The Ivey Emerging Leaders Awards honour rising leaders from the global Ivey alumni community who have graduated within the past 10 years. Every year, in conjunction with Global Ivey Day (November 17, 2016), Emerging Leaders Awards are awarded to alumni who have made a significant impact in one of the following six award categories listed below.

2016 Emerging Leaders Award nominations are now closed.
Stay tuned for an announcement on the selected recipients.

Congratulations to Daniel Fuentes, MBA '17 Candidate, who was randomly selected from our draw and won a $100 Apple gift card.
 

For more information about the Emerging Leaders Awards, please contact gid@ivey.ca.

The 2015 Award Recipients:

Melissa Sariffodeen

Melissa Sariffodeen, HBA 2010

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Community Advancement Award honours an Ivey alumnus for having a significant impact in his/her community. The honouree will have contributed in areas which could include the environment, human welfare, education, arts, health care, culture, peace, etc.

Melissa (Crnic) Sariffodeen is a social entrepreneur who loves to build things that create opportunity, impact and have the power to change the world.

Melissa is a co-founder of both Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou - organizations promoting digital literacy in Canada. She is passionate about empowering women to become builders - not just consumers - of technology and dedicates her time (and heart) to help educate and equip Canadian women and youth with the important technical skills they need to thrive today and in the jobs of the future.

To date, Ladies Learning Code has taught over 24,000 women and youth through one of their programs coast to coast and they’re just getting started. 

Prior to Ladies Learning Code, Melissa spent time successfully building and scaling things (programs, products, processes and initiatives) at organizations like Deloitte, Canadian Tire and Freshii. 

Melissa graduated with an HBA from the Ivey Business School in 2010. 

 


Heather PayneHeather Payne, HBA 2009

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Community Advancement Award honours an Ivey alumnus for having a significant impact in his/her community. The honouree will have contributed in areas which could include the environment, human welfare, education, arts, health care, culture, peace, etc.

Heather Payne is the CEO of HackerYou, Canada's original programming bootcamp and the only one of dozens around North America founded by women. HackerYou offers both full- and part-time courses for people who want to learn front-end development, back-end development or design. Serving over 600 students a year, HackerYou operates a 12,000-square foot facility in the heart of downtown Toronto at Queen & Spadina.

In 2011, Heather founded Ladies Learning Code, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that runs popular workshops for women (and men, and girls and boys) who want to learn computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Ladies Learning Code now has chapters in 22 cities across Canada and thriving programs for youth. In 2012, Heather spent a year working on a project for the Mozilla Foundation: her job was to build a community of people and organizations in Toronto who care about raising youth as creators - not just consumers - of technology and the web. The project was granted $365,000 in funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Heather was the first investor in ShopLocket (acquired in 2014 by PCH International), and was recently named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Trendsetters & Trailblazers category, as well as one of the Globe and Mail's Top 12 Canadian "Innovators at Work."

Heather graduated with an HBA from the Ivey Business School in 2009. 

 


Ryan LittleRyan Little, MBA 2006

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Global Impact Award honors an Ivey alumnus for embracing a global perspective and promoting the growth of international business. The honouree will have experience spanning diverse cultures and have had a strong commercial impact by leveraging opportunities across countries and regions.

Ryan Little leads the social finance practice at the BMW Foundation, where he is responsible for originating, vetting, negotiating and managing the Foundation’s investments in both social enterprises and impact funds. He works closely with German and international partners to import and adapt best practices from the field into Germany, where the Foundation is playing a leading role in creating the social finance ecosystem. He is a regular speaker and writer worldwide on topics ranging from early-stage investment to green economic policy.

Prior to joining the BMW Foundation, Ryan was co-founder and Vice President, Business Development of StormFisher Biogas, one of the first major initiatives in the biogas subsector of renewable energy in North America, and the developer of the largest operating biogas plant on the continent. Ryan has been involved in social enterprise and social finance since 2000, when, after exiting Avenir, his business-to-business e-commerce firm, he co-founded the charity CanadaHelps. The country’s largest online donations platform and digital knowledge source for charities, CanadaHelps has facilitated more than $600 million in charitable donations from one million Canadian donors to over 14,000 charities.

Ryan holds an MBA from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. from Queen’s University. He is Coordinator for Social Startups for the German Association of Startups (Bundesverband Deutsche Startups), and a member of the Board of Advisors for CanadaHelps, and Lions of Science (Kenya). He is based in Berlin, Germany.

 

Greg GunnGreg Gunn, MBA 2010

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Corporate Development Award honours an Ivey alumnus for making outstanding strategic contributions which support his/her corporation’s growth and/or pursuit of corporate objectives. This honouree will have driven results beyond his/her position’s expectations via a thorough plan and a directed effort.

