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Report on Business Best Executive Awards feature Ivey alumni

Nov 5, 2020

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Four Ivey alumni have been named recipients of the Report on Business Best Executive Awards. The inaugural list features 50 EVPs, SVPs and members of the C-Suite aimed at celebrating exceptional business leaders at Canadian companies.

Here are the Ivey alumni who received the honour, and were highlighted in the November edition of The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine:

Seema Lakhani, HBA '07

In her role as Chief Product Officer of Wattpad, Seema Lakhani leads the company's overall product strategy and product management team, building a practice of strong product thinking to focus on solving the right user and business problems. As General Manager of Wattpad Labs, Lakhani is also responsible for driving storytelling innovation through programs that support high-growth new products within the company. 

"I am honoured and grateful to be included on this list. It has been such a challenging time for so many, and the role of leadership becomes even more critical. Leadership based on integrity, true compassion, humility and a willingness to learn and change is ultimately what I believe matters most. I am so grateful to all those around me, especially my team, who are constantly teaching me and pushing me to be better."

Eva Salem, HBA '93

Eva Salem is a results-oriented marketing executive with a proven record of building brands and delivering growth. As the Vice-President, Strategic Marketing at Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), Salem and her team oversee all brand marketing across the Company, including Canadian Tire Retail, SportChek, Mark’s, Helly Hansen, Triangle Loyalty, CT Financial Services, and CTC’s multi-billion dollar Owned Brands portfolio.   

“This year, companies have needed to be exceptionally agile and responsive, and those able to adapt have been rewarded. Canadian Tire Corporation has been effectively navigating the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning and it’s an honour to recognized for my role in this achievement. By putting our customers’ needs at the heart of our response to the crisis, our brand has been able to continue to resonate in the lives of Canadians.”

Zainul Mawji, MBA '01

As President Home Solutions, TELUS, Zainul Mawji spearheads the design and delivery of consumer products for residential, security, automation and health lines of business. With almost two decades at TELUS, her experience and expertise in scaling new technology is foundational to how she champions her team to drive innovative experiences and solutions.

“I’m honoured and humbled to be chosen alongside so many exceptional leaders who are actively making a difference in Canadians’ lives every day. This recognition is truly for our team members at TELUS. Their passion for putting our customers first enables us to provide world-leading networks that connect more Canadians than ever before and offer meaningful, differentiated services such as virtual health care, physical and cyber security protection, and automation. During what has been a challenging year, our team has remained focused on supporting our communities and each other, and I’m incredibly grateful to them for their resilience, agility, and innovation.”

Duncan Fulton, EMBA '13

Two years ago, Duncan Fulton was appointed Chief Corporate Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc. He was previously the President of FGL Sports, Senior Vice-President, Communications and Corporate Affairs for Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC). Fulton also served as a communication advisor and spokesperson for several political leaders, including former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna.