Leadership Speaker Series

Throughout the course of their program, MBA and MA Leadership students will hear from inspirational leaders in business, education or the public sector. Held during their on-site residential weeks, these lecture-based speaker events allow students to better conceptualize course topics and theories.

These events are open to all students and alumni in the MBA and MA Leadership programs.


sheldon kennedy

Lincoln Alexander Outstanding Leadership Award

The Lincoln Alexander Outstanding Leader Award honours a Canadian whose actions and accomplishments demonstrate a commitment to leadership with particular emphasis on the values of learning, collaboration, advocacy and service. We have been honoured to welcome the individuals profiled below to accept this award that also memorializes Ontario's former Lieutenant Governor and the University of Guelph's chancellor emeritus, the late Honourable Lincoln Alexander. View all of the previous award recipients.

Typically held during the spring MA Leadership residential week.



bob rae

Luminary Leader Speaker Series

The Luminary Leader Speaker Series showcases prominent global leaders who are driving innovative organizational change in a broad range of private business, non-profit and public sector fields. Distinguished authors, executives and entrepreneurs share their experiences and lessons from creatively driving innovation within their industry. This annual event is designed to inspire and ignite positive social change among our students, alumni and faculty.

Typically held during the fall MA Leadership residential week.



 leaders pushing boundaries

Innovators: Leaders Pushing Boundaries

The Innovators: Leaders Pushing Boundaries brings leaders in business and academic leaders who have developed innovative and unique methods of creating positive change within their industry or organization. 

Typically held during the winter MA Leadership residential week.



mark kielburger and julia christensen hughes

Leadership Call to Action

The Leadership Call to Action event is designed to inspire and ignite positive social change in our students and alumni community. Attendees are encouraged to examine how their small, daily decisions can impact large social change.



anthony longo

MBA Honours Night

The MBA Honours Night brings to campus a highly respected business leader in either the hospitality, tourism, food, agribusiness or sustainable commerce industry. In a highly interactive setting, MBA students have a chance to network with a leader who has revolutionized their respected industry.