Toronto – For the first time, graduate business students and members of the business community from across Canada will gather on February 1 at the University of Toronto for the annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. The conference is organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA), which champions the role of women in the Rotman School community and in the workplace. The theme for this inaugural year is "Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,' highlighting the role of gender inclusivity in expanding the discourse on gender equity, as Rotman WIMA celebrates the launch of its male allies program, WiMen. Speakers include: • Bruce Simpson, Director (Senior Partner), McKinsey & Company; • Andrew Edwards, Partner, Bain & Company; • Laura McGee, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, founder #GoSponsorHer; • Richard Nesbitt – Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management and President and CEO, Global Risk Institute; • Barbara Annis, Founding Partner, Gender Intelligence Group; • Jennifer Reynolds, Head, Women in Capital Markets; and, • Silvia Gonzalez-Zamora – Director, People & Change Services, KPMG Canada. Opening remarks for the day will be provided by Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management. Further information and conference registration is available online. “There didn’t seem to be any consolidated platform where university students at the graduate level could interact with their colleagues from across Canada, and with members of industry, on topics related to gender and work,” says Alex Walker Turner, MBA’18, a conference organizer and vice president, communications, Rotman WIMA. “Rotman WIMA and Rotman students are excited to host men and women from MBA programs across the country, as well as executives from the Canadian business community, to benchmark, cross-pollinate, and share best practices on promoting and leveraging gender diversity within their organizations.” Rotman WIMA’s mission is to champion the role of women in the Rotman community and in the workplace and strives to create opportunities for Rotman women to advance personally and professionally through career, developmental and social events, The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges. For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca -30- For more information: Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Voice 416.946.3818 E-mail mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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January 17, 2017

Rotman MBAs Launch First Annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

Toronto – For the first time, graduate business students and members of the business community from across Canada will gather on February 1 at the University of Toronto for the annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. The conference is organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA), which champions the role of women in the Rotman School community and in the workplace. The theme for this inaugural year is "Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,' highlighting the…

January 12, 2017

Rotman Commerce Graduates Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Marketing and Advertising

Toronto, ON – The co-founders of Toronto-based start-up Exact Media, who are graduates of the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators redefining marketing and advertising. Daniel Rodic, BCom’12, and Elena Sahakyan, BCom’09, are two of the three co-founders of Exact Media, an e-commerce sampling and coupon company with investors including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and clients including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,…

January 4, 2017

Learn about creating a startup from the accelerator that launched Airbnb, Reddit and Dropbox

Toronto, ON – Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC) has launched 1,200 startups which have a combined valuation of over $65 billion. Without the help of this seed accelerator, companies such as DoorDash, Code Academy and Thalmic Labs would have been lost. On Friday, January 20, 2017, YC will be inaugurating Accelerator Weekend with a panel led by their team of advisors, alumni and partners. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it's really like to create a startup. All…

December 14, 2016

University of Toronto Team Advances to Regional Final of the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – Teams of students with an interest in social entrepreneurship gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on December 3 to participate in the quarterfinal qualifying round for the Hult Prize. The prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The student teams drawn from a wide range of faculties at UofT tackled the competition’s…

December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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Toronto Star | January 19, 2017

U of T looking to hire more indigenous faculty and staff following TRC call to action

President Meric Gertler and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo director of aboriginal student services at First Nations House and co-chair of the University's TRC steering committee share their insights following the Committee’s final report. Read more. 

City TV | January 18, 2017

Extreme measures to protect some of the world's rarest books

Cataloguer and Reference Librarian P.J. Carefoote shares insight into the steps being taken to protect rare books at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Watch here. 

CBC: Power & Politics | January 18, 2017

Barack Obama's Legacy

Ron Pruessen of the Munk School of Global Affairs shares his thoughts on Barack Obama's legacy as president. Watch here. (1:30 mark)

Toronto, ON – The co-founders of Toronto-based start-up Exact Media, who are graduates of the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators redefining marketing and advertising. Daniel Rodic, BCom’12, and Elena Sahakyan, BCom’09, are two of the three co-founders of Exact Media, an e-commerce sampling and coupon company with investors including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and clients including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, PepsiCo, L'Oréal, Pfizer and Mondelez. In a recent profile in the Winter 2017 issue of UofT Magazine, Rodic says his career path was changed when he was accepted into The Next 36, an intensive entrepreneurship program co-founded by Ajay Agrawal, the Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management. “Through The Next 36, I got funding to start my first business, and that’s what pushed me toward a more entrepreneurial path,” Rodic says. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca -30- For more information: Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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January 17, 2017

Rotman MBAs Launch First Annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

Toronto – For the first time, graduate business students and members of the business community from across Canada will gather on February 1 at the University of Toronto for the annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. The conference is organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA), which champions the role of women in the Rotman School community and in the workplace. The theme for this inaugural year is "Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,' highlighting the…

