The Ivey Emerging Leaders Awards honour rising leaders from the global Ivey alumni community who have graduated within the past 10 years. Every year, in conjunction with Global Ivey Day (May 3, 2018), Emerging Leaders Awards are awarded to alumni who have made a significant impact in one of the following six award categories listed below.

For more information about the Emerging Leaders Awards, please contact gid@ivey.ca.

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About the Award:

The Ivey Alumni Network established the Ivey Emerging Leaders Award to honour rising leaders from the global Ivey alumni community who have graduated within the past 10 years. This annual award recognizes the best examples of our leadership qualities and serves as a vehicle to promote and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our recipients.

Each year, one award will be given in each category. The award recipients will be announced on Global Ivey Day at various global chapter events, including the Toronto Gala. Award winners will also be featured in various Ivey communications, on the Ivey website, and on the Global Ivey Day website.

Six categories have been created to reflect the Ivey mission:

  1. Academic Leadership
    The Ivey Emerging Academic Leadership Award honours an Ivey faculty member or alumnus for making a significant contribution to the field of academia. This honouree will have contributed influential thought leadership and research to a given field of expertise and/or have meaningfully impacted the education of others (not awarded in 2013).

  2. Community Advancement
    The Ivey Emerging Leader in Community Advancement Award honours an Ivey alumnus for having a significant impact in his/her community. The honouree will have contributed in areas which could include the environment, human welfare, education, arts, health care, culture, peace, etc.

  3. Corporate Development
    The Ivey Emerging Leader in Corporate Development Award honours an Ivey alumnus for making outstanding strategic contributions which support his/her corporation’s growth and/or pursuit of corporate objectives. This honouree will have driven results beyond his/her position’s expectations via a thorough plan and a directed effort.

  4. Entrepreneurship
    The Ivey Emerging Leader in Entrepreneurship Award honours an Ivey alumnus who, by taking risks, strategically creates and grows a successful business. The individual will have started a business based on a new idea, a new product/service offering and/or a new business model, and have achieved a recognized level of success.

  5. Global Impact
    The Ivey Emerging Leader in Global Impact Award honors an Ivey alumnus for embracing a global perspective and promoting the growth of international business. The honouree will have experience spanning diverse cultures and have had a strong commercial impact by leveraging opportunities across countries and regions.

  6. Student Leadership
    The Ivey Emerging Student Leadership Award honours a current Ivey student (at the time of nomination) who, in the eyes of their peers, demonstrates leadership potential based on his/her contribution to the Ivey community or volunteerism/community outreach or civic engagement activities while studying at Ivey.

The selection process is administered and facilitated by the Ivey Alumni Network. The Selection Committee consists of a panel of high profile members from the business community and the School. This year, the Selection Committee includes:

Professor Mark Vandenbosch, HBA ’84: Acting Dean, Ivey Business School

Michael Bernstein, MBA ’96: Former President & CEO, Capstone Infrastructure Corporation; Chair, Ivey Alumni Network Board

Laura Hantho, MBA ’89: Advisor, MaRS Discovery District; Ivey Advisory Board Member

Shanti Suppiah, MBA ’10: Senior Business Analyst, RBC Capital Markets; Ivey Alumni Network Board Member

David Wright, HBA ’83: President, Agora Inc.; Chair, Ivey Entrepreneurship Council

Terri Garton: Director, Ivey Alumni Relations

Sharon Irwin-Foulon: Executive Director, Ivey Career Management

Congratulations to our 2016 Emerging Leaders Award recipients.

Marc Soberano, HBA 2013

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Community Advancement Award honours an Ivey alumnus for having a significant impact in his/her community. The honouree will have contributed in areas which could include the environment, human welfare, education, arts, health care, culture, peace, etc.

Marc believes that innovative business models are needed to solve complex societal issues. His time spent at Ashoka working with established social enterprises reaffirmed these ideas and inspired him to contribute to the movement through the creation of Building Up.

Marc is the only known graduate of the Ivey Business School to have canoed across Canada, and he intends to combine lessons learned from the classroom and life in the woods to lead this organization towards its vision.

Danielle TheDanielle Thé, MSc 2012

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Global Impact Award honors an Ivey alumnus for embracing a global perspective and promoting the growth of international business. The honouree will have experience spanning diverse cultures and have had a strong commercial impact by leveraging opportunities across countries and regions.

