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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Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

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Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

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Toronto, ON – The secret to a happy sex life in long-term relationships is the belief that it takes hard work and effort, instead of expecting sexual satisfaction to simply happen if you are true soulmates, says a study led by a University of Toronto (U of T) social psychology researcher. These “sexpectations” – the need to work on sexual growth or rely on sexual destiny – are so powerful they can either sustain otherwise healthy relationships or undermine them, says Jessica Maxwell, a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts & Science at U of T. “People who believe in sexual destiny are using their sex life as a barometer for how well their relationship is doing, and they believe problems in the bedroom equal problems in the relationship as a whole,” says Maxwell. “Whereas people who believe in sexual growth not only believe they can work on their sexual problems, but they are not letting it affect their relationship satisfaction.” The findings are based on research involving approximately 1,900 participants, and the results published online today in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology included people from both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. While the effect of people’s so-called “implicit beliefs” have been studied in other aspects of human relationships, this is the first time they have been applied to the sexual domain. Maxwell says there is a honeymoon phase lasting about two to three years where sexual satisfaction is high among both sexual growth and sexual destiny believers. But the benefit of believing in sexual growth becomes apparent after this initial phase, as sexual desire begins to ebb and flow. “We know that disagreements in the sexual domain are somewhat inevitable over time,” says Maxwell. “Your sex life is like a garden, and it needs to be watered and nurtured to maintain it.” While her research did not focus on the influence of media on sex beliefs, it is clear pop culture has conditioned us to accept and understand that other aspects of relationships, such as the division of household chores, takes work and effort, Maxwell notes. Hollywood’s glamorous portrayal of sex and romance in shows like The Bachelor are less grounded in reality, however, which may fuel a “soulmate” philosophy that is not as adaptable to conflicts and problems that arise over time. Maxwell says her research provided at least one example of the media’s impact on the sexual domain. She was able to influence people’s beliefs by “priming” them with phoney magazine articles that either emphasized sexual destiny philosophies, or advocated the idea that sex takes work. Like everything else concerning human relationships, however, the study suggests the distinctions between the two schools of belief are more shades of grey than black and white. For example, the research demonstrated there are often aspects of both sexual growth and sexual destiny beliefs in the same individual. And while many women are avid consumers of soulmate and romantic destiny stories, the study showed they are more likely than men to believe that sex takes work in a long-term relationship. “I think that this could be because there is some evidence that sexual satisfaction takes more work for women, so they rate higher on the sexual growth scale,” Maxwell says The study showed that, while sexual-growth beliefs can buffer the impact of problems in the bedroom, they don’t help as much if the problems become too substantial. There is also some evidence that sexual-destiny believers may be open to making changes in their sex life for the sake of their partners, but only if they are convinced they are their true soulmate. The findings underscore the importance for counsellors and clinicians trying to help couples struggling with sexual satisfaction to promote the idea that problems in the bedroom are normal, and don’t mean the relationship is automatically in trouble. “Sexual-destiny beliefs have a lot of similarities with other dysfunctional beliefs about sex, and I think it’s important to recognize and address that.” The findings are reported in the study titled “How Implicit Theories of Sexuality Shape Sexual and Relationship Well-Being” published online ahead of print in the November issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. - 30 - MEDIA CONTACTS: Jessica Maxwell Department of Psychology University of Toronto jessica.maxwell@mail.utoronto.ca 1-647-524-1842 Sean Bettam Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto s.bettam@utoronto.ca 1-416-946-7950 Nick Seliwoniuk Media Relations Officer University of Toronto nick.seliwoniuk@utoronto.ca 1-416-946-5025  

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November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

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Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

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New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

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The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

