Dr. Ivan Joseph
Award-Winning Performance Coach | Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert
Dr. Ivan Joseph wants you and your team to succeed — and he knows how you can do it. An award-winning coach, educator, and leader, Ivan has spent his career leading cultural transformation, helping people believe in themselves, and creating cohesive teams. Ivan 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. Dynamic and engaging, Ivan always leaves audience with a memorable experience that adds value long after the presentation ends.
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 win the first-ever national championship in Graceland’s history — in just five years. As a result, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recognized Ivan as their National Coach of the Year in 2006.
Beginning in 2008, Ivan spent a decade as Director of Athletics at Ryerson University in Toronto, leading the transformation of the athletic department rise to national prominence. Ivan also spearheaded the landmark $100 million renovation of the historic Maple Leaf Gardens, created a culture of belonging and pride across Ryerson’s diverse urban campus, and helped student-athletes break records with their athletic, academic, and outreach activities. His efforts also helped the Ryerson Rams win the first-ever provincial and national championships in the institution’s history.
In the fall of 2018, Ivan took up his newest post as Vice-Provost, Student Affairs at Dalhousie University, a 200-year old major research institution in Halifax. In this senior role, he leads the university’s effort to promote interconnectedness and belonging among a diverse student body drawn from across the country and around the globe. Ivan is also regularly called on to support national team programs. In 2018, he was selected as Head Coach for the women’s national soccer team in his native Guyana, and, in 2017, he was the high-performance coach for the Canadian men’s basketball team that won the country’s first ever FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.
Along with being an in-demand consultant and speaker, Ivan contributes regularly to publications like the Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail. He also wrote the 2017 book You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence and delivered a TEDx talk called “The Skill of Self-Confidence,” with almost 14 million times views on YouTube.
Born in Guyana, Ivan 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 MS in Higher Education Administration, and a PhD in Sports Psychology.