November 6th, 2010

Bohdan Kushpler CUPP 2010 INTERN

Bohdan Kushpler
CUPP 2010 Intern
November 6, 2010

In order to explain better I will start from a brief preface to this beautiful day – November 6.

There turned out a possibility for some CUPP 2010 interns, who were interested in business and economics to visit Richard Ivey Business School that is located in London, Ontario on the territory of University of Western Ontario. Finally, four of us: Solomiya Borshosh, Ivan Matveichenko, Kateryna Lysenko and I were given a chance during the period from November 4 to November 6 to attend this Business School.

On November 5th, we had opportunity to see Ivey BS campus. It consists of two main buildings, first is located in the centre of the University of Western Ontario, the other is located outside the University campus, about 20 minutes from it and is called Spencer Leadership Centre. We spend our half day in the first building. There we had a little excursion and were told a lot about Ivey BS life. It was founded in 1922 by Richard Ivey and since that time became one of the most famous BS in Canada and North America. In order to become a student one has to have no less than 2 years of work experience, but normally chosen students have at least 3-4 years. The duration of MBA program is one year and it costs almost $78,000, although there is a possibility to apply for a scholarship.

After introduction of the BS life and its services, we had a great chance to participate in a seminar with MBA group. The seminar, or better a case study, was dealing with Human Resources. This was amazing seminar. First of all, the percentage of involvement in this case study was almost 100%. Every student actively participated in it and shared his thoughts and experience. The teacher was like a wise moderator who could well conduct the group. After 3 hours and a half, our little visiting group was given an opportunity to see Ivey’s BS Spencer Leadership Centre. This is a unique place where students of BS can totally devote their time to studying and have a little time for relax too. There we met one of the students who willingly shared with us his experience in Ivey and future prospects that arise after graduation.

As you can see previous day was very intensive that is why I woke up on Saturday November 6, at 10:30 am. Because I did not have much time to observe London (ON) more, so the first thing I decided to do was to go sightseeing. Canadian London is a small city with not many historical buildings as opposed to the English London, but the thing that makes it so famous is above mentioned University of Western Ontario. As to similarities, Canadian London has also river Thames, but much smaller. The city has beautiful buildings like St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, build in a gothic style; building of the Federal Government and a park next to it. I spent next two hours taking some pictures.

At 3 pm our group had a train back to Ottawa. Speaking about Canadian trains, they are much more comfortable than Ukrainian. At least Canadian trains have competitive advantage in form of Wi-Fi, good service, comfortable seats and plugs. On the train station we said goodbye to our new London friends: Inna and James that were so kind to help us in those three days and at 15: 33 we headed for Toronto. It took as whole second part of day to get back to Ottawa as we arrived at 00:00 am.