Danielle Thé is the founder of Developers Without Borders (a registered Canadian Non-Profit), and a Marketing Manager at Google. Her passion and work focuses on leveraging technology to make social impacts globally.

In 2015, Developers Without Borders launched a cross-continental Hackathon (coding competition over 30 hours long), that brought together over 200 developers together from Nairobi, Kenya and Toronto, Canada to build education, agriculture, and healthcare technology application for We.org’s work in rural Kenya. Earlier that year, the organization built a beta app that works on low bandwidth internet, for women in India to chat about their issues of sexual assault and domestic violence anonymously. This November 26, 2016, Developers Without Borders is partnered with Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” program, to build social apps for maternal health in Bangladesh.

In 2016, Danielle was named as Sixty Under 30 by FLARE Magazine. Prior to Developers Without Borders and Google, Danielle spent time in the startup-technology industry: launching software projects at the Konrad Group, and growth hacking at Wattpad. Danielle graduated in 2012 from Ivey’s MSc in International Business program.

Alex McMurrayAlex McMurray, HBA 2007, MBA 2012

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Corporate Development Award honours an Ivey alumnus for making outstanding strategic contributions which support his/her corporation’s growth and/or pursuit of corporate objectives. This honouree will have driven results beyond his/her position’s expectations via a thorough plan and a directed effort.

Alex is a passionate and driven leader who aims to ensure the organizations she is a part of are organizations to be proud of.

Since joining McKinsey in 2012, Alex has been an integral part of the Canadian and North American effort to improve gender diversity within McKinsey and within the clients they serve. Alex has been a thought leader and change leader, helping to elevate the conversation from mere structural impediments to truly understanding the biases standing in the way of gender diversity in the leadership ranks. She has also helped to engage the full community at McKinsey, not just women, on the topic.

Outside of McKinsey, Alex engages women’s groups at Canadian universities on leadership development topics. Alex is passionate about empowering young women to become leaders of their organizations, not just because they can, but because they have to in order to ensure the success and competitiveness of their organizations and, ultimately, of Canada.

Prior to McKinsey, Alex spent time at TransCanada Pipelines and Deloitte in Calgary.

Alex graduated with an HBA from the Ivey Business School in 2007, and an MBA in 2012. On the weekends, Alex spends time outside, skiing, hiking and biking in the Rockies with her husband and friends.

Mallorie Brodie, HBA 2013

The Ivey Emerging Leader in Entrepreneurship Award honours an Ivey alumnus who, by taking risks, strategically creates and grows a successful business. The individual will have started a business based on a new idea, a new product/service offering and/or a new business model, and have achieved a recognized level of success.

Mallorie Brodie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bridgit, a subcontractor communication and punch list management platform for construction teams, which launched in March 2014. She holds an Honours degree in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School, and is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Creative Destruction Lab and the Ivey N.O.I.S.E. committee.

In 2015, Bridgit won at Google Demo Day in San Francisco and Mallorie and her Co-founder, Lauren Lake, were jointly named Techvibes Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Twitter: @malbrodie / @gobridgit

Tom GraingerTom Grainger, HBA 2017 Candidate

The Ivey Emerging Student Leadership Award honours a current Ivey student (at the time of nomination) who, in the eyes of their peers, demonstrates leadership potential based on his/her contribution to the Ivey community or volunteerism/community outreach or civic engagement activities while studying at Ivey.

Tom is an HBA student pursuing a dual degree in Mechatronics Engineering.

Entering the Ivey HBA Program in 2014, Tom has maintained an exceptional academic record while contributing actively to the Ivey and Western communities. Tom acts as a mentor for the Ivey Consulting Club and as a Guru on the Ivey Orientation Team. He volunteers with the Reach Conference, where he works to build confidence in Gr. 7 and 8 students identified as unlikely to complete high school while educating them about good financial habits and the opportunities created by post-secondary education. In HBA1, he served as President of his section. Additionally, Tom has conducted research to develop medical devices for Parkinson’s therapy, represented the school nationally as a finalist for Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec, and served as President of the Undergraduate Engineering Society.

This past summer, Tom co-founded Cultivate Compliance as part of the prestigious Next 36 Program. Through this entrepreneurial venture, Tom and his partner, Aditya Challapally, developed user-friendly software to simplify compliance with food safety regulations for local produce farms. Today, they support mission-critical food safety systems that protect a collective $110M of crops in the community.

