Considered one of Canada’s most intriguing public servants and
business leaders, Frank McKenna's fascinating career spans almost four
In 1987, he led the Liberal Party of New Brunswick to a landslide
provincial victory, winning all 58 seats in the legislature. It was a
sweep achieved only once before in Canadian history, by Walter
Lea’s Liberal party in PEI in 1935.
As premier of New Brunswick, Mr. McKenna dramatically modernized and
reformed the province’s healthcare and education systems. Dubbed
“the best salesman any province ever had” by the Globe and
Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, his bold economic and social
policy innovations also won unprecedented favour with the
province’s business community.
After leading three consecutive majority governments, Mr. McKenna
stepped down from his post, honouring a promise to his wife that he
would not serve a day longer than 10 years.
In 2005, Mr. McKenna headed to Washington, navigating contentious
bilateral trade and security issues as Canada’s Ambassador to the
United States. Stepping away from public service in 2006, Mr. McKenna
became a sought-after corporate director.
Today, as Deputy Chairman at TD, he is responsible for supporting the
Bank in its customer acquisition strategy, particularly in the area of
Wholesale and Commercial Banking.
Mr. McKenna’s extraordinary leadership and service have been
recognized with numerous awards, including his appointment to the Order
of Canada in 2008.