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Ivey Distinguished Service Award

The Ivey Distinguished Service Award, created in 1998 by the Ivey Alumni Network Board and distributed at Homecoming each year, recognizes men and women who have provided extraordinary service to the Ivey Business School over an extended period of time.

Each of the honourees have contributed time and talent to propel the School toward its goals, made substantial and sustained contributions to the School, exhibited the qualities and values embodied by the Ivey Business School, positively influenced the lives of others, supported Ivey alumni efforts, and graduated at least 10 years prior to the award, if an Ivey graduate.

2018 Award Recipients:

Doug Guzman

As Group Head, RBC Wealth Management & RBC Insurance, Doug Guzman leads the RBC businesses that serve the wealth management needs of affluent and high net worth clients globally, and teams that provide asset management and trust products. He also oversees RBC Insurance, which provides a wide range of travel, life, health, home, auto, wealth and reinsurance products and solutions, as well as creditor and business insurance services, to individual, business and group clients. In addition, along with other members of Group Executive, Mr. Guzman is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC. Mr. Guzman also holds the role of Deputy Chair, RBC Capital Markets, where he continues to act as the lead relationship manager with a select number of key clients.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Guzman was Managing Director and Head of Global Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets, responsible for the firm's Investment Banking teams globally, as well as U.S. Municipal Finance. He had senior client coverage responsibility for a number of RBC Capital Markets' most important clients and was a member of the firm's Operating Committee and Loan Commitments Committee.

Before joining RBC in 2005, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York and Toronto, where he had co-head responsibility for each of the Global Metals and Mining and the Canadian Investment Banking businesses.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Michael's Hospital and the Advisory Board of the Ivey Business School at Western University.

Mr. Guzman has an HBA from Ivey and an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School. He is married with two children and lives in Toronto, Canada.

Service Contributing to Nomination/Award Selection:

  • Ivey Advisory Board Member (2010-Present)
  • Ivey Advisory Board MBA Task Force Member (2014-2017)
  • Ivey Advisory Board Canadian Financial System Task Force Member (2016-Present)
  • Ivey Alumni Network Board of Directors (1998-2001)
  • Business Leader Dinner Selection Committee (2012-Present)
  • Annual Fund Class Agent (1999-2004)
  • Recruiter for RBC and Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Barbara Stymiest

Barbara Stymiest, a corporate director, is a former member of the Group Executive for the Royal Bank of Canada, a former CEO of TMX Group Inc., Executive Vice-President and CFO at BMO Capital Markets and Partner of Ernst & Young LLP.  She currently serves on the boards of Blackberry Limited, George Weston Limited, President’s Choice Bank, and Sun Life Financial Inc.

In addition to her corporate director roles, Ms. Stymiest serves as Chair of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, which identifies and addresses important global challenges, and as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Ivey Institute for Leadership. She is also Vice-Chair of AGE-WELL, a new Network Centre of Excellence to help older Canadians, and is Vice-Chair of the University Health Network, Canada’s largest health care and medical research organization.

Ms. Stymiest obtained her HBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. She is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant and received the 2011 award of Outstanding Merit from the Council of CPA Ontario. She also received honorary degrees from Western University, University of New Brunswick, University of Guelph, and the Canadian University of Dubai.

Service Contributing to Nomination/Award Selection:

  • Ivey Advisory Board Member (2001-2004)
  • Leadership Council Board Member (2011-Present)
  • Alumni Partnership Participant (2002-2005)
  • Ivey Class Speaker (2012-2017)
  • Reunion Campaign Volunteer (2003-2008)
  • Regular Event Participant (Global Ivey Day, Dean's Farewell, Ivey Business Leader Dinner, and more.)

Gary West

A retired Chartered Professional Accountant, Life Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, Gary has an extensive and very diverse background in a number of senior management positions. A graduate of the Ivey Business School (HBA ’68), he worked for Royal Bank / Royal Bank Financial Group for nearly 30 years during which he held senior leadership positions at national, district and local business levels in Toronto, Halifax, and Montreal. A brief departure in mid-career was spent with Export Development Canada in Ottawa and Toronto and Banque National de Paris (Canada).

Since taking early retirement from the Royal Bank and moving from Toronto to London in 2001, Gary has channeled his energy and leadership skills towards a number of volunteer activities in London. He has given tirelessly of his time to Western University where he has been active in Western’s Senate, Western Alumni Association, and Western Foundation. At Ivey, Gary is an at-large member of the Ivey Alumni Network (IAN) Board. He has been a contributor at HBA Incoming Pledge Presentations and Orientations, and has also participated in numerous Ivey Pledge Ceremonies since its inception, both as an alumnus witness of the Ivey Pledge and as a representative for the IAN Chair.

Many organizations have benefited from Gary’s dedication, extensive experience and spirit of giving. He was a volunteer for the United Way from 2002-2016, including being a board member from 2008 to January 2016. Previously, Gary was also an active volunteer with the VON, where he was a board member from 2007-2011. From 2008 onwards at the VON, he was Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Additionally, volunteering at St. Joseph Health Centre since 2014, he served a term on the Health Care Ethics Committee in the past and is a currently on the Board and is a member of the Resource, Planning and Audit Committee and the Quality Committee. At Lawson Health Research Institute, he is currently the Incoming Vice Chair and, at the Lawson Finance, Audit & Investment Committee, the Vice Chair. On the home front, he serves on his Condo Board as President.

