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IDEA 2018 Recipient Arianna Huffington Visits the Asper School of Business

L to R: Tony Quach, Gady Jacoby, Arni Thorsteinson, Arianna Huffington, John Proven, Shona Grewar, Miranda Ewashko, Arthur Coehlo Reiss


Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global, was honoured by the Associates, the University of Manitoba and The Asper School of Business, on June 12 at the 35th Annual IDEA (International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award) in Winnipeg. Acclaimed by many as the "Dinner of the Year" it was not your typical fundraising event, but an over the top soiree with delicious food and wine, unparalleled networking, fantastic entertainment, with performance by Tracy Dahl accompanied by Edward Dawe and the evening ending with a spectacular medley from the Broadway hit NEWSIES. Funds raised support Asper School of Business student programming, faculty and student awards, and upgrades to the School.


Ms. Huffington was a most worthy recipient of IDEA 2018, as her achievements have empowered millions to expand their capabilities and to think broadly about possibilities. With Thrive Global she has been a champion against burnout and addiction to digital devices. Her ultimate goal is to improve wellness worldwide, she delivered a powerful message that all 925 dinner guests left rethinking the way they live their lives.

Thank you to all who attended IDEA 2018. Mark your calendars for IDEA 2019, which will be held on May 23, 2019!


Past IDEA Recipients

1984
Albert D. Cohen, O.C.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gendis Inc. Winnipeg, Canada

1985
Paul Desmarais, C.C.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation
Montreal, Canada

1986
Jim Pattison, O.C.

Managing Director and 
Chief Executive Officer Pattison Group of Companies
Vancouver, Canada

1987
Akio Morita

Honourary Chairman
and Co-Founder of Sony Corporation
Tokyo, Japan

1988
Ross Perot

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Ross Perot Group
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

1989
Sir John Egan

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar, plc
London, England

1990
Ronald Southern, C.M., M.B.E.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd., and Chairman of Canadian Utilities Limited 
Calgary, Canada

1991
Thomas J. Bata, C.C.

Chairman, Bata Limited
Toronto, Canada

1992
George A. Cohon, O.C.

Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited 
Toronto, Canada

1993
Dwayne O. Andreas

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Archer Daniels Midland Company
Decatur, Illinois, U.S.A.

1994
Roberto C. Goizueta

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer The Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

1995
Richard Branson

Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group of Companies
London, England

1996
W. Galen Weston, O.C.

Chairman and President George Weston Limited
Toronto, Canada

1997
Israel Asper, O.C., Q.C.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer CanWest Global Communications Corp.
Winnipeg, Canada

1998
Laurent Beaudoin C.C., O.Q.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bombardier Inc. 
Montreal, Canada

1999
Isadore Sharp, O.C.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Toronto, Canada

2000
Li Ka-shing

Chairman, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, and Hutchison Whampoa Limited 
Hong Kong

2001
Edward Rogers, O.C.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rogers Communications Inc.
Toronto, Canada

2002
Martha Stewart

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
New York, NY, U.S.A.

2003
Heather Reisman

President & Chief Executive Officer, Indigo Books and Music Inc. and
Gerald W. Schwartz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Onex Corporation
Toronto, Canada 

2004
Howard Schultz

Chairman and Chief Global Strategist Starbucks Coffee Company 
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

2005
Stephen A. Jarislowsky

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jarislowsky Fraser & Company Ltd.
Montreal, Canada

2006
Dame Anita Roddick

Founder, The Body Shop
London, England

2007
Dominic D'Alessandro

President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Financial
Toronto, Canada

2008
Peter Munk

Founder and Chairman, Barrick Gold Corporation,
Canada

2009
Jim Balsillie

Co-CEO Research In Motion,
Canada

2010
N. Murray Edwards

President, 
Edco Financial Holdings Ltd.,
Canada

2011
Jim Sinegal

CEO and Co-Founder, Costco Wholesale Corporation

2012  
Stu Clark

Philanthropist and
Entrepreneur

2013
Chip Wilson

Founder & Chairman, Lululemon Athletica, Inc.  

2014  
Linda Hasenfratz

CEO
Linamar Corporation

2015  
David Thomson

Co-Chairman
The Woodbridge Company

2016
V. Prem Watsa

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fairfax Financial Holdings

2017
David Foster

Chairman and Founder David Foster Foundation

2018
Arriana Huffington

CEO and Founder, Thirve Global
Founder, The Huffington Post