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A look back at 2016-2017

We begin in spring 2016 and follow the major events in the life of the Ivey Business School through to spring 2017. Throughout, we review the major news and media stories that capture the year. For more stories, visit

  • Driving a digital strategy

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    Brian Porter, President and CEO of Scotiabank, speaks to students about driving the Bank’s digital strategy and announces $3 million in funding to create the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at the Ivey Business School.

    March 2016

  • Up the corporate ladder

    Marie-Claude Nadeau

    At an Ivey Idea Forum in Toronto, Marie-Claude Nadeau, Partner, McKinsey & Company, San Francisco, shares some sobering facts on the chances of women moving up the corporate ladder. 

    April 2016

  • Andy Fastow tells the truth

    Andy Fastow

    With a trophy in one hand and a prison ID card in the other, former Enron CFO Andy Fastow tells Ivey students the world of business ethics isn’t black and white.

    April 2016

  • John Chayka vs. the NHL

    John Chayka

    The story of John Chayka's meteoric rise in the hockey world and his life at Ivey is covered by dozens of media outlets.

    May 2016

  • Big things in small packages


    Since graduation, Sarah Landstreet has been running her own business called Georgette Packaging, catching the attention of the celebrities on Dragons' Den spinoff Next Gen Den.

    June 2016

  • Awards by design


    The Richard Ivey Building takes home two top awards at the 2016 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Celebration of Excellence Awards. 

    June 2016

  • A higher degree of leadership

    Carol Stephenson honorary degree

    Three Ivey leaders, including former Ivey dean Carol Stephenson, receive honorary degrees at Western University’s 307th Convocation. 

    June 2016

  • A case for winning


    An Ivey MBA student team brings home the winning trophy from The QMARC Balancing Effect Case Competition at the Smith School of Business, Queen's University.

    June 2016

  • Cognitive capabilities

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    Information Systems professor Rob Austin speaks with HBS Working Knowledge about neurodiversity and the growing interest some companies have in hiring people with cognitive disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    July 2016

  • Rising to the challenge

    Accenture MBA case competition presentations

    The 6th annual MBA Case Competition provides students with a chance for camaraderie, personal growth, and preparation for the real world.

    June 2016

  • Lessons in life and business

    Leadership Panel

    Three  of Canada’s most successful corporate figures bring their experiences to Ivey’s MBA students as part of the MBA Leadership Day. 

    August 2016

  • Two paths, one beginning

    Propel Students - Split

    Brennan de Langley, HBA ’16, and Adam Gapinski, HBA ’17, carve out two very different entrepreneurial journeys. However, they both start at the Propel Summer Incubator program.

    August 2016

  • Advice from the frontlines

    Craig Follett

    Craig Follett, HBA '08, shares his advice with 610 HBA1 students during Orientation Week 2016. His approach? Think for yourself, live life, and take risks.

    September 2016

  • Getting oriented

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    The HBA Class of 2018 start their journey as Ivey students in September. Orientation Week consists of both academic and social activities to welcome our new students with open arms. 

    September 2016

  • The truth about leadership

    Leadership Day

    HBA Leadership Day brings in three successful alumni back to School to share their advice, stories, and words of wisdom with Ivey’s newest students.

    September 2016

  • Home for the weekend

    Reunion Weekend 2016

    Numbering more than 960 strong, Ivey alumni and friends come from across Canada and around the world to take part in Reunion Weekend festivities. 

    October 2016

  • Recipe for success

    Devlin and Tevlin

    Ivey alumni Mike Tevlin and Dan Devlin, the creators of the Two-Bite Brownies, speak to the HBA1 class for the Richard G. Ivey Speaker Series. 

    October 2016

  • Not measuring up

    Trump and Clinton shaking hands

    The Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Ivey commissions a survey to determine how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton measure up on 11 leader character dimensions. 

    October 2016

  • Courting controversy


    The Globe and Mail dedicates a full length feature on why Ivey chooses to host controversial speakers like former Enron CFO Andy Fastow, infamous bond trader Nick Leeson, and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. 

