Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Jonathan Soriano, Ivey Business School

Jonathan Soriano

Ivey Business School at Western University

“Hard-working and dedicated to sharing my success with others and giving back to the community.”

Hometown: Vaughan, Ontario

Fun Fact About Yourself: I love playing tennis and compete for the Western men’s tennis team

Undergraduate School and Major: Western University – Major: Economics (completed both Bachelor’s and Master’s in Economics at Western University)

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Trento Kia – Business Administration

How has the case method enriched your learning?  The opportunity to hear my peers share their ideas and approach to our cases has truly enriched my learning. It allows me to listen to different perspectives that are shaped by experiences and ideas that I never would have considered.

Aside from classmates and cases, what part of the school’s MBA programming led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I had heard from a 2020 alumnus how amazing the Ivey MBA community is and the quality of the relationships that you develop with your peers. This was important to me because I wanted to spend my time in a supportive and welcoming environment, and I understood that Ivey would provide exactly that.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest career accomplishment so far has been co-founding On the Rise Tennis Foundation, a non-profit organization that financially supports junior Canadian tennis players. Providing young tennis players with the support to overcome financial obstacles so that they have an opportunity to achieve their dreams has been very rewarding for me.

Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far: My biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far is being elected the MBA Association President by my peers. It was extremely humbling to know that peers who I had just met had enough faith and confidence in my ability to lead the cohort this year to vote for me.

Where is your favorite hang-out in London (Ontario)? Why do you (or your classmates) gravitate there? One of our peers, Kurtis Aleksandre, is kind enough to offer pretty much an open-door policy at his house. This has become the natural go-to spot for the cohort because it gives everyone an opportunity to interact in a more laid-back setting, and is a very inclusive environment. I personally have been able to develop many meaningful relationships with my peers through multiple events at Kurtis’s house.

What do you hope to do after graduation (at this point)?  After graduation, I hope to become an Equity Researcher in preparation for a career in portfolio management.

What did you do during the application process that enabled you to get accepted into Ivey? During the application process I made sure that I was able to highlight my ability to effectively multitask. The program progresses at a rapid pace, so it’s important for candidates to be comfortable with balancing a heavy workload, recruiting activities, and extracurriculars.


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