- Honors Bachelor of Arts- Political Science and Minor in Economics, Western University
MSc 2018, Ivey Business School
After spending my undergrad searching out which of my interests to pursue, I found that using business to create meaningful social change and economic benefit was my key interest. Participating in an international experience, in particular to Norway (a leader in environmentalism), I felt I could find the niche I was looking for and follow through with my found passion in undergrad.
The two things that drew me in are exactly what Ivey portrays as its main goals. Building business leaders of tomorrow using the case study method and working to create cosmopolitan individuals with a global perspective. As someone who sees himself as a well-rounded individual, there is no other school that offers these same opportunities.
The diversity in degrees at Ivey is often highlighted, but it's the individual’s accolades and accomplishments beyond the classroom that makes Ivey. I spent nearly a decade worth of summers working as a commercial fisherman on the Alaska border. When I would return to school I was a varsity rugby player. It would not be surprising to have a student at Ivey do either one of these but the combination is what allows me to bring a unique perspective. It gives me the ability to understand the business links to the environment, the teamwork and leadership characteristics needed for the Ivey classroom, and allows me to bring an outside perspective to many issues, rather than one centered on cities as the focus of a business.
The case study method is truly one of the best teaching methods that exist. Traditional methods teach in yes and no, black and white when in reality the world has far more grey zones than guarantees. Operating a classroom in a way that shows there is more than one correct answer or more than one way to draw a conclusion, helps students understand this phenomenon and makes them into better decision makers and more prepared leaders for the business world.