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Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership

Events for Students

MBA Leadership Day

July 23, 2019

MBA Leadership Day PanelMBA Leadership Day was a day dedicated to the development of our students as leaders. Ivey's MBA classes had the opportunity to have a first-hand look at the development of good leadership 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 Leadership Institute. The panel discussion focused 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. The three proven leaders who participated 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)

Barbara Stymiest, HBA ‘78
Corporate Director

The day will be brought to a close by our keynote speaker, Goldy Hyder, President & CEO of the Business Council of Canada. 

 

HBA Leadership Day

September 11, 2019

Tessa Virtue and Scott MoirAs Canada's leadership school, Ivey honoured its past, present and future with a morning dedicated to leadership. On September 12, 2018, the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership will hosted our annual Ivey HBA Leadership Day - a day dedicated to the development of our HBAs as leaders.

The day will began 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 Leadership Institute and author of the book Good Leaders Learn: Lessons from Lifetimes of Leadership and co-author of Developing Leadership Character. The panel discussion  focused 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.  Our panelists were:

Jon Hantho, MBA '89
President & CEO, CBI Health Group 

Franca Gucciardi
CEO, McCall MacBain Foundation

Vince Guzzo
President & CEO, Cinemas Guzzo, Dragon’s Den

Following the panel discussion, students will participate in a mini-case class in their section classrooms. These cases have been specially written for this event and will be facilitated by guest faculty members.  The day will come to an inspiring close, with keynote guest, Olympian Jeremiah Brown.

 

East Meets West MBA Leadership Case Competition

February 6-8 , 2020

Students working on their presentation for the East Meets West Leadership Case CompetitionThe Ivey-Haskayne MBA Leadership Case Competition is a collaboration between Ivey’s Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership and the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. The sixth annual competition is scheduled to take place at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary from February 6-8, 2020.

The MBA Leadership Case Competition is committed to the development of the next generation of business leaders through its unique real-life cases that will challenge teams to think about leadership from a variety of perspectives. This event provides an opportunity to network with Canada’s top MBA students and business leaders, the chance to learn from successful organizations and their leaders and exposure to a demanding set of cases featuring leadership challenges that require good judgement and action.

 

HBA Character & Candour Leadership Conference

February 11, 2020

W. Brett Wilson

Character and candour are intimately connected and both are essential in great leadership, but in short supply. Building on the cutting-edge, world-class research and teaching being conducted at Ivey, the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership has designed a day for students to experience first-hand what character is, why it is so critical, and how they can develop it.

This conference provides students with the opportunity to hear from two exceptional keynote addresses from leaders in very different fields who deliver compelling messages reminding students of the importance of leader character and candour. 

Students also receive their own personalized self-assessment of leaders’ character and will work with faculty to identify how character plays out in the leadership of Nelson Mandela.

 

HBA Troost Annual Leadership Event

March 2020

Andy Fastow, former CFO of EnronThe Troost Annual Leadership Event is presented by Ivey’s Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership and made possible by a generous donation from Kathleen and Bill Troost, MBA ’75.

For the fifth year, former Enron CFO, Andy Fastow will speak to students via webcast about his career with Enron, how Enron and his personal career derailed, and what he learned both personally and professionally. In 2002, Mr. Fastow was indicted on 78 counts including fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Two years later he pleaded guilty to two counts of wire and securities fraud and struck a deal with federal authorities to become an informant of other former Enron executives in exchange for a reduced sentence. His presentation focused on the distinction between legal and ethical decisions in the gray areas of laws, regulations and rules.

Mr. Fastow took full accountability for his actions and has acknowledged on many occasions that he caused immeasurable damage.  He acknowledged that he tries, “by doing these presentations, especially by meeting with students or directors, to help them understand why I did the things I did, how I went down that path, and how they might think about things so they also don’t make the mistakes I made.”

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