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Toronto, ON – Kevin Han, Jun Ran Xu, Haleema Khan and Sabrina Cruz have been named University of Toronto’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships. Created in 2011 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this annual scholarship program encourages promising high school graduates to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in their future careers. This year, there were over 1,500 Schulich Leader Nominees from across Canada vying for 50 scholarships, valued at up to $80,000 each. Since inception, 220 students have received this celebrated scholarship. Kevin Han, 18, is a recipient of the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario, Han will be entering the Faculty of the Applied Science and Engineering program this fall. Jun Ran Xu, 18, is a recipient of the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Aurora High School in Aurora, Ontario, Xu will be entering the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering program this fall. Haleema Khan, 18, is a recipient of the $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Westlane Secondary School in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Khan will be entering the Life Sciences program at the Faculty of Arts and Science Victoria College this fall. She will be a Victoria College student. Sabrina Cruz, 18, is a recipient of the $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Ajax, Ontario, Cruz will be entering the Math & Physical Science program at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences this fall. She will be an Innis College student. “It is very important that we support exceptional students that demonstrate great leadership and embrace STEM fields,” said Schulich. “It is an investment not only in their future, but the future of our country. Their pursuits are sure to lead to key innovations in the years ahead.” About Schulich Leader Scholarships Schulich Leader Scholarships are prestigious entrance scholarships awarded to high school graduates enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at participating universities in Canada and Israel. Recognizing the increasing importance and impact that STEM disciplines will have on the prosperity of future generations, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich established this $100 million scholarship fund in 2011 to encourage our best and brightest students to be the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation. This program awards 100 scholarships annually, valued at more than $5.5 million. Schulich Leaders can devote their full time and attention to their studies, as all of their financial needs are covered over the course of their degree. As a result, many of our highest potential students are winning these scholarships and will make great contributions to society. -30- For more information: www.schulichleaders.com For media inquiries contact: Farida Adam Student Awards Officer University Advancement Tel: 416-978-5701 farida.adam@utoronto.ca www.adm.utoronto.ca Or David Goodman dgoodman@schulichfoundation.org 647-289-1950 Dara Newton dnewton@uja.schulichleaders.com 416-480-6492

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November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

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November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

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The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

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Toronto, ON – University of Toronto and MIT researchers have discovered important differences between lower and higher-income children in their ability to use “working memory,” a key brain function responsible for everything from remembering a phone number to doing math in your head. Using functional MRI (fMRI) to measure and map the brain activity of a group of middle-schoolers, the researchers – working in collaboration with Harvard University – were able to physically document that the lower-income students tested had less working memory capacity than their higher-income peers. The results of their study were published today in Developmental Science. “It’s never been shown before that lower-income children have this qualitatively different brain response for this very basic ability that is essential to almost all cognition,” says the study’s lead researcher, Amy Finn of U of T’s Department of Psychology. Finn said researchers went a step further and also demonstrated these differences in working memory had an impact on academic measures of achievement – in this case a standards-based math test – collected from the schools of the students who were examined. The researchers say it is a major step toward understanding the neuroscience of the income-achievement gap, and although by no means a complete explanation, is also significant because it links brain functions to academic test scores. “We knew that there were differences in the neural structure of children from lower-income versus higher-income families, but we didn’t know if that really mattered for solving problems,” says Finn. “Now that we’ve shown this, we might be doing something which is important along the way to helping lower-income students succeed.” All 67 students tested for the study were enrolled in either the eighth or seventh grades in schools in the Boston area and recruited through advertisements and after-school programs. They were also ethnically diverse, and with a roughly equal number of boys and girls. In the study, researchers focused on regions of the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex, which are important for high-level functions. They observed that the high-income students largely kept this region of the brain in reserve until the tasks began to get more difficult, but the lower-income children relied on it more often and to a greater extent than higher-income children, even for relatively simple problems. That suggests there is a difference in how lower-income children to tap into their working memory – which is how the brain organizes and holds information in mind that it can’t immediately see, says Finn. Finn says she’s concerned people will interpret the data to conclude that these physical differences between the brains of lower-income and higher-income children are somehow hard-wired. Nothing could be further from the truth, she says. “The brain is a very plastic organ, and all of this can be changed with the right kind of training and better opportunities,” says Finn. “Just because we’re observing this in the brain, doesn’t mean it is set in stone.” Finn says some of the differences had probably never been observed before because of another kind of gap – an inherent bias in the income level of the populations researchers normally test. Most cognitive neural science is conducted on people who are from middle and upper- middle class backgrounds because it’s less expensive to study populations near the university than to reach out to lower-income communities, says Finn. While the study didn’t measure environmental factors, lower-income status is also related to such things as more chronic stress, Finn notes. “No matter the reason, it doesn’t change the fact that their working memory is qualitatively different.” - 30 - MEDIA CONTACTS: Amy Finn Department of Psychology University of Toronto finn@psych.utoronto.ca 416-978-3904 Larysa Woloszansky Media Relations Officer University of Toronto larysa.woloszansky@utoronto.ca 416-978-6974 Sean Bettam Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto s.bettam@utoronto.ca 416-946-7950

