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2021 Past Events

Global Ivey Day 2021

Ivey alumni from around the world came together to celebrate Global Ivey Day on Thursday, May 13. The schedule of events provided grads with the opportunity to reconnect and look to the future. This special day continues to serve as an opportunity for our community to share experiences, reconnect, and re-establish bonds.   

A huge thanks goes out to staff, faculty, and our dedicated team of alumni volunteers, spearheaded by Julie Cassidy, HBA ’05, Chair of the Global Ivey Day Committee for the Ivey Alumni Network, who came together to make the day a great success!

If you were unable to participate on May 13, many of the events were recorded. See below! 

If you have any questions, please contact

The Ivey Alumni Network (IAN) is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion among students and graduates. As we celebrate Global Ivey Day, the IAN encourages you to explore which traditional lands you are situated on, and consider your relationship to them and their history. A great starting point is

The IAN acknowledges that the Ivey Business School at Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society.

Assistant Professor Kanina Blanchard and Professor Alison M. Konrad

Thursday, May 13 from 8-9 a.m. EDT
The ‘A’ case offers background on recent calls to end discrimination (e.g. #MeToo, Black Lives Matter protests) and highlights the struggles that business schools, in particular, have faced in dealing with intolerance. It offers an opportunity for students/alumni to consider and role play eight mini-cases based on real events. Join Assistant Professor Kanina Blanchard, Professor Alison M. Konrad and fellow alumni to discuss these pressing issues.

Registration is now closed. No recording available. 

Ben Varadi and Eric Janssen

Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. EDT
Spin Master is one of the great Canadian success stories. Go to any corner of the world, and you will find young girls and boys playing with Spin Master toys. Ben Varadi, HBA ’94, was there at the beginning, running manufacturing (despite having little expertise in the area). Today, Varadi is the company’s Chief Creative Officer, and his unique strengths have found a perfect home in the art of toy making.

In this special episode of the Entrepreneur Podcast, Varadi joins Eric Janssen, HBA ’09, MBA ’20, to share his fascinating journey from leaving university to helping create one of the biggest toy companies in the world, and the lessons learned along the way.

Michael Tamblyn, Fenton Jagdeo and Nicole Haggerty

Thursday, May 13 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT
The pandemic has brought two realities to the fore: the globe is highly interconnected and human beings strive for affinity and closeness. While Canada is a hub for creative potential and innovation, we're also known for exporting our best business ideas. Is there more to that story? What will it mean for Canadian companies to become more 'global' in the future?

Hosted by the Ivey Academy, we're joined by Michael Tamblyn, EMBA ’08, CEO of Rakuten Kobo, Fenton Jagdeo, HBA ’16, Co-Founder of Faculty, and Nicole Haggerty, HBA ’89, PhD ’04, Associate Professor at Ivey Business School. We'll examine the phenomenon of 'being global,' and what it really means for Canadian innovation to scale up on the global market.

Patrick Spence

Thursday, May 13 from 12-1 p.m. EDT
We’re relaunching the Power Lunch virtually, and bringing you an inspiring conversation with Patrick Spence, HBA ’98, CEO of Sonos, and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, HBA ’92, Founder of theBoardlist and Former President of StubHub. Patrick is the 2021 Ivey Alumni Achievement Award Recipient and Sukhinder is the inaugural award winner.
 In the conversation, you’ll hear about which connections have influenced Patrick’s success, the failures that have shaped him, and his perspective on being a responsible employer and employee.

At the end of the session, you’ll get a brief update from last year’s Award recipient, Joey Bergstein, HBA ’91, CEO of Seventh Generation, reflecting on how the past year has impacted him as a leader. 

Clare Davenport

Thursday, May 13 from 1-2 p.m. EDT
In this session, Clare Davenport, HBA ’87, will present research-based ways we can successfully improve our well-being amid constant choice and change. She will share a framework for intentionally managing time and the continuous decisions we face throughout our day, along with seven “win the day” tools that will help you to improve well-being. 

Clare is founder of Designing4Better, a positive psychology expert, a life design coach, a CEO, and a published author. Beginning her career at Goldman Sachs, followed by over 20 years in management consulting leading large projects for Fortune500 companies and managing businesses, she has parlayed her business acumen to become a consultant and change agent for well-being.

Clare will be joined at this session by her research partner Elizabeth Koehler, Managing Director at BlackRock in Princeton New Jersey.

NOTE: Access the recording with passcode 1@s&cVwf

Nadine de Gannes and Erin Huner

Thursday, May 13 from 2-3 p.m. EDT
Join Assistant Professor Nadine de Gannes, HBA ’09, and Erin HunerDirector, Culture and Inclusion at Ivey, for our 48-minute report! Participants will ‘size-up’ Ivey’s approach to case teaching and learning, reflecting on their own classroom experience. The crux of the analysis will centre on the future of case learning and its role in building the inclusive classroom of the 21st century. In essence, this session is an opportunity to think big and share ideas about the possibilities for Ivey’s case method. The recommendations from the session will inform Ivey’s continued work on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). 

Registration is now closed. No recording available. 

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Ivey Chapters and Ambassadors are hosting fun and engaging events for Global Ivey Day — all alumni are invited to attend no matter your location (unless otherwise stipulated). Please note dates/times (some events aren't on May 13)