EMBA 2012, Ivey Business School
President & CEO
Co-Auto Co-Operative Inc.
Why did you decide to do an Executive MBA?
An Executive MBA provided an opportunity for a new and energizing challenge that would contribute significantly to my professional and personal development. Throughout my career, I have focused on personal growth and continuous learning and I felt that the program would expand my business experience from a global perspective in areas such as start-up ventures, mergers and acquisitions, leadership, finance and accounting. The program would also create an opportunity to sharpen existing skills and develop new skills, adding value to my current and future roles.
Why did you choose Ivey?
In establishing my expectations of an EMBA program, I extensively researched many programs to determine the best match. Ivey made my short list because of its focus on General Management teachings from a global perspective, its application of the case study method and its outstanding reputation in developing strong and dynamic leaders.
In addition to my research, I interviewed several business colleagues who were also Ivey alumni. Each conversation affirmed that the "Ivey Experience" exceeded their expectations and had served as a catalyst in advancing their performance levels in all aspects of business.
What benefits have you seen so far in your career?
Career benefits were realized not only upon graduation but throughout the entire program. The four most important benefits include:
- An improved, systematic decision-making processes that accounts for both quantitative and qualitative factors.
- Exposure to over 250 business case studies in different specialties, industries and circumstances (most often in the role of CEO) allows me the opportunity to draw upon those teachings in my daily business environment.
- Relying on a newly-established network and the ability to draw upon its expertise and experience. The entire Ivey community (current students, fellow graduates and faculty) is more than willing to assist in situations where I may require varied expertise and insight.
- Individual and team assignments have created measurable value both in the short and long term for my firm.