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July 7, 2014

MBA Ivey Impact Day - Ivey's MBA Students Give Back to the Community

Ivey Impact Day 2014On Monday July 7, 2014, the Ivey MBA Class of 2015 and the Ivey Impact Club held their annual MBA Ivey Impact Day. Wearing T-shirts funded by the RBC Foundation, the students donated more than 300 volunteer hours to five non-profit organizations in London, including ReForest London and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Through this event, students support and partner with the community, and create lasting impact in the city. Read the full story here.


June 4, 2014

Ivey Idea Forum - Partnering for Sustainability: The Secret to Extraordinary Impact

Partnering IMG 1 On June 4, join Ivey Associate Professor Oana Branzei, Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) researcher Barbara Gray, and Living Planet @Work’s two key champions, HP’s Frances Edmonds and the WWF’s Adrienne Lo, as they discuss what it takes to create a truly sustainable partnership. This interactive session will offer advice and tools for creating successful collaborative partnerships that create extraordinary impact. For details, click here. For a video of the event, click here.



May 13, 2014

Jeff Golfman (HBA '90) awarded 2013 3M Environmental Innovation Award

Rsz 1Golfman Straw SmJeff Golfman (HBA '90), CEO and co-founder of Prairie Paper Ventures, was awarded the 2013 3M Environmental Innovation Award for his work in developing 'tree-free' paper. Co-founded with environmentalist and actor Woody Harrelson, Prairie Paper Ventures manufactures and markets paper made of 80% wheat straw. For the complete story, including a video about Jeff Golfman and the paper-making process, click here.



March 17-20, 2014

Starbucks Sustainability Contest

Coffee MugsThe Ivey Sustainability Club is hosting a contest for all students and faculty to participate in. From March 17-20 students are encouraged to purchase coffee from Starbucks using a reusable mug. For every coffee purchased with a reusable mug a ticket will be given to put in the draw. The grand prize is a large black Ivey duffle bag, with smaller prizes such as gift cards included as well. The draw will be held Friday March 21 at 1pm. 



March 12, 2014

Social Spark Year End Event

Social Spark Logo Sept18_2013Social Spark will be holding their end of year event on March 12 at 7:30pm in the UCC, Room 66. Greg Overholt, the founder of multinational student-led charity Student Offering Support (SOS), will give a keynote on his journey in social entrepreneurship - how his idea became one of the most innovative student-driven social enterprises in North America.

In attendance will be 4 other social businesses from London for students and faculty to network with.


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March 6, 2014

Sustainability Capital Award

Living WallIvey is pleased to announce that two HBA students Jackie Michie and Divya Mehan won the Sustainability Capital Award. The contest had 44 applicants from the MBA program, HBA program, and Ivey faculty. The winning idea is to build a living wall within the new Ivey building. The wall will demonstrate Ivey's dedication to sustainability, will be a natural air filter, and cancel noise within the building. 



March 6, 2014

MBA Sustainability Conference: A Cross-Sector Perspective

Ivey SustainabilityIvey was honoured to welcome three global leaders in Sustainability: Judy Fairburn (Cenovus Energy Inc.), Peter Johnson (TD Bank Group), and Siamak Hariri (Hariri Pontarini Architects). Speakers addressed the challenges, risks, and collaboration associated with implementing global sustainability initiatives. From learning about the LEED scorecard to the Sustainability Pillars at TD, the audience was able to learn how sustainability is shaping our future in every industry. 


March 5, 2014

Social Innovation at Ivey Forum

Oana BranzeiIvey was pleased to welcome over 30 global sustainability leaders at the 2014 Social Innovation at Ivey Forum. The event was a huge success with over 150 students, faculty, and members of the London community attending the event. The day long event consisted of speakers Andrew Steele, Kelsey Ramsden and Ashley Good teaching the importance of failing forward and playing forward. Organizations represented at the event include: London Community Foundation, You Cafe, Women’s Community House, Marry Mount, My Sisters Place, Fail Forward, and Loyalty One. 


February 4, 2014

Ivey Sustainability Certificate Information Session

Ivey SustainabilityIvey will be hosting an information session for HBA students on the Ivey Sustainability Certificate Program. The event will consist of lunch, application information, and alumni and current Sustainability Certificate student speakers. Speakers will share their experience with the Sustainability Certificate and the role sustainability now plays in their lives and careers.  The event will take place in room 2120 from 1-2. 


Venture Consulting Clinic

January 29, 2014

Social Spark Venture Clinic: Textbooks for ChangeSocial Spark is organizing it's first Venture Clinic of the year. In a Venture Clinic, students will learn about a social venture (Textbooks for Change). Afterwards, the social entrepreneur presents a problem the venture is currently facing. Participants engage in an informal and intimate discussion with each other and the entrepreneur on potential solutions. The event starts at 5 PM on January 29th and is free!


