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Information for the Ivey Community


This webpage is intended to provide the Ivey Business School Community with general information on the evolving situation, and links for Western University, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the Ontario Ministry of Health regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).


  • Western University announced that it has moved back to a modified version of Western Phase Three in its return-to-campus plan.
  • Effective immediately, all student co-curricular meetings, club activities, or other events that are not part of a scheduled classroom session are suspended at any Ivey facility until further notice.
  • Classes and class learning group activities will continue as planned at the Richard Ivey Building, Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, as well as Donald K. Johnson Centre and the Toronto Hilton.
  • All safety protocols must continue to be followed by all faculty, staff, and students, and it is very important that everyone be vigilant.
  • Please see the latest update from Western University for full details of the announcement including enhanced safety protocols, and please review the letter from President Alan Shepard with an important message for the entire Western community, including a few simple but important requests:
    • Avoid large gatherings
    • Don’t attend or host house parties
    • Limit social activity to your roommate and significant others
    • Practice proper physical distancing
    • Wear a mask indoors – and even outdoors when you’re close to each other
    • Stay home if you’re sick

WESTERN UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 16: Important information regarding COVID-19 testing

  • Western’s COVID-19 testing trailer, located in the Social Science parking lot, is open Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Western encourages members of the campus community to get tested ONLY if they are symptomatic or have been in contact with a positive confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • COVID-19 tests are covered by OHIP. Students are asked to bring their Western ONECard and OHIP card and wear a mask when lining up. Students who are not covered by OHIP are asked to bring proof of coverage either from UHIP or the province from which they have health coverage.
  • Students with accessibility needs can book a COVID-19 test with a nurse in the Student Health Care clinic by calling 519-661-3030.
  • Testing results are expected within 24 hours.
  • Find more COVID-19 information on Western's site

WESTERN UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 13: We have been informed by the the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) that five Western students who live off campus have tested positive for COVID-19. At this time no on-campus exposures have been identified.

This serves as a reminder that Western has developed detailed health and safety plans to allow students to return to campus in a safe manner.

Understand your COVID-19 testing options on campus:

  • COVID-19 testing trailer (students and employees): No appointment required. This testing site, located in the Social Science Centre parking lot, is open Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are visiting the trailer, please wait in physically distanced line to access a test.
  • Student Health Care Clinic (students): Pre-scheduled, in-person appointments only. To book an appointment, please visit the appointments page.
  • Students with accessibility needs can book a COVID-19 test with a nurse in the Student Health Care clinic by calling 519-661-3030and employees can do so via Workplace Health at 519-661-2047.

Additional COVID-19 resources for the campus community can be found on Western’s COVID-19 website and on the MLHU’s website.

WESTERN UPDATE, AUGUST 14: As we begin to slowly and safely return to campus, there are some new protocols in place that prioritize your health, safety, and well-being. Everyone has a part to play in keeping our campus safe, whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff. Below is a summary of what you need to know before returning to Ivey.

Steps you must take before you return to campus

The following steps are mandatory and focused on important public health measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

  1. Watch this eight-minute COVID-19 training video (accessed via OWL using your Western login) on return-to-campus essentials;
  2. Read this two-page PDF document on the actions you must take while on campus and the health and safety measures at Western;
  3. Complete this Return-to-Campus Questionnaire (accessed through before each visit to campus; and,
  4. Plan to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when in the presence of others and in common and shared spaces on campus. Western will be supplying masks, but please bring your own in case they aren’t available.

It is also important that you do not come to campus if you are feeling unwell.

Once you are on campus

  • Practise physical distancing of two metres apart. Directional signage and seating arrangements in classrooms and common areas are in place to accommodate physical distancing in Ivey’s buildings. In some cases, plexiglass shields have been added to reception desks, service stations, and classrooms;
  • Keep groups to 10 or less to maintain physical distancing;
  • Wear your mask at all times when in the presence of others, indoors, and at meal-service stations. Masks can be removed while eating your meal;
  • Wash or disinfect your hands thoroughly and often. Sanitizer stations and dispensers have been added to Ivey’s buildings;
  • Avoid direct contact with high-touch surfaces; and,
  • Disinfect your desk, work area, computer equipment, and tools frequently and avoid sharing tools where possible.

