Dr. Ivan Joseph
Award-Winning Performance Coach | Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert
Dr. Ivan Joseph leads individuals, teams, and organizations to success. An award-winning coach, educator and organizational leader who has brought about cultural transformation, Dr. Joseph is a sought-after speaker on developing personal and organizational leadership. Dynamic and inspiring, he speaks about self-confidence, embracing the “grit” to persevere in spite of setbacks, and leading teams to success, drawing from the lessons he’s learned from a life in sport.
While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University, he developed the soccer program from the ground up, leading both the men’s and women’s teams to a #1 national ranking — and the men’s team to a national championship — in just five years. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recognized Dr. Joseph as their National Coach of the Year in 2006, and he received Coach of the Year recognition in the Heart of America Athletic Conference three times.
For the past 10 years, Dr. Joseph has been the Director of Athletics at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he transformed the Ryerson Rams athletic department, raising the academic average of his athletes and increasing team performance. He also spearheaded the landmark $100 million renovation of the historic Maple Leaf Gardens — a project so big and inspiring that then Prime Minister Stephen Harper showed up to turn on the lights. In 2018, he accepted the position of Vice Provost of Student Affairs at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Born in Guyana, Dr. Joseph grew up in Toronto, where he was a nationally ranked high-school track and field athlete. He has a BA in Physical Education and Health, an MA in Higher Education Administration, and a PhD in Sports Psychology.