January 26, 2014

Sustainability Capital Award

Ivey Sustainability Capital Award Logo SquareLeaving their legacy: The Ivey community is pulling together to improve the Ivey Building and community.

Ivey has set aside $25,000 to implement ideas from students, faculty and staff to make our building a more sustainable, vibrant space.  The Ivey community shared nearly 40 ideas, which will be evaluated by the Ivey Sustainability Council.  The best ideas will be implemented and a permanent plaque will be erected to recognize the owner's contribution.  For more information on the award, visit:


December 1, 2013

Ivey Connects Holiday Party

Ivey Connects Holiday Party 2013On December 1, Ivey HBAs partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of London to bring a piece of Christmas to over 50 children. Fifty student volunteers organized gingerbread making, decorating, reindeer games, and a guest of honour: Santa Claus.

“For some children, this party provides the only holiday gift the children will receive this year,” says Carolyn Cernak, Ivey Connects Internal Director. Even though it was the children who walked out with the gifts today, it was the Ivey HBAs who were able to learn from the children.

A thank you must be given to our very own Ivey students who coordinated the event: Carolyn Cernak, Abby Leung, and Kristie Lau. Their hard work, adaptability, and compassion for the cause led to a perfect event.


November 21, 2013

Ivey/ARCS 6th Annual PhD Sustainability Academy 

Social Spark LogoEach year, a Best Paper Award is presented to the student whose paper shows the greatest (1) rigour, (2) potential for impact and (3) quality writing.  Congratulations to the 3 students who tied for this year’s award: Mark DesJardine (Western University), Jose Carlos Marques (McGill University), and Maddy Ong (University of Michigan). 




November 13, 2013

Neil Hetherington Returns to Ivey

Neil HetheringtonAfter graduating as an Ivey MBA less than 1 year ago, Neil Hetherington, Habitat for Humanity New York CEO, returned to Ivey to inspire students, faculty and staff from Ivey and the Western main campus. Hetherington spoke candidly about his experience helping Habitat for Humanity rebuild homes and lives after Superstorm Sandy.  He shared heart-wrenching stories of human losses and triumphs, and of the tough business decisions that need to be made to rebuild sensibly after disasters.

Hetherington also introduced and previewed award winning documentary, Who Cares?  The film captures the stories of everyday people in 7 countries who are improving the world through social good projects.


November 4, 2013

Caroline Flammer Earns Award for CSR Research

Caroline FlammerIvey is proud to announce that Ivey's Assistant Professor Caroline Flammer has won the 2013 Moskowitz Prize for Social Responsible Investing from the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The award was presented to Flammer on October 29 at the SRI Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Flammer’s winning paper, “Does Corporate Social Responsibility Lead to Superior Financial Performance? A Regression Discontinuity Approach,” found that companies’ labour productivity and sales growth improved when they adopted CSR-related shareholder proposals that pass by a small margin of votes.

The Moskowitz Prize judges called it, “an outstanding and unique contribution to the large amount of literature on the link between CSR and financial performance.”


October 28, 2013

Helmi Ansari Talks Sustainability at Ivey

Helmi AnsariHelmi Ansari, The Director of Sustainability and Productivity at Pepsico Foods visited Ivey to speak with students about sustainability in the business context. The talk attracted Ivey HBAs, MBAs, MScs and faculty, as well as main campus students and faculty. The theme ‘leave no trace’ left a simple but impactful message with participants, regarding the importance of creating a self-sustaining society. For business students who are still learning how sustainability is relevant to the business context, Helmi’s great work at Pepsico reinstated their belief of impact through advocacy and hard work. 


October 16, 2013

Ivey Sustainability Club Waste Reduction Challenge

Waste Reduction Challenge 2013The Ivey Sustainability Club (ISC) organized a waste reduction challenge in the New Ivey Building to raise awareness of the growing waste problem. The challenge commenced with a waste audit showing that on average 16% of the weight of any classroom’s garbage was improperly disposed recyclable material.

ISC representatives educated each HBA1 section on how to reduce waste and rewarded Ivey Cup Points for waste reducation over the following week. The challenge resulted in an average waste reduction of 6.5%, diverting 625 pounds of recyclable materials from landfills! Another important discovery from this challenge was that 45% of HBA1 waste is compostable. The ISC hopes to use this data to commence a composting program in the New Ivey Building.


September 18, 2013

Social Spark London Launch

Social Spark LogoSocial Spark London will launch it’s second year at Western University on September 18th, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Health Sciences Building, room 35. Social Spark brings together socially-minded and entrepreneurial people to educate and make long-lasting impact in local and global communities. During the kick-off, five fantastic speakers will introduce and demystify the concept of social entrepreneurship and showcase their own ventures. Speakers will include Colleen and Tonia (Coupons for Hunger), Andrew Fleet (Growing Chefs), Matt Ross (London Youth Advisory Council) and Kevin McKibbin (The Creative Sidewalk). The Social Spark team will also highlight the initiatives lined up for the London chapter this year. More information on the event is available here: or

Our very own Ivey students will be co-organizing this event – George Wong, Nadine Abdallah, Artur Tsurkan and Patti Wang.


