EMBA 2015, Ivey Business School
Why did you choose Ivey?
The method Ivey uses to drive value for their students along with their impressive reputation among the top schools is astounding. In particular, the way in which Ivey can draw out learnings in and out of the classroom, supported by using the case method, pushes to round the edges of industry specific professionals. Access to other industries with in-depth teachings, class/group discussion, and research is bar none the best utilization of my time as a seasoned professional.
What benefits have you seen so far in your career?
The EMBA program at Ivey has given me the tools needed to round out my skills, which has been noticed by Senior Executive management along with my peers.
This has led me in a positive direction with my career and has set me apart in a competitive industry. In addition, Ivey has influenced my management to elevate my professional profile and further enhance my contribution in roles that are strategic in nature. This has led me to oversee the alignment of corporate operations with strategic goals of top tier financial institutions, who operate in a global capacity.
How did you achieve balance along with your work/home life?
I continue to strive to keep an open mind for change, by way of adapting to new routines that will encourage a healthy lifestyle/balance — a strong family model with positive career aspirations. I am finding that the older I get, the more focus is shifting to not losing sight of what’s important at the end of the day. This centres around the significance of my family.
Please tell us about your network and the connections you made throughout the program (i.e. classmates, alumni network etc.).
Ivey has been instrumental in building my professional network and more surprisingly a personal network of friends with similar goals and focus. The network at Ivey continues to be a tremendous support tool in my professional life whereby an uncertainty on a topic of interest or a professional matter is now easily resolved — just a phone call away.
My classmates have provided me with a reach beyond my expectations. Socially and professionally Ivey alumni and the student body have been an important part of my development as a professional and now an entrepreneur. Ivey has supported the building of new networks along with touch points across several industries, which I would not have had at this extreme depth without the Ivey EMBA program.