Gerard Seijts

Expertise: Leadership, Leader Character, Organizational Change, Teams, Performance Management, Crisis Management

Gerard Seijts received a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Prior to joining the Ivey Business School in 2000, he was a faculty member at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Gerard teaches on several degree programs and has taught EMBA, MBA, and undergraduate courses in leadership, leading change, organizational behaviour, and performance management.

Gerard has worked with many organizations in an executive education capacity, including Aecon, Intact Financial Corporation, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Maple Leaf Foods, Navigator, J.D. Irving Limited, Bell Canada, Vale Inco, the City of Toronto, the City of Calgary, and Magellan Aerospace. He has have also worked with government and government agencies in Canada, Hong Kong, and Africa on issues such as leadership and change.

Gerard has written cases on topics including – but not limited to – leadership, leading change, organizational turnarounds, crisis management, organizational culture and alignment, teams and managing conflict in teams. Recently, Gerard authored or co-authored four books: Leadership on Trial: A Manifesto for Leadership Development; Good Leaders Learn: Lessons from Lifetimes of Leadership; Developing Leadership Character; and Leadership in Practice: Theory and Cases in Leadership Character.


AMCTO Communicating Value

Use data and storytelling for compelling presentations

A highly immersive three-day program designed to help local government professionals use data to communicate ideas and influence decision makers.

Starts December 6, 2020

London, Ontario, Canada

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AMCTO Executive Municipal Leadership Program

Excellence in local government leadership.

Explore the keys to successful municipal leadership, and gain valuable insights into your own leadership capabilities.


London, Ontario, Canada

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Creating value in not-for-profit organizations.

CommunityShift™ changes the way C-level leaders of Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations look at operations and provides a catalyst for change. This leadership development program boasts challenging content, engaging learning, and talented facilitators.

Starts November 15, 2020

London, Ontario, Canada

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QuantumShift™ for Entrepreneurs

Empowering entrepreneurs. Transforming businesses.

In partnership with KPMG Enterprise, Ivey’s QuantumShift™ will help improve your leadership style, inspire your business partners, and maximize your growth opportunities.

Starts October 4, 2020

London, Ontario, Canada

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Crisis Preparation & Reputation Recovery

Leadership in times of crisis.

In collaboration with Navigator – Canada’s leading high-stakes communication firm – this program will prepare you to plan for, respond to, and recover during reputation-threatening situations. Learn how to be ready and resilient during a business crisis.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Ivey LIFT Advanced Coaching Certification Program

An advanced certification for Canada’s most accomplished and effective executive coaches.

Lift performance in a world where leaders need to transform themselves more quickly and respond more skillfully than ever before.


London, Ontario, Canada

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May 15th, 2020

Daily Bread Food Bank CEO Neil Hetherington on learning from shared experience

Ivey Professor Gerard Seijts leads a conversation with Neil Netherington, EMBA '13 and CEO of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto. Neil gives insights on the mission and challenges his organization faces amidst the pandemic crisis.

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April 29th, 2020

CAMH CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn: How leaders can be strong by asking for help

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CEO and President Dr. Catherine Zahn explores some of the ways we can each be more mindful of our complete health during crisis.

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April 25th, 2020

Institute of Corporate Directors CEO Rahul Bhardwaj on Canadian global leadership in corporate governance

Professor Gerard Seijts interviews Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Rahul, Gerard, and Mark Healy discuss Canada's natural business advantages during a crisis and the importance of trust in leadership.

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April 13th, 2020

Business Council of Canada CEO Goldy Hyder on alignment between government and business during crisis

President & CEO of the Business Council of Canada Goldy Hyder talks crisis alignment between Canadian business, the social sector, healthcare, and government.

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April 12th, 2020

Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty on the effects of crisis for leaders and business

Watch a live recorded podcast interview with Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Perrin chats with Ivey Professor Gerard Seijts on the importance of character in leadership during crisis.

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