June, 2013

Wind Energy in Canada: A Survey of the Policy Environment

Windmill Report Cover PhotoSince 2003, provincial governments in Canada have encouraged private investment in renewable energy sources, notably in wind power, which can provide environmental benefits at lower cost than other forms of renewable energy. Designing targeted energy policies and procurement programs to attract new, privately-financed wind power capacity has thus been central to several provincial governments’ energy agendas. Ivey Professor, Guy Holburn, and colleagues have now published the first assessment of the role of these policies in attracting new investment into the provinces.

Read the Wind Energy in Canada report.

June 6, 2013

Ivey MSc Celebrates World Environment Day in India

The MSc Class of 2014 conducted their management practicum in the state of Kerala, India. Students were involved in projects ranging from Finance, Operations, Marketing, Social Media and strategic planning in the health care, finance and securities, hospitality, retail and media sectors. In true Ivey fashion, the students were involved in the community where they were based (Thekkady). For World Environment Day, students worked with a local food bank and donated their time to helping at the homeless shelter. See their pictures and video.


May 16, 2013


Network for Business Sustainability wins award for Innovating for Sustainability Report

In December 2012, NBS and its Leadership Council published Innovating for Sustainability, a systematic review of 127 applied and academic studies from 1992-2012. The report identifies three stages of sustainable business and practices for innovating at each stage. The International Association of Business Communicators awarded the report the Virtuoso Award of Excellence in the category of Publication Design. Read more.


March 2013

Oana BranzeiIvey wins multiple awards at case competition

The Building Sustainable Value Research Centre congratulates Oana Branzei and Kim Poldner, co-authors of the award-winning case " Veja: Sneakers With a Conscience". The case took first prize in EFMD's case competition for the Latin American Business Case category. A second case, co-authored by Oana Branzei, Satyajeet Subramanian and Charles Dhanaraj and titled " Bayer CropScience in India (A): Against Child Labor", won first place in EFMD's Indian Management Issues and Opportunities category.


March 14, 2013

Sustainability ConferenceShort-term gains versus long-term value creation: What have we learned?

Ivey's MBA Sustainability Club coordinated a very successful conference, bringing together MBA students and senior investment leaders. For what purpose? To explore the role of short-termism in the recent economic crisis and the trade-offs between short-term gains and long-term value creation. Guest speakers included Mr. Richard Nesbitt (Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC), Tim Hodgson (Managing Partner, Alignvest Capital Management), Wayne Kozun (Senior Vice-President, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan) and Kris Smith (Senior Vice-President of Supply, Trading and Corporate Development, Suncor).


March 8, 2013

Anny BatamurizaDiversified social enterprise: Showcasing the economic miracle of Rwanda

Ivey and the Africa Institute brought Anny Batamuriza's inspiring stories to Western on March 8. Anny is the founder and CEO of New Dawn Associates ( (NDA), a social enterprise providing sustainable tourism services in Rwanda. She works collaboratively with local communities to develop eco-social tourism experiences, designed to be transformational for both tourist and host.


March 6, 2013

Oana BranzeiSocial Innovation@Ivey connects students and social innovation thought-leaders

Now in its fourth year, this annual event was co-hosted by Ivey's Centre for Building Sustainable Value and its Sustainability Certificate Program, Sustainability Club and Ivey Connects. The full-day event was convened by Professor Oana Branzei and co-sponsored by Ivey and its partners on the Social Enterprise for Sustainable Communities Program in London (Pillar Nonprofit Network and United Way), Sarnia (Community Roundtable) and Ottawa (CISED). This year's forum focused on the role of leaders in visioning and realizing path-breaking social innovations. The forum was fast-paced and interactive, featuring diverse keynote speakers, live case studies, interactive panels and workshops, showcases and networking events.


January 9, 2013

Madelaine DrohanThe 9 habits of highly effective resource economies: Lessons for Canada

Madelaine Drohan, an award-winning journalist and Canada corespondent for The Economist, argues that without strong leadership and collaboration, Canada risks losing an opportunity to become a real resource superpower. Drawing on more than 160 expert interviews, Drohan shared her advice for Canadian resource managers with Ivey faculty and students.

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Dr. Tima Bansal
Director, Building Sustainable Value Research Centre

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Ivey's Building Sustainable Value Research Centre exists to provide practitioners and students with the knowledge, tools and capabilities to manage both private and public interests effectively through organizational actions.



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