January 12, 2017

Rotman Commerce Graduates Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Marketing and Advertising

Toronto, ON – The co-founders of Toronto-based start-up Exact Media, who are graduates of the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators redefining marketing and advertising. Daniel Rodic, BCom’12, and Elena Sahakyan, BCom’09, are two of the three co-founders of Exact Media, an e-commerce sampling and coupon company with investors including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and clients including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,…

January 4, 2017

Learn about creating a startup from the accelerator that launched Airbnb, Reddit and Dropbox

Toronto, ON – Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC) has launched 1,200 startups which have a combined valuation of over $65 billion. Without the help of this seed accelerator, companies such as DoorDash, Code Academy and Thalmic Labs would have been lost. On Friday, January 20, 2017, YC will be inaugurating Accelerator Weekend with a panel led by their team of advisors, alumni and partners. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it's really like to create a startup. All…

December 14, 2016

University of Toronto Team Advances to Regional Final of the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – Teams of students with an interest in social entrepreneurship gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on December 3 to participate in the quarterfinal qualifying round for the Hult Prize. The prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The student teams drawn from a wide range of faculties at UofT tackled the competition’s…

December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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Toronto Star | January 19, 2017

U of T looking to hire more indigenous faculty and staff following TRC call to action

President Meric Gertler and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo director of aboriginal student services at First Nations House and co-chair of the University's TRC steering committee share their insights following the Committee’s final report. Read more. 

City TV | January 18, 2017

Extreme measures to protect some of the world's rarest books

Cataloguer and Reference Librarian P.J. Carefoote shares insight into the steps being taken to protect rare books at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Watch here. 

CBC: Power & Politics | January 18, 2017

Barack Obama's Legacy

Ron Pruessen of the Munk School of Global Affairs shares his thoughts on Barack Obama's legacy as president. Watch here. (1:30 mark)

Toronto, ON – Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC) has launched 1,200 startups which have a combined valuation of over $65 billion. Without the help of this seed accelerator, companies such as DoorDash, Code Academy and Thalmic Labs would have been lost. On Friday, January 20, 2017, YC will be inaugurating Accelerator Weekend with a panel led by their team of advisors, alumni and partners. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it's really like to create a startup. All are welcome to attend! The panelists are: Yuri Sagalov- UofT Engineering alumnus, founder of Amium and partner at YC Kat Mañalac- Director of Outreach and partner at YC Adora Cheung- Founder of Homejoy and partner at YC Event Details: What: Y Combinator Presentation & Panel When: Friday, January 20, 2017 Time: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Where: Medical Sciences Building, Room 2158, 1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto, ON M5S 1A8 Media are asked to kindly RSVP to Mariam. Contact: Mariam Karim Mariam.Karim@uofthatchery.ca 416-946-4024

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January 17, 2017

Rotman MBAs Launch First Annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

Toronto – For the first time, graduate business students and members of the business community from across Canada will gather on February 1 at the University of Toronto for the annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. The conference is organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA), which champions the role of women in the Rotman School community and in the workplace. The theme for this inaugural year is "Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,' highlighting the…

January 12, 2017

Rotman Commerce Graduates Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Marketing and Advertising

Toronto, ON – The co-founders of Toronto-based start-up Exact Media, who are graduates of the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators redefining marketing and advertising. Daniel Rodic, BCom’12, and Elena Sahakyan, BCom’09, are two of the three co-founders of Exact Media, an e-commerce sampling and coupon company with investors including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and clients including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,…

January 4, 2017

Learn about creating a startup from the accelerator that launched Airbnb, Reddit and Dropbox

Toronto, ON – Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC) has launched 1,200 startups which have a combined valuation of over $65 billion. Without the help of this seed accelerator, companies such as DoorDash, Code Academy and Thalmic Labs would have been lost. On Friday, January 20, 2017, YC will be inaugurating Accelerator Weekend with a panel led by their team of advisors, alumni and partners. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it's really like to create a startup. All…

December 14, 2016

University of Toronto Team Advances to Regional Final of the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – Teams of students with an interest in social entrepreneurship gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on December 3 to participate in the quarterfinal qualifying round for the Hult Prize. The prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The student teams drawn from a wide range of faculties at UofT tackled the competition’s…

December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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U of T in the News

Toronto Star | January 19, 2017

U of T looking to hire more indigenous faculty and staff following TRC call to action

President Meric Gertler and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo director of aboriginal student services at First Nations House and co-chair of the University's TRC steering committee share their insights following the Committee’s final report. Read more. 

City TV | January 18, 2017

Extreme measures to protect some of the world's rarest books

Cataloguer and Reference Librarian P.J. Carefoote shares insight into the steps being taken to protect rare books at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Watch here. 

