Dominic Barton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dominic Barton
Dominic Barton.jpg
Dominic Barton at the 2009 World Economic Forum
Canadian Ambassador to China
Assumed office
September 5, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byJohn McCallum
Personal details
Born (1962-09-14) 14 September 1962 (age 57)
Kampala, Uganda
ResidenceBeijing, People's Republic of China
Alma mater
OccupationManagement Consultant

Dominic Barton (born 1962), known as Bao Damin (Chinese: 鲍达民) in China, is a Ugandan-born Canadian management consultant and business executive. He was the Managing Director of McKinsey & Company from 2009 to 2018. He previously sat on the advisory board of the state-run China Development Bank and has served as the Canadian ambassador to China since September 5, 2019.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Dominic Barton was born in Kampala, Uganda in 1962.[3][4] Barton's father was an Anglican missionary who helped develop a theology college in Uganda;[5] his mother was a nurse.[6][7] In his childhood, his family's house was occupied by general and future dictator Idi Amin, who was rising to power in Uganda at the time.[6] At age seven, his family moved from Uganda to the community of Sardis, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. [7]

Barton attended the University of British Columbia,[8] where he earned a Bachelor's degree in economics.[9] He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University, where he received an MPhil degree in economics.[10]


After graduating, Barton worked briefly as a currency analyst for N M Rothschild & Sons in London. In 1986, he was hired by McKinsey & Company to work in the company's Toronto office,[8][11] and worked from that office as a management consultant for eleven years.[3] He was nominated to be a partner earlier than normal, but was not promoted to that level until his third attempt.[12] [13]

Asian experience[edit]

In 1997, Barton moved to the McKinsey office in Seoul.[12] [14] [15][16] He enjoyed close relationships with the president and government of South Korea.[17][18] He parlayed those relationships into a role running McKinsey in Korea from 2000 to 2004.

He served as chairman for McKinsey in Asia from 2004 to 2009, operating out of Shanghai.[19][20][21] He co-edited a book of interviews based on his experiences in Asia, China Vignettes – An Inside Look At China, [22][23]

Managing Director[edit]

Barton's experience in Asia ultimately made him a strong candidate in the firm election as global managing director.[12]

In July 2009, he was elected to the position of Managing Director of McKinsey & Company, based on a vote of 400 senior partners.[12][11] He was re-elected to a second three-year term in 2012[8] and a third term in 2015. He was replaced by Kevin Sneader in 2018.[24]


On the 19th of June, 2018, Barton was named the 11th chancellor of the University of Waterloo, following his involvement in the HeForShe equity initiative.

Ambassador of Canada to China[edit]

On 4 September 2019, Barton was hand picked by Trudeau advisors as Canada's Ambassador to China.[25][26] The appointment raised concern about Barton's past ties with Chinese government institutions and interests.[2][27]

Honors, awards, and civic and philanthropic activities[edit]

In 2010, Barton was made an honorary fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. He is also on the board of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School.

He is a trustee of the Rhodes Trust and the Brookings Institution, and Chairman of the International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision. He is a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.[28] He is a member of the International Advisory Board at the University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government[29] and of the Board of Trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.[30] He is also a Strategic Advisor to FCLTGlobal, an organization that encourages a more long-term approach in business and investing, which he co-founded along with the CEOs of BlackRock, CPPIB, Dow and Tata in 2016.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology on the 24th of June 2016.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Barton, whose principal home is in London, was married to a Canadian and has two children.[32] He divorced in 2014, later remarrying and now[when?] has a one year old child.[citation needed]


  • Barton, Dominic; Newell, Roberto; Wilson, Gregory (October 2, 2002). Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-42973-9.
  • Barton, Dominic (2007). China Vignettes. Talisman Publishers. ISBN 978-981-05-8091-9.
  • Barton, Dominic; Rothschild, Lynn (May 15, 2012). "The case for inclusive capitalism". The Guardian.
  • Barton, Dominic; Charan, Ram; Carey, Dennis, People Before Strategy: A New Role for the CHRO, Harvard Business Review