Additional information

  • Those returning to campus will experience a new environment. Our buildings have been adapted to accommodate physical distancing;
  • Our building services follow cleaning protocol recommendations of the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Public Health, and Government of Canada;
  • Not all food services are available at this time;
  • Students arriving from outside of Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days;
  • On-campus parking lots are being monitored;
  • If you are carpooling to campus, please ensure safety, including wearing masks and physical distancing.

WESTERN UPDATE, JUNE 1: President Alan Shepard announces return to campus plans for fall including phased approach to return and health and safety measures.

UPDATE, APRIL 22: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announces support for post-secondary students and recent graduates, including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit and Canada Student Service Grant. Read more.

UPDATE, APRIL 21: Western Human Resources announces online resources to support faculty and staff. Read more.


  • Research Western announces more than $1 million of COVID-19 research funding. Read more. 
  • Research Western announces the Western Undergrad Summer Research Internships, which provides match funding for Faculty to hire undergraduate students for research-related projects through the summer. Read more.

UPDATE, MARCH 26: Western University announces that Spring Convocation will be postponed. This includes all scheduled ceremony dates from May 22 through June 19. Degrees will still be conferred for those graduating. Full details here.

UPDATE, MARCH 24: All Ivey services continue to operate remotely, and all classes have been moved online. Following the announcement from the Ontario Premier’s Office that all non-essential businesses must close, Western University moved to an essential operations model and the Ivey Building closed until further notice.

The well-being, health and safety of our students, staff and faculty remains our top priority. Ivey is working to ensure current students receive the programming required to progress or graduate on time. All Campus updates continue to be provided here.

Ivey Students:

  • All current Ivey classes are being delivered online until further notice;
  • All assignments and exams will be completed virtually until further notice;
  • All departments including the Programs Offices and Career Management continue to operate normally and can be reached online and by phone;
  • If you are in need of support, please feel free to contact any Ivey staff or faculty member, Western Health & Wellness Services, or Student Financial Services .

For additional Student information, including Student support & well-being, exam info, illness reporting, International students, FAQs, students at residence and more, please click here. 

Ivey Staff & Faculty:

  • All staff and faculty are now working remotely until further notice;
  • All departments continue to operate and can be contacted by phone or email;
  • The Ivey Academy will be offering Free Virtual Events, details will be available here;
  • If you are in need of support, please contact your supervisor, Human Resources, or access Employee and Family Assistance through Morneau Shepell by phone at 1-844-880-9142 or through the My EAP app

For additional Staff information, including absence reporting, International travel & FAQs, please click here.

For additional Faculty information, including absence notifications, travel, FAQs and more, please click here. 

Ivey Facilities:

  • The Ivey Building is currently closed, however all departments are open and continue to operate remotely;
  • Western campus is operating essential services only. For a full list of services, please visit
  • The Ivey Spencer Leadership centre is operating for essential services only and will be closed April 1-30th until further notice;
  • The Ivey Academy executive education programs will be delivered online until further notice;
  • Ivey Publishing is operating virtually until further notice;
  • The Ivey Donald K. Johnson Centre in Toronto is closed until further notice;
  • Ivey will not be booking campus tours for the foreseeable future;
  • The Library is closed, however online tools will remain accessible;
  • The Ivey Trading Company is operating virtually with a limited assortment of diploma frames available for order online.

WESTERN UPDATE, MARCH 24: Western moves to essential services for on-campus activities


Additional Resources

Stay Safe

Ivey continues to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and takes its direction and shares information from Western University, as well as federal, provincial and local health authorities.

