Five minutes with Matt Quin

Matt Quin, Director of Ivey Publishing at Ivey Business School

Who or what has been the biggest inspiration to you?

Definitely my daughter Lydia. She is now six years old but often the wisest person in the room. How children see the world, their sense of right and wrong, and their lack of filter is inspiring. She is also a great reminder of what is important.

You’ve been Director of Ivey Publishing since 2013. Is there an achievement of which you’re most proud and what do you see as the most important aspect of your role?

Matt Quin

It isn’t an achievement but I would say the thing I am most proud of here at Ivey Publishing is the team. Each day I am reminded of their dedication and world-class skills. I regularly receive emails and messages from customers and authors from around the globe, documenting the positive experience and stellar service that they have received – this is something that is definitely one of our hallmarks.Matt Quin

As with any leadership position, the aspect of my role that I see as most important is fostering a workplace where each one of our team members can do their best work. We have a team filled with extraordinary talent and experience. Some days my job is to get out of the way.

Why do you believe the case method is so important in business education?

Having sat in many case classes, what I find most powerful about the method is the interaction that the case promotes. It is an active process where students study and prepare and then hit the classroom to test their mettle and thoughts with their faculty leaders and colleagues. This interaction, pressure and dialogue help forge leaders who can go into the world more confident and thoughtful.

If you could be transported into another profession for one week, which would you choose, and why?

I would say baker. My mother has passed along a few family recipes (tarts and pies are quickly becoming favourites) that I love to follow. I find the concentration required to follow the recipe and the activity of working with my hands very rewarding.

How do you relax?

I regularly run and have recently taken up stand-up paddling. Being active can melt away any stress.

Matt Quin

Do you have a favourite quote or guiding principle?

I have a copy of the Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) that I read each day. Depending on where you are in life, different elements of the piece will strike you. During a very busy time recently, the line ‘Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence’ has been helpful.

Matt Quin is Director of Ivey Publishing at Ivey Business School.
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