Ian McCormack

Ian McCormack


Edmonton, Alberta

Providing Guidance | Advice | Capacity And Independence To Organizations

Ian McCormack is a keynote speaker, certified management consultant who lives in the space between appointed or elected officials & organizations’ managers. Ian McCormack provide guidance, advice, capacity and independence to organizations in local government, post secondary, and social service sectors.
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Since 2000, Ian McCormack has worked on governance and structural reviews, strategy development and implementation, and orientations or refreshers for boards of directors and elected officials. Over many years of working with elected officials across Canada, Ian McCormack has gained some insight into the principles of great governance in action. He has done this both as a government employee and as a business adviser in the private sector. As a nationally recognized Certified Management Consultant (CMC) Ian McCormack is passionate to guide and assist on solving the unique risks and challenges faced by various organizations within the non profit, public and private sectors in Canada regarding governance, leadership, innovation, community and organizational development.

Ian McCormack works with clients of all levels to build on existing strengths, bring awareness to global best practices and create a unified vision for future of their organization. He is able to blend the macro vision with the micro recommendations are practical, strategic, sustainable, innovative and grounded in the characteristics that make each organization distinct and successful. Now more than ever, organizations must identify the “why” of their existence and the groups and individuals who are impacted whenever a business decision is made.

It is critical for boards themselves to develop their own standards based on what is important to all stakeholders and then be able to articulate the critical values that are important to the development of the standards themselves. The process of developing standards based on critical values enables boards to better understand their business or organization.

In better understanding their operations and outlining their standards the leadership creates great strategic opportunities to build the organization or uncover risks that you would not see before. Ian McCormack is passionate to elevate new thinking for strategic positioning to manage internal/external social and economic pressures that are unique to each organization.  Through the inclusion of diverse stakeholders and outlining innovative processes, boards are then able to establish their business purpose based on the organizations values for better business decisions.

In doing so, Ian McCormack leads the board through a process where the board and all stakeholders are seriously committed to talk about purpose. This process identify the essential stakeholders in developing the business purpose, so that the board is better is better positioned to understand the implications of their decisions when determining the best interests of the organization. It also provides insight to the responsibilities and roles within the board itself that are based on the established business purpose. Ian McCormack brings metrics and strategy for social accounting that is measurable, instead of nice statements of intention. These social accounting systems do not fit for every organization, however they can measure critical values and objectives of the organization and account for their ability to achieve their goals.

Ian McCormack is an expert on governance and provides guidance, advice, capacity, independence & strategy for board operations, bylaw/policy development and community consultation. He works with all types and levels of organizations in government, government agencies, associations and communities around the world. His book “Who’s Driving the Grader and Other Governance Questions” takes a conversational tone to build the competencies to be able to understand the value that is being created or destroyed by the organization.  The book is based on real-world experiences and filled with ‘Ianisims’ about how we go from good to great governance while keeping the community’s best interests at the heart of all decisions.


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Who's Driving the Grader

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Excerpts from Ian’s first book, Who’s Driving the Grader and Other Governance Questions, are explored based on the audience’s desires. Have you ever wondered whether governments need to ‘stop doing stupid stuff’ or how you can meet people where they are’? These are just two of the over 20 topics that can be explored.

The Dna of Great Leaders

The Glaring Governance Gap

Ethics for Elected Officials

Effective Council- Management Relationship


I wanted to extend my appreciation and to thank all of you for helping make the Spark Ideas, Ignite Passion 2021 Virtual Conference such a success! Our team had a blast hosting you, and hopefully, you were able to make some great connections.

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