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Media Advisory: Back to the future - Top leaders reveal what comes next and what you can do about it

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  • Mar 17, 2014
Media Advisory: Back to the future - Top leaders reveal what comes next and what you can do about it

LONDON, ON, March 17, 2014 – “The future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed.”

William Gibson’s famous quote reminds us that harbingers of what comes next are already in our midst. In her TURN Forward series, Ivey Professor Oana Branzei asks 20 leaders who successfully brought massive change to their organizations, industries and sectors to share the lessons they have learned along the way.

“Every strategist peers into the future, but most end up chipping away at the well-known constraints their organizations are facing this very quarter,” said Branzei. “Imagining a radically different future is important work, but bringing such distant possibilities to life is not textbook material – yet.”

On March 20, 6-9 p.m., three TURN forward leaders will use a TED-style format to count down their top 10 secrets at Ivey’s campus in downtown Toronto.

The event features two leaders:

  • Karen Clarke Whistler, Chief Environmental Officer, TD;
  • Nelson Switzer, PwC Canada Leader of the Sustainable Business


This event is part of an outreach series sharing key findings from SSHRC-funded research examining the roles business leaders play in bettering our common feature. The next event will be held on April 15, 6-9 p.m. at Ivey’s Tangerine Leadership Centre and features:


  • Mary Gordon, Founder, President and the inspiration behind Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy;

  • Victoria Sopik, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Kids And Company;

  • Nicholas Parker, Founding Managing Partner, Global Acceleration Partners Inc.

“The TURN Forward project is about seeing far. It is about welcoming social, ecological and cultural change and enabling business to become an agent of positive change,” said Branzei. “That’s exactly the opposite of turning organizations around to fit pre-existing constraints. We need to build a repertoire of best practices that enables, even encourages, every leader to move their organizations one step closer to the future they really want.”


Thursday, March 20, 2014 and Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Location: Ivey Business School, Tangerine Leadership Centre (King & York St.), Toronto

Media opportunities:

5:45 to 6 p.m. – Interviews prior to presentations;

9 p.m.  – Interviews after presentations


To register for this free event, please e-mail Oana Branzei: 


About the Ivey Business School, Western University
The Ivey Business School ( at Western University is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Education at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.

Ivan Langrish
Senior Manager, Media Strategy