An enthusiastic and influential leader and mentor, Gary has always thrived in complex and fast-moving environments. He was recognized by the Western Alumni Association in 2016 as that year’s winner of the Dr. Ivan Smith Award, the highest recognition for meritorious contributions by an alumnus or alumna to alumni, the University and society in general.

Service Contributing to Nomination/Award Selection:

  • Ivey Alumni Network Board of Directors (2009-Present)
  • Ivey Ring Ceremony Volunteer (2004-Present)
  • Homecoming/Reunion Social Organizer (2003-2013)
  • Alumni Partnership Participant (2002-2007)
  • Judge in Case Competitions (2003-2008)
  • Regular Event Participant (Global Ivey Day, Homecoming, Ivey Building Grand Opening, HBA Orientation, and more.)

David Wright

The late David Wright was an entrepreneurship pioneer. He led the Advisory Council of Ivey’s Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, and was their longest-serving chairman. David will be remembered by the countless Ivey alumni who were fortunate enough to have him as a mentor, coach, judge, or instructor, and by Ivey staff and faculty who had the chance to work alongside him.

David graduated from the Ivey Business School with an HBA in 1983, joining Peat Marwick as an auditor, and earning his CA in 1986. He then moved on to a finance position at Nortel in Calgary.

Following Nortel, David held senior leadership positions at Microsoft, and later fulfilled his entrepreneurial desires in co-founding Agora Consulting Partners, a software-development consulting firm in Toronto.

David was extremely generous with his time and expertise, never missing an opportunity to give back. He was an avid coach, serving on the boards of the North Toronto Basketball Association and the Lawrence Park Athletic Association. He mentored many young women, encouraging them to take up coaching and to give back.

Service Contributing to Nomination/Award Selection:

  • Entrepreneurship Council Member & Chair (2003-2018)
  • Entrepreneur in Residence (2010)
  • Executive in Residence (2011)
  • Global Ivey Day Volunteer (2010-2017)
  • Ivey Class Speaker (2015) and Judge in Case Competitions (2014, 2017)
  • Reunion Campaign Volunteer (2013)
  • Regular Event Participant (Entrepreneurship Events, Global Ivey Day, Chapter Events, Homecoming, and more.)

Meet our 2018 Alumni Faculty Service Award recipient.

Watch the video presented at Ivey Homecoming in October 2018. 


Previous Honourees

Anthony Ostler, MBA '97
Mark Shuper, HBA '92
Steve Suske, MBA ’77
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Nora Aufreiter, HBA '81
Scott Beattie, HBA '81, MBA '86  
Jon Love, HBA '76, LLD '16
Mark Whitmore, MBA '91 
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Andy Chisholm, MBA ’85
Alexa Nick, MBA ’95
Rob Staffen, HBA ’80, MBA ’02
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Laurie Campbell, MBA 89
Patrick Crowley, HBA 74
David Kassie, MBA 79
Meet the recipients (video)

Timothy E. Hodgson, MBA 88
Sarah Morgenstern, MBA 93
Kevin O'Brien, HBA 93
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Darin Deschamps, HBA 87
Tim Hockey, EMBA 97
Richard W. Ivey, HBA 72
Pierre Morrissette, MBA 72
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Robert V. Brouillard, MBA 66
Barbara H. Fraser. HBA 71
Donald J. McDougall, MBA 61
Joseph C. Shlesinger, MBA 86
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Sylvia D. Chrominska, HBA 75
David W. Cornhill, MBA 80
J. Paul Sabourin, MBA 80

J. Jay Brown, HBA 79
George A. Cope, HBA 84
Michael H. McCain, HBA 79

Tevya (Teddy) Rosenberg, HBA 73
John Rothschild, MBA 73
Kishore Sakhrani, MBA 83

Arkadi Kuhlmann, HBA 71, MBA 72
Kevin Yousie, HBA 77, MBA 80

Serge Gouin, HBA 65, MBA 66
Gilles Lamoureux, MBA 66

Douglas E. Speers, MBA 70

Geno Francolini, HBA 54
Barbara Wilkes, HBA 74, MBA 76

Barrie Birks (post-humous), MBA 73
Stephen McDonald, MBA 83

Beryl M. Ivey, BA 47, LLD 97
Richard M. Ivey, HBA 47, LLD 79

Ron Charles, MBA 71
Ken Harrigan, HBA 51
Jim Hunter, MBA 76

Judd Buchanan, MBA 55
C. Richard Sharpe, HBA 50
J.J. (Jack) Wettlaufer, HBA '50, MBA 51

Shody Chow, MBA 69
C.B. (Bud) Johnston, HBA 54, MBA 57
George Turnbull, HBA 49

Don Johnson, MBA 63
Michael Needham, MBA 68
Earl Orser, LLD 91