About IBU

IBU is Ontario’s First Next-Generation Business University

IBU is a student-focused university that offers a growing set of undergraduate and graduate academic and professional degree programs that are career-relevant, can be completed in an accelerated time frame. You will graduate with knowledge, technical and interpersonal skills, and problem-solving experience. You will be prepared for roles in business and the private sector, community and not-for-profit organizations, and public service.

International Business University has been granted a consent by the Minister of Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a program for a seven year term starting December 4, 2020. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions.)

01. Our Story

International Business University started with the vision to establish an independent teaching-oriented and student-centered university in Canada.

We call ourselves a “next generation” university because we combine academic excellence with a curriculum geared to the needs of the future.

In 2015, a founding group of academics and businesspeople came together to make this vision a reality.

Right from the start, the intent was to establish a university specializing in business education with a global perspective encompassing businesses in Canada and around the world.

After extensive consultations with educational experts and business representatives, the group prepared innovative proposals to establish the university and its inaugural degree in 2019.

Ontario’s Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) considered the group’s proposals in June 2020, approving the application for a university title and the first of its programs.

Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities granted final consent on December 4, 2020, making IBU the first homegrown independent university ever to be established in the province.

Since then, the founding group has turned its attention to launching the university in time for its September 2021 start.
IBU administrators are also busy planning further undergraduate as well as graduate programs to entrench the university’s place as a global center of excellence in business education.

02. Our Team

Feridun Hamdullahpur

Tim McTiernan
Founding President & Vice chancellor

Joanne Shoveller
President Designate

Mark Lovewell
Founding Provost & Vice President

Swarna Bakshi Saini
Registrar & Director of Enrolment Services

Peter Ozog

Julien Papon
International Business

Asiye Tatli

Asher Ghaffar
Business Research and Communications

Geoffrey C. Stewart
Contemporary World History

Dwight Townsend
Instructional Designer

Funmi Aina
Enrolment Officer

Amanda Malitsky
Enrolment Officer

Peter Wang
IT Director

Ivy Feng Morski
Senior Finance Officer

Nurhan Aycan
Member of Board of Directors

Najma Ahmed
Member of Board of Governors

Yves Brodeur
Member of Board of Directors

Ron Choudhury
Member of Board of Governors

Wendy Cukier
Member of Advisory Board

Andrew Heintzman
Member of Board of Governors

Dr Rahim Karim
Member of Board of Governors

Mehmet Komurcu
Legal Counsel

Winston Kassim
Member of Board of Governors

Mona Malone
Member of Board of Governors

Serdar Mutlu

Mike Sparling
Member of Advisory Board

Alastair James Scott Summerlee
Member of Board of Governors

Alex Usher
Member of Advisory Board

Program Advisory Committee

  • Susan Baka
    President, Bay Communications & Marketing Inc. and Vice President International, Organization of Women in International Trade-Toronto
  • Clare Beckton
    Founder, Own Your Own Success and Executive in Residence, CRIW-Carleton
  • Nikhil Celly
    Director, Global Initiatives Institute and Assistant Professor, C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
  • Korinne Collins
    Vice President, Education & Events, Canadian Credit Union Association
  • André Côté
    Principal at C&C Strategies and Senior Advisor, Digital Learning at Ryerson Leadership Lab
  • John Isbister
    Professor of Economics and Former Interim Provost, Ryerson University
  • Marc Lijour
    Vice President, Capacity and Innovation Readiness Initiatives, Information and Communications Technology Council
  • David McGown
    Executive Director, Canadian Business Coalition for Climate Policy
  • Kevin O’Hearn
    Director, Sales Training and Enablement, McGraw Hill Education
  • Hitu Sood
    Human Resources & Diversity Consultant, HITU HR Solutions and Executive Director & Founder, WINS Toronto


IBU is a student-focused university that offers a growing set of undergraduate and graduate academic and professional degree programs.

Why work at IBU?
Located in the vibrant heart of downtown Toronto, IBU offers a world-class teaching and learning environment. When you join IBU you become part of an academic and professional community that promotes teaching innovation and research to optimize the educational experience of future generations.

Join the Next Generation University Team
IBU is on the look out for intelligent, goal-oriented and committed individuals who are interested in joining the team of administrators and educators.

Academic Faculty Positions
No job posting is currently available.

Administrative Positions
No job posting is currently available.

Currently, we might not have an open position relevant to you, but we are always in lookout for people who believe in making the change. If you would like to be part of our future, please send us your resume at [email protected]

IBU values diversity and inclusion. We strive to be a place where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected. We are committed to the principles of equal treatment of all people. We encourage applications from all qualified applicants, including women, persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual + (LGBTQ2SIA+) community, and other equity-seeking groups.

IBU is committed to accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). We will work proactively throughout the stages of hiring to create a barrier-free process and to provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

04. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

IBU values diversity and inclusion. We strive to be a place where everyone feels welcome, valued and respected. Reflecting our community’s diversity is important to us. This is why we affirm the principles adopted by all Universities Canada member institutions: “With respect to institutional policies and practices.” This affirmation reflects our commitment to equal treatment of all persons without discrimination, on the basis of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical or mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, sex, and sexual orientation, or other grounds identified in applicable human rights law.”
Diversity and Inclusion: Beyond the University’s adoption of the principles of equal treatment of all people, as stated above, we recognize the institutional benefits and value of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life, from governance, through administration, staff and faculty composition, to the student population.
In particular, as an institution operating on the traditional lands of Indigenous People’s and communities, IBU recognizes its obligation, as a member of the Ontario postsecondary system, to join in the path of reconciliation with Indigenous People.
In addition to honouring all of its obligations under the Ontario Human Rights code, the University is committed to the inclusion and equity for all persons without bullying, harassment or discrimination. IBU will operate in keeping with the statement of “equal treatment” set out in Universities Canada’s membership criteria as outlined in the Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.