Global Ivey Day only happens once a year... and it's happening on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Celebrate the 10-year anniversary with us at the Power Lunch event designed for experienced Ivey alumni and their guests.
Connect with fellow alumni and friends at this special event. Global Ivey Day is an excellent opportunity to reconnect, network and celebrate Ivey's nine decades of business education leadership and what it means to be an Ivey grad.
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Location: Arcadian Loft, 401 Bay St, 8th Floor, Toronto, ON [MAP]
$45 for alumni
$55 for non-alumni
$340 for a table of 8 people
Join the conversation and get social by using #GlobalIveyDay!
Moderator - Kevin O’Brien, HBA ’93
As the President and GM for WW in Canada, Kevin O’Brien is responsible for the performance of the Canadian business in pursuit of WW's mission: Inspiring healthy habits for real life.
Prior to WW in late 2017, Kevin held various executive commercial leadership roles with Aeroplan and Aimia. Kevin joined Aimia after more than 16 years in strategy consulting - most recently as a Managing Partner of the Montreal and Toronto Corporate Consulting offices at SECOR Consulting, Canada’s largest independent strategy consulting company (since acquired by KPMG). Kevin co-founded Diesel Think Tank, a Canadian consulting company focused on closer integration between primary customer research and business strategy. Kevin holds a bachelor degree from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, is a member of its Advisory Board. Kevin is also a Board member of the Tarragon Theatre and on the Advisory Council for the DMZ. Kevin currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and their three sons.
Janet Bannister, HBA '92
Janet is a Partner at Real Ventures, a leading source of capital for Canada’s game-changing entrepreneurs and a driving force behind emerging tech ecosystems. Janet has led investments in over a dozen companies and works actively with founders to help them build large, industry-defining companies.
In addition to working with her large portfolio of rapidly growing tech companies, Janet is very active in the Canadian tech ecosystem; she is on the Board of Communitech in Waterloo and Vector Institute in Toronto as well as the Toronto Region Board of Trade. She is also an active advisor at MoveTheDial, DMZ, Creative Destruction Lab and the Research Board of the University Health Network.
In 2004, Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, launching the site in new countries and accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Janet also spent four years at eBay in Silicon Valley where she helped transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace.
Janet started her career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and then joined McKinsey & Co. where she was an Engagement Manager. She also founded and built a successful consulting business and was CEO at a venture-backed start-up prior to joining Real Ventures.
Janet was a varsity long-distance runner and competed internationally in triathlons. Today she balances her active lifestyle with being a wife and mother to her 13 year-old son.
Brent Choi, HBA '93
As a ‘creative’ guy, for years Brent hid the fact he had graduated from one of Canada’s most prestigious business schools. And that he used to be an account executive. And that he won numerous math competitions. Okay, maybe keep that last one on the down-low still. Today as CEO/Chief Creative Officer of DDB Canada, Brent uses his unique left brain right brain approach to lead DDB’s total creative product and agency’s overall strategic direction across all offices. Before DDB, Brent spent three years in the big apple in charge of J. Walter Thompson’s flagship office where he helped transform them from old school agency into the #5 Cyber Agency in the World.
Previously to arriving in NY, Brent helped two different agencies transform into Canada’s Agency of the Year and two others to runner-up AOY, and his clients being named Brand and twice the Marketer of the Year. In 2013, he was the #2 ranked Digital Chief Creative Officer in the World, has 25 Cannes lions to his name, and his work has been featured around the world including in the New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company and even Sesame Street.
At home Brent transforms back to a proud dad, insane NFL fan, and loving husband. His wife would add, “In that order.”
Garnet Pratt, MBA '95
Garnet Pratt is a consultant, and the former President & CEO of Side Launch Brewing Company Inc. As one of the founders of Side Launch, Garnet was with the company from the time it was nothing but a blank sheet of paper on the desk of her home office until August of 2017. Her journey was full of ups and downs, thousands of decisions, high fives and countless lessons learned. It was also never, ever boring.
After moving on from Side Launch, Garnet spent a year and a half working as temporary COO with Spy Cider House and Distillery, a new build near Thornbury, Ontario.
Life before craft alcohol consisted of close to 15 years working as an investment banker in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in both New York and Toronto. The majority of her finance career was spent working for either Lehman Brothers or Goldman Sachs.
Garnet is a graduate of Queens University (Honours B.A. in Economics, 1990) and the University of Western Ontario (M.B.A., 1995). She is a former board member of the Toronto Humane Society (post reorganization), the Toronto Zoo Foundation, Toronto Dance Theatre and the Don Vale Cabbagetown Resident’s Association.
Valerie Sorbie, MBA '91
Valerie Sorbie is Partner and Managing Director at Gibraltar & Company, Venture Capital and Board Director. Her current and former board experience includes: Bishop Strachan School (Chair), Steam Whistle Brewing, Tilley Endurables, Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board, TKEES, Kahuso, and Black Business and Professionals Association. Previously she was Chief Administrative Officer, BMO Capital Markets and SVP Office of Strategic Management, BMO Financial Group. Val has been COO of several software companies in Canada, U.S, U.K., and Israel. She began her career as a strategy consultant after a brief stint teaching business principles in Russia. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Western Ontario, a Premier Diploma from the University of Grenoble, France and a MBA from Ivey.