Ian Pepler

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Full-time
McMaster University (Political Science)
Class of 2022

Our alumni and current cohorts are filled with people with radically different backgrounds and experiences, which allows for great conversations and endless learning opportunities.

Why DeGroote?

When I was a prospective student at an information session, DeGroote became the clear choice for my MBA studies after witnessing the level of comradery that exists among students and faculty. The school embodies a supportive, collegial atmosphere that I believe sets it apart from other business schools. Coupling this aspect with relevant course offerings, passionate educators, and a strong alumni network makes DeGroote a leader of Canadian MBA programs.

Why an MBA?

I chose to do an MBA to expand my professional network, gain access to fulfilling careers, and develop a holistic business skillset that will be invaluable in future leadership roles.

What surprised you about DeGroote?

I was surprised about the number of extracurricular events that are offered by DeGroote. The administration team is constantly working to bring in industry experts, alumni, and workshop facilitators so students can sharpen the skills that are highly desirable by employers.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering doing their MBA at DeGroote?

In the program, try to lean into every opportunity that makes you uncomfortable – it is a great catalyst for growth.

What has been the highlight of your DeGroote experience so far?

The highlight of my DeGroote experience has been all the connections that I have made in the program. Our alumni and current cohorts are filled with people with radically different backgrounds and experiences, which allows for great conversations and endless learning opportunities.

Aside from being an MBA Student Ambassador, what other extra-curricular activities have you been involved with while at DeGroote?

  • President, DeGroote MBA Finance Association
  • DeGroote MBA Students LinkedIn Team

Tell us one fun fact about you!

I completed my first Tough Mudder in 2016 and have been hooked ever since.