Ivey Leadership Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the program experience, expectations for individuals, and the support you can access as an Ivey program participant.

Dive into learning with Ivey

Learning as an executive can be a new and different experience — our participants all start on the same page. Read through the following questions to get acquainted with Ivey and know what to expect before, during, and after your program.

Will the sessions be lecture-based? plus small icon minus small icon

At Ivey, we embrace learning as an interactive experience. Rather than lecturing, your faculty facilitators will guide the group through hands-on activities, discussions, cases, simulations, and more. To get the most value from your learning experience, you should expect to be present and engaged in class sessions. To learn more, click here to visit our Learning Experience page.

Who should I contact about accessibility? plus small icon minus small icon

We strive to make our learning experiences accessible for all. Please get in touch with your Program Manager, or our Learning Advisors, at any time before or during your program with questions or information about your accommodations needs. We are happy to work with you to provide individualized accommodations that enable your best learning experience.

How are online programs delivered? plus small icon minus small icon

Online programs are delivered through a blend of live interactive virtual sessions with Ivey faculty facilitators and self-paced learning modules. Each module guides you through videos, cases, and exercises that help you prepare for and reflect on your learning. You’ll then participate in a live online class to discuss and apply your new knowledge with peers and faculty. All components of virtual programs are required for participants.

How should I prepare before attending the program? plus small icon minus small icon

Our Program Managers will contact all registered participants before the program start date with instructions to join our online Learning Management System. Once logged in, you can create a class profile, view other participants’ profiles, and access a list of assigned pre-readings, cases, and activities. Plan to review and complete preparation work in advance of each class session.

How can I combine programs to earn an Ivey Leader Certificate? plus small icon minus small icon

You can earn a unique Leader Certificate from Ivey by choosing a personalized selection of specific program and workshop offerings. Click here to learn more about Ivey Leader Certificates.

Will I have time for work calls and meetings? plus small icon minus small icon

Program attendance requires your full focus and commitment during class sessions. Regular breaks are provided for meals and refreshments, though we encourage you to dedicate time away from work to immerse yourself within your program.

Will I need to attend the entire program? plus small icon minus small icon

To maximize the group learning experience, all participants must attend all program sessions and activities, including group work, virtual classes, and coaching sessions. Participants should arrange with their teams and leaders to block time away from work. Scheduled social events are also highly recommended!

Should I bring a laptop? plus small icon minus small icon

Most of our program materials are delivered in paperless digital format. We recommend bringing a laptop or tablet to class sessions.

Will I need to attend all virtual program sessions? plus small icon minus small icon

All participants are expected to attend and participate in virtual sessions during scheduled times. These sessions are live and highly interactive, requiring your full attention. We also recommend that you plan to turn your web camera on as much as possible during virtual sessions.

What is the application process? plus small icon minus small icon

Select 'Apply Now' on the program page and choose your preferred start date. Submit the program application form and select a payment method. A program advisor may contact you to discuss your eligibility for the program. Once your application is approved, you will be billed directly or receive an invoice. Payment of program fees is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice and no less than 15 days before the program start date.

Is there an application deadline? plus small icon minus small icon

In most cases, program applications must be received no later than 14 days before the start of a program. This ensures time for our team to provide all necessary support and materials to participants in advance and allows participants sufficient time to complete pre-reading and preparatory work.

Are funding resources available? plus small icon minus small icon

Organizations and participants in Canada may benefit from the Canada Job Grant or the Canada Training Credit to offset a portion of program fees. Visit our Funding Resources page to learn more.

What does the program fee cover? plus small icon minus small icon

The program fee covers program materials, meals, and hotel accommodations for sessions at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre or Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Program sessions offered in Toronto and Calgary include program materials, breakfast, and lunch; participants are responsible for accommodations and meals outside of program hours. Program fees are tax-exempt.

Can I reserve my spot in a program? plus small icon minus small icon

Seats in programs may be reserved for a limited time, pending availability. Contact a program advisor to request a reservation. A program application must then be confirmed within 15 business days and no less than 30 days before the program start date.

When are new program dates announced? plus small icon minus small icon

Programs are offered throughout the year in Calgary, Banff, London, Toronto, and online. Contact us to receive a notification of new dates for specific programs.

Will I receive a credential after completing a program? plus small icon minus small icon

Upon completing a program, you will receive a digital credential from Ivey — Canada’s top-ranked business school. Your digital badge connects to a unique URL, allowing you to showcase your commitment to professional development on social media, websites, portfolios, and professional networks. Stay connected with Ivey and enjoy exclusive thought leadership content, event invites, and networking opportunities with your fellow alumni.

Are discounts available? plus small icon minus small icon

All graduates of The Ivey Academy receive a 25-per-cent discount towards future enrolment in select programs. Western University and Ivey Business School alumni also receive a 25-per-cent discount on select programs. Employees of charitable and non-profit organizations receive a 25-per-cent discount on select programs. Discounts are not stackable. Visit our discounts information page for more details.

What if I need to cancel, withdraw, or transfer my program admission? plus small icon minus small icon

Please visit our Terms and Conditions page for full details about cancellations, withdrawals, and transfers.

Will I need to obtain a visa if I am coming from outside Canada? plus small icon minus small icon

Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality and country of residence. Please use the Government of Canada ‘Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada’ tool or consult the Canadian consulate or embassy in your home country.