Ivey thrives on diversity
Ivey is a thriving community of students, faculty, staff and alumni from a wide array of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and sexual orientations. The Ivey classroom is made up of exceptionally-talented students and faculty – all from a diverse range of educational, professional and cultural backgrounds. We actively recruit to make this diversity possible.
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Read about the diversity of Ivey’s student body in this article from the Spring 2020 edition of Intouch magazine.
Diversity in the classroom
Ivey attracts some of the most talented young professionals from all over the globe. In addition to their diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds, the quality of professional experience that students bring to the classroom consistently raises the bar for the learning environment and student success year-over-year.
A vital element of the Ivey Experience is found in the energy, creativity and initiative of our student-led clubs. These clubs highlight the diverse interests of the Ivey student body.
We are proud to have more than 40 student clubs and groups across all interests and programs, including Ivey Pride, Ivey Women in Management, and the Black Students at Ivey Collective.
An Ivey degree is versatile and valuable across multiple industries. Outside of the more traditional career paths post-Ivey, graduates pursue careers in a variety of industries.
Ivey’s employment reports provide valuable information to prospective students on the career success and preferences of our recent graduates.
Ivey partners with external organizations and has created its own initiatives to accelerate the advancement of women leaders and promote gender equality in business and society.
Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. As a business school sponsor, we are part of the Forté Fellows Program, created with the intention of increasing the number of women applying to and enrolling in MBA programs.
Lean In Canada
Lean In Canada is a community of professional women empowering each other to build purposeful and fulfilling careers. By partnering with Lean In Canada, we are building on the strengths of both of our organizations to encourage even more women to seek positions of leadership around the world. Through this partnership, we are pleased to offer Lean in Canada scholarships, available exclusively to select female candidates who are also members of Lean in Canada. In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must be members of Lean in Canada before applying to the Ivey MBA Program.
Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program (LAMP)
LAMP is an initiative of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership that provides resources, network opportunities, and mentorship experiences to help empower, develop and advance women leaders.
- To provide resources and events to Ivey students and to the public, private and not for profit sector that address the experiences of women within the professional realm, especially in relation to leadership and leadership roles;
- Provide forums for women to share knowledge from a gendered and intersectional perspective;
- Create networking opportunities for students with successful and influential women in leadership roles;
- Run workshops and events to broaden the scope of participants' knowledge and strengthen their network;
- Provide an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the experiences of women in various sectors;
- Learn from successful and experienced women leaders; and
- Prepare MBA mentees for the successes and challenges of the Canadian leadership environment.
Our mission is to make Ivey a more inclusive community through promoting diversity in all its forms and advocating for equitable change. There are both faculty, staff and student Ally initiatives at Ivey.
Ivey’s MBA LGBTQ2+ student club is an affiliate of Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), a global initiative that educates and connects LGBTQ MBA students and alumni. Ivey students have access to ROMBA’s vast network, giving students a stronger connection with LGBTQ2+ MBAs from around the world.
LGBTQ2+ Leadership Award
Recipients of this award will have demonstrated leadership and engagement within the LGBTQ2+ community as an active member or ally, and seek to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society. The scholarship is awarded upon acceptance.
Ivey respects the Original Peoples of the territory upon which our facilities are located, and is committed to building on its relationships with and responsibilities to Indigenous communities
Indigenous Student Centre
The Indigenous Student Centre(ISC) supports Indigenous students in reaching their highest potential. We do this through a culturally-responsive space, programs, and services that honour Indigenous cultures and languages. We also foster Indigenous presence and inclusion, and increase Indigenous access, engage Indigenous communities, and facilitate transition, retention, graduation and advancement of our Indigenous students.
Kenneth R. Good Family Indigenous Student Award
All HBA 1 students who self-identify as Indigenous* Learners, will be considered for the Kenneth R. Good Family First Nations Student Award. The award, valued at $7,000, is granted annually to an Indigenous HBA student, based on academic performance (minimum 70% average). This award was established by a generous gift from the Late Kenneth R. Good (HBA '53) and the Good Family.