    November 2016

  • Researching for gold

    Mark DesJardine

    Mark DesJardine, PhD ’16, receives a Governor General’s Gold Medal for his research on corporate short-termism and its impact on organizations and sustainable development. 

    November 2016

  • Leading the battle for gender equality

    HBA WIM CoChairs

    Alexandra Lee and Victoria Lin are the two HBA '17 Co-Chairs behind Ivey’s first-ever Women in Management Conference. 

    November 2016

  • A case for competition

    BCG 2016

    Only a few months into Ivey’s HBA Program, HBA1 students are thrust into a whirlwind of a week. It starts with the BCG Case Competition with four days of intense competition. 

    November 2016

  • Among the best


    Ivey Business School remains the top business school in Canada and stays amidst the top 10 in the world following Bloomburg Businessweek's International MBA rankings.

    December 2016

  • Ivey around the world

    GID TO

    On Global Ivey Day, more than 3,000 alumni celebrate what it means to be an Ivey grad. 

    November 2016

  • Ivey grad makes 360 list


    Kevin Mako, HBA ’07, founded his company in his first year of Ivey’s HBA Program. In December 2016, MAKO Invent secures the 69th spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur 360 list.

    December 2016

  • Ivey goes global

    Map - International Business Institute

    Led by Professor Paul Beamish, Ivey launches the new International Business Institute (IBI) to strengthen its visibility in the increasingly important field of international business.

    December 2016

  • Going for the prize

    Matt Brown Hult Prize

    A team of Western and Ivey students head to the regional finals of the 2017 Hult Prize Challenge, in hopes of a $1-million prize.

    December 2016

  • A woman of energy

    Beth Pollock

    Beth Pollock, MBA '10, is selected for the Young Women in Energy Award. Learn more about her accomplishments.

    December 2016

  • Focus on the long term

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    The Wall Street Journal features research co-authored by Ivey's Tima Bansal suggesting companies need to ditch their focus on short-term gains and take a longer view to improve operating performance.

    January 2017

  • From HBA to the United Nations


    Ahsan Syd, HBA '15, spends three weeks working with the UN - and he's only 24. He credits Ivey for his ability to engage effectively with senior officials, presidents of countries, diplomats, and country ambassadors.

    December 2016

  • The bear rules


    In The Globe and MailIvey Finance Professor George Athanassakos says the bull market bond has reached its end due to demographics, not Donald Trump's election.

    January 2017

  • Learning from failure and hardships


    In a podcast for CBC's Ontario Today, Executive Director of Ivey's Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, Gerard Seijts explains the importance compassion and learning from those who have experienced hardships.

    January 2017

  • Entrepreneurship comes to life

    Anton Rabie and Ron Close

    Anton Rabie, HBA ’94, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Spin Master, gives students advice and highlights from his entrepreneurial journey at the Ivey Entrepreneurship Weekend.

    January 2017

  • Challenging the stigma around mental health

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    Dr. Javeed Sukhera speaks for the second annual Break the Silence event on mental health at Ivey. He explains the importance of being an “Olympic listener” and being open to your own vulnerabilities when addressing mental health.

    January 2017

  • Misbehaving on social

    Jeff Rotman

    Ivey PhD student Jeff Rotman's research explains how one's social media outrage may not be genuine. Instead, it may be a case of moral peacocking.

    January 2017

  • Planning makes perfect

    IBK and Spin Master business plan competitions

    After a decade, an Ivey team won the 19th IBK Capital – Ivey Business Plan Competition, while a Queen’s University team topped the inaugural Spin Master – Ivey HBA Business Plan Competition. 

    January 2017

  • Growing for gold

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    At the 4th Annual Leader Character and Candour Conference, Cheryl Pounder, a two-time Olympic women’s hockey gold medallist; and Jaime Watt, executive chairman of Navigator Ltd., discuss how character dimensions contribute to personal and organizational success.

    February 2017

  • Saving the Festival

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    At the East Meets West MBA Leadership Case Competition, MBA students were taken back to 2012 and challenged with saving the Stratford Festival. 