Please follow appropriate protocols for travelers returning from affected areas as outlined on the Ontario Ministry of Health website.

To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including COVID-19, you should follow usual health precautions such as:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water regularly, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette. Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve; or cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the garbage.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces frequently


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Research recommends aggressive testing strategy in university towns

A new study projects that the return of university students can lead to a doubling of infections over a single semester in mid-sized communities with previously low levels of COVID-19 activity.

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Returning to Ivey safely: What you need to know

Here's a look at how Ivey has been preparing for your safe arrival on campus.

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Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy on leadership, accountability, and transparency

In his blog, MBA student Michael Major shares insights from The Honorable Peter Bethlanfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, who spoke to students for the MBA Teachable Moments Virtual Speaker Series.

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Returning to Ivey’s campus: What you need to know

Ivey’s return-to-campus plans prioritize the community’s health, safety, and well-being. Here’s a summary of safety protocols for all students, faculty, and staff utilizing Ivey’s buildings.

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Wren Montgomery won the NBS-ONE Research Impact on Practice Award at the Academy of Management’s 2020 virtual annual meeting.

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Welcome back to campus, MBA students!

Our return-to-campus series takes a look at the recent changes at the Ivey Spencer Leadership – home of the MBA Program – to keep students healthy and safe.

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Air Canada CEO on marathon crisis management

In her blog, MBA student Kailey Howell-Spooner shares insights from Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada, who spoke to students for the MBA Teachable Moments Virtual Speaker Series.

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How the global pandemic reshaped the HBA experience

HBA1 student Cory Nagler writes about his experience with online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Personal and professional growth in times of crisis

An interactive Ivey Academy livestream webinar addresses why the pandemic has been so challenging for leaders of people, exploring topics such as unconscious responses, neurodynamics, and the impact of those on our behaviour and energy.

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Scott Beattie speaks about trust within an organization

In her blog, MBA student Cindy Li shares insights from Scott Beattie, HBA '81, MBA '86, Vice Chairman, Revlon Inc., who spoke to students for the MBA Teachable Moments Virtual Speaker Series.

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To survive a crisis, firms need a new way of thinking, says Bansal

The Ivey Academy's interactive livestream event called Building resilience with a systems dynamics featured Ivey Professor Tima Bansal.

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Analyzing the disruption of supply chains

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BMO leaders share lessons for facing challenges head-on

In her blog, MBA student Majan Hatai shares insights from Darryl White, HBA '94, CEO, BMO Financial Group and Mona Malone, HBA '94, CHRO, BMO Financial Group whom spoke to students for the MBA Teachable Moments Virtual Speaker Series.

6/19/2020 9:58:14 AM

The impact of the global pandemic on professional sports

An interactive Ivey Academy webinar on business of sport detailed how COVID-19 is impacting players, employees, sponsors, and fans; the significance of a return to sport; innovation shown by sports-related businesses during the pandemic.

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Congratulations to the HBA Class of 2020

Today, 432 graduates from the HBA Class of 2020 took part in a virtual HBA Pledge Ceremony and Awards Ceremony.

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Economic pulse check: trade, trends, and forecasting the future

As part of their continuing webinar series, The Ivey Academy invited Craig Alexander, Chief Economist, Deloitte Canada, and The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, Executive Advisor – International, Deloitte Canada to consider what a recovery could look like as the economy begins to open up.

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Intact CEO makes the case for investing in top talent

In his blog, MBA student Rafay Sohail shares insights from Charles Brindamour, CEO, Intact Financial Corporation, who spoke to students for the MBA Teachable Moments Virtual Speaker Series.

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Strategy in the face of uncertainty

The Ivey Academy's interactive livestream event called Strategy in the face of uncertainty tackles how the economy may begin to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Connecting reflection with leader character

Framed around the current reality of working within a global pandemic, reflection emerged as a central theme of the interactive webinar: Organizational well-being: the power of leader character during times of crisis.

