Joel McKay

Northern Development Initiative Trust

Joel McKay is an award-winning writer and economic development professional. He was appointed CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust, the economic development organization for northern B.C., in 2016. He was appointed to the board of Destination BC in 2018 and the board of governors of the University of Northern British Columbia in 2020.

NON-PROFIT CAUSE: AutismBC. Our eldest daughter was diagnosed with autism several years ago, so ensuring there are supports for her and others like her is a top priority.
GREATEST SUCCESS: Building a highly productive, values-focused team and culture.
SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE: My partner, Debra Larsen. I’ve never met anyone with as much grit, determination and love.