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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.

Meet our 2019 Alumni Faculty Service Award recipient.

2019 Award Recipients:

John BaylissJohn currently serves as the Senior Vice-President of Logistics and Supply Chain for Walmart Canada. In this role, he leads the national logistics and transportation teams, which supports over 400 retail stores and the company’s eCommerce business. Along with other members of Canadian Executive Committee, John is also responsible for helping to map the overall strategic direction of Walmart in Canada. John also is a member of the diversity and inclusion council for Walmart in Canada.

Prior to joining Walmart Canada, John worked for 16 Years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Most recently, he was Partner and Managing Director of BCG Canada based out of Toronto. John led BCG’s Grocery Topic Sector in the Americas region and served as a core member of the firm’s Global Retail Leadership. John worked with BCG supporting clients in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia when transferred to the firm’s Melbourne office for two years. During his time at BCG, John led recruiting efforts for the firms practice in Canada and served as an adviser on the Career Development committee. John also led BCG pro-bono support for the Ivey Business School and helped to coordinate the annual BCG Case Competitions.

John is committed to giving back the communities in which he lives. Currently John serves on the Board and is the Vice Chair of Food Banks Canada and also is on the Board of Directors of Luminato, Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival. Outside of the boardroom, John volunteers as a coach for youth soccer. 

John is deeply committed to Ivey and served as the Sales Chair and Committee member of the Ivey Business Leader Award dinner and currently serves as an adviser to the Centre for Building Sustainable Value.

John has an HBA from Ivey where he graduated as an Ivey Scholar and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is married with two children and lives in Oakville, Canada.

Service Contributing to Nomination/Award Selection:

  • Centre for Building Sustainable Value Advisory Council (2018-Present)
  • Business Leader Sales Committee Chair (2013-2016)
  • Ivey Leadership Day Speaker (2016-2017)
  • Recruiter for BCG Canada (2007-2015)
  • BCG Case Competition Judge (2012, 2014)
  • Reunion Campaign Volunteer (2009, 2014)
  • Alumni Partnership Participant (2004-2012)

Laura HanthoLaura is a seasoned business executive with more than 25 years experience in the information technology sector. After a successful career as an executive with IBM, she followed her entrepreneurial interests by co-founding one of Canada’s fastest growing technology services companies. The business was successfully sold and she went on to pursue a number of new venture interests including the successful development and sale of a health services company.

She continues to pursue her passion for business creation in Canada as an investor as well as an active mentor and adviser to several entrepreneurs. She has served as a Mentor with NEXT 36, an Adviser at MaRS Discovery District, and as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ivey Business School.

Laura currently serves on several boards and committees including: the Ivey Advisory Board, the University Health Network Information Technology Committee, and the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario where she also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee.

Laura holds an Honours BComm from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. She holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Service Contributing to Nomination/Award Selection:

  • Ivey Advisory Board Member (2011-Present)
  • Decanal Search Committee (2017-2019)
  • Ivey Alumni Achievement Award Selection Committee Member (2019-Present)
  • Establishment of the Jon and Laura Hantho Family Foundation MBA Scholarship (2014-Present)
  • Reunion Fundraising Committee Member (2014), Co-Chair (2019)
  • Reunion Organizing Committee Member (2014, 2019)
  • Emerging Leader Awards Selection Committee Member (2016-2018)
  • Disruption and Innovation Task Force Member (2016-2017)
  • MBA Task Force Member (2015)
  • Executive-in-Residence (2009-2015)
  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence (2009-2013)

Jon HanthoAppointed in April 2019, Jon is President and CEO of CBI Health Group, Canada’s largest integrated community-based healthcare services network. He also serves as Board Chair of LifeLabs, Canada’s leading provider of laboratory diagnostic information and digital health connectivity systems. Jon is a member of several advisory Boards including: the Ivey Business School, the Ivey Business School Leadership Institute, the Dean’s Council for Arts and Sciences at Queen’s University, and the Senior Advisory Panel for OMERS Infrastructure. In addition to the above commitments, Jon follows his passion for business creation in Canada as a coach and mentor to entrepreneurs and developing executives.

In 2015, Jon completed nine years as CEO of Maxxam Analytics, Canada’s largest and leading analytical services company serving the energy, environmental, food, and DNA markets. Under his leadership, the business more than doubled in size and financial performance through business expansion, innovation, and a culture of integrity. The business was private equity and management owned prior to its successful sale to global industry leader, Bureau Veritas.

