking arm. He then held progressively senior roles in Canada and Japan in retail and business banking, group risk management, and corporate banking, ultimately becoming Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking in 2012. Dave was named ‘Retail Banker of the Year’ in 2012 and 2015 by Retail Banker International.

An unwavering champion for Canada’s innovation ecosystem, Dave is leading RBC’s support for and partnerships with universities, start-ups and accelerators, particularly in transformational technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. He is also a passionate advocate for youth, promoting the benefits of work-integrated learning and supporting the development of RBC Future Launch, a 10-year, $500 million commitment to help young people build the skills and capabilities required to succeed in a changing world.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and an honorary Doctor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. He also holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) and is a member of the U.S. Financial Services Roundtable Board, the Business Council of Canada, and the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board. He is the co-chair of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, which harnesses the strengths of Canada’s top businesses, universities and colleges to deepen collaboration and improve opportunities for young Canadians, with a particular focus on work-integrated learning.


  • 5:30pm
    Networking Reception
  • 6:30pm
  • 7:30pm
  • 9:00pm
    Event Concludes