CBC: Power & Politics | January 18, 2017

Barack Obama's Legacy

Ron Pruessen of the Munk School of Global Affairs shares his thoughts on Barack Obama's legacy as president. Watch here. (1:30 mark)

Toronto, ON – Teams of students with an interest in social entrepreneurship gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on December 3 to participate in the quarterfinal qualifying round for the Hult Prize. The prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The student teams drawn from a wide range of faculties at UofT tackled the competition’s challenge of “Refugees - Reawakening Human Potential and Restoring the Dignity of 10M People by 2022” which focuses on restoring the rights and dignity of people and societies who may be, or are forced into motion due to social injustices, politics, economic pressures, climate change and war. The winners of the UofT competition was Team Journey composed of three Rotman MBA students and a UofT Master of Engineering student who developed a substitute for firewood made from recycled coffee grounds which could be used to alleviate the fuel and firewood shortage in many refugee camps in Africa. Matthew Frehlich, MEng’16; Lucas Siow, MBA’18; Sam Bennett, MBA’18; and, Gowtham Ramachandran, MBA’18, will advance to one of the Hult Prize regional finals to be held in March. “The caliber of ideas coming out of this year’s competition was exceptional. The panel of judges contributed invaluable insights in both rounds of pitches. Our speakers, Rod Lohin, Executive Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship and Prof. Nouman Ashraf, provided motivation and much food for thought for anyone looking to make their mark with a career in innovation and sustainability,” says Tina Assi, MBA’17, who is the Hult Prize Campus Director at the University of Toronto. Judges for the qualifying round included Aisha Bukhari, a Rotman MBA graduate with Attolo SE Inc., who reached the final round of the Hult Prize in 2015; Assaf Weisz, Co-founder & Managing Director of Purpose Capital; Astrum Nanji, founder and managing director at Lux Equity; Hamoon Ekhtiari, Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Executive Vice President at TELUS; Jacky Magee, Director of Developer Audience Experience for Microsoft Canada; Jamal Khayyat, a Rotman MBA graduate who was the Hult Prize Campus Director at the University of Toronto in 2015/16; Ted Graham, Head of Open Innovation at General Motors; and, Zahra Ebrahim, a co-leader of Doblin’s Canada practice. For more information on the Hult Prize, please visit www.hultprize.org. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca -30- For more information: Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

Latest Media Releases

January 17, 2017

Rotman MBAs Launch First Annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

Toronto – For the first time, graduate business students and members of the business community from across Canada will gather on February 1 at the University of Toronto for the annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. The conference is organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA), which champions the role of women in the Rotman School community and in the workplace. The theme for this inaugural year is "Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,' highlighting the…

January 12, 2017

Rotman Commerce Graduates Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Marketing and Advertising

Toronto, ON – The co-founders of Toronto-based start-up Exact Media, who are graduates of the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators redefining marketing and advertising. Daniel Rodic, BCom’12, and Elena Sahakyan, BCom’09, are two of the three co-founders of Exact Media, an e-commerce sampling and coupon company with investors including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and clients including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,…

January 4, 2017

Learn about creating a startup from the accelerator that launched Airbnb, Reddit and Dropbox

Toronto, ON – Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC) has launched 1,200 startups which have a combined valuation of over $65 billion. Without the help of this seed accelerator, companies such as DoorDash, Code Academy and Thalmic Labs would have been lost. On Friday, January 20, 2017, YC will be inaugurating Accelerator Weekend with a panel led by their team of advisors, alumni and partners. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it's really like to create a startup. All…

December 14, 2016

University of Toronto Team Advances to Regional Final of the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – Teams of students with an interest in social entrepreneurship gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on December 3 to participate in the quarterfinal qualifying round for the Hult Prize. The prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The student teams drawn from a wide range of faculties at UofT tackled the competition’s…

December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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U of T in the News

Toronto Star | January 19, 2017

U of T looking to hire more indigenous faculty and staff following TRC call to action

President Meric Gertler and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo director of aboriginal student services at First Nations House and co-chair of the University's TRC steering committee share their insights following the Committee’s final report. Read more. 

City TV | January 18, 2017

Extreme measures to protect some of the world's rarest books

Cataloguer and Reference Librarian P.J. Carefoote shares insight into the steps being taken to protect rare books at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Watch here. 

