Oxygen for innovation: How Canadian companies can activate global connectedness

For Global Ivey Day 2021, we're joined by Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Rakuten Kobo, Fenton Jagdeo, Co-Founder of Faculty, and Nicole Haggerty, Associate Professor at Ivey Business School. We'll examine the phenomenon of 'being global,' and what it really means for Canadian innovation to scale up on the global market.

Global Ivey Day Holding A Globe

In This Session...

The pandemic has brought two realities to the fore: the globe is highly interconnected and human beings strive for affinity and closeness. While Canada is a hub for creative potential and innovation, we're also known for exporting our best business ideas. Is there more to that story? What will it mean for Canadian companies to become more 'global' in the future?

For Global Ivey Day 2021, we're joined by Michael Tamblyn, EMBA ‘08, CEO of Rakuten Kobo, Fenton Jagdeo, HBA ‘16, Co-Founder of Faculty, and Nicole Haggerty, HBA ’89, PhD ‘04, Associate Professor at Ivey Business School. We'll examine the phenomenon of 'being global,' and what it really means for Canadian innovation to scale up on the global market.

Industry Guests

Fenton Jagdeo

Co-Founder, Faculty

Fenton Jagdeo

Fenton Jagdeo is an entrepreneur, community leader, and advisor to government and private institutions around the world. Fenton is the Co-Founder of Faculty, a venture capital-backed modern grooming company based in San Francisco that counts Estée Lauder as a lead investor. He spent his formative years in strategy consulting at Monitor Deloitte and Doblin, and corporate strategy at Freshii working with the CEO on innovative initiatives. He's currently the youngest Commissioner of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in it's 100 year history, previously served on the board of the Toronto Public Library, the world's largest neighborhood library system, and co-leads a mentor network targeted to BIPOC students. He holds an HBA from Ivey Business School, where he also serves on the institution's EDI Advisory Council.

Michael Tamblyn

President and Chief Executive Officer, Rakuten Kobo

Michael Tamblyn

Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo, drives growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market. He combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on hardware and software experiences. In addition to leading Rakuten Kobo, the global digital bookseller, he advises startups focused on aging and technology as Chief Entrepreneur of Age-Well NCE, is on the board of directors of the Law Commission of Ontario, Ontario’s law reform body, as well as The Power Plant, Toronto’s foremost contemporary art gallery. Michael has been a part of Rakuten Kobo’s executive team since its inception in 2009, and previously held the role of Chief Content Officer. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Nicole Haggerty

Associate Professor, Ivey Business School

Nicole Haggerty

Dr. Nicole Haggerty is an Associate Professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Nicole holds an HBA (’89) and PhD (2004) in Management Information Systems from the Ivey Business School. Prior to joining Ivey, while in industry, she held senior roles in Marketing and Service Operations and frequently collaborated with systems designers to create innovative service solutions and supporting applications on behalf of Fortune 500 clients. She gained extensive experience with the strategic impact of information systems and its role in advancing firm performance.

Dr. Haggerty’s broad research area is enabling digital transformation and she has conducted and published research in areas of knowledge sharing antecedents and consequences, virtual competence antecedents and consequences. More recently her research involves multi-stakeholder shared knowledge influences on IT-enabled transformation projects with a focus on healthcare. Her research has been funded through grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Western University and Ivey and has been published in various journals and conference proceedings including; Journal of Management Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Information & Management, Human Resource Management, Ivey Business Journal, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing and the International Conference on Information Systems.