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Ivey thrives on diversity

Ivey is a thriving community of students, faculty, staff and alumni from a wide array of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and sexual orientations. The Ivey classroom is made up of exceptionally-talented students and faculty – all from a diverse range of educational, professional and cultural backgrounds. We actively recruit to make this diversity possible.

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By the Numbers - Who We Are cover

Read about the diversity of Ivey’s student body in this article from the Spring 2020 edition of Intouch magazine.

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Diversity in the classroom

Ivey attracts some of the most talented young professionals from all over the globe. In addition to their diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds, the quality of professional experience that students bring to the classroom consistently raises the bar for the learning environment and student success year-over-year.

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Ivey Pride Club

Diverse interests

A vital element of the Ivey Experience is found in the energy, creativity and initiative of our student-led clubs. These clubs highlight the diverse interests of the Ivey student body.

We are proud to have more than 40 student clubs and groups across all interests and programs, including Ivey Pride, Ivey Women in Management, and the Black Students at Ivey Collective.

Career diversity

An Ivey degree is versatile and valuable across multiple industries. Outside of the more traditional career paths post-Ivey, graduates pursue careers in a variety of industries.

Ivey’s employment reports provide valuable information to prospective students on the career success and preferences of our recent graduates.

Women’s Initiatives

Ivey partners with external organizations and has created its own initiatives to accelerate the advancement of women leaders and promote gender equality in business and society.

Forté Foundation

Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. As a business school sponsor, we are part of the Forté Fellows Program, created with the intention of increasing the number of women applying to and enrolling in MBA programs.

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Lean In Canada

Lean In Canada is a community of professional women empowering each other to build purposeful and fulfilling careers. By partnering with Lean In Canada, we are building on the strengths of both of our organizations to encourage even more women to seek positions of leadership around the world. Through this partnership, we are pleased to offer Lean in Canada scholarships, available exclusively to select female candidates who are also members of Lean in Canada. In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must be members of Lean in Canada before applying to the Ivey MBA Program.

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Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program (LAMP)

LAMP is an initiative of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership that provides resources, network opportunities, and mentorship experiences to help empower, develop and advance women leaders.

Program Objectives:

  • To provide resources and events to Ivey students and to the public, private and not for profit sector that address the experiences of women within the professional realm, especially in relation to leadership and leadership roles;
  • Provide forums for women to share knowledge from a gendered and intersectional perspective;
  • Create networking opportunities for students with successful and influential women in leadership roles;
  • Run workshops and events to broaden the scope of participants' knowledge and strengthen their network;
  • Provide an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the experiences of women in various sectors;
  • Learn from successful and experienced women leaders; and
  • Prepare MBA mentees for the successes and challenges of the Canadian leadership environment.

LGBTQ2+ Allys

Ally initiatives

Our mission is to make Ivey a more inclusive community through promoting diversity in all its forms and advocating for equitable change. There are both faculty, staff and student Ally initiatives at Ivey.

Student clubs

Ivey’s MBA LGBTQ2+ student club is an affiliate of Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), a global initiative that educates and connects LGBTQ MBA students and alumni. Ivey students have access to ROMBA’s vast network, giving students a stronger connection with LGBTQ2+ MBAs from around the world.

LGBTQ2+ Leadership Award

Recipients of this award will have demonstrated leadership and engagement within the LGBTQ2+ community as an active member or ally, and seek to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society. The scholarship is awarded upon acceptance.

Indigenous support

Land acknowledgement

Ivey respects the Original Peoples of the territory upon which our facilities are located, and is committed to building on its relationships with and responsibilities to Indigenous communities

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Indigenous Student Centre

The Indigenous Student Centre(ISC) supports Indigenous students in reaching their highest potential. We do this through a culturally-responsive space, programs, and services that honour Indigenous cultures and languages. We also foster Indigenous presence and inclusion, and increase Indigenous access, engage Indigenous communities, and facilitate transition, retention, graduation and advancement of our Indigenous students.

Kenneth R. Good Family Indigenous Student Award

All HBA 1 students who self-identify as Indigenous* Learners, will be considered for the Kenneth R. Good Family First Nations Student Award. The award, valued at $7,000, is granted annually to an Indigenous HBA student, based on academic performance (minimum 70% average). This award was established by a generous gift from the Late Kenneth R. Good (HBA '53) and the Good Family.

Indigenous Entrance Scholarships

All admitted applicants to Ivey’s MSc, MBA, AMBA, and EMBA programs, who self-identify as Indigenous* Learners, will automatically be considered for one of five Indigenous Entrance Scholarships per year, valued at up to $10,000.

*Indigenous refers to the Original People of Turtle Island (North America) including First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada as well as Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian people from the United States.

