Only 40 business entrepreneurs are accepted into this exclusive program annually. They are nominated by KPMG Enterprise, with final selection determined by the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivey.

Those selected are awarded a subsidy from Ivey and KPMG Enterprise, which offsets a significant portion of the program's cost.

Upcoming Sessions

Join us for one of our upcoming sessions.

KPMG Enterprise is looking for the next wave of elite business entrepreneurs to nominate as QuantumShift participants. To see if you may qualify, contact KPMG Enterprise by emailing info@quantumshift.ca or visit www.quantumshift.ca

Founded by KPMG Enterprise and the Ivey Business School and sponsored by The Globe and Mail and TD.

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Who Should Attend?

QuantumShift™ is for CEO business owners who are past start-up. They're innovative, insightful business leaders. And they're ready to shift a thriving enterprise to a whole new level of success. Candidates must be nominated by KPMG Enterprise and selected by Ivey's Institute for Entrepreneurship.

QuantumShift™ explores critical issues that matter to entrepreneurs, all while building a valuable peer network.

Topics covered include:

  • Leadership: Effectively guide your organization through change.
  • Strategy: Uncover obstacles that may be limiting growth.
  • Finance: Learn how to move from business plan to business proposition.
  • Human resources: Learn how to attract and retain the very best.
  • Building a network: Share ideas and discuss common challenges.

Benefits to you

The QuantumShift™ program is more than an Executive Education program.

  • It is an entry into an exclusive peer network designed to provide business leaders with a platform to share their ideas and challenges.
  • Following completion of the program, you will become a Fellow of QuantumShift™.
  • Long after the program is completed, you will continue to connect with this exceptional business support network through bi-annual videoconferences and an annual conference.
Eric A. Morse

Eric A. Morse: Faculty Director

Eric Morse, Ph.D. is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Executive Director of the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Ivey Business School. Eric served as Associate Dean Programs for a six-year term, which ended in 2014. Prior to his service as Associate Dean, Eric served as the Inaugural Director of the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, a post he returned to July 1, 2015. Dr. Morse is the founder of and the Academic Director for, Ivey and KPMG Enterprise’s QuantumShift Program for Exceptional Entrepreneurs. Over its twelve-year lifetime the QuantumShift Program has inspired close to 500 of Canada’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and companies onto even greater success.

Eric’s research has been published in top journals around the world including: the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Management, The Strategic Management Journal and the Sloan Management Review. Eric’s work with business leaders has been widely cited by CBC News, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Financial Post Magazine, Vancouver Sun, The South China Morning Post, Chatelaine, and Cosmopolitan (HK).

Eric has served on the board, been an advisor to, founded, or been an investor in a variety of entrepreneurial start-ups. Dr. Morse actively consults with both private and public enterprises across Canada and around the world. He has worked with a diverse range of corporate clients on strategy, strategic planning, growth and innovation.

J. Robert Mitchell

J. Robert Mitchell

J. Robert (Rob) Mitchell, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Research Professor at Ivey in the Entrepreneurship group. He completed his doctoral studies in entrepreneurship and strategic management at the Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana. Before pursuing his Ph.D. at Indiana University, Professor Mitchell worked in a technology startup in Salt Lake City, Utah and was involved in emerging enterprise consulting in Victoria, British Columbia. Professor Mitchell's research interests bridge entrepreneurship and strategic management in that he studies how cognitive, environmental, and behavioural factors lead to the creation of new value in new and existing firms. Professor Mitchell is the recipient of the NFIB Best Dissertation Award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. His research has been published in journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Strategic Management Journal.

R.L. (Lyn) Purdy

R.L. (Lyn) Purdy

Lyn Purdy is an associate professor of Organizational Behaviour at Ivey Business School. Prior to joining Ivey, she was an associate professor at the Centre for Administrative and Information Studies at Western University. She earned at BASc in Chemical Engineering, and an MASc and PhD in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.

Purdy's research interests include organizational impacts of new technologies and techniques, performance evaluation of supplier organizations, quality management programs and participation of employees, and decision making and the impact of negative information. She has authored or co-authored several articles which have appeared in such publications as the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, the Journal of Management Systems, the Sloan Management Review, Journal of Operations Management and Behaviour and Information Technology.

Gerard Seijts

Gerard Seijts

Gerard Seijts received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Prior to joining Ivey Business School in 2000, he was on the faculty at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Gerard is teaching on several leadership programs. For example, he has worked with organizations including Aecon, Intact Financial Corporation, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Maple Leaf Foods, J.D. Irving Limited, Hutchison Ports, Cigna, A.S. Watson, Bank of China Hong Kong and many others. He has also worked with local government in Canada and Hong Kong on issues such as leadership and change. Gerard has taught EMBA, MBA and undergraduate courses in leadership, leading change, organizational behavior, performance management and staffing.

His research activities, spanning journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, cover a wide range of topics including leadership, change, goal setting, training and development, teams, organizational justice, and performance management. He also enjoys writing practitioner-oriented articles.

David  Simpson

David Simpson

David Simpson is a London based financier with a broad range of business experiences and a passion for Entrepreneurship. He has financed and operated a diverse range of businesses including restaurants, golf courses, aircraft leasing, oil field serves and retail. He completed an undergraduate degree (Political Science) by part time study while he played professional hockey. Upon retirement from hockey, he completed an MBA at the Ivey Business School in 1988. Upon graduation, he began his career as an entrepreneur engaging in all aspects of corporate finance in the small business sector. In 1989, he was the co-founder of The New Enterprise Workshop, one of the earliest attempts (supported by the Provincial Government) to support fledgling entrepreneurs. As an operator himself in a "Family Business," he is keen to support Ivey's efforts to understand and support learning in this vital sector of the Canadian economy. As a practicing entrepreneur, he has a passion to promote this lifestyle choice at Ivey.

Mary C. Weil

Mary C. Weil

Mary C. Weil is a lecturer in the communications area group at the Ivey Business School. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Journalism at Western University and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) at McMaster University.

Prior to joining Ivey in 2005, Mary worked at CTV's Business News Network (BNN) in a series of progressively higher positions. While there, she booked high-profile Fortune 500 CEOs as guests, managed a dozen staff, and produced two-and-a-half hours of live programming every day.

Mary also spent five years as a reporter for Dow Jones & Company, where she wrote news and feature-length articles on initial public offerings, biotechnology and retail. She has had numerous stories published in newspapers across Canada as well as in The Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal Asia.

Mary is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).