How Canadian education transforms a new generation of leaders

  • Communications
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  • Oct 27, 2017

Calvin Cheng, HBA '13, grew up in Hong Kong. He learned that in order to be the top of the class, he would need to read constantly, do his homework, and obey the teachers. But when he came to Canada, and pursued his education at Western University and the Ivey Business School, he discovered there was much more to it.

Cheng learned that it wasn't just about excelling in academics. It was important to balance his classroom accomplishments with leadership qualities and extracurricular activities, such as participating in student council, sports, and charity work. Thanks to his Canadian education, Cheng learned to develop as a leader, hone his creative thinking skills, and step outside his comfort zone.

The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao launched a Canada 150 Young Alumni Award, celebrating the outstanding achievements and contributions of alumni from Canadian universities, and demonstrating the impact of Canadian higher education. Cheng was one of eight alumni from Canadian universities featured, and he created the video above to give a firsthand look at how his Canadian education transformed him.


  • Alumni
  • HBA
  • Ivey Asia