LEADER Project

In 2018, LEADER partnered with the Ivey’s Dean’s Office to explore the opportunity to offer our programming in Canada’s Indigenous communities.

Diversity and inclusion news

Lake in mountains, Golden, Canada - Jose Carlos Torres Goncalves Jr/Getty Images
10/20/2021 8:00:00 AM

Ivey students on path to Indigenous knowledge

HBA1 students are doing a five-module online program called The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada™ as part of their Learning Through Action course.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
9/27/2021 9:00:00 AM

Ivey recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives has numerous activities scheduled for the Western and Ivey communities to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

John Wiggins
9/22/2021 9:00:00 AM

Students get lessons on courageous leadership from Raptors’ John Wiggins

For HBA Leadership Day, John Wiggins, Vice President, Organizational Culture and Inclusion for the Toronto Raptors at Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, discussed how having challenging conversations and listening to diverse perspectives was an important part of becoming an inclusive leader.

A Black male student raising his hand in class
8/30/2021 7:45:54 AM

Ivey launches new awards to support increased access to programs for equity-deserving students

Ivey has launched 17 new awards across four programs to support equity-deserving students.

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7/22/2021 8:51:02 AM

Using technology to help create an inclusive classroom

Watch how Ivey is using NameCoach to help create an inclusive learning environment.

Forte Fellows (L-R) Ugonwa Echendu, Noreen Wu, Doyin Omotoye, Jessie Gill, Shibani Sachdeva, Constantina Varlokostas, Katie Lo, and Temitope Busari (missing: Dominique Hanson)
7/14/2021 9:05:03 AM

Nine MBA women named Forté Fellows

We asked our incoming Forté Fellows how they feel about the honour. Here’s what they had to say.

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7/6/2021 11:50:44 AM

Welcome to the MBA Direct Class of 2022

We are excited to welcome back 15 HBA graduates who begin the MBA Direct for HBA Graduates Program today.

A conversation with Wes Hall:
6/22/2021 3:52:53 PM

What did the pandemic teach us about leadership’s ability to end racism?

For the final instalment in the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership’s LeaderShift webinar series, Wes Hall discussed the momentum towards eradicating discrimination, racism, and inequality in workplaces and the community.

Baowen Zhang and Courtney Young in front of the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre
6/22/2021 7:50:00 AM

Meet Ivey’s Reaching Out MBA Fellows

Courtney Young and Baowen Zhang, both MBA ’22 candidates, are excited to be giving voice to the LGBTQ+ community as Reaching Out MBA fellows.

Collage of images of Ivey students from the Class of 2021
6/15/2021 1:00:00 PM

You did it Class of 2021!

Ivey’s HBA, MSc, MBA, and EMBA Class of 2021 spring graduates took part in a virtual Pledge Ceremony today and were welcomed into the Ivey Alumni Network.

Corporate Leadership in an Era of Transformation, l-r: Darryl White, Laurence Mussio, Mona Malone
6/8/2021 11:17:09 AM

Has the pandemic inspired leaders to build back better?

The pandemic may have given us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reset, but only if leaders commit to transformational shifts that will make a positive difference.

Global Ivey Day Celebrating 12 years May 13, 2021 #GlobalIveyDAy
5/13/2021 3:00:00 PM

Alumni find creative ways to celebrate Global Ivey Day

The 12th annual Global Ivey Day brought more than 900 alumni from around the world together to celebrate, reconnect, and look to the future.

Women looking at online program on laptop (left) and exterior of Ivey Business School building (right)
4/19/2021 8:30:00 AM

Ivey is only Canadian school to join ExecOnline's online university partnership model

Ivey is the first and only Canadian partner with ExecOnline and will work with the subscription-based provider of online executive education on a new series of co-branded programs.

L-R Katie Zajner, Ada Zhang, Jenny Zhang, Jessica McEwen, Lauren Fraser, and Kaitie Watson
4/12/2021 8:00:00 AM

Six Ivey MBA women named Lean In Canada scholarship recipients

Meet Ivey's six new Lean In Canada scholarship recipients and learn their thoughts on mentorship, advancing gender diversity, and pursuing an MBA.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
3/19/2021 8:00:00 AM

Ivey students gain insights from prominent climate change leaders at Worldchangers Conference

Read about the lessons learned at the Worldchangers Conference for Ivey’s HBA Sustainability Certificate, which featured presentations from prominent climate change leaders Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Jamie Bastedo, and Sophia Mathur.

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2/26/2021 9:00:22 AM

Celebrating Black History Month with the BSIC

To celebrate Black History Month, the Black Students at Ivey Collective (BSIC) has been spotlighting and sharing stories of influential Black Canadians on Ivey’s social media accounts.