Indigenous Entrance Scholarships
All admitted applicants to Ivey’s MSc, MBA, AMBA, and EMBA programs, who self-identify as Indigenous* Learners, will automatically be considered for one of five Indigenous Entrance Scholarships per year, valued at up to $10,000.
*Indigenous refers to the Original People of Turtle Island (North America) including First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada as well as Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian people from the United States.
In 2018, LEADER partnered with the Ivey’s Dean’s Office to explore the opportunity to offer our programming in Canada’s Indigenous communities.
Diversity and inclusion news
The Ivey Academy's new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Practice course will help executives to develop an inclusive mindset that can be applied at their organizations to create positive change.
Ivey has released its third annual EDI update. Read about the progress made this past year and what it means to the Ivey community and its partners.
At the recent webinar, Women in Tech, four women leaders discussed why they benefitted from taking an EMBA and how they fit it into their lives.
Learn about the many ways Ivey community members are committing to advance reconciliation efforts.
Ivey students, staff, and faculty are being encouraged to reflect on ways to practice reconciliation as part of various activities to recognize Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Learn why Barnini Bhattacharyya's research is becoming more urgent and critical for organizations and society.
Ivey Dean Sharon Hodgson performed the bell-ringing duties at the Toronto Stock Exchange on July 26 to celebrate the creation of the School’s Women in Asset Management program.
Stacey Allaster is being honoured by the Order Of Canada for her advancement of gender equality in women’s professional tennis and dedicated mentorship in the sports management industry.
Ivey's MBA students learned about the challenges and opportunities of EDI initiatives through a variety of learning activities, including an EDI panel, at this year's MBA Showcase event.
Students from Ivey's HBA, MBA, and MSc programs united to participate in Toronto's first in-person Pride Parade since COVID-19.
Ivey’s 2021-2022 Indigenous award recipients, Evan Michaelson, Dylan Dufort, and Justin Alexander share what the awards mean to them.
Giustin MacLean and Aditya, both MBA '23 candidates, are Ivey’s 2023 ROMBA Fellows, which provides them with a $20,000-scholarship and access to exclusive leadership programming. Learn what the opportunity means to them.
The Ivey Pride Club represents Ivey’s 2SLGBTQ+ students and creates a safe and positive environment for them to express their authentic selves.
Lisa Dymond, MBA ’06, is the first woman Chair of the Ivey Alumni Network Board of Directors. Read more about her background and involvement at Ivey.
Learn how the Thriving in the Classroom initiative is forging connections and helping to build inclusive classrooms.
Ivey's MBA Forté Fellows share what the award means to them.
Learn more about the five Ivey women in the MBA Class of 2023 who received the Lean In Canada scholarship.
For their final Learning Through Action event, HBA1s heard from a variety of community leaders on topics such as Indigenous learning programs. The goal of the two-day event was to encourage spiritual growth and prepare the students to engage in inclusive community planning.
During a visit to Ivey for a case class discussion, Penny Wise, President and Managing Director of 3M Canada, shared details of her journey as a woman leader and advice for supporting women.
Four Ivey alumni – Christopher Sutton, EMBA ’14; Lesley Marks, EMBA ’02; Melissa Marcelissen, EMBA ’20; and Toral Padia, MBA ’12 – discussed ways to create inclusive business environments at a virtual event hosted by the Women of Ivey Network for International Women’s Day.
To celebrate Black History Month, the Black Students at Ivey Collective (BSIC) has been highlighting moments, figures, and businesses in Black Canadian History.
For Black History Month, a panel of Black alumni and students discussed the importance of allyship, community, and support programs for Black candidates to create an inclusive culture.
Read highlights from the 2022 Leader Character & Candour Conference for HBA1 students.
Margot Lee Shetterly discussed the lessons from her book, Hidden Figures, for leaders looking to create and support inclusive workplace cultures. It was all part of the 2022 Leader Character & Candour Conference for HBA1 students.