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Ivey graduates take Pledge Ceremony tradition online

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Taking character into consideration during these critical times

In an interactive webinar, Mary Crossan is joined by Steve Virgin, Director, Character Based Leadership at the CRA, examining how dimensions of leader character can be harnessed not just to cope, but to thrive in an uncertain environment.

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Hydro One head shares insights on finding opportunities in crisis

In her blog, MBA student Gillian McIver shares insights from Mark Poweska, President and CEO of Hydro One Limited, who spoke to students for the MBA Teachable Moments Virtual Speaker Series.

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Ivey MBAs gain insights from leaders during pandemic

The MBA Teachable Moments Virtual Speaker Series provides Ivey MBAs with unprecedented access to accomplished leaders. Students hear firsthand the leadership challenges faced, and the insights leaders have gained, as they navigate the global pandemic.

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Collaboration critical for energy sector to emerge from pandemic

Jiya Hai is a 2022 HBA and Political Science dual degree candidate. She joined the Canadian Club Toronto, in partnership with the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, for a panel discussion on the state of the oil and gas industry in Canada.

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Advice for mastering virtual meetings and beating Zoom fatigue

In a webinar for Western Alumni and The Ivey Academy, Kanina Blanchard gave advice for mastering virtual meetings.

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MBA student Ifeoma Okonkwo has been appointed the inaugural Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for the MBA Association.

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David McKay, MBA ’92, LLD ’19, shares how to lead through uncertainty

In her blog, MBA student Evangeline Philos shares lessons from David McKay, MBA ’92, LLD ’19, President and CEO of RBC, who spoke to students for the MBA Teachable Moments Virtual Speaker Series.

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In a webinar for The Ivey Academy, London Mayor Ed Holder along with Kapil Lakhotia, President and CEO of the London Economic Development Corporation, and Gerry Macartney, CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce, discussed COVID-19's impact on the London, Ont. business community.

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XYZ Storage turned to children’s art to energize their employees, and motivate the community, as the Toronto-based storage facility does its part to battle COVID-19 and bring Personal Protective Equipment to the frontlines.

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Governor Poloz outlines role of monetary policy during pandemic to Ivey MBA students

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In a webinar for The Ivey Academy, a panel of digital transformation experts discussed the acceleration of digitization efforts and what leaders should be aware of during this time of transition.

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Have faith in the economy long term, says Ivey professor

In a webinar for The Ivey Academy, Steve Foerster compared past stock market crashes to the current situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Creative health-care strategies emerging in fight against COVID-19

In a webinar for The Ivey Academy, an expert panel discusses the challenges of COVID-19 planning in health care.

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Businesses rising to the challenge of COVID-19

In a webinar for The Ivey Academy, an alumni panel shared insights on how the global pandemic has impacted business.

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In a webinar for The Ivey Academy, Martha Maznevski discussed how to balance different leadership priorities during the COVID-19 crisis.

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While it may have been a bittersweet moment, the Ivey HBA Class of 2020 joined together digitally one final time to connect with faculty, gain advice and support from staff, and be welcomed into the Ivey Alumni Network.

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In a webinar for The Ivey Academy, Tony Frost discussed ways companies can be more adaptable and resilient when facing uncertainty.

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Ivey’s Entrepreneurship faculty provide tips for keeping your business going during the coronavirus downturn.

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Tips for entrepreneurs: Dealing with the pandemic

Eric Morse writes about some of the challenges entrepreneurs might face during the COVID-19 crisis and provides tips for reducing costs and generating cash.

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Tips for working remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond

Transitioning to remote work isn't easy. Ivey faculty and staff share some tips.

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Leading in uncertain times

The challenges of COVID-19 are putting an unprecedented strain on businesses and their leaders. Here is a roundup of Ivey Business Journal articles that provide insights for leaders looking to move their organizations forward in the face of this global pandemic.