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Ivey recognized for bold approach to leadership development

May 4, 2018


Ivey is one of two Canadian business schools that was recognized for innovative strategies to teach and train future leaders by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The AACSB is a business education alliance that connects educators, students, and business, to help develop the next generation of leaders. On April 17, in response to rapid global change, the AACSB celebrated institutions that have innovative approaches to leadership development at the third annual  Innovations That Inspire challenge.

“The biggest risk to business schools is not the rapid pace of change. It is in failing to prepare the next generation of business leaders to cope with that change,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO, AACSB. “Through its best-in-class leadership development program, Ivey Business School is ensuring that the business leaders of tomorrow will be ready for whatever lies ahead.”

Ivey was specifically recognized by the AACSB for Leadership Under Fire, a five-day intensive, largely outdoor program for Ivey undergraduate students. The course, made possible through the support of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, tests students' abilities to lead others and solve problems while facing physical, emotional and mental stress. 

“In academia we talk a lot about leadership, but when it comes to leadership there is a big difference between talking and actually doing,” said Ivey’s Gerard Seijts, executive director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, and a researcher on the character of successful leaders, in a recent Globe and Mail article.