Top 10 Canadian MBA schools
10. John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
Established 1974 in Montreal, the John Molson Business School allows Quebec residents a hugely reduced course cost, charging just $7,000 rather than $16,000, and offers MBA students the chance to be a part of its long-running international case competition. It is the largest of its kind, now running for its 35th year, and the winners receive $10,000.
9. Degroote School of Business, McMaster University
This Burlington school began in 1952, and offers students the opportunity to undertake four-month work placements in order to acquire real-life business skills alongside their studies. Incentives are also given to students in the form of an honours program for the third year, after which there is a 12-16 month internship option. Enviably huge companies like IBM, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble are all internship partners. Courses cost $36,650.
8. University of Alberta
Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta offers a very broad range of subject to study, with a heavy focus on leadership – there are now courses on women in leadership and applied leadership. The school has ranked highly in top universities lists for several years in a row, and has a huge economic impact on the area around it, bringing around $12.3 billion to Alberta every year. Courses cost $27,862.
7. Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
Sauder was established in 1956 and is consistently within the top university rankings worldwide. Around 65-70 percent of students come from outside of Canada, and the school also hosts 15 specialist research centers. The courses offered by Sauder are more specific than most, allowing the student to pursue the exact career of their choice. The Vancouver school costs $43,883.
6. Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
Like Degroote, this Montreal school highly values real-world experience and ensures that all students undertake 10 days of international study as well as a paid internship. There is a Tokyo campus which gives overseas students the opportunity to travel to Canada and undertake some of their studies there. Desautels is the oldest school on this list, established in 1906, and the program costs $79,500.
5. HEC Montréal
The courses at HEC are separated by theme, focussing on topics more specific to the student’s requirements. A five week consulting project at a relevant company is mandatory, and study features leadership and communication. Like the John Molson School, HEC offers a far cheaper rate for local residents: $7,500 for those in Quebec, and $15,300 for out-of-province applicants. HEC was established in 1907.
4. Schulich School of Business, York University
A younger school, beginning in 1966, this Toronto school boasts overseas campuses in Beijing and Hyderabad as it has a heavy emphasis on international business. The Schulich Strategy Field Study is mandatory and is a real-world consulting project that students can use to achieve necessary experience for their post-graduate lives. The course costs $70,710.
3. Ivey Business School, Western University
Ivey started in 1922, and uses over 300 real scenarios to develop students’ skills and prepare them for their careers. Based in London, the school has been hailed by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best MBA school outside of the US. The program costs $82,000.
2. Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University
The program at Queen’s focusses on the basics of the business world, including entrepreneurship and innovation. It has recently added a healthcare-specific module, and came in first place for Canadian Business’s 2014 MBA ranking. The school was established in 1919 and its course at Kingston costs $77,000.
1.Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Canada’s top business school is also the most expensive at $95,100 for the full course. The Toronto school focusses on practical real-world business skills that anybody going into the sector will need, and offers a vast range of subjects for students to choose from – there are 14 available majors and over 90 elective modules. Established in 1950, the school consistently ranks within the top 10 Canadian MBAs, maintaining the best possible reputation.
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Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl
Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.
With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.
You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?
I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.
We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.
What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?
I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.
The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.
I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.
What does success look like to you?
I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.