Education & Show Business
The following years were spent at Glendon College (York University) studying Canadian history and literature. During this period, Dr. McIvor took up two primary extracurricular activities: drama and journalism. He was to obtain the lead role in two original Canadian plays, as well as supporting roles in both Canadian and American television and film productions. Most notably, he appeared twice on the Wayne and Shuster Comedy Hour and in the television series Police Surgeon. His weekly column in the University newspaper was widely read and often discussed (bilingualism, multiculturalism, national ideology, etc.).
It was also during this same period that he appeared as a model in several national advertising campaigns, notably for a Canadian Bank and a well-known jeans manufacturer.
In 1995, CN Real Estate was transferred to the Federal Government and a re-activated Crown Corporation – Canada Lands Company Limited was established to house these – and other – assets. Dr. McIvor was named Vice President of Public and Government Affairs of this new organization. His responsibilities continued to grow as he acted as a close advisor to the President and CEO, as well as to the Board of Directors, on most of the activities the Company was involved in across Canada. In July 2002, Dr. McIvor was given the responsibility of acquisitions and business development in conjunction with his vice presidential counterparts in the regions, and as such had extensive and on-going consultations with the central agencies and custodian departments of the Government of Canada. His title was expanded in September 2006 to Vice President, Strategic Acquisitions, Public and Government Affairs.
He left Canada Lands Company at the end of 2011 and became the Executive Director of the National Executive Forum on Public Property, an organization which brings together senior real property managers for various levels of government across Canada. He significantly grew the reach and advocacy role of that organization during his leadership there. Over the coming years, he was also retained by the World Bank to complete projects in India and Colombia and wrote a paper on Canada Lands Company for them as well. In 2014, Dr. McIvor joined Jesson Communications as a Senior Advisor and represented Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Fighter Jet in Canada, reporting to their HQ team in Washington.
Committee & Community Work
In late 1983, Dr. McIvor was elected to serve as Assistant to the President of the Wilfred-Pelletier Foundation, and as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Canadian Engineering Centennial Board.
In 1985, he was named to the Board of Directors of what was then one of Québec’s premier dance companies, the Ballet de Montréal Eddy Toussaint. During the same period, he joined both the Smithsonian Institute and the Association of Canadian Advertisers, as well as serving on several advisory boards for such institutions as the YWCA. In 1988, he became a member of the Chambre de Commerce de Montréal as well as the Montréal Board of Trade, and served as Chairman of the Communications Committee for the World Trade Centre. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs during this period, and went on to become the President of that organization. This Institute, which has since closed, was internationally recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent think tanks and Dr. McIvor remained as a member of its Special Advisory Council for over ten years. In 1989, he was named to the Board of Directors of the Harbourfront Reading Series in Toronto in recognition for his past literary work. He was also asked to handle the communications programs of The Trillium Foundation of Ontario, one of Canada’s largest and most active foundations. Early in 1992, Dr. McIvor joined the Board of Directors of Toronto’s Downtown Business Council. He also served that year as the Director of Media Relations for the YES/OUI Ontario/Canada Committee. In 1996, he was named to the Board of the Canadian Club and ultimately served as the President of that Institution. He was also on the Advisory Board of the Royal Roads University Business School in B.C. for several years. His Board commitments continued to grow as he served as a Governor for the Canadian Unity Council, and played an active role on committees of both the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Conference Board of Canada. Dr. McIvor also served as President and Chair of Le français pour l’avenir (“French for the Future”) and served as Chair of the Vision TV Foundation, continuing on as a Board member of Vision TV’s holding company, S-VOX, through November 2008. In 2005, he was appointed as Chair of the National Executive Forum on Public Property. In April 2008, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pointe-à-Callière Archeology Museum of Montréal and in February 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of l’Alliance Française de Toronto, and went on to become President and Chair of the Board. In June of 2014, Dr. McIvor was named the Chair of the Board of the Communications and Public Relations Foundation, an organization he joined in 2007, and maintained that role for several years.
In recent years, Dr. McIvor has become extremely involved with the Empire Club of Canada. After running the Speakers’ Committee for a number of years, he was named as President of the Club for the 2015-2016 season. He went on to act as Chair of the Club’s signature event, the “Nation Builder of the Year Award”, when it was founded in 2019 and acted as Chair or Co-Chair of the event in 2020 and 2021. After several years on the Board of the Empire Club Foundation, which takes the content generated by the Empire Club of Canada and gets it into educational facilities across the country, Dr. McIvor was named as President of the Foundation in 2021, a position he continues to hold today.