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Brian Rolfes

Partner, Global Recruiting, Toronto
Leads McKinsey & Company’s global recruiting and promotes diversity in the firm

About Brian

Brian leads global talent acquisition for McKinsey and is based in the Toronto office. He has been with McKinsey for more than 25 years, holding several client-service and people-development roles within the firm prior to beginning his role in recruitment. Brian is one of McKinsey’s global diversity and inclusion leaders, serving as a cofounder of GLAM—McKinsey’s network for LGBTQ+ affinity—in 1995. Today, the organization has grown to include more than 1000 colleagues and 5000 allies, and he continues to colead it globally.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Brian was a lawyer and an aspiring human-rights academic. He is called to the Canadian legal bars of Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Currently, Brian leads the Ontario Rhodes Scholarship selection committee and sits on the board of directors of the Stratford Festival Theatre. He also served as the chair of the board of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto in 2003, when it successfully argued before the courts for equal marriage in Canada. In 2018, the Financial Times of London included Brian in its top 20 global OUTstanding Role Models list of LGBTQ+ leaders.


University of Cambridge
LLM, human rights

University of Saskatchewan

University of Oxford
BA, jurisprudence (Rhodes Scholar)

Carleton University
BA, public administration