Award-Winning Performance Coach | Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert
Ivan Joseph Bio
Dr. Ivan Joseph wants you and your team to succeed - and he knows how you can do it. An award-winning coach, educator and leader, Ivan has spent his career leading cultural transformations, helping people believe in themselves and creating cohesive teams. He also knows firsthand what it takes to succeed against the odds, because he immigrated to Canada from Guyana at age five and grew up in Toronto's Jane-Finch corridor. Dynamic and engaging, Ivan offers audiences a memorable experience that adds value long after the presentation ends.
Ivan's insights are drawn from a career spent inspiring individuals and organizations to reach new heights.
While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University, he developed the soccer program from the ground up. In just five years, he led both the men's and women's teams to a #1 national ranking and helped the men's team win the first ever national championship in Graceland's history. As a result, he was recognized by The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as National Coach of the Year in 2006.
Beginning in 2008, Ivan spent a decade as Director of Athletics at Ryerson University in Toronto, leading the transformation that saw the program rise to national prominence. Among his many initiatives, Ivan spearheaded the landmark $100 million renovation of the historic Maple Leaf Gardens, created a culture of belonging and pride across Ryerson's diverse urban campus, and helped student-athletes break records with their athletic, academic and outreach activities. His efforts also helped the Rams win the first-ever provincial and national championships in the institution's history.
Ivan is regularly called on to support national team programs. Two recent examples include his 2018 selection as Head Coach of the women's national soccer team in his native Guyana and his role as high-performance coach for the Canadian men's basketball team that won the country's first ever FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in 2017.
Along with being an in-demand consultant and speaker, Ivan maintains an influential presence in the public realm. He contributes regularly to publications like the Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail. He also wrote the 2017 book You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence and delivered a TEDx talk called "The skill of self-confidence," which has been viewed almost 14 million times on YouTube.
In the fall of 2018, Ivan took up his newest post as Vice-Provost, Student Affairs at Dalhousie University, a 200-year old major research institution in Halifax. In this senior role, he leads the university's effort to promote interconnectedness and belonging among a diverse student body drawn from across the country and around the globe.
Ivan has a BA in Physical Education and Health, an MS in Higher Education Administration and a PhD in Sports Psychology.