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MBA Leadership Day

July 24, 2018

On July 24, the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership will host Ivey MBA Leadership Day – a day dedicated to the development of our students as leaders. The MBA class will have the opportunity to have a first-hand look at the development of good leadership and leader character from some of Canada’s most respected practitioners.

The day will begin with a panel of leaders representing a broad range of perspectives. The panel session will be led by Ivey Professor Gerard Seijts, Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership and author of the book Leadership in Practice - Theory and Cases in Leadership Character and co-author of Developing Leadership Character. The panel discussion focuses on the learning that happens to good leaders throughout their lives – the experiences and influences that enable leaders to know what to do, how to act and how to lead during tumultuous and trying times. Three proven leaders will participate in the panel:

Jon Hantho, MBA ‘89
Principal, Janus Advisory Services

Pat Horgan, HBA ‘82
VP, Manufacturing, Development & Operations at IBM Canada Ltd. (retired)

Barbara Stymiest, HBA ‘78
Corporate Director

Keynote Address: Deepak Chopra - My Experiments with Courage
The day will be brought to a close with the keynote address, My Experiments with Courage, presented by accomplished leader, Deepak Chopra. After seven years of transformative leadership, Mr. Chopra recently stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post Group that consisted of Canada Post and its subsidiary Purolator Courier Ltd., its logistics and supply chain outsourcing arm SCI Logistics and its Information Technology arm, Innovapost. Mr. Chopra has over 35 years of global experience in the financial services, technology, logistics and retail disruption and eCommerce industries. Prior to joining Canada Post, Mr.Chopra was President & CEO of Pitney Bowes Canada and Latin America, and previously held a number of senior executive roles including COO of Europe and President of its Asia Pacific and Middle East region. Mr. Chopra currently serves on the Boards of Celestica Inc., and The North West Company and also advises entrepreneurs in both Toronto and Silicon Valley. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) and has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Masters in Business Management.


  • MBA
  • Leadership