Greg Gunn launched the HootSuite Enterprise Sales team and currently heads up partnerships, integrations and international expansion for the social media dashboard leader. His passion for people, technology and data has driven his career towards developing successful SaaS business solutions where the three intersect.

Greg earned both a BCOM from the University of Victoria and an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Combining practical experience with comprehensive research, Greg was the lead on projects focused around digital strategy, online commerce and hybrid business models. Outside of his professional endeavors Greg can be found enjoying basketball, photography and is a “semi-professional” wedding MC.

 

Craig FolletCraig Follett, HBA 2008

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Entrepreneurship Award honours an Ivey alumnus who, by taking risks, strategically creates and grows a successful business. The individual will have started a business based on a new idea, a new product/service offering and/or a new business model, and have achieved a recognized level of success.

Craig is Co-founder & CEO of universe.com - the social marketplace for events. Universe was acquired by Live Nation Entertainment NYSE:LYV (Ticketmaster) in 2015, where Craig currently serves as Vice President.

 At Universe, Craig raised over $2.75 million from angel and VC investors, led the company's strategy, successfully executed a successful pivot (from sharing economy marketplace → event marketplace), oversaw the company's acquisition of its universe.com domain name, led product development resulting in (among other innovations) the launch of four iOS & Android apps and the company's embeddable widget, and defined and grew the marketplace's LTV:CAC ratio, bringing Universe from concept → launch → growth.

Craig is a classically trained software engineer and business analyst, with hands on experience at BCG, Credit Suisse and in product development and software engineering roles. Craig advised tech companies on M&A and corporate finance while at Credit Suisse's technology investment banking group in San Francisco. At BCG, Craig advised tech companies on strategy & operations, in Canada, US, Italy and Austria.

In 2008, Craig graduated with an HBA from Ivey Business School, earning the distinction of Ivey Scholar, and concurrently graduated with a BESc in Software Engineering from Western University, with Distinction. Craig is an avid rock climber and world traveler.

Harrison ReillyHarrison Reilly, HBA 2016 Candidate

The Ivey Emerging Student Leadership Award honours a current Ivey student (at the time of nomination) who, in the eyes of their peers, demonstrates leadership potential based on his/her contribution to the Ivey community or volunteerism/community outreach or civic engagement activities while studying at Ivey.

Harrison is an HBA student who is driven to be an integral member of the Western community and impact students across campus through active extracurricular involvement, academic engagement and a positive attitude. Since joining the Western community in 2012, Harrison has been involved in many charitable initiatives in the London community, including his involvement on Western’s Charity Orientation Team and work with Dignitas International. As a member of Western’s Charity Orientation Committee for two years, Harrison helped execute service learning opportunities for incomming first year students and helped facilitate the fundraising of over $200,000 for The Terry Fox Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Furthermore, Harrison has been volunteering with Dignitas International for the past six years, and brought his passion for the organization to Western campus. Dignitas is a medical and research organization dedicated to transforming patient health and health care systems for the most vulnerable people. Harrison is currently the acting President of the Dignitas Youth Western Chapter and has helped run three successful bike-a-thon fundraising events and various social and educational opportunities on behalf of the organization in the London community.

Since entering Ivey in 2014, Harrison has focused his efforts on being a well-rounded student, who meaningfully contributes to all aspects of the Ivey community. In HBA1, Harrison participated in many case competitions, clubs and the Ivey Community Consulting Project. During HBA2, Harrison continued to explore various leadership and diverse learning opportunities. Currently, he is an Executive Guru for Ivey’s Orientation Program and the Co-Chair of Ivey Leaders Forum, the largest student-run conference in the HBA program. Additionally, Harrison is proud to be VP Communications for Out at Ivey, the business school’s LGBTQ and allies organization, which is dedicated to fostering an inclusive community for all students, faculty and alumni at Ivey. 

Caroline FlammerCaroline Flammer, Ivey Faculty

The Ivey Emerging Academic Leadership Award honours an Ivey alumnus for making a significant contribution to the field of academia. This honouree will have contributed influential thought leadership and research to a given field of expertise and/or have meaningfully impacted the education of others.

Caroline Flammer is an assistant professor of strategy at the Ivey Business School. Before joining Ivey in 2013, she was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT Sloan School of Management. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of St. Gallen.