CBC: Power & Politics | January 18, 2017

Barack Obama's Legacy

Ron Pruessen of the Munk School of Global Affairs shares his thoughts on Barack Obama's legacy as president. Watch here. (1:30 mark)

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the conference on U of T’ St. George Campus. “We are very pleased to welcome Bell, Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association as sponsors of the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference,” said Beth Ali, Executive Director, Co-Curricular Athletics and Physical Activity Programs at U of T. “Their support will enable the Varsity Blues program to provide the gold standard in professional development not only for our coaches, but also future sport leaders from across the country.” This year's three-day event features eight clinicians and guest speakers, and will include 15 on-field and classroom sessions, complimentary food, a coaches' social, and multiple giveaways.  Provincial coaches in attendance will also be attributed coaching points towards their licenses from the Ontario Soccer Association. The University of Toronto's state-of-the-art Varsity Centre will be used for all on-field sessions. Players used for those sessions will include members of the Varsity Blues Men's and Women's soccer team, as well as members of the Toronto FC Academy. Registration is now open at www.nscc.utoronto.ca For more information, contact: Jelena Damjanovic Communications Specialist Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education U of T P: 416-946-3713 jelena.damjanovic@utoronto.ca

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January 17, 2017

Rotman MBAs Launch First Annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

Toronto – For the first time, graduate business students and members of the business community from across Canada will gather on February 1 at the University of Toronto for the annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. The conference is organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA), which champions the role of women in the Rotman School community and in the workplace. The theme for this inaugural year is "Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,' highlighting the…

January 12, 2017

Rotman Commerce Graduates Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Marketing and Advertising

Toronto, ON – The co-founders of Toronto-based start-up Exact Media, who are graduates of the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators redefining marketing and advertising. Daniel Rodic, BCom’12, and Elena Sahakyan, BCom’09, are two of the three co-founders of Exact Media, an e-commerce sampling and coupon company with investors including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and clients including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,…

January 4, 2017

Learn about creating a startup from the accelerator that launched Airbnb, Reddit and Dropbox

Toronto, ON – Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC) has launched 1,200 startups which have a combined valuation of over $65 billion. Without the help of this seed accelerator, companies such as DoorDash, Code Academy and Thalmic Labs would have been lost. On Friday, January 20, 2017, YC will be inaugurating Accelerator Weekend with a panel led by their team of advisors, alumni and partners. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it's really like to create a startup. All…

December 14, 2016

University of Toronto Team Advances to Regional Final of the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – Teams of students with an interest in social entrepreneurship gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on December 3 to participate in the quarterfinal qualifying round for the Hult Prize. The prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The student teams drawn from a wide range of faculties at UofT tackled the competition’s…

December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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Toronto Star | January 19, 2017

U of T looking to hire more indigenous faculty and staff following TRC call to action

President Meric Gertler and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo director of aboriginal student services at First Nations House and co-chair of the University's TRC steering committee share their insights following the Committee’s final report. Read more. 

City TV | January 18, 2017

Extreme measures to protect some of the world's rarest books

Cataloguer and Reference Librarian P.J. Carefoote shares insight into the steps being taken to protect rare books at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Watch here. 

CBC: Power & Politics | January 18, 2017

Barack Obama's Legacy

Ron Pruessen of the Munk School of Global Affairs shares his thoughts on Barack Obama's legacy as president. Watch here. (1:30 mark)

