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About The MBAA

Welcome

Words from the President

Most people will do their MBA for 3 main reasons: get their degree, elevate their career, and build their network. Here at Ivey, we’re “All-In”. We build on top of that foundation by fostering professional growth, a tight-knit Ivey community, and social responsibility.

Welcome to the MBA Association website; a home for all the information, updates, and commentary from your peers in the program. We have designed the website with a focus on accessibility while still providing key information about the student body and leadership structure. Through the website, you can learn about the various clubs, keep up-to-date on events, and follow current students through their stories.

On behalf of the Ivey MBA 2018 class, I hope our content will help drive your decision to be a part of Ivey’s outstanding community.

Sincerely,
Jay Kiew
President, Ivey MBA Association 2018

What we do

We are All-In

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower a community of thoughtful Ivey business leaders who think globally, act strategically, and contribute meaningfully by fostering professional growth, Ivey Community, and social responsibility.

Our Role

Members of the MBA Association (MBAA) are elected by the class to represent the student body's interests as one united voice. Under the leadership of the President, the MBAA makes decisions on how best to govern the student body and make decisions with the class funding.

The VP Internal ensures inclusion and engagement and manages the internally facing senators, such as the Yearbook and International Senators. The VP External manages our external senators and outward facing events with other schools and institutions, such as the Ivey Cup hockey tournament. The VP Finance manages the budget and financials.

The Section Reps are the first point of contact for students who have concerns. The Section Reps also manage the seating chart, MBAA News, and other communications. The Social Reps are in charge of leading the MBAA-run events, such as bowling, laser tag, and the infamous bus parties.

The MBAA is responsible for bringing the class together as one community and one family to make our year together the best it can be!

MBA Association

Meet the 2019 MBAA Team

Marika Marty

President

Yumi Sasaki

Vice President External

Laura Gawley

Vice President Internal

Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Vice President Finance

Lin Watt

Section Representative (Section 1)

Baltej Sidhu

Section Representative (Section 2)

Tessa Weidner

Section Representative (Section 5)

Elizabeth Foody

Social Representative (Section 1)

Tyson Denhamer

Social Representative (Section 2)

Michelle Shulman

Social Representative (Section 5)

Senators

About the Senators

The MBAA appoints various senators at the beginning of the year to help run special events throughout the year and help with special responsibilities.

1vey Welcome Week Senator

Organize social events for the first week back after the summer break and to welcome the AMBAs into the program and everyone else back to school, as One Ivey (1vey)

(Held by an AMBA) Works closely with various people on the alumni board to ensure so facilitate events like Homecoming and Global Ivey Day

Organize case competitions and assist in selection process for teams

Organize the end-of-year class roast to reminisce about funny situations that happened during the year

Planning, budgeting, and coordinating events for outgoing students at the end of the year

Organize events for Homecoming Weekend, which is where alumni return to watch the Western Mustangs play football

Responsible for securing venue, organizing tables, facilitating the awards (including voting), marketing and selling tickets for the end-of-year formal

Assist in international themed events (e.g. Eid, Diwali, Lunar New Year, Latin Night), provide support and act as a voice for international students, create orientation for incoming international students

Coordinate events for the Ivey Circle, a social group that brings together the Ivey MBA class members’ significant others and families

Coordinate the largest MBA hockey tournament in North America and work with the Ivey Hockey Team to facilitate involvement in other inter-collegiate competitions

Plans volunteer and community events throughout the year and helps organize the social impact day(s) for the entire class

(Held by a JD-MBA) Help to update the MBA Constitution as needed

Partner with faculty, clubs, and other stakeholders to plan and run the Ivey MBA Leadership Conference

Organize games and competitions - both athletic and non-athletic - for the class

Plan, budget, and implement Orientation Week events for the incoming cohort

Plan events for the annual rugby trip in April, which includes the incoming class

Work with the faculty trip representative to plan logistics, coordinate events, and ensure memorable trips for the students who choose to participate

Oversee and maintain the MBAA Website, blog, and twitter account

Create a firm succession plan to strengthen the MBAA, Clubs, other groups, and initiatives for the next cohort

Organize graduation photos, collect photos throughout the year, and design, prepare and distribute the yearbook

Note: There may be multiple senators for a given position and this is subject to change based on the needs of the class

There is also the Brand Ambassador role which is facilitated by the Admissions Office. This role helps the incoming students with any questions they may have.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the school have any academic specialties or is it a more general management oriented program?

The MBA program at Ivey offers courses that sufficiently cover all areas of business management. During Core, students are enrolled in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Economics, Strategy, Communications, Decision Making with Analytics and Leadership. During the elective periods, students have plenty of choices from each of the subject streams listed above. For example, if students choose to focus on finance or strategy, the program provides students with the flexibility and options to select such courses during their elective periods.

Ivey is sometimes labeled as a ‘consulting’ focused school because it utilizes the ‘case method’ approach to learning. Although the case method does lend itself well to a career in consulting, the approach is very effective in all areas of business as evidenced by the number of companies from different industries recruiting at the school and the success and diversity of our alumni.

