Campus Digest: Ivey surpasses Campaign for Leadership fundraising goal

Western’s Ivey Business School wrapped its Campaign for Leadership Monday evening, by announcing the school had exceeded its $200 million goal. The campaign, publicly launched in 2010, secured $206 million in funding, marking the largest fundraising effort in the school’s 90-year history.

“I extend my sincere thanks and celebrate the outstanding contributions by our donors.  They have been our inspiration, our partners, our strategists and our cheerleaders,” said Carol Stephenson, Ivey dean. “They have provided tremendous leadership and, most importantly, they have enabled us to dream big dreams.”

The campaign has had an impact on every area of the school – enabling growth, enhancing students’ experience and ensuring excellence in everything the school does, Stephenson said. It also allowed Ivey to build a world-class building bringing staff, students and faculty together under one roof once again.

Among the key numbers and notes from the campaign:

  • 17 newly named chairs, professorships and fellowships;
  • $17.5 million raised for scholarships  including HBA scholarships (increased by 500 per cent), MBA scholarships (increased 400 per cent) and more than 2,000 new scholarships;
  • $30.5 million raised to support research and programs;
  • Established two new research institutes: Pierre L Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship and Ian O Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership;
  • Raised $111 million to fund a world-class building to reunite HBA, MBA, MSc and PhD students under one roof;
  • Established ING DIRECT Leadership Centre in the heart of Toronto’s financial district leading to a 50 per cent market share of Greater Toronto Area EMBA market and more than 9,000 visitors to the campus facilities annually;
  • Annual Fund increased by 40 per cent;
  • 30 per cent of alumni made a gift;
  • Endowment increased by 72 per cent;
  • 7,128 donors, including 185 individuals who gave $100,000 or more, contributed; and
  • 100 per cent increase in new legacy donors.

Stephenson credited the dedication of Ivey’s Campaign Cabinet members and the entire Ivey community who made this effort such a great success.


  • TORONTO  – You get the feelings we’re going to be hearing a lot from Victoria Chok. Earlier this month, Chok, 18, a first-year Biomedical Sciences student at Western, was named to the Top 20 Under 20, presented by Youth in Motion, recognizing young people across the country for their innovation, leadership and achievement.

    In August 2009, when Chok was just 15, she founded Markham Getting Together, the first youth-operated non-profit in Markham, Ont. The organization’s mission is to support local artists through fundraising events and raise support for various causes and charities. Chok directed a team of 20 student volunteers to initiate performances and concerts and provided an additional 100 volunteer opportunities to high school students. Her efforts raised more than $30,000, which led to the renovation of a cultural arts community centre, expansion of a youth shelter and building a water well in Malawi that would benefit 250 people.

  • Windermere Manor Hotel & Conference Centre was recently awarded the TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence for being ranked one of the top-performing 10 per cent of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor.  This award is presented to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.
  • Imagine waking up in the morning and all of sudden you couldn’t walk? That’s what so many people afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have to face daily, along with a myriad of other debilitating challenges while being afflicted with this disease.

    That’s why they ride.

    Team Western is looking for riders to join them in the Annual MS Bike Tour from Grand Bend to London, July 27-28. The ride raises money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    Challenge yourself and do something great, while wearing the Western colours. This is not a race; go at your own pace, stopping every 15 km at Rest Stops where you can replenish with snacks and beverages.
    Visit for more information or to join the team.

  • Samantha Whiteside, a Department of Microbiology and Immunology PhD candidate, will join four other Ontario women on the swim of a lifetime – a 305km relay running the length of Lake Ontario. The swim will begin on July 23 in Kingston and end approximately five days later in Burlington. Because Girls Can will showcase the power of women, notable through their fundraising goal of $300,000 for Plan International’s “Because I am a Girl” initiative. Whiteside made a successful Lake Ontario crossing in 2006. Visit for details.
  • Currently under construction, a new elementary school in Strathroy will be named the Mary Wright Public School, in recognition of the internationally respected child psychologist’s lifelong work for the benefit and education of children.
    Announced in January, the new school — first proposed in 2011 — will educate more than 500 JK-Grade 8 students from Colborne Street Public School.

    The school is scheduled to be completed by Christmas 2013 and opened to students in January 2013. The two-story facility will have 17 classrooms, four JK/SK classrooms, a general arts room, gymnasium, activity room, stage, library resource centre, development centre, learning support room and administrative areas. The building will be energy-efficient and the grounds will offer both asphalt and grass playing surfaces.

  • Sandra Galheigo and Claudia Braga, both researchers from The University of São Paulo (USP), recently visited Western for 10 days as part of a research project aimed to ignite research collaborations between Brazilian and Canadian Scholars. The FAPESP Sao Paulo Research Foundation developed collaborative agreements with Western and the University of Toronto to fund five international research projects to be carried out in 2012-13.

    The Brazilian researchers are collaborating with Health Sciences researchers Anne Kinsella and Lilian Magalhaes on Communities of Practice as a methodology to improve Occupational Therapy practice.

    The researchers are thinking about the results of a Participatory Action Research Project that engaged Brazilian occupational therapists in a one-year community of practice. The collaboration allows for the examination of the empirical data as well as key theoretical concepts such as epistemologies of practice; communities of practice; reflective practices; and epistemic reflexivity. The teams are examining how these are applied and worked with by occupational therapists working in acute care hospitals in the Brazilian context.

    The results of this research have the potential to open up avenues for larger scale theory-to-practice and practice-to-theory research studies with therapists working in diverse contexts, as well as to contribute to the advancement of theoretical work.


Taking to the streets on the Day of Caring

CaringPaul Mayne, Western News
Western was one of 175 workplaces whose staff members volunteered to do everything from garden cleanups and light construction projects to cleaning campgrounds and creating a parking lot, which Douglas Keddy, Western Research communications manager, happily did at the Glen Cairn Resource Centre. More than 700 hours where put in at 24 different Day of Caring projects on June 6 at various United Way-funded agencies all over London and Middlesex County.