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their support of institutions dedicated to advancing the academic study of Buddhism. I’m very proud that the University of Toronto, my alma mater, now hosts a centre that bears the foundation’s name,” commented the Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto. “It will be a catalyst for innovation and new insights into Buddhism’s place in society.” The Centre’s inaugural director is Professor Frances Garrett (PhD, University of Virginia), a professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies and the associate chair of the Department for the Study of Religion in U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science. “This is an exciting time for Buddhist studies at the University of Toronto,” says Garrett. “Our scholars reflect the amazing breadth and richness of the tradition: they are delving into Buddhist ritual, art, philosophy, medicine and other intellectual developments and modes of practice in regions throughout Asia. This support creates, for the first time, a University-wide locus for advancing research, teaching and public education on an extraordinarily rich and diverse global tradition.” The University of Toronto will join an elite global network of Buddhist studies initiatives which have received funding from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, including those at the Courtauld Institute of Art in the United Kingdom, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States. “A key objective of The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation is to establish a global network of outstanding scholarship in order to develop awareness and understanding of Buddhism and its relevance to contemporary society,” says Ted Lipman, the foundation’s CEO.  “This goal is being realized through our collaboration with the University of Toronto.  We are confident the University’s commitment to Buddhist studies and the establishment of this new centre will foster deeper insight into the meaning and context of Buddhism.” The endowment will support academic training, collaborative research with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as a program of events that engage scholars and the public seeking to deepen understanding of the diversity of Buddhist traditions around the world. The inaugural year will feature an exciting lineup of activities, including an undergraduate research trip to the Himalayas in the spring, a film series on Buddhism and the environment, and a scholarly reading group on Dunhuang manuscripts, which are a cache of important religious documents dating from the 5th to 11th centuries discovered in the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China. Also being planned for August 2017 is the annual meeting of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, the largest gathering of Buddhist scholars that will be held in Canada for the first time supported by this gift. “Having this centre located in the heart of the most religiously diverse city in the world—among which is a veritable mosaic of Buddhist communities—will position the University perfectly to facilitate intellectually informed and publicly-minded conversations on Buddhism, in terms of both its historical context and its place in contemporary society,” says Professor David Cameron, Dean of U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science. “We are proud to be a Canadian steward of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation’s legacy and vision.” ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching.  The university consistently ranks among the top 25 universities in the world. Its distinguished faculty, institutional record of ground-breaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding academics and students from around the world. ABOUT THE ROBERT H. N. HO FAMILY FOUNDATION Established in 2005, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization based in Hong Kong. The Foundation’s dual mission is to foster appreciation of Chinese arts and culture to advance global learning and to cultivate deeper understanding of Buddhism in the context of contemporary life. The Foundation supports efforts that make Chinese arts—from ancient times to today—approachable and relevant to audience worldwide. It encourages the creation of works, exhibitions and publications that offer original perspectives and improve the quality and accessibility of Chinese arts scholarship. Guided by a belief that insights of Buddhism have a vital role to play in locating solutions to the challenges facing contemporary society, the Foundation seeks to expand understanding of Buddhist principles. Its current support to Buddhism includes the Buddhist Ministry Initiative at Harvard Divinity School; a centre and an endowed professorship in Buddhist studies at Stanford University; an endowed chair and program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at the University of British Columbia; a Centre and graduate degree program for Buddhist art and conservation at The Courtauld Institute of Art; a series of Buddhist studies grants administered by the American Council of Learned Societies; the Galleries of Buddhist Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum; and presentation of art exhibitions around the world. To learn more about The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and its activities, visit www.rhfamilyfoundation.org Media Contact Frances Garrett Director The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies University of Toronto Email: frances.garrett@utoronto.ca Diana Kuprel Director of Alumni Relations & Advancement Communications Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3118 Email: d.kuprel@utoronto.ca Ted Lipman CEO The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Tel: +852 2232 0088 Email: tedlipman@rhfamilyfoundation.org Janet Tong PR & Communications The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Tel: +852 2232 0001 Email: jtong@rhfamilyfoundation.org The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies: buddhiststudies.utoronto.ca

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January 17, 2017

Rotman MBAs Launch First Annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

Toronto – For the first time, graduate business students and members of the business community from across Canada will gather on February 1 at the University of Toronto for the annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. The conference is organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA), which champions the role of women in the Rotman School community and in the workplace. The theme for this inaugural year is "Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,' highlighting the…

January 12, 2017

Rotman Commerce Graduates Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Marketing and Advertising

Toronto, ON – The co-founders of Toronto-based start-up Exact Media, who are graduates of the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators redefining marketing and advertising. Daniel Rodic, BCom’12, and Elena Sahakyan, BCom’09, are two of the three co-founders of Exact Media, an e-commerce sampling and coupon company with investors including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and clients including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,…

January 4, 2017

Learn about creating a startup from the accelerator that launched Airbnb, Reddit and Dropbox

Toronto, ON – Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC) has launched 1,200 startups which have a combined valuation of over $65 billion. Without the help of this seed accelerator, companies such as DoorDash, Code Academy and Thalmic Labs would have been lost. On Friday, January 20, 2017, YC will be inaugurating Accelerator Weekend with a panel led by their team of advisors, alumni and partners. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it's really like to create a startup. All…

December 14, 2016

University of Toronto Team Advances to Regional Final of the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – Teams of students with an interest in social entrepreneurship gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on December 3 to participate in the quarterfinal qualifying round for the Hult Prize. The prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The student teams drawn from a wide range of faculties at UofT tackled the competition’s…

December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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Toronto Star | January 19, 2017

U of T looking to hire more indigenous faculty and staff following TRC call to action

President Meric Gertler and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo director of aboriginal student services at First Nations House and co-chair of the University's TRC steering committee share their insights following the Committee’s final report. Read more. 

City TV | January 18, 2017

Extreme measures to protect some of the world's rarest books

Cataloguer and Reference Librarian P.J. Carefoote shares insight into the steps being taken to protect rare books at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Watch here. 