Advantages

Efficient – At Ivey, the MBA program is designed to provide the same learning opportunities and the same proportion of the classroom hours that a typical two-year program would offer. The program is intense, lively and will keep you on your toes throughout the year with little time wasted. Further, the fast paced nature of the program will undoubtedly help improve your work efficiency, a skill necessary for leaders in today’s working environments.

Opportunity cost – The primary advantage of a one-year program vs. a two-year program all things being equal is the opportunity to earn income in your second year as opposed to spending another year in school paying tuition. A one-year program allows you to fully absorb student life again, with the confidence that you’ll be back in the work force in a year’s time.

Build new relationships – Student who attend Ivey come from many different countries and regions. The decision to attend Ivey may mean moving far from family and friends for one year. The Ivey community is strong and supportive. You will have many opportunities to make friends, connect with professors and alumni because you are fully immersed in this new community.

Challenges:

Competing priorities – During your year at Ivey, there are more opportunities, resources and experiences than time. The pace of learning, engaging and participation at Ivey pushes the boundaries of individuals who will be leaders in industry. Leaders continuously face competing priorities and because there are limitless opportunities at Ivey, deciding your priorities allows better management of ourselves, teams and organization. A two-year MBA allows for more time to take advantage of all these opportunities, but a one-year MBA teaches you to make decisions, and prioritize what’s important.

Amount of time networking and career exploring – Although the program offers plenty of networking opportunities, one can argue that another year of those same events would allow more time for networking and relationship building with your classmates. Furthermore, alternative MBA programs are structured around an internship which allow for exploration of career and firm fit. Although this may seem like an advantage if you are less certain about your post-MBA career path, gaining an internship requires significant focus and means less time networking, self-reflecting and preparing for full time opportunities. Many firms dedicated to recruiting MBA’s are invested in the process as they want long-term relationships.

There are two noticeable differentiators between Ivey and other business schools. The first is Ivey’s use of case-based learning in the classroom. Using real-life situations and class discussions versus lectures is more engaging, memorable and applicable to our careers. The talented faculty at Ivey guide this format of learning in a way that students at other business schools don’t have the benefit of. The second differentiator is the alumni network. As a graduate of Ivey, you become a member of a community of professionals who are truly eager to help progress fellow alumni careers, are a group of trusted advisors and mentors, and a wonderful social network.

Ivey’s Entrepreneurship Program is one of the strongest in Canada. If a student is enrolled in the Entrepreneurship Stream, he/she gets access to venture capital firms, seasoned entrepreneurs and business community in London, which in turn can help develop a strong network. In addition, students can attend various workshops, boot camps and hackathons to help launch their businesses. New Venture Project, a capstone project for the Entrepreneurship Stream, offers students a structured approach to refine ideas, conduct market research and then pitch their idea to investors.

If you choose to do the PKP (highly encouraged!), then the program will start end of February/ beginning of March. Otherwise, classes start mid-March, kicked off with the Orientation Week. Essentially the program can be divided in half – the first six months is what we call ‘Core’, followed by ‘Electives’ and ‘GLOBE’. During Core, you have a set class schedule – typically with three classes a day, running from 8:20am until 1:00pm. Starting at the beginning of September, Electives are split into five periods and you can take between one and three classes per period depending on which and how many courses you want/need to take. International Study Trips happen during the third elective period and you will get a three-week break between the third and fourth elective periods (i.e. end of December to early January). The last two weeks of the program are called GLOBE and this module connects everything you’ve learned in the program to today’s real-world leadership challenges.

A typical day at Ivey is very busy and consists of classes, group meetings, school work (case prep), career management, club/sports meetings and time with friends. Although for the most part a typical day remains consistently busy throughout the year, certain activities will be prioritized at different times during the year. For example, if you are applying to consulting or finance jobs, the September – October timeframe will be challenging as you will be preparing job applications, preparing for interviews, networking and attending information sessions, interviewing and trying to manage your school workload and other commitments.

To help you envision a day in the life of an Ivey student, we will attempt to provide an outline of a typical day in the core modules and a typical day during the elective periods. Note that these are just generic outlines and the times of the activities will vary depending on the program schedule and student preferences.

During Core, you have a set class schedule and work in randomly assigned learning teams on majority of assignments.

8:20am – first class starts – rise and shine!
9:40am – first break
10:00am – second class starts
11:20am – second break
11:40am – third class starts
1:00pm – lunch
2:00pm – group meeting
3:00pm – individual case prep/ read news
6:00pm – workout
7:00pm – dinner/ club meeting / or dinner and club meeting at the same time
8:00pm – sports game/ liaise with friends
11:00pm – bed time if it’s an early night!

Electives are split into five periods and you can take between one and three classes per period. Typically, classes run from 8:00am until 11:00am, 11:30am until 2:30pm, and 3:00pm until 6:00pm. Your schedule will depend on which and how many courses you want/need to take.


8:00am – elective class starts – rise and shine!
9:20am – break
9:40am – elective class continued
11:00am – class ends/ read news and review emails
12:00pm – lunch
1:00pm – individual case/recruiting prep
4:00pm – workout
5:00pm – New Venture Project or Ivey Field Project meeting
7:30pm – club meeting
8:00pm – extended dinner/ liaise with friends
10:30pm – class doesn’t start until 3:00pm tomorrow and it’s a Thursday night, might as well head out to The Ceeps!

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