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Nancy MacKay

Founder & CEO of MacKay CEO Forums

Nancy is the CEO of MacKay CEO Forums, the results-focused, peer learning organization for CEOs and Top Executives. Nancy is a highly regarded and sought after leader who specializes in accelerating CEO performance.


North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The Talent Advantage: Six Strategies to Win the War for Talent
Are you winning or losing the war for talent? Discover six strategies that you can employ immediately to help turn you and your organization into a victor in the talent wars.

  • Dr. Nancy MacKay was the keynote speaker at the 2009 CIO Association of Canada Peer Forum. The over 150 attendees, mostly Chief Information Officers, rated her the best speaker of the conference for her talk on Winning the War for Talent in a Dismal Economy. She gave real world examples how CIOs can implement six strategies to ensure that CIOs win the talent wars. For the attendees to rate a non-technology related speaker as the best, is truly an achievement.

    - Founder and former President CIO Canada, CEO Inventure Solutions
  • Thank you so much for your engaging presentation on "The Talent Advantage" to some of our clients today. Your presentation was of immense value to our group. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

    - President & CEO, Miles Employment Group
  • Your keynotes on "The Talent Advantage" for our client councils across Canada were excellent! Your entertaining and interactive approach along with all of your practical tips on how to help our clients win the war for talent were thought provoking and inspirational for participants. In the current economy your topic is timely!

    - SVP, Business Development and Marketing
  • Your keynote on the Talent Advantage was entertaining, interactive, and full of rapid fire practical tips. You opened our minds and motivated us to learn more about how to become better leaders.

    - BC region Tax Leader, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Thank you for speaking again this year at the 5th Annual Women & Leadership Summit in Toronto. Your presentation was ranked #1 by the attendees! I really appreciate your commitment to delivering such a high calibre session and I know the attendees found great value in it. We hope that you will be available to present at next year's summit.

    - Conference Editor, Corporate Learning Federated Press

Summary Profile

Passionate about accelerating CEO performance through peer learning, Nancy is a CEO coach, dynamic keynote speaker, and published author. Nancy focuses on strategy and culture, is the driving force behind the firm’s strategic alliances and is a strong advocate of recognizing the incredible CEO talent we have in Canada. MacKay CEO Forums is an alliance partner of the Deloitte Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program and the Waterstone Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Program.

Nancy founded MacKay CEO Forums in 2004, after seeing first hand the tremendous value of having CEOs come together to learn from each other, and to help each other deal with their toughest issues and challenges.  With an unwavering commitment to this vision, MacKay CEO Forums is the highest impact and least time-intensive peer group for results-oriented CEOs across Canada.

Nancy got her start as a University professor teaching in the business faculty of several universities, including Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo and Lincoln University in New Zealand. She holds a Masters degree in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in Business from Canterbury University in New Zealand. Nancy co-authored “The Talent Advantage” by Wiley Publishing and continues to write thought provoking articles for major business magazines, as well as MacKay CEO Forums’ “The CEO Edge”.

Nancy is on the board of Partnerships for a Drug Free Canada, a member of the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Gala Cabinet, Vice-Chair on the Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Board of Governors and founding Chair of the newly launched, national CEO awards program for Canada’s Most Admired CEOs. Nancy resides in North Vancouver, BC with her husband and business partner, Robert, and their two children