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The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario is Canada's pre-eminent business school, with origins dating back to 1922.
Ivey's mission is to develop business leaders who think globally, act strategically and contribute to the societies within which they operate. Each year enrolment (including exchange students) is about 2,755 pre-business students, 346 HBA students, 495 MBA students, 38 PhD students and 317 EMBA students. About 700 people also participate in the school's many non-degree executive programs each year. Many of its top graduates have started entrepreneurial ventures in London and joined local, high-growth companies.
Ivey launches new Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership
The Richard Ivey School of Business Centre for Heath Innovation and Leadership launched with the Global Health Innovation Conference in November 2009. The Centre was funded by $5 million from the Government of Canada, building on Ivey's established strength and leadership in bridging the gap between business, science and technology. The Centre will bring together expertise from the business, health sciences and medical sectors to identify, assess and commercialize innovative health technologies, systems and processes and continue to develop business leaders for the health sector who initiate real change to the benefit of providers, patients and Canada's healthcare system. More information can be found here:
Ivey breaks ground on new LEED certified building
Construction has begun on the new $100-million home for the Richard Ivey School of Business - an inspirational centre of knowledge creation, learning, and development for the next generation of business leaders in Canada and around the world. This new building is essential to the School’s growth, the University’s growth, and most importantly, to the growth of businesses in Ontario, across Canada and globally. It will bring Ivey faculty, staff and students, who today are dispersed across five facilities in London, together once again in a new building that will rival the very best in the world. The new facility will be one of the greenest buildings in North America with Gold level LEED certification, the second highest in the LEED rating system. In March 2011 phase one of the new building will be complete and the MBA class will move in to the new space. (See attached photo for architect rendering of new building).
New Chair in Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation
Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced a federal contribution of more than $2 million to the Richard Ivey School of Business through the Agricultural Adaptation Council to create a research capability through a well-resourced Faculty Chair of Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation. The Chair of Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation, held by Professor David Sparling, aims to help Canada become a competitive and sustainable agri-food sector where firms and farms contribute to society.
Agri-Food @ Ivey is a research unit under the Chair of Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation at Ivey which aims to be Canada’s leading source for accessible and relevant knowledge about agri-food innovation and policy. For more information, visit
Over the years, the Richard Ivey School of Business has garnered much praise for the high level leadership skills taught to students. Here's a sample
The Financial Times (January 2009)
In the Financial Times 11th annual ranking of MBA programs worldwide, 157 business schools were eligible to participate, 109 were ranked and the top 100 were published. Ivey ranked 47th of the top 100 business schools and number 1 in Canada.
The criteria used in the rankings are grouped into three main areas: alumni salaries and career development (55% weighting), the diversity and international reach of the business school and its MBA program (25% weighting), and the research capabilities of each school (20% weighting).
BusinessWeek (November 2008)
On November 13th, BusinessWeek On-Line released the results of its biannual ranking of MBA programs in the US, Canada and Europe. Ivey was ranked #4 in the International ranking and #2 in the poll by Corporate Recruiters. Additionally Ivey received straight "A"s on its report card for General Management, Analysis and Careers, and scored an A+ in the Teaching category. This ranking is based on survey responses from both current graduating students and recruiters (45% weighting each) as well as the intellectual capital produced by the business schools (10%).
Financial Times (October 2008)
In the Financial Times (FT) eighth annual ranking of EMBA programs, Ivey was ranked 31st among the top 101 programs worldwide and seventh for international resident students. Among our Canadian counterparts at other business schools, Ivey had the second highest average salary, over USD $153, 000, and a salary growth rate of 66% over three years.
Financial Times (May 2008)
In the Financial Times annual ranking of Executive Development providers around the world, Ivey was ranked #1 in Canada for the 9th consecutive year and 14th worldwide. Financial Times publishes three separate listings in this ranking: top 45 schools, top Open Enrollment programs and top Custom Programs based on the feedback from clients and participants as well as data supplied by the School. Not only were Ivey’s Open Enrollment programs ranked top 10 in the world, Ivey Faculty were also ranked among the best at #9. Ivey continues to be the top ranked provider of Custom Programs in Canada.