Innovative Business Association

IBA 2020

Who we are

The Innovative Business Association’s (IBA) is your on-campus connection to the world of Canadian business. A merging of the Undergraduate Commerce Society (UCS) and Student Management Association (SMA), the IBA aims to form students into future business leaders by supplementing their education with resources that nurture professional development. The first cohort of IBA student leaders in the Commerce and Management programs took a leap of faith when UCS and SMA decided to join forces in 2019. 

IBA builds opportunities for students to network and develop skills oriented to the vast fields of business. Currently, it is one of the University of Toronto Mississauga's largest student societies that caters to a vast number of business interest groups and clubs.

IBA has 60 members which consists of 7 executives, 3 presidential staff, 29 directors and chairs, and 21 associates. They have collaborated with multiple UTM partners including the PDLC, IMI, MMPA, MScSM, UTMCM, DECA UTM, DEM, Rotaract UTM, UTM Chess Club, Free the Children UTM, UTM CPA, UTMSU, and many more. Follow IBA on Linkedin and Instagram.

Our mission and vision

Honour, excellence and dignity are fundamental the IBA ethos across curricula. We take pride in our relationships with our corporate partners, renowned faculty. Your organization can showcase and be an important contributor to the inspiration of tomorrow’s business leaders. The IBA sets high standards in their all-round educational excellence, balancing academic excellence with a diverse and rich extra-curricular program known as the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP).

Achievements and awards

  • Ulife's 2021 Principal's Award of Excellence, Student Group - This award recognizes student groups that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to positive change within the UTM community.

  • Ulife's 2021 UTM Student Group Award In Innovation - This award recognizes an outstanding student group that has demonstrated a commitment to innovation through their campus involvement. This award will be presented to a ULife recognized Student Group that has contributed to making UTM a more innovative campus through the delivery of programming, community outreach, and/or activism.

  • UTMSU's 2020 Academic Society of the Year - Awarded to an academic society that comprehensively embodies the core values of equity, energy, education and fun. This society is a source of innovative and unique ideas that have been successfully implemented throughout the year. This society is a proven ambassador of UTM spirit.

  • UTMSU's 2020 VP University Affairs Choice - Awarded to an academic society that goes above and beyond in the UTM community. This society is always collaborative, coordinated, and energetic, always willing to assist the UTM community.