The Ivey Business School

  • The School’s Richard Ivey Building in London, Ontario.

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  • Ivey alumnus Jeffrey Orr, HBA ’81, President and CEO of Power Financial, was presented with the 2015 Ivey Business Leader Award by Dean Bob Kennedy.

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  • Guest speakers from around the world share their experiences with Ivey students.

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  • Associate Professor Lyn Purdy brings a case study to life for Ivey students.

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  • Jeffrey Orr, HBA '81, and President and CEO of Power Financial, speaks to students about the challenges of leadership.

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  • Alumni from the Class of 1985 returning to the School to celebrate their 30-year reunion.

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The school was founded in 1922 and was officially named “Richard Ivey School of Business” in 1995

In 2013, the School celebrated the grand opening of its new building and unveiled its new name: “The Ivey Business School”

As of September 2015, Ivey hosted 109 full-time faculty

More than 25,000 degree alumni and 15,000 Executive Education alumni in 105 countries

The placement rate for the MBA Class of 2015 was 92%

Offering a Unique Approach to Creating Leadership Capacity

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 an exceptional classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges of today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned HBA, MSc, MBA, EMBA and PhD degree programs as well as Executive Education at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.

The Ivey Difference

Ivey stands apart from traditional business schools through its Case-Method of Learning; a curriculum that prepares students for success; a powerful alumni network; and exceptional career opportunities. The School gives students the business fundamentals combined with the leadership capabilities required to turn concepts into decisions, knowledge into action, and ideas into change.

At Ivey, students learn by doing. The Case-Method of Learning isn’t about textbooks and lectures – it’s about students learning from real-world experiences that put them in the shoes of decision makers. Class preparation starts with each student tackling an individual assessment of the case and crafting a plan of action. From there, they test their ideas with their learning team to develop new ideas and strategies. The Ivey classroom is the final step, opening up the debate to diverse perspectives and the surprising conclusion that there is not “one right answer”.

To stay connected to the needs and trends within the business world, Ivey relies on its Advisory Board – a network of leading business executives in North America, Asia and Europe, most of whom are Ivey alumni.

“I believe the Ivey Business School experience is truly unique and is remarkably successful at turning out skilled, well-rounded business leaders,” says Jeffrey Orr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Power Financial, an Ivey ’81 graduate who sits on the Ivey Advisory Board. “More than half of Ivey alumni hold senior management positions within their companies.”

At an Ivey Business School fundraising gala on October 20, 2015, Mr. Orr was honoured with the Ivey Business Leader Award, given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of business in Canada. Over the last 25 years, more than $4.2 million has been raised at this event.

“We at Ivey place a high value on the extraordinary generosity of Power Financial in supporting the School,” said Ivey Dean Bob Kennedy. “Through student support, faculty professorships, sponsorship of our new building and a strong commitment to staying connected to the School, Power Financial, and President and CEO Jeffrey Orr, are a critical part of our success – both now and in the future.”

I believe the Ivey Business School experience is truly unique and is remarkably successful at turning out skilled, well-rounded business leaders.
Jeffrey Orr
President and CEO
Power Financial


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