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Business Leader Award (Toronto)

The Ivey Business Leader Award is presented annually at a black-tie dinner in Toronto. The dinner is co-chaired by Darin Deschamps, HBA ’87, and Doug Guzman, HBA ’88. The Award, founded in 1991, honours individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of business in Canada and have demonstrated leadership in both business and their communities. Proceeds from this year’s event honouring Jon Love will support deserving students through Ivey Business Leader Scholarships.
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2023 Ivey Business Leader of the Year

Jon Love(Press Release: March 2023)

The Ivey Business School names Jon Love, HBA ’76, LLD ’16, founder and CEO of KingSett Capital, as this year’s recipient of the Ivey Business Leader Award. Love will receive the honour and address distinguished members of Canada’s business community at an in-person gala in Toronto on November 8, 2023.

Love founded KingSett Capital in 2002, under the premise that the combination of the right people, stakeholders, and strategy could create sustainable, premium risk-weighted returns. KingSett has raised $15 billion of equity for its Growth, Income, Urban and Mortgage strategies and currently owns interests in a $20 billion portfolio of real estate assets and investments in Canada.

Prior to KingSett, Love rose up the ranks of Oxford Properties Inc., holding progressively senior positions in the United States and Canada before becoming President and CEO in 1992, taking Oxford public three years later. In 2001, Oxford was sold to OMERS for $4 billion.

“Not only is Jon a pillar of the Canadian business community, but he is also a pillar of Ivey’s community,” said Sharon Hodgson, Dean, Ivey Business School. “Over the years he has demonstrated unrivaled business acumen and has served as a role model to the Ivey community. Jon is an inspired philanthropic leader for many worthy causes, led the efforts to build Ivey’s new campus, and continues to provide invaluable advice and leadership for the School.”

In concert with his wife, Nancy Yeomans Love, HBA ’76, LLD ’22, he is actively involved in several community causes, notably Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and cancer research. These include leading the design and development, along with the Barford family of the BARLO MS Centre at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, establishing the Love Chair in Prostate Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital, and creating scholarships at five different Canadian universities.

Since graduating from Ivey in 1976, Love has been actively involved with the evolution of the School. As an active member of the Advisory Board for 20 years, he served as Chair of the New Building Task Force and recently transitioned to an Emeritus Advisory Board member. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Western University and in 2018 named a member of the Order of Canada.

“Jon Love is a shining example of great Canadian business and philanthropic leadership,” said Doug Guzman, HBA ’88, Group Head, RBC Wealth Management, RBC Insurance, RBC Investor & Treasury Services, and Co-Chair of the Ivey Business Leader Award Committee. “He leads with action and compassion, both in the boardroom, and in his community.”  

Guzman and Darin Deschamps, HBA ’87, Head, Wells Fargo Securities Canada, co-chair the Ivey Business Leader Award dinner to be held on November 8, 2023 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Proceeds from this year’s event honouring Jon Love will support deserving students through Ivey Business Leader Scholarships. Love joins an esteemed list of Ivey Business Leader Award recipients demonstrating leadership in both business and their communities. Previous recipients of the award are listed below. 

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