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MBA Leadership Day

July 23, 2019

Goldy Hyder, President & CEO, Business Council of Canada

On July 23, the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership will host its annual 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:

Andy Chisholm, MBA ‘85
Director, Royal Bank of Canada
Chair, Ivey Advisory Board

Pat Horgan, HBA ‘82
VP, Manufacturing, Development & Operations at IBM Canada Ltd. (retired)
Inaugural Thompson Fellow, Centre of Engineering Leadership and Innovation (CELI), Western University

Barbara Stymiest, HBA ‘78
Corporate Director

Keynote Address: Goldy Hyder, President & CEO, Business Council of Canada

Goldy Hyder was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada, effective October 15, 2018. Founded in 1976, the Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of the chief executives and entrepreneurs of 150 leading Canadian companies, representing every major industry and every region of the country. 

From July 2014 to October 2018, Mr. Hyder was President & CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, providing strategic communications counsel to the firm’s extensive and diverse client base. Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton in 2001, he served as director of policy and chief of staff to The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and former leader of the then federal Progressive Conservative Party. 

In addition to his achievements in business and public policy, Mr. Hyder has an extensive record of service on behalf of the charitable and non-profit sectors, including as chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and as an Executive Committee member of Century Initiative. He is a past co-chair of the United Way of Ottawa Campaign Cabinet and a former member of the Board of Governors at Carleton University. Mr. Hyder also serves as vice chair of Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council a network of the Asia Pacific Foundation.

 Mr. Hyder is a regular commentator in the Canadian media on business, politics and public policy. From 2011 to 2018 he appeared weekly as a panelist on CBC Television’s On the Money. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 in recognition of his contributions to Canada. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Calgary in public policy, with a specialization in policy-making during times of crisis.



The event is exclusively for Ivey MBA students and is not open to the public.



  • Gerard Seijts
  • Leadership
  • Leader Character
  • MBA Leadership Day