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Emerging Leaders Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Ivey Emerging Leaders Award recipients! These awards honour leaders from the global Ivey alumni community who have graduated within the past 10 years. Every year, in conjunction with Global Ivey Day, Emerging Leaders Awards are awarded to alumni who have made a significant impact in one of the six award categories. 

2018 Award Winners

Christina RupsinghChristina Rupsingh, MBA 2016

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.

Christina Rupsingh is a founder of Lean In Canada (a registered Canadian non-profit organization) and a Marketing Manager at TD Bank Group. Self-motivated and passionate, Christina is an advocate for change and aspires to contribute to a world that is truly equal.

After reading Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: Women Work and the Will To Lead in 2013, Christina turned thought into action by co-founding Lean In Canada. Lean In Canada is a community of professional women empowering each other to build purposeful and fulfilling careers. Since launching, the group has grown from a network of 20 women to a community of 5,000+ across Canada, with monthly events focused on professional development and networking running in multiple cities. The organization brings women together from over 14 different industries, and fosters a safe space and truly inclusive community. In 2015, Lean In Canada was recognized as a global leader by Lean In Org, and invited to attend the Annual Regional Leaders conference in Palo Alto, California at Facebook HQ.

Christina graduated with an MBA from the Ivey Business School in 2016. Outside of Lean In Canada, Christina is building her career as a Marketing professional and her success has been defined by her ability to harness creative, outside-the-box thinking in the development of novel and impactful solutions to business challenges.

Twitter: @crupsingh / @leanincanada

Website: leanincanada.com

Fahad TariqFahad Tariq, MBA 2016

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.

Fahad is the founder of Shift (a registered Canadian Non-Profit) and a Senior Equity Research Associate at BMO Capital Markets. Fahad considers himself a global citizen having grown up in four countries and has always had an interest in finding simple, elegant solutions to complex, global problems.

In 2016, Fahad launched Shift which applies biomimicry to convert animal waste into clean energy in developing countries. Shift builds energy domes that capture polluting methane emissions and produce safe cooking gas to address two huge global problems: climate change and energy insecurity. To date, Shift has 10 projects underway in Pakistan (with plans to expand soon to other countries) which are providing 500 people with clean energy, capturing emissions equivalent to taking thousands of cars off the road each year, and increasing life expectancy from better health outcomes.

Fahad is a leading voice in the global waste-to-energy movement and was recently awarded the prestigious Ascend Rising Star Award for professional excellence and exemplary volunteer contributions under the age of 30. Fahad graduated in 2016 from Ivey’s MBA Program.

Hussain BandaliHussain Bandali, MBA 2011

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.

Hussain Bandali has over 10 years of progressive experience within the retail and technology sectors, with a large focus on consumer products and merchandising. At Walmart, he launched the electronics private label "Blackweb," which has since been adopted in many countries across the world, including Walmart US. Since then, he played an integral role in developing prototype stores which tested new concepts and ideas in retail and engaged customers in a very different way.

Currently, as Director of Store Layout at Walmart Canada, he is leading the transformation of Walmart’s stores, making them more contemporary, and aligning them to serve the needs of changing customers and their evolving shopping habits in a digital era.

Hussain graduated with an MBA from the Ivey Business School in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ryerson University.

Chris GilpinChris Gilpin, HBA 2009

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.

Chris is the co-founder of Turnstyle, a marketing company whose mission is to help businesses connect with their customers in meaningful ways.

Turnstyle received numerous recognitions, including Tech in Motion’s Toronto’s Best Startup (2016), Metabridge’s Top 15 (2016), and C100’s most promising startups (2015).

Turnstyle was acquired by Yelp in 2017 and has grown from a team of 30 to over 100 individuals in Toronto, San Francisco, and Phoenix.

Prior to Turnstyle, Chris studied Business (HBA) and Engineering (BSc) at the Ivey Business School and Western University. Chris works as a startup advisor and investor, providing growth capital to seed-stage businesses, and providing guidance to assist startup founders navigate the tumultuous waters of entrepreneurship.

Devon WrightDevon Wright, HBA 2009

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. 

Devon co-founded Turnstyle Solutions in 2012, one of the first WiFi marketing platforms. He helped to grow the business to one of the largest marketing platforms of its kind before being acquired by Yelp in 2017. He's now GM of Yelp WiFi, a powerful marketing platform that helps local businesses connect with their customers and increase loyalty.

