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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.

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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.

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Ivey Pride Club

Diverse interests

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.

Career diversity

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. 

Women’s Initiatives

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

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.

Program Objectives: 

  • 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.

LGBTQ2+ Allys

Ally initiatives

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.

Student clubs

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.

Indigenous support

Land acknowledgement

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 Land Acknowledgement

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.

LEADER Project

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

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7/10/2020 9:00:00 AM

Welcome to the MBA Direct Class of 2021

Ivey welcomes back 17 HBA graduates who begin the MBA Direct for HBA Graduates Program today.

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6/28/2020 9:00:00 AM

Ivey Pride Club celebrating Toronto's virtual parade

The Ivey Pride Club will come together for a Zoom session today to watch the virtual Toronto Pride Parade.

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6/26/2020 7:55:00 AM

Summer reads: Top book picks from Ivey faculty

Ivey faculty members share their recommended reading for incoming or current business students.

Jana Seijts
6/1/2020 12:29:21 PM

Jana Seijts wins award for undergraduate teaching

Jana Seijts, a Lecturer in Management Communications, has won the Western University Student’s Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for 2020.

Ifeoma Okonkwo
5/14/2020 4:33:02 PM

Ivey MBA Association welcomes new VP of Diversity and Inclusion

MBA student Ifeoma Okonkwo has been appointed the inaugural Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for the MBA Association.

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11/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

Leading the way: EMBA students use business skills to advance Indigenous communities

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.

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9/4/2019 4:18:56 PM

Black Students at Ivey Collective supports students on their journey

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.

LAMP panel
7/24/2019 9:00:00 AM

Celebrating and supporting female leaders

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.

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7/18/2019 4:37:08 PM

Ivey students join London Pride Parade

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.

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7/17/2019 9:25:30 AM

Ivey alumna advocates for Canadian youth at the Y7 Summit

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.

MBA Directs
7/10/2019 11:10:26 AM

Welcome back MBA Direct students

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.

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6/20/2019 1:57:49 PM

Ivey students will participate in Toronto Pride Parade

Ivey Pride Club members are part of the LGBT+ Business Student Alliance that will participate in the 2019 Toronto Pride Parade on June 23

Deepak Chopra
8/10/2018 9:25:51 AM

Three questions with Canada Post’s former President and CEO

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.

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5/28/2018 3:10:04 PM

Ivey MBA Association welcomes new president

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.

LGBTQ
4/24/2018 11:09:54 AM

Ivey’s MBA LGBTQ student club connects with global organization

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.

Gender equality - EMBA Diary
11/21/2017 1:29:49 PM

The role of business leaders and gender equality

Vasie Papadopoulos, EMBA ’18 and John Rocco, EMBA ’18 call for business leaders to empower a new way of thinking about gender equality.

The future is female
7/21/2017 3:35:53 PM

Supporting women's equality is an economic imperative

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.