    February 2017

  • The impact of NAFTA


    Ivey’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management’s latest study provides a detailed picture of the trade interdependence between Ontario and each of the eight states making up the Great Lakes region (GLS8). 

    February 2017

  • Corporate Canada can’t hide


    In their op-ed in The Globe and Mail, Ivey Professors Cara Maurer, Tima Bansal, and Mary Crossan discuss how Corporate Canada has the opportunity to build common ground by breaking the silence against Donald Trumps immigration ban.

    February 2017

  • Keep your eye on the cash

    American money

    In a Reuters article, Ivey Professor Stephen Foerster, along with John Tsagarelis and Grant Wang of Highstreet Asset Management, advises investors to keep theirs eyes on cash flows.  

    February 2017

  • Revising NAFTA could hurt


    President Donald Trump's plans to "tweak" the North American Free Trade Agreement raises concerns for the countries involved. Multiple news outlets discussed Ivey’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management’s latest study We Make Things Together, which points out how companies in the Great Lakes region work together, not separately.

    February 2017

  • Is CETA good for Canada?

    Canadian and EU flags

    In an interview with CBC News Network, Assistant Professor Andreas Schotter discusses the benefits of the Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. 

    February 2017

  • Rethinking decision-making


    Adjunct Research Professor Laurel Austin wins the award in the Economics, Politics and Business Environment category in the Case Centre Awards and Competitions 2017. 

    March 2017

  • Fighting and winning

    Victoria Lin

    Breaking glass ceilings and advocating for gender equality as Co-chair of the first-ever Ivey Women in Management Conference pays off for Victoria Lin, HBA '17. 

    March 2017

  • Leader of the Year


    Known for her leadership and commitment in business and community initiatives, Linda Hasenfratz, EMBA ’97, is named Ivey Business Leader of the Year.

    March 2017

  • Smoothing hydro bills

    Aerial view of lights

    In their op-ed for The Globe and Mail, Ivey Energy Centre researchers Guy Holburn, Adam Fremeth, Margaret Loudermilk, and Brandon Schaufele, from the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, estimate some basic financial engineering might reduce Ontarians’ electricity bills.

    March 2017

  • The tellers and the sellers

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    In his article for The Globe and Mail, Associate Professor Michael King says technology is turning tellers into sellers. 

    March 2017

  • Welcome to Canada


    Organized and executed by a team of HBA students, Ivey's 28th Scotiabank International Case Competition draws teams from all over the world to Canada.

    March 2017

  • Re-imagining the Jays


    The Deloitte Innovation Forum challenges students to innovate and revamp the Rogers Centre in Toronto, re-imagine the baseball fan experience, and increase attendance at Blue Jays games. 

    March 2017

  • Building to the beat

    Entrepreneurship Profile

    When his passion for rapping didn't work out, Ayush Vaidya, HBA '17, tries a different option: producing and selling beats. 

    March 2017

  • Trump, technology, and the state of world affairs

    Stephen Harper

    Canada's 22nd Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to Ivey MBA students, faculty, and staff on the forces behind political currents and how they are affecting the world.

    March 2017

  • Teaching beyond the cases

    Raza Khan

    Raza Khan, HBA '16, won a USC Excellence in Teaching Award – the first time since ever that an Ivey lecturer has won in their first year of teaching. 

    March 2017

  • The power of working women

    Bill Morneau

    Working towards more inclusive growth, Finance Minister Bill Morneau spoke to students about Canada’s long-term goals and the Canadian government’s 2017 budget. He put special emphasis on supporting gender equality and women entrepreneurship.

    April 2017

  • Making Ad Exec history

    Top Ad Exec

    For the first time in the competition’s 11-year history, an Ivey team wins Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec. Tom Grainger and Corrine Tansowny win first place, while Michelle Osei-Bonsu and Emily Zhou place third.

    April 2017

  • Hatchimal hype

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    As national media capture the Hatchimal craze, Professor June Cotte weighs in on the challenges companies face with high-demand products.  

    December 2016

  • Red-hot housing


    Assistant Professor Davin Raiha tells CBC's Ontario Morning the hot housing market is pricing buyers out of the Greater Toronto Area.

    April 2017

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