Kanina Blanchard, Alison Konrad, and Karen MacMillan wrote the Breaking the Silence mini-case series to help people prepare or engage in the midst of situations involving intolerance and discrimination with humility and vulnerability.
Using scenes from the Oscar-nominated movie, Hidden Figures, Gerard Seijts and Ann Frost's Hidden Figures case helps students to reflect on how they can treat and support people in minority statuses around them.
Here's a recap of Ivey's most notable headlines of 2021.
Learn more about how Ivey is working to ensure its programs are more accessible to a broader range of students from different backgrounds.
Learn how the new Ivey MBA BIPOC Club is supporting students from visible minorities through events, a podcast series, and, mentorship.
For Ivey’s LeaderShift webinar, Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, discussed the role of leaders and educators in progress toward reconciliation and racial equality.
For a livestream event called Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Building Towards Inclusion, a panel of experts discussed how inclusive workplace programs are transforming organizations.
Congratulations to the four Ivey alumnae on the Women's Executive Network Canada's Most Powerful Women list.
HBA1 students are doing a five-module online program called The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada™ as part of their Learning Through Action course.
Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives has numerous activities scheduled for the Western and Ivey communities to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
For HBA Leadership Day, John Wiggins, Vice President, Organizational Culture and Inclusion for the Toronto Raptors at Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, discussed how having challenging conversations and listening to diverse perspectives was an important part of becoming an inclusive leader.
Ivey has launched 17 new awards across four programs to support equity-deserving students.
Watch how Ivey is using NameCoach to help create an inclusive learning environment.
We asked our incoming Forté Fellows how they feel about the honour. Here’s what they had to say.
We are excited to welcome back 15 HBA graduates who begin the MBA Direct for HBA Graduates Program today.
For the final instalment in the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership’s LeaderShift webinar series, Wes Hall discussed the momentum towards eradicating discrimination, racism, and inequality in workplaces and the community.
Courtney Young and Baowen Zhang, both MBA ’22 candidates, are excited to be giving voice to the LGBTQ+ community as Reaching Out MBA fellows.
Ivey’s HBA, MSc, MBA, and EMBA Class of 2021 spring graduates took part in a virtual Pledge Ceremony today and were welcomed into the Ivey Alumni Network.
The pandemic may have given us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reset, but only if leaders commit to transformational shifts that will make a positive difference.
The 12th annual Global Ivey Day brought more than 900 alumni from around the world together to celebrate, reconnect, and look to the future.
Ivey is the first and only Canadian partner with ExecOnline and will work with the subscription-based provider of online executive education on a new series of co-branded programs.
Meet Ivey's six new Lean In Canada scholarship recipients and learn their thoughts on mentorship, advancing gender diversity, and pursuing an MBA.
Read about the lessons learned at the Worldchangers Conference for Ivey’s HBA Sustainability Certificate, which featured presentations from prominent climate change leaders Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Jamie Bastedo, and Sophia Mathur.
To celebrate Black History Month, the Black Students at Ivey Collective (BSIC) has been spotlighting and sharing stories of influential Black Canadians on Ivey’s social media accounts.
Wes Hall, founder of the BlackNorth Initiative, was a keynote speaker at 8th annual Leader Character and Candour Conference for HBA1 students.
Learn more about Alanna La Rose, Ivey’s MBA Indigenous Entrance Scholarship recipient, and her work with the Stoney Nakoda Nation in Morley, Alta.
Ivey and ICON Talent Partners (ICON) are pleased to announce their partnership. Together they will work to increase opportunities for high-achieving BIPOC students to gain access to the most competitive sectors through training, mentoring, and support.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni share lessons learned in 2020 and advice for the new year.
Here's a recap of Ivey's most notable headlines of 2020.
This year's MBA Showcase event focused on advancing students' sensitivity and awareness of EDI perspectives and actions.
In a special session for Ivey students sponsored by the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, acclaimed scholar Ibram X. Kendi took live questions exploring the deep history and often uncomfortable topic of racism in North America.