CBC: Power & Politics | January 18, 2017

Barack Obama's Legacy

Ron Pruessen of the Munk School of Global Affairs shares his thoughts on Barack Obama's legacy as president. Watch here. (1:30 mark)

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching children about biological camouflage. Overall, preschoolers learned about camouflage from both books. But, when researchers divided the four-year-olds into two groups – one group with children of higher than average vocabulary level, and one group of children with average and lower English vocabularies – they found that the children with average and lower English vocabularies showed poorer comprehension when the book read itself. Interaction is key Dr. Patricia Ganea, Associate Professor of early cognitive development at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at OISE, says the results highlight that young children are best supported in their learning when they are in interaction with others, especially parents or other caregivers. “These findings are important since they show that children at risk for low comprehension benefit from having an adult read with them, rather than being left to learn from the digital device on their own,” said Ganea. “Choosing high quality apps is only part of the equation. Reading along with the child can also increase learning.” Dr. Gabrielle Strouse, a postdoctoral fellow who worked with Ganea on the study, and who is now at the University of South Dakota, agreed. “Children may learn from digital media on their own, but parents still play an important role in children’s learning. Parents can enhance what children take away from digital media by asking questions, directing their attention to relevant information and participating with them in the media interaction,” Strouse added. Children’s comprehension tested The study was conducted by giving children a pre-test about biological camouflage using pictures of animals. Children were then read an e-book about camouflage by the e-book voiceover or by an adult. Afterward, children were asked questions about camouflage using replica lizard and turtles in tanks. They were asked to identify which animals would be seen by a predator, which tank they would put an animal in so it would not be seen, and to explain their choices. Overall, researchers found the e-book to be an effective tool for teaching children the new biological concept:
  • Overall, 74% of children explained their answers in terms of camouflage at the post-test, compared to 2% at pre-test
  • Children with above-average vocabularies did well on the camouflage post-test regardless of whether the adult or the book read to them.
  • However, children with average and lower vocabularies did particularly poorly when read to by the book’s voiceover
Also noteworthy, the findings are consistent with the emphasis on parent co-use of media in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ newly updated guidelines on children’s media exposure. The study, “Are Prompts Provided by Electronic Books as Effective for Teaching Preschoolers a Biological Concept as Those Provided by Adults?” was published in the November/December edition of Early Education and Development. To view the study, please click here. - 30 - MEDIA CONTACTS: Researchers Patricia Ganea Associate Professor, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute for Child Study OISE/University of Toronto Email: patricia.ganea@utoronto.ca Phone: 416-934-4502 Gabrielle Strouse Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota Email: Gabrielle.Strouse@usd.edu Phone:  605-677-5848 Parents The following parents have children who have participated in similar studies about technology and learning. These parents are available to speak with media about how their children experience computers, e-books and other forms of electronic media: Leigh Lahti leigh.lahti@gmail.com 416-534-8506 or 416-389-2556 (cell) Brook Alviano brookalviano@gmail.com 647-268-3661 Media Relations Coordinator Lindsey Craig Communications & Media Relations Coordinator OISE/University of Toronto lindsey.craig@utoronto.ca 416-978-1127  

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January 17, 2017

Rotman MBAs Launch First Annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

Toronto – For the first time, graduate business students and members of the business community from across Canada will gather on February 1 at the University of Toronto for the annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. The conference is organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA), which champions the role of women in the Rotman School community and in the workplace. The theme for this inaugural year is "Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,' highlighting the…

January 12, 2017

Rotman Commerce Graduates Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Marketing and Advertising

Toronto, ON – The co-founders of Toronto-based start-up Exact Media, who are graduates of the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators redefining marketing and advertising. Daniel Rodic, BCom’12, and Elena Sahakyan, BCom’09, are two of the three co-founders of Exact Media, an e-commerce sampling and coupon company with investors including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and clients including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,…

January 4, 2017

Learn about creating a startup from the accelerator that launched Airbnb, Reddit and Dropbox

Toronto, ON – Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC) has launched 1,200 startups which have a combined valuation of over $65 billion. Without the help of this seed accelerator, companies such as DoorDash, Code Academy and Thalmic Labs would have been lost. On Friday, January 20, 2017, YC will be inaugurating Accelerator Weekend with a panel led by their team of advisors, alumni and partners. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it's really like to create a startup. All…

December 14, 2016

University of Toronto Team Advances to Regional Final of the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – Teams of students with an interest in social entrepreneurship gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on December 3 to participate in the quarterfinal qualifying round for the Hult Prize. The prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The student teams drawn from a wide range of faculties at UofT tackled the competition’s…

December 6, 2016

Bell Canada, Canada Soccer and Toronto FC partner with U of T Varsity Blues to present Canada’s largest soccer coaching conference

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto and the Varsity Blues are pleased to announce three major partnerships for the sixth annual National Soccer Coaching Conference, including presenting sponsor, Bell. Toronto FC and the Canadian Soccer Association will also be partnering with the conference this year, taking place January 27 – 29, 2017 at Varsity Centre. Their respective partnerships mark a commitment to supporting the development of our youth, ensuring only the highest quality of coaching excellence is present during the…

December 5, 2016

The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

December 5, 2016

Children with average and lower vocabularies reading e-books learn more with an adult reader than pre-recorded voice

Toronto, ON – A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook’s voiceover. Adult reader versus e-book voiceover In the study, four-year-olds either interacted with a digital book on their own using the book’s voiceover, or an adult read them the same book. The book was teaching…

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Toronto Star | January 19, 2017

U of T looking to hire more indigenous faculty and staff following TRC call to action

President Meric Gertler and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo director of aboriginal student services at First Nations House and co-chair of the University's TRC steering committee share their insights following the Committee’s final report. Read more. 