  1. ^ VanderKlippe, Nathan; Fife, Robert; Morrow, Adrian (September 4, 2019). "Canada taps business consultant Dominic Barton as ambassador to Beijing amid diplomatic rift". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  2. ^ a b Chiu, Joanna; Nuttall, Jeremy (September 7, 2019). "Canada's new man in China lauded and scrutinized over past business with Beijing". Toronto Star. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Perkins, Tara; Erman, Boyd (February 23, 2009). "McKinsey names Canadian to top post". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Stern, Stefan (August 15, 2010). "A strategy for staying sacred". The Financial Times. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Contenta, Sandro (17 December 2016). "Dominic Barton, capitalism's go-to guy". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b Pitts, Gordon (August 17, 2009). "Dominic Barton's global challenge". The Globe and Mail. pp. B1.
  7. ^ a b "Chair of Morneau's council of economic advisers wants low carbon economy". CBC News. May 20, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Gwyther, Matthew (July 10, 2013). "McKinsey head Dominic Barton: 'We don't dominate the brain pool'". Management Today. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  9. ^ "Dominic Barton". Vancouver School of Economics at University of British Columbia. October 25, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Shifman, Allan (February 23, 2011). "Dominic Barton 101". Reuters. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Thurm, Scott (February 23, 2009). "McKinsey Partners Pick Barton to Lead Firm". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  12. ^ a b c d Pachner, Joanna (April 7, 2011). "McKinsey & Co.: The man behind the curtain". Canadian Business. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  13. ^ "The Popped Kernel: A Conversation with Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company". 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  14. ^ Gwyther, Matthew (July 10, 2013). "McKinsey head Dominic Barton: 'We don't dominate the brain pool'". Management Today. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  15. ^ Shifman, Allan (February 23, 2011). "Dominic Barton 101". Reuters. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  16. ^ Raghavan, Anita (January 11, 2014). "In Scandal's Wake, McKinsey Seeks Culture Shift". The New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  17. ^ Unknown author (April 24, 2013). "Dominic Barton, Biographical Summary". Boardroom Insiders. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  18. ^ Executive Summary | McKinsey & Company | Dominic Barton | Customer Intelligence
  19. ^ Dominic Barton Official Bio, McKinsey & Company, retrieved August 2, 2016
  20. ^ Shifman, Allan (February 23, 2011). "Dominic Barton 101". Reuters. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  21. ^ "Bear new McKinsey head in Seoul". The Korea Herald. January 17, 2004.
  22. ^ Stern, Stefan (August 15, 2010). "A strategy for staying sacred". The Financial Times. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  23. ^ Pitts, Gordon (March 26, 2017). "Dominic Barton's global management challenge". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  24. ^ Marriage, Madison. "McKinsey names Kevin Sneader new global managing partner". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  25. ^ Bains, Jessy (September 4, 2019). "Dominic Barton named Canada's ambassador to China".
  26. ^ "Prime Minister announces appointment of Dominic Barton as Ambassador to China". (Press release). PMO. September 4, 2019.
  27. ^ Chiu, Joanna; Nuttall, Jeremy (September 18, 2019). "Canada's new ambassador to China was already facing questions for his business ties. His marriage is raising more". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  28. ^
  29. ^ "Dominic Barton | Blavatnik School of Government". Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  30. ^ KAUST Board of Trustees.
  31. ^ "BCIT : : Convocation : : Awards of Distinction". Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  32. ^ Stern, Stefan (August 15, 2010). "A strategy for staying sacred". The Financial Times. Retrieved August 17, 2013.

External links[edit]

Business positions
Preceded by
Ian Davis
Managing director of McKinsey & Company, Inc.
2009– 2018
Succeeded by
Kevin Sneader