A group of Ivey alumnae have created the LIFT Mentorship Program, which pairs alumnae mentors with women in the current MBA class for ongoing support.
Meet Ivey's seven new Lean In Canada scholarship recipients and learn their thoughts on mentorship, advancing gender diversity, and pursuing an MBA.
Reaching Out MBA focuses on educating, inspiring, and connecting students and alumni from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) MBA and Graduate communities.
Pass the Glass connects incoming female MBA students with mentors from the current class for ongoing networking and support.
Ivey welcomes Rashid Wasti, EMBA ’03, as chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council.
Entrepreneur Kimberlee West shared advice with MBA students on building a brand and creating a more representative world.
The Women of Ivey Network shines a spotlight on the achievements of Ivey’s alumnae and alumni female-focused initiatives.
HBA students heard from Canadian singer-songwriter Peter Katz and a panel of leaders representing a broad range of perspectives for the annual Ivey HBA Leadership Day.
The Ivey Women in Management club is creating an inclusive community by empowering women and promoting the conversation around gender equality in management.
Here's a look at how MyHBA is supporting the mental, physical, and spiritual wellness of HBA students throughout the program.
The Ivey Pride Club represents LGBTQ+ students and allies across Ivey’s programs.
Here's a glance at the Black Students at Ivey Collective, a recently formed group that supports Black students across Ivey’s programs.
Ally@Ivey is a student-led committee that advocates for equitable change.
Ivey faculty members share their recommended reading for incoming or current business students.
Ivey Professor Alison Konrad won the Ivey Publishing Career Achievement Award for her support of the case method and efforts to increase the number of cases on women in leadership roles.
Ivey welcomes back 17 HBA graduates who begin the MBA Direct for HBA Graduates Program today.
The Ivey Pride Club will come together for a Zoom session today to watch the virtual Toronto Pride Parade.
Jana Seijts, a Lecturer in Management Communications, has won the Western University Student’s Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for 2020.
MBA student Ifeoma Okonkwo has been appointed the inaugural Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for the MBA Association.
James Arreak is from Iqaluit, Nunavut, and Firman Latimer came from the Okanagan Indian Band, a First Nations community in the North Okanagan region of British Columbia. Both are taking Ivey’s Executive MBA in hope of gaining tools to advance their communities.
Introducing the Black Students at Ivey Collective, a recently formed group that provides support for Ivey students across all programs who self-identify as black.
Ivey's inaugural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program (LAMP) event on July 23 gave female MBA students a chance to learn from and network with distinguished women leaders and celebrate their success in the workplace.
Representatives from the Ivey Pride Club and allies from the MBA class will be taking part in the 25th Annual London Pride Parade on July 28.
Melanie Rodriguez, HBA ’14, was appointed as the Head Delegate at the Y7 Summit in Paris, France from June 9-14, 2019. The Y7 Summit is the premier opportunity for young people to influence global policymakers and the G7 Summit.
Ivey welcomes back HBA graduates returning for the MBA Direct for HBA Graduates Program. Students arrived on Monday, July 8 and will be acquainted with the program.
Ivey Pride Club members are part of the LGBT+ Business Student Alliance that will participate in the 2019 Toronto Pride Parade on June 23.
Former President and CEO of Canada Post, Deepak Chopra, was the keynote speaker for Ivey’s annual MBA Leadership Day. We caught up with him to ask him three questions on leadership, disruption, and his day-to-day life.
For Marika Marty, Ivey’s MBA Association’s newest president, the one-of-a-kind Ivey experience was something she needed to be a part of.
Ivey’s LGBTQ MBA student club, Out & Allied @ Ivey, is now an affiliate of Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), a global initiative focusing on educating and connecting LGBTQ MBA students and alumni.
Vasie Papadopoulos, EMBA ’18 and John Rocco, EMBA ’18 call for business leaders to empower a new way of thinking about gender equality.
Supporting women's equality is not only a matter of social and political justice, writes Executive MBA student Vasie Papadopoulos in The Globe and Mail's EMBA Diary. It's an economic imperative.