City TV | January 18, 2017

Extreme measures to protect some of the world's rarest books

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CBC: Power & Politics | January 18, 2017

Barack Obama's Legacy

Ron Pruessen of the Munk School of Global Affairs shares his thoughts on Barack Obama's legacy as president. Watch here. (1:30 mark)

Toronto, ON – Two researchers who are leading efforts to transform the Canadian social work landscape for children and youth are among 25 new Canada Research Chairs awarded today to the University of Toronto. Worth a total of $19.7 million, the positions were announced by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a national news conference held at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The government is also providing $1.4 million in infrastructure funding to support the chairs. Meet U of T's newest Canada Research chairs Holding the announcement at U of T makes sense, Duncan said, because of the university’s reputation as the home of many talented researchers across a broad range of disciplines, as well as the fact it holds 255 Canada Research Chairs in total – the largest number of any university in the country. She also praised U of T for the fact the majority of its new chairs — 16 in total — are women. This shows the work that is underway with universities and government to increase diversity, the minister said. “Yes it does deserve a hand!” Duncan said as the crowd, which included many of the researchers named as chairs, broke out into applause. “Science needs women. Science needs diversity. And science needs to reflective of Canada.” Her remarks were echoed by U of T President Meric Gertler who told the crowd: “It is wonderful to see their excellence more fully represented among our Canada Research Chairs, and I have no doubt that this is a harbinger of further progress in the years to come.” All 25 of the U of T recipients are conducting globally important research in a number of fields with the potential to profoundly change our health and interactions with the world ― from memory research to spatial ecology, mood disorders, transportation, air quality and ancient philosophy. They are among 203 new and renewed chairs at 48 postsecondary institutions across the country, representing a $173-million investment in cutting-edge research and infrastructure from coast-to-coast, Duncan said. “I am profoundly grateful and honoured to be a Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare,” said Barbara Fallon, associate professor in U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, who collects and analyzes data to help policymakers make decisions based on evidence not perception to help children in care. “I often think about the first client I visited as a young, inexperienced social worker who remarked ‘This is who they sent to help? What do you know about my life?’” explained Fallon. “I judge the value of my research by my ability to be accountable, nearly 25 years later, to her and her fundamental question,” she said. “I hope my research will help provide insight and direction to a system whose mandate is to serve the most vulnerable in our society.” Created in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs program is “a crucial asset in our country’s ability to attract and retain the world’s best and most promising researchers,” said Gertler as he thanked the minister. “The program has transformed research and scholarship in Canada and increased our global competitiveness,” added Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation. “At U of T, our Canada Research Chairs are doing cutting-edge research in an amazing range of subjects that is improving quality of life not only here at home but around the world.” For example, we often think of the online world as one rife with abuse for teenagers. But for Canada’s sexual and gender minority youth communicating with others online about their struggles is often safer than meeting in person, said Shelley Craig, an associate professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. As the new Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth, Craig is working on digitizing and pilot testing smartphone-enabled coping skills to improve the resiliency of this country’s estimated half a million  sexual and gender minority youth and help them thrive. Research has shown sexual and gender minority youth in crisis, who often experience an array of discrimination and stressors at home, at school and in their community, turn to their phones and social media for information and help instead of reaching out to social services. This makes technology an important avenue to create and provide new, innovative and widely available interventions to help them cope and thrive. Craig, who has worked with sexual and gender minority youth for more than two decades, said she often wonders if her research is helping the young people she studies but personal feedback from them helps make its impact real. “Some mornings, I hear about a trans youth that has been kicked out of their home and I think — research — really? Can it make a difference? And then I get an email like this one: ‘As a gay youth, I feel as if my community is neglected in these important mental health studies. Thank you for changing that. You are truly making a difference just by asking these questions.’” Earlier in the morning, Duncan met with Fallon, Craig and students to discuss their research in person. One of the students working with Craig, PhD candidate Lauren McInroy, also used to take classes from Duncan when she taught at U of T. “I am so proud of you!” Duncan said, hugging her. The 25 researchers announced today are joining U of T and its affiliated hospitals’ total contingent of 255 Canada Research Chairs. The funding from the federal government not only supports important research but also helps the university attract and retain the best and most promising researchers from around the world. In addition to conducting research that improves our depth of knowledge and quality of life, the chairs also train the next generation of leaders in their fields through student supervision and teaching. -30- For more information, contact: University of Toronto Media Relations +1 (416) 978-0100 media.relations@utoronto.ca

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The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and appoints inaugural director

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment—originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung—will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada. “Our esteemed colleagues at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation have demonstrated tremendous global leadership in their…

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Toronto Star | January 19, 2017

U of T looking to hire more indigenous faculty and staff following TRC call to action

President Meric Gertler and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo director of aboriginal student services at First Nations House and co-chair of the University's TRC steering committee share their insights following the Committee’s final report. Read more. 