Wes Hall
2/22/2021 5:30:29 PM

Use leadership to address systemic racism: Character and Candour Conference

Wes Hall, founder of the BlackNorth Initiative, was a keynote speaker at 8th annual Leader Character and Candour Conference for HBA1 students.

Alanna La Rose
2/1/2021 7:30:00 AM

Meet Alanna La Rose, recipient of Ivey’s MBA Indigenous scholarship

Learn more about Alanna La Rose, Ivey’s MBA Indigenous Entrance Scholarship recipient, and her work with the Stoney Nakoda Nation in Morley, Alta.

We're proud to partner: Ivey and ICON Talent Partners
1/18/2021 8:00:00 AM

Ivey collaborates with ICON to increase BIPOC representation in business

Ivey and ICON Talent Partners (ICON) are pleased to announce their partnership. Together they will work to increase opportunities for high-achieving BIPOC students to gain access to the most competitive sectors through training, mentoring, and support.

Leadership lessons from 2020
12/18/2020 9:30:30 AM

Leadership lessons from 2020 to take into 2021

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni share lessons learned in 2020 and advice for the new year.

Making headlines 2020
12/16/2020 12:29:00 PM

Ivey Headlines: Top stories of 2020

Here's a recap of Ivey's most notable headlines of 2020.

MBA Showcase
11/25/2020 12:01:29 PM

MBA Showcase 2020 challenged students to address EDI issues

This year's MBA Showcase event focused on advancing students' sensitivity and awareness of EDI perspectives and actions.

11/23/2020 1:25:01 PM

Acclaimed scholar Ibram X. Kendi explains how to be an antiracist

In a special session for Ivey students sponsored by the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, acclaimed scholar Ibram X. Kendi took live questions exploring the deep history and often uncomfortable topic of racism in North America.

11/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mentorship program offers support to Ivey MBA women

A group of Ivey alumnae have created the LIFT Mentorship Program, which pairs alumnae mentors with women in the current MBA class for ongoing support.

Lean In Canada
10/15/2020 8:00:00 AM

Meet the Ivey MBA Class of 2021 Lean In Canada scholarship recipients

Meet Ivey's seven new Lean In Canada scholarship recipients and learn their thoughts on mentorship, advancing gender diversity, and pursuing an MBA.

Reaching Out MBA
10/13/2020 9:00:00 AM

Reaching Out MBA supports Ivey’s LGBTQ+ MBA community

Reaching Out MBA focuses on educating, inspiring, and connecting students and alumni from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) MBA and Graduate communities.

Pass the Glass
10/6/2020 8:00:00 AM

New Pass the Glass initiative supports incoming female MBA students

Pass the Glass connects incoming female MBA students with mentors from the current class for ongoing networking and support.

Rashid Wasti
10/1/2020 7:30:00 AM

Rashid Wasti, EMBA ’03, to chair Ivey’s new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council

Ivey welcomes Rashid Wasti, EMBA ’03, as chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Kimberlee West
9/25/2020 2:43:53 PM

Kimberlee West shares how she built a brand that celebrates diversity

Entrepreneur Kimberlee West shared advice with MBA students on building a brand and creating a more representative world.

Women of Ivey Network event
9/23/2020 9:00:00 AM

The Women of Ivey Network highlights alumnae achievements

The Women of Ivey Network shines a spotlight on the achievements of Ivey’s alumnae and alumni female-focused initiatives.

HBA Leadership Day
9/16/2020 5:06:54 PM

HBA Leadership Day inspires students to lead with character

HBA students heard from Canadian singer-songwriter Peter Katz and a panel of leaders representing a broad range of perspectives for the annual Ivey HBA Leadership Day.

Women in Management 2019 conference
9/10/2020 9:00:00 AM

Ivey's Women in Management club is empowering female leaders

The Ivey Women in Management club is creating an inclusive community by empowering women and promoting the conversation around gender equality in management.

MyHBA wellness event
9/1/2020 7:00:00 AM

MyHBA offers holistic health resources to Ivey students

Here's a look at how MyHBA is supporting the mental, physical, and spiritual wellness of HBA students throughout the program.

Ivey Pride Club
8/27/2020 9:00:00 AM

The Ivey Pride Club helps students to connect in a supportive environment

The Ivey Pride Club represents LGBTQ+ students and allies across Ivey’s programs.

Black Students At Ivey Collective
8/24/2020 9:00:00 AM

The Black Students at Ivey Collective provides network for student community

Here's a glance at the Black Students at Ivey Collective, a recently formed group that supports Black students across Ivey’s programs.

