David Simpson

Program Director and Lecturer, Entrepreneurship
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Corporate Finance

David Simpson

David Simpson is a London, Ontario-based financier with a broad range of business experiences and a passion for entrepreneurship. He has financed and operated a diverse range of businesses, including restaurants, golf courses, aircraft leasing, oil field serves, and retail.

David completed a B.A. in Political Science through part-time study while he played professional hockey in the New York Islanders organization. Upon retirement from hockey, David completed an MBA at the Ivey Business School, graduating in 1988. Upon graduation, David began a career as an entrepreneur engaging in all aspects of corporate finance in the small business sector.

In 1989, David was the co-founder of The New Enterprise Workshop, one of the earliest attempts (supported by the Ontario provincial government) to support fledgling entrepreneurs. As an operator himself in a family business, David is keen to support Ivey’s efforts to understand and support learning in this vital sector of the Canadian economy. As a practicing entrepreneur, David is passionate to promote this lifestyle choice as Program Director of FamilyShift™, an executive education program for entrepreneurial families.


Canadian Private Capital Investment School

Invest in your career with Canada's premier management program for private capital professionals. Learn directly from top industry players and network with other emerging leaders in VC and PE.

Starts March 17, 2024

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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QuantumShift for Entrepreneurs

Drive growth and inspire results with a purpose-built learning experience for Entrepreneurs. In partnership with KPMG Private Enterprise, QuantumShift™ accelerates your effectiveness as a business leader.

To be announced

London, Ontario, Canada

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Transforming entrepreneurial families.

Transform and sustain your entrepreneurial family business. In partnership with KPMG Private Enterprise™, FamilyShift™ empowers next-generation leaders with the skills and strategies for success in family business.

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June 18th, 2020

The impact of the global pandemic on professional sports

The Ivey Academy’s Dave Simpson was joined by a panel of sports professionals to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on professional sports from a leadership and media perspective in this complimentary livestream. The panel talked about how cancellations are impacting players, employees, sponsors, and fans; the significance of a return to sport; innovation shown by sports-related businesses during the pandemic; and social justice in sports.

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