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December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – An international team of researchers has developed a website at d-place.org to help answer long-standing questions about the forces that shaped human cultural diversity. D-PLACE – the Database of Places, Language, Culture and Environment – is an expandable, open access database that brings together a dispersed body of information on the language, geography, culture and environment of more than 1,400 human societies. It comprises information mainly on pre-industrial societies that were described by ethnographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The team’s paper on D-PLACE is published today in the journal PLOS ONE. “Human cultural diversity is expressed in numerous ways: from the foods we eat and the houses we build, to our religious practices and political organisation, to who we marry and the types of games we teach our children,” said Kathryn Kirby, a postdoctoral fellow in the Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Geography at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study. “Cultural practices vary across space and time, but the factors and processes that drive cultural change and shape patterns of diversity remain largely unknown. “D-PLACE will enable a whole new generation of scholars to answer these long-standing questions about the forces that have shaped human cultural diversity.” Co-author Fiona Jordan, senior lecturer in anthropology at the University of Bristol and one of the project leads said, “Comparative research is critical for understanding the processes behind cultural diversity. Over a century of anthropological research around the globe has given us a rich resource for understanding the diversity of humanity – but bringing different resources and datasets together has been a huge challenge in the past. “We’ve drawn on the emerging big data sets from ecology, and combined these with cultural and linguistic data so researchers can visualise diversity at a glance, and download data to analyse in their own projects.” D-PLACE allows users to search by cultural practice (e.g., monogamy vs. polygamy), environmental variable (e.g. elevation, mean annual temperature), language family (e.g. Indo-European, Austronesian), or region (e.g. Siberia). The search results can be displayed on a map, a language tree or in a table, and can also be downloaded for further analysis. It aims to enable researchers to investigate the extent to which patterns in cultural diversity are shaped by different forces, including shared history, demographics, migration/diffusion, cultural innovations, and environmental and ecological conditions. D-PLACE was developed by an international team of scientists interested in cross-cultural research. It includes researchers from Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human history in Jena Germany, University of Auckland, Colorado State University, University of Toronto, University of Bristol, Yale, Human Relations Area Files, Washington University in Saint Louis, University of Michigan, American Museum of Natural History, and City University of New York. The diverse team included: linguists; anthropologists; biogeographers; data scientists; ethnobiologists; and evolutionary ecologists, who employ a variety of research methods including field-based primary data collection; compilation of cross-cultural data sources; and analyses of existing cross-cultural datasets. “The team’s diversity is reflected in D-PLACE, which is designed to appeal to a broad user base,” said Kirby. “Envisioned users range from members of the public world-wide interested in comparing their cultural practices with those of other groups, to cross-cultural researchers interested in pushing the boundaries of existing research into the drivers of cultural change.” - 30 – Note to media: The study “D-PLACE: A Global Database of Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Diversity” can be found at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158391. MEDIA CONTACTS: Contributing researchers Kathryn Kirby Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Geography University of Toronto kate.kirby@utoronto.ca Fiona Jordan Department of Anthropology, University of Bristol Fiona.Jordan@bristol.ac.uk +44 (0) 117 954 6078 Michael Gavin Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University Michael.Gavin@colostate.edu +1 970 491 2970 Russell Gray Director, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History gray@shh.mpg.de +49 3641 686 801 Associated public information officers Sean Bettam Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto s.bettam@utoronto.ca +1 416 946 7950 Simon Davies Press Officer, Public Relations Office Communications & Marketing University of Bristol simon.l.davies@bristol.ac.uk + 44 (0) 117 928 8086 Mary Guiden Communications Coordinator Colorado State University Mary.Guiden@colostate.edu +1 970 491 6892 Anne Beston Media Relations Adviser, Communications University of Auckland a.beston@auckland.ac.nz +64 9 923 3258  