Prior to Maxxam, Jon was the founder and president of a business communications services company as well as holding several successful senior leadership roles across a variety of industries and company sizes/stages.

Jon has an MBA from the Ivey Business School and an Honours BA from Queen’s University. Jon is a 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award winner for his successful leadership at Maxxam. He was also awarded a National Special Citation for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jon has been both a regional and national judge for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® for 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2013, Jon was recognized for his contributions to Canadian industry in the field of chemistry and awarded the Purvis Memorial Award of the Society for Chemical Industry.

Service Contributing to Nomination/Award Selection:

  • Ivey Advisory Board Member (2011-Present)
  • Leadership Council Board Member (2016-Present)
  • Establishment of the Jon and Laura Hantho Family Foundation MBA Scholarship (2014-Present)
  • Homecoming/Reunion Social Organizer (2009, 2014, 2019)
  • Ivey Class Speaker - HBA Leadership Day (2015, 2019)
  • Ivey Class Speaker - MBA Leadership Day (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Disruption Roundtable Participant (2018)

Pamela JefferyPamela is best known as the founder of Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 1997, Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards in 2003, and the Canadian Board Diversity Council in 2009. She is an internationally-recognized expert and speaker on women in leadership as well as inclusion and diversity best practices.       

An award-winning entrepreneur, Pamela has an extensive background in business, governance, and politics. A graduate of the Ivey Business School (HBA ’84, MBA ’88), she served as a Special Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development (85-87) and spent 17 years in public affairs consulting during which time she founded public affairs firm The Jeffery Group. In the 2004 federal election campaign, she served as Ontario communications adviser to Prime Minister Paul Martin, running the Ontario war room. She taught government relations in the MBA Program at Rotman for nine years. 

A client assignment led her to create WXN which she grew to 22,000 women in management, executive, board and professional roles in Canada, The Republic of Ireland and the U.K. As Chair of the Top 100 Awards Advisory Board for 14 years, she provided oversight of the selection process to assess the leadership skills of over 3,000 women nominees in Canada and select 100 each year. In 2009, she and her team created and implemented a national multi-stakeholder strategy to increase representation of women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ community members on boards in collaboration with the federal government. 

After selling her company in 2015, Pamela joined KPMG Canada as a Partner and founded the Inclusion and Diversity service offering. She returned to her entrepreneurial roots in 2018. Currently, she works with her client KPMG to deliver current state assessments, strategy and training to help organizations address gender and non-gender diversity gaps and create more inclusive workplace cultures. She also chairs the Ontario Advisory Board of TSX-listed recreational marijuana retailer Fire & Flower.

At Ivey, Pamela has been a member of the Advisory Council, Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship since 2011. She served as a member of the Ivey Alumni Network (IAN) Board, chairing the Nominating/Governance Committee. She has been a speaker at various School events and a judge at Business Plan Competitions.

She has been active in the community, serving on 24 public sector and non-boards of directors and advisory boards. This includes Government of Canada Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards (ex-officio), CAMH and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital Foundation, Trent University and the Canadian Opera Company. She is currently a Governor of the Stratford Festival and a ‘No Limits’ Campaign Cabinet Member, Hospital for Sick Children. She is the Founding Co-Chair of Sick Kids’ ‘Scrubs in the City’ annual fundraiser. 

In 2012, she was the only resident Canadian named as a charter member of Fast Company magazine’s League of Extraordinary Women which recognized 60 women globally, including Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates. In 2015, she received the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award (Entrepreneurs) in Washington DC. She is the proud mother of two sons, Stephen and Sam, and is married to former RCMP Commissioner and Interpol President Norman Inkster.

Service Contributing to Nomination/Award Selection:

  • Entrepreneurship Council Member (2011-Present)
  • Ivey Alumni Network Board of Directors (2001-2005)
  • Alumni Class Liaison (2002-2006)
  • Alumni Partnership Participant (2002-2003)
  • Judge in Case Competition (2018)
  • Ivey Event Speaker (2013, 2014)
  • Ivey Reunion Campaign Volunteer (2009)

Previous Honourees

Doug Guzman, HBA ’88
Barbara Stymiest, HBA ’78, LLD ’11
Gary West, HBA ’68
David Wright, HBA ’68
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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
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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