Caroline's research interests are in the area of competitive strategy. In particular, she studies the antecedents and consequences of long-term corporate strategies such as innovation and corporate social responsibility. A common theme of her research is that long-term strategies can create value and improve firms’ competitiveness. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and the Strategic Management Journal. Caroline is the recipient of the prestigious Moskowitz Prize for Best Paper in Socially Responsible Investing, the FIR-PRI Award for Best Published Paper in Finance and Sustainability, the Glueck Best Paper Award of the BPS Division of the Academy of Management, and most recently, the 2015 ARCS Sustainability Scholar Award. She teaches Corporations & Society: Business Strategy and Sustainability in Ivey's HBA program.

About the Award:

In 2010 the Ivey Alumni Network established a new portfolio of awards, the Emerging Leaders Award, to honour a group of rising leaders from the global Ivey alumni community. This annual award recognizes the best examples of our leadership qualities, and serves as a vehicle to promote and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our recipients. Six categories were set up to reflect the Ivey mission:

 

  • Community Advancement The Ivey Emerging Leader in Community Advancement Award honours an Ivey alum for having a significant impact in his/her community. The honouree will have contributed in areas which could include the environment, human welfare, education, arts, health care, culture, peace, etc.
  • Global Impact The Ivey Emerging Leader in Global Impact Award honors an Ivey alum for embracing a global perspective and promoting the growth of international business. The honouree will have experience spanning diverse cultures and have had a strong commercial impact by leveraging opportunities across countries and regions.
  • Corporate Development The Ivey Emerging Leader in Corporate Development Award honours an Ivey alum for making outstanding strategic contributions which support his/her corporation’s growth and/or pursuit of corporate objectives. This honouree will have driven results beyond his/her position’s expectations, via a thorough plan and a directed effort.
  • Entrepreneurship The Ivey Emerging Leader in Entrepreneurship Award honours an Ivey alum who, by taking risks, strategically creates and grows a successful business. The individual will have started a business based on a new idea, a new product/service offering and/or a new business model, and have achieved a recognized level of success.
  • Student Leadership The Ivey Emerging Student Leadership Award honours a current Ivey student (at time of nomination) who, in the eyes of their peers, demonstrates leadership potential based on his/her contribution to the Ivey community or volunteerism/community outreach or civic engagement activities while studying at Ivey.
  • Academic Leadership The Ivey Emerging Academic Leadership Award honours an Ivey faculty member for making a significant contribution to the field of academia. This honouree will have contributed influential thought leadership and research to a given field of expertise and/or have meaningfully impacted the education of others (not awarded in 2013).

Previous Honourees

2014

Global Impact - Amanda Armstrong, HBA 10 (Toronto, Canada) 

Entrepreneurship - Ankur Bansal, HBA 09 (Toronto, Canada) 

Corporate Development - Anuj Ranjan, MBA 06 (Mumbai, India)

Community Advancement - Jason Inch, MBA 04 (Shanghai, China)

Student Leadership - Alexander Palkovsky, HBA 15 (London, Canada)

Academic Leadership - Jean-Philippe Vergne, Ivey Faculty (London, Canada)

2013

Community Advancement - Mariam Hashmi, HBA '05, MBA '08 ’08 (Toronto, Canada) 

Global Impact - Raymond Tam, EMBA '05

Corporate Development - Matthew Logue, HBA '05 (Toronto, Canada) 

Entrepreneurship - Erik Mikkelsen, HBA '06 (Toronto, Canada) (co-awarded)

Entrepreneurship - Robert Cherun, HBA '04 (Toronto, Canada) (co-awarded)

Student Leadership - Rich Hilsden, MBA '14 (London, Canada)

2012

Global Impact - Scott Friedmann, HBA ’95 (New York, USA)

Entrepreneurship - Rahim Fazal, MBA ’06 (California, USA)

Corporate Development - Ben Lu, MBA ’01 (Beijing, China)

Community Advancement - Jory Cohen, HBA ’10 (Toronto, Canada)

Student Leadership - Chris Janssen, HBA ’13 (London, Canada)

Academic Leadership - Nicole Haggerty, HBA ’89 PhD ’04 (London, Canada)

2011

Global Impact - Nicole Verkindt, HBA '07 (Toronto, Canada)

Entrepreneurship - James Polson, EMBA '11 (Hong Kong)

Corporate Development - Mark Malerba, HBA '03 (London, Canada)

Community Advancement - Josh Silvertown, MBA '07 (Toronto, Canada)

Student Leadership - Ghaznia Khan, MSc '12 (London, Canada)

2010

Global Impact - Vanessa Aiello, MBA ’04 (London, UK)

Entrepreneurship -  Dominic Penaloza, HBA ’92 (Shanghai, China)  

Corporate Development - Dev Srinivasan, MBA ’03 (Toronto, Canada)

Community AdvancementUma Venkataramaiah, MBA ‘08 (Toronto, Canada)