Devon is a regular speaker on topics related to mobile marketing, innovation, privacy, and entrepreneurship. He has been featured by the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Wharton Business Radio and BNN. He sits on several startup and charitable advisory boards in an effort to support innovation and leadership development.

Prior to founding Turnstyle, Devon worked at TD Bank as a Senior Treasury Analyst for their US Mortgage business, and received his Honours in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School. Raised in Whitby, Ontario, Devon now lives in San Francisco with his two cats Pinot and Judith.

Victor LalVictor Lal, HBA 2019 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.

Victor is a current HBA student interested in pairing business with social impact.

Victor founded an organization called Canadians for Syria (canadiansforsyria.org) to educate Canadians on the Syrian refugee crisis, as well as to provide a platform for people to donate and sponsor refugee families. This past summer, Victor completed a solo bike tour from Toronto, Ontario to St. John’s, Newfoundland to sponsor a Syrian refugee family of five. Victor successfully completed the 2,600-km trip in under a month, and raised $30,000 from over 150 donors in the process. These funds will support the Beshmaf family throughout their first year in Canada.

In the upcoming summer, Victor will attempt to swim over 52 km solo across Lake Ontario, from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the shores of Toronto. Canadians for Syria is aiming to raise $60,000 to sponsor additional Syrian refugee families with this campaign.

Victor also serves as an Executive Director of the Ivey LEADER Project, a program that sends HBA and MBA students to emerging regions around the world to support local entrepreneurship. Victor works to lead a team of 30 students and coordinate with LEADER’s various international partners. Victor also helped kickstart a conversation regarding how Ivey can support Canadian Indigenous communities, and is leading LEADER’s expansion efforts in this area.

Mary CrossanMary Crossan, MBA 1985, PhD 1991

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).

Mary Crossan, Professor, General Management & Strategy, is a Distinguished University Professor – Western's highest honour recognizing excellence in teaching, research and service over a substantial career at Western. She teaches in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Programs.

Her research on organizational learning, strategy, leadership character and improvisation has been widely published in such journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly and Organization Dynamics. She has extended her research to management practice through a collection of over 50 cases, many of which have been published in a book she co–authored entitled Strategic Management: A Casebook. She is also an author of the Strategic Analysis and Action textbook.

In a joint venture between the Ivey Business School and the Second City Improvisation Company, she developed a management video entitled "Improvise to Innovate" which extends traditional concepts of strategic management to development tools and techniques for more innovative, flexible and responsive strategic action. Her research, case–writing and consulting have provided broad exposure to companies around the world. She has worked with HSBC, Mattel Asia, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank Financial Group, CIBC, Sears Canada, Sun Life and Grand & Toy. Her case on Starbucks has been Ivey's top selling case for many years.

More on Mary Crossan here.

Gerard SeijtsGerard Seijts, Ivey Faculty

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).

Gerard Seijts, Professor, Organizational Behaviour, received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Prior to joining the Ivey Business School in 2000, he was on the faculty at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Gerard is teaching on several leadership programs. For example, he has worked with organizations including Aecon, Intact Financial Corporation, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Maple Leaf Foods, J.D. Irving Limited, Hutchison Ports, Cigna, A.S. Watson, Bank of China Hong Kong and many others. He has also worked with local government in Canada and Hong Kong on issues such as leadership and change. Gerard has taught EMBA, MBA and undergraduate courses in leadership, leading change, organizational behaviour, performance management and staffing.

His research activities, spanning journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, cover a wide range of topics including leadership, change, goal setting, training and development, teams, organizational justice, and performance management. He also enjoys writing practitioner-oriented articles.

Gerard has written cases on topics including but not limited to leadership, leading change, organizational turnarounds, crisis management, organizational culture and alignment, teams and managing conflict in teams. Recently, he wrote four books: Leadership on Trial: A Manifesto for Leadership Development; Good Leaders Learn: Lessons from Lifetimes of Leadership; Developing Leadership Character; and Leadership in Practice: Theory and Cases in Leadership Character.

Gerard is the recipient of awards for research, innovation in teaching and outreach activities. He is the Executive Director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership. We aspire to be recognized by researchers and practitioners as a globally leading Institute for research, teaching and outreach regarding the awareness, assessment and development of leader character.

More on Gerard Seijts here.

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