Seminar & Conference Keynote Speaker

Over the last twenty-five years Thad McIlroy has been a featured keynote speaker at seminars and conferences relating to the publishing industry across the U.S. and Canada and around the world. He also creates presentations for individual clients, both for senior management and for specialized workgroups.

As a book publishing consultant focused also on the broader issues that impact the publishing industry, he brings a wide perspective to his presentations. Topics include economic trends, mobile publishing, millennial adoption of technology as well as human resources and training challenges.

McIlroy is always a popular conference speaker, combining an in-depth technical knowledge with an irreverent sense of humor: not presenting technology too solemnly. He is customarily rated as one of the top speakers at the conferences he participates in.

“Fortunately, the keynote by Thad McIlroy was worth the wait.”
— Robin PeakInformation Today

“It is a pleasure to hear you speak about the industry we have all grown to love (and hate 😉 ).”
— Keith Kanak, BFC Integrated Print Management

What did you find most valuable at the IPA Technical Conference?

  • “Enjoyed Thad McIlroy the best.”
  • “McIlroy talk — made me think.”
  • “Thad’s presentation was very appropriate. Excellent decision to include him as a presenter.”

Recent seminar presentations have included:

McIlroy has delivered keynote presentations at Seybold Conferences, Magazines Canada Technical Conference, the Association of Catholic Publishers, the Gilbane Conference, XPLOR, the I S & T Annual Conference, Prepress Asia, the Digital Smart Factory and Digital Design World.

…and never forget to ask for questions from the audience.

Keynote speaking and seminar programs can be tailored to any length, from 20 minutes to a full-day program (30-90 minutes is most common). Fees are negotiable according to the length of presentation, the amount of preparation required and the travel involved.

For more information on seminar programs and keynote speeches please fill out the contact form or email me directly at