Andreas Schotter Andreas Schotter, EMBA 2004, PhD 2009

The Ivey Emerging Academic Leadership Award honours an Ivey faculty member or alumnus for making a significant contribution to the field of academia. This honouree will have contributed influential thought leadership and research to a given field of expertise and/or have meaningfully impacted the education of others (not awarded in 2013).

A dual Canadian and German citizen, Andreas Schotter is an Assistant Professor of International Business and the Faculty Director of Ivey’s MSc in Management program. He also serves as Ivey’s Academic Director for the CEMS Global Alliance Masters in International Management program. Andreas has lived in Canada, Europe, Asia and the USA and holds permanent resident status in Hong Kong.

As an international business expert he helps executives and organizations understand the challenges and opportunities posed by the ever increasing turbulences in the global economy. His current research includes the development of strategies for business system disruption and boundary-spanning leadership capabilities in global organizations. Andreas’ research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the MIT Sloan Management Review amongst others. He has authored numerous book chapters, cases, and a book on strategic management frameworks. In addition to his academic work Andreas collaborates closely with leading multinational corporations from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America on emerging market strategies and international leadership development.

Andreas received a Masters in Business Economics from Kassel University in Germany and an EMBA from Ivey Hong Kong (2004). He completed his PhD in 2009 at Ivey in Canada. After graduation, Andreas taught at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona before returning to Ivey in 2013.

2015 Award Winners

Community Advancement - Melissa Sariffodeen, HBA '10

Community Advancement - Heather Payne, HBA '09

Global Impact - Ryan Little, MBA '06

Corporate Development - Greg Gunn, MBA '10

Entrepreneurship - Craig Follett, HBA '08

Student Leadership - Harrison Reilly, HBA '16

Academic Leadership - Caroline Flammer, Ivey Faculty

2014 Award Winners

Community Advancement - Jason Inch, MBA '04 (Shanghai, China)

Global Impact - Amanda Armstrong, HBA '10 (Toronto, Canada)

Corporate Development - Anuj Ranjan, MBA '06 (Mumbai, India)

Entrepreneurship - Ankur Bansal, HBA '09 (Chicago, United States)

Student LeadershipAlexander Palkovsky, HBA '15 (Vancouver, Canada)

Academic Leadership - Jean-Philippe Vergne, Ivey Faculty (London, Canada)

2013 Award Winners

Community Advancement - Mariam Hashmi, HBA '05, MBA '08 (Toronto, Canada) 

Global Impact - Raymond Tam, EMBA '05 (Hong Kong, China)

Corporate Development - Matthew Logue, HBA '05 (Toronto, Canada) 

Entrepreneurship - Erik Mikkelsen, HBA '06 (Toronto, Canada) (co-awarded)

Entrepreneurship Robert Cherun, HBA '04 (Toronto, Canada) (co-awarded)

Student Leadership - Rich Hilsden, MBA '14 (London, Canada)

2012 Award Winners

Community Advancement – Jory Cohen, Ivey HBA '10 (Toronto, Canada)

Global Impact – Scott Friedmann, Ivey HBA '95 (Toronto, Canada)

Corporate Development – Ben Lu, Ivey MBA '01 (Shanghai, China)

Entrepreneurship – Rahim Fazal, Ivey MBA '06 (San Francisco, United States)

Student Leadership – Chris Janssen, Ivey HBA '13 (Toronto, Canada)

Academic Leadership – Nicole Haggerty, Ivey HBA '89, PHD '04 (London, Canada)

2011 Award Winners

Community Advancement - Joshua Silvertown, MBA ’07 (Toronto, Canada)

Global Impact - Nicole Verkindt, HBA ’07 (London, Canada)

Corporate Development - Mark Malerba, HBA ’03 (London, Canada)

Entrepreneurship - James Polson, EMBA ’11 (Hong Kong, China)

Student Leadership - Ghaznia Khan, MSc ’12 (London, Canada)

2010 Award Winners

Community Advancement - Uma Venkataramaiah, MBA ‘08 (Toronto, Canada)

Global Impact - Vanessa Aiello, MBA ’04 (London, U.K.)

Corporate Development - Dev Srinivasan, MBA ‘03 (Toronto, Canada)

Entrepreneurship - Dominic Penaloza, HBA ’92 (Shanghai, China)