Dominic Barton


  • July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
  • July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024 


Dominic Barton, business and governance expert and former diplomat, currently serves as the University of Waterloo’s 11th Chancellor.

Born in Uganda, Barton completed a B.A. Honours in Economics from the University of British Columbia and studied at the University of Oxford’s Brasenose College on a Rhodes Scholarship.

He is currently Chair of Rio Tinto and LeapFrog Investments, an impact-investment firm focused on emerging markets. He is also a Senior Advisor and Partner at leading AI investment firm Radical Ventures.

Barton is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a board member of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and the Asia Pacific Foundation Canada.

From 2019 to 2021, Barton served as Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China; he was the Chair of Teck Resources from 2018 to 2019; and was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, serving as Global Managing Partner from 2009 to 2018.

His recognitions include the INSEAD Business Leader for the World Award, the Korean Order of Civil Merit (also known as the Peony Medal), the Singaporean Public Service Star, the Foreign Policy Association Corporate Social Responsibility Award, and Canada’s Public Policy Forum Testimonial Award.