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Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals how WeChat (the most popular chat app in China) censors content. The results show WeChat has separate censorship policies for users in China and internationally, with the majority of censorship targeted for China accounts, and has removed notifications to users about the blocking of chat messages on the platform. The researchers also found that there is more censorship in “group chat” messages compared to one-to-one user chats, possibly due to concerns about posts being spread to larger audiences and leading to mobilization, and that WeChat’s built-in browser also blocks certain websites for both China and International accounts. WeChat is the dominant chat application in China and fourth largest in the world, with 806 million monthly active users. The application thrives on its huge user base in China, but like any other application in the country it must follow strict content regulations. “Attention usually focuses on foreign companies attempting to reach into China and facing hard decisions over how to approach its strict content regulations. WeChat has the opposite dilemma. To gain wider success the app must maintain its base in China, all while staying within the Chinese government’s boundaries, and present a compelling experience to attract international users,” says Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Research Manager, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto The report finds that WeChat enables keyword filtering for users with accounts registered to mainland China phone numbers. Remarkably, the researchers found that censorship stays on even if users switch to a non-mainland phone number or travel to a different country -- “locking in” users with mainland China accounts to its system of censorship no matter where they go. “It’s unclear if the persistent content restrictions we've detected for China accounts is intentional, but the outcome is concerning. If you register a WeChat account to a Chinese phone number you will always be under additional censorship, even if you travel or later link your account to an international number. The idea that you can't escape a censorship system imposed on you at the time of registration is a troubling one indeed,” explains Jason Q. Ng, Research Fellow, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The researchers systematically tested a sample of keywords in two WeChat modes: one-to-one chat and group chat. They found a greater number of keywords blocked on group chat, which suggests that group chat is specifically targeted, potentially because of its ability to reach a larger numbers of users. Censored keywords spanned a range of content, including current events, politics, and social issues. The report also found that censorship on WeChat is dynamic. Some keywords that triggered censorship in our original tests were later found to be permissible in later tests. Newfound censored keywords also appear to have been added in response to current news events. “When you send a message on WeChat it passes through a remote server that contains rules for implementing censorship. If the message contains a keyword or set of keywords that have been targeted for blocking, the message will not be sent,” explains Jeffrey Knockel, Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto The report goes on to detail how, in both one-on-one and group chat, censorship now happens without user notification. Previously, if a user sent a message with a blacklisted keyword a warning would pop up explaining the message could not be sent. Now messages are censored without giving any indication that it has been blocked. “The removal of the censorship notices means WeChat has become even less transparent and also less dependable for its users in how it handles their communications,” says Lotus Ruan, Research Fellow, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto In addition to keyword censorship, WeChat implements a URL filtering system in its built-in browser. The researchers found 41 websites blocked exclusively for Chinese WeChat accounts, including online gambling, news and media websites that critically report on China, and the website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (icij.org), which reported on the Panama Papers. All of the sites that were exclusively blocked on China accounts were fully accessible on International accounts without any warning page, but the researchers also found intermittent blocking of gambling and pornography websites on International accounts. Unlike chat censorship, when a website is blocked on WeChat a variety of explanatory messages are provided for why the censorship has occurred. However, it is unclear how accurately the purported explanations match up with the actual reasons for why websites are blocked. This ambiguity in truly attributing the source for the filtering again reflects the lack of transparency in how WeChat determines what “sensitive content” to block. Overall, this report shows the importance of understanding how the apps we use everyday actually work. “Days are long gone when we used to interact with the Internet as an undifferentiated network. The reality today is that what we communicate online is mediated by companies that own and operate the Internet services we use. Social media in particular have become, for an increasing number of people, windows on reality. Whether, and in what ways, those windows might be distorted — by corporate policies or government directives — is thus a matter of significant public importance (but not always easy to discern with the naked eye),” says Ron Deibert, Director, the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, has extensive experience uncovering Internet censorship practices through network measurement and reverse engineering techniques. For media inquiries, contact: Dena Allen Public Affairs & Engagement Munk School of Global Affairs University of Toronto Telephone: 416.946.0123 Mobile: 416.795.3902 dena.allen@utoronto.ca Guide on Citing in Media Title: One App, Two Systems: How WeChat uses one censorship policy in China and another internationally Published By: The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, https://citizenlab.org/2016/11/wechat-china-censorship-one-app-two-systems Publication Date: 30 November 2016

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