8/20/2020 10:00:00 AM

Ally@Ivey empowers students to become allies to underrepresented groups

Ally@Ivey is a student-led committee that advocates for equitable change.

Summer Reads updated collage
7/28/2020 8:30:00 AM

Summer reads: Top book picks from Ivey faculty

Ivey faculty members share their recommended reading for incoming or current business students.

Alison Konrad
7/14/2020 12:01:04 PM

Alison Konrad wins Career Achievement Award from Ivey Publishing

Ivey Professor Alison Konrad won the Ivey Publishing Career Achievement Award for her support of the case method and efforts to increase the number of cases on women in leadership roles.

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7/10/2020 9:00:00 AM

Welcome to the MBA Direct Class of 2021

Ivey welcomes back 17 HBA graduates who begin the MBA Direct for HBA Graduates Program today.

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6/28/2020 9:00:00 AM

Ivey Pride Club celebrating Toronto's virtual parade

The Ivey Pride Club will come together for a Zoom session today to watch the virtual Toronto Pride Parade.

Jana Seijts
6/1/2020 12:29:21 PM

Jana Seijts wins award for undergraduate teaching

Jana Seijts, a Lecturer in Management Communications, has won the Western University Student’s Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for 2020.

Ifeoma Okonkwo
5/14/2020 4:33:02 PM

Ivey MBA Association welcomes new VP of Diversity and Inclusion

MBA student Ifeoma Okonkwo has been appointed the inaugural Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for the MBA Association.

Firman Latimer Story
11/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

Leading the way: EMBA students use business skills to advance Indigenous communities

James Arreak is from Iqaluit, Nunavut, and Firman Latimer came from the Okanagan Indian Band, a First Nations community in the North Okanagan region of British Columbia. Both are taking Ivey’s Executive MBA in hope of gaining tools to advance their communities.

9/4/2019 4:18:56 PM

Black Students at Ivey Collective supports students on their journey

Introducing the Black Students at Ivey Collective, a recently formed group that provides support for Ivey students across all programs who self-identify as black.

LAMP panel
7/24/2019 9:00:00 AM

Celebrating and supporting female leaders

Ivey's inaugural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program (LAMP) event on July 23 gave female MBA students a chance to learn from and network with distinguished women leaders and celebrate their success in the workplace.

London Pride Parade Story
7/18/2019 4:37:08 PM

Ivey students join London Pride Parade

Representatives from the Ivey Pride Club and allies from the MBA class will be taking part in the 25th Annual London Pride Parade on July 28.

Melanie Rodriguez Y7
7/17/2019 9:25:30 AM

Ivey alumna advocates for Canadian youth at the Y7 Summit

Melanie Rodriguez, HBA ’14, was appointed as the Head Delegate at the Y7 Summit in Paris, France from June 9-14, 2019. The Y7 Summit is the premier opportunity for young people to influence global policymakers and the G7 Summit.

MBA Directs
7/10/2019 11:10:26 AM

Welcome back MBA Direct students

Ivey welcomes back HBA graduates returning for the MBA Direct for HBA Graduates Program. Students arrived on Monday, July 8 and will be acquainted with the program.

Pride parade
6/20/2019 1:57:49 PM

Ivey students will participate in Toronto Pride Parade

Ivey Pride Club members are part of the LGBT+ Business Student Alliance that will participate in the 2019 Toronto Pride Parade on June 23.

Deepak Chopra
8/10/2018 9:25:51 AM

Three questions with Canada Post’s former President and CEO

Former President and CEO of Canada Post, Deepak Chopra, was the keynote speaker for Ivey’s annual MBA Leadership Day. We caught up with him to ask him three questions on leadership, disruption, and his day-to-day life.

5/28/2018 3:10:04 PM

Ivey MBA Association welcomes new president

For Marika Marty, Ivey’s MBA Association’s newest president, the one-of-a-kind Ivey experience was something she needed to be a part of.

4/24/2018 11:09:54 AM

Ivey’s MBA LGBTQ student club connects with global organization

Ivey’s LGBTQ MBA student club, Out & Allied @ Ivey, is now an affiliate of Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), a global initiative focusing on educating and connecting LGBTQ MBA students and alumni.

Gender equality - EMBA Diary
11/21/2017 1:29:49 PM

The role of business leaders and gender equality

Vasie Papadopoulos, EMBA ’18 and John Rocco, EMBA ’18 call for business leaders to empower a new way of thinking about gender equality.

The future is female
7/21/2017 3:35:53 PM

Supporting women's equality is an economic imperative

Supporting women's equality is not only a matter of social and political justice, writes Executive MBA student Vasie Papadopoulos in The Globe and Mail's EMBA Diary. It's an economic imperative.