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Business Leader Award (Toronto)

The Ivey Business Leader Award, chaired by Kevin O'Brien, HBA ’93, is presented annually at a black-tie dinner at Toronto's Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Funds raised support HBA and MBA student awards through the Ivey Fund Scholars program, and have previously supported the Toronto Alumni Professorship in Business Leadership, which is currently held by Professor Glenn Rowe; the Ivey Alumni Network Toronto HBA and MBA Scholarships; and the Richard Ivey Building. 

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Media Release (March 2017)

Linda Hasenfratz Named Ivey Business Leader of the Year

Linda Hasenfratz


Known for her leadership and commitment in business and community initiatives, Linda Hasenfratz, EMBA ’97, has been named the Ivey Business Leader of the Year. Hasenfratz, who is the chief executive officer of global auto parts giant Linamar, will receive the award and address Canada’s most prominent business leaders at the annual gala dinner in Toronto on October 19, 2017.

Hasenfratz is best known for her leadership in the manufacturing industry where she has held a wide range of roles at Linamar.  She has also been actively involved at the Ivey Business School as a participant and consultant in the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management’s Future of Manufacturing project and as an Ivey Advisory Board member.

Ivey Dean Bob Kennedy said she showed resilience and innovation when leading her company successfully through the 2008 financial crisis and auto-industry collapse. In recent years, Linamar has outperformed the industry, with all-time high revenues and profits.

“Linda Hasenfratz is an outstanding business leader,” he said. “She has demonstrated discipline, strategic thinking, and creativity. Linda exemplifies the type of leadership we embrace at Ivey.”

Hasenfratz is currently the inaugural chair of the Philanthropy Leadership Cabinet of the Guelph General Hospital, a charitable organization that funds health-care initiatives. She is dedicated to seeing women progress in business including playing a leadership role in the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. Hasenfratz has been on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst Canada since 2003, and the Women On Boards Advisory Council since early 2013. Her passion for the arts inspired her to join the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum in 2002.

Hasenfratz already has a long list of accolades including:

  • The 2014 National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Canada;
  • 2014 Ontario National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award;
  • Induction into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame;
  • The Chevalier dans L’Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur by the Government of France;
  • Order of Merit of Hungary.

 “Linda Hasenfratz’s career and philanthropic accomplishments in corporate Canada deserve tremendous recognition,” said Kevin O’Brien, HBA ’93, Chair of the Ivey Business Leader Award dinner. “While she’s a fierce competitor in the business world, having taken the manufacturing industry by storm, Linda still remains very active in her community.”

The Ivey Business Leader Award will be presented at a black-tie dinner on October 19, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Proceeds from the annual event support the Ivey Alumni Network Toronto Chapter HBA and MBA Scholarships established to attract top students to the School, the Toronto Alumni Professorship in Business Leadership, and the new Ivey Building.

Hasenfratz joins an esteemed list of past Ivey Business Leader Award recipients demonstrating leadership in both business and their communities..

Please see below for past recipients of the award.

Previous Recipients