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

Toronto, ON -- Studies have shown that immigrants to the U.S., Canada, and Australia tend to be healthier and live longer than non-immigrants in their host countries, once adjustments have been made for income and education. There has been a great deal of speculation as to why this “healthy migrant effect” exists. One hypothesis proposes that it is due to self-selection such that particularly healthy individuals are more likely to choose to move to a different country, while those who are in poor health may be less willing or able to do so. A study released today by the University of Toronto and U.K.’s Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL (LHA) found support for this hypothesis using data from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), a large nationally representative longitudinal study of British children born in early March 1946 who have been surveyed more than twenty times over their lifetime. The study, published online this week in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, compared the childhood circumstances of 984 future emigrants with 4378 non-emigrants. “The childhood health of future migrants was much better than those who did not move to other countries,” says Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson, Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair at University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Institute for Life Course and Aging. Researchers found that future emigrants in the NSHD were less likely to have been born with a low birth-weight or to have a serious illness before the age of 5 and they were taller at age 6 (which reflects childhood nutrition) than were the children who did not emigrate.  It appears that factors contributing to positive health selection in migrant populations begin as far back as childhood. “We also found that future emigrants had superior cognitive ability at age 8 in comparison to their counterparts who stayed in Britain,” said co-author Sarah Brennenstuhl of the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. “Higher cognitive ability has been shown in other studies to be associated with better health in adulthood and a lower likelihood of developing dementia in old age.” Future emigrants came from families with a higher socioeconomic position than those who remained permanently in the UK. “They were more likely to have fathers who were professionals, their mothers had a higher level of education, their housing quality at age 4 was better, their parents showed more interest in the children’s school progress, and their parents were more likely to own their own home when the child was 6 years old” said Professor Diana Kuh, a co-author and Director of LHA and NSHD. “Childhood socioeconomic position has been shown in the NSHD and many other studies to be highly associated with adult health.” “This study supports the healthy migrant hypothesis for migration between high-resource countries,” said Professor Kuh. A copy of the paper is available to journalists upon request. Please contact University of Toronto’s media relations officer, Dominic Ali at d.ali@utoronto.ca. -30- Media contact: Prof. Esme Fuller-Thomson Professor & Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work & Institute for Life Course & Aging University of Toronto Cell: 416-209-3231 esme.fuller.thomson@utoronto.ca Dominic Ali Media Relations Officer University of Toronto Tel: 416-978-6974 d.ali@utoronto.ca

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – Cost overruns and schedule delays on municipal infrastructure projects are predictable – and in some cases avoidable – according to new research released today by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. In a new IMFG Perspectives Paper, Cost Overruns on Infrastructure Projects: Patterns, Causes and Cures, Matti Siemiatycki shows the causes are not merely technical. Instead, he argues, “there are deep psychological and political economic factors that also contribute to the persistence of this phenomenon.” Siemiatycki recommends five remedies, based on international best practices.
  1. Use big data to monitor projects and report on cost overruns.
  2. Draw on past experience to award contracts to the best-performing firms.
  3. Invest in training programs for government staff.
  4. Use data from previous projects to create more precise cost estimates.
  5. Take advantage of public-private partnerships for the largest projects.
International evidence suggests, the bigger the project, the more likely it will miss deadlines and run over budget. Every year, unexpected overruns cost governments tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, and individual project managers are often blamed, missing opportunities to identify root causes and propose solutions. According to Siemiatycki, effective strategies are at governments’ fingertips. It remains to be seen whether the main stakeholders – politicians, city staff and firms – are willing to move beyond the status quo, and implement real change. The paper can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/1ZNkxJE About the Author Matti Siemiatycki is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research focus on infrastructure planning, financing, and project delivery. His recent studies explore the merits of delivering infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships, especially as they relate to value for money, risk transfer, and the meeting of public policy goals. About the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance is a research hub and think tank that focuses on the fiscal and governance challenges facing large cities and city-regions. It is located within the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. -30- For more information, please contact: Selena Zhang Manager, Programs and Research Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance University of Toronto selena.zhang@utoronto.ca Tel: 416-978-2168 www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/imfg

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – Close to 40% (38%) of formerly suicidal Canadians have reached a state of complete mental health, not only being free of symptoms of mental illness, suicidal thoughts or substance abuse in the preceding year, but also reporting almost daily happiness or life satisfaction, and social and psychological wellbeing according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto. The study will appear online this month in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. "We found that among formerly suicidal individuals, those who have someone they could confide in were seven times more likely to have complete mental health, after adjusting for potential confounders” says lead author Philip Baiden, a PhD Student at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. This finding is in keeping with the large body of research that has consistently demonstrated that individuals with greater social support and who have someone they can count on are less likely to suffer psychological distress and other mental illness. Other factors associated with achieving complete mental health among formerly suicidal respondents include being older, being a woman, having higher income and the use of spirituality to cope. Those with chronic pain, insomnia or a history of alcohol dependency were less likely to be in complete mental health. The researchers examined data from a representative sample of 2,884 formerly suicidal adults from Statistics Canada’s 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health. “Our findings provide a hopeful message for those in the depths of despair and their loved ones. Long-term recovery goals should be not limited to mere remission from suicidal thoughts. A large minority of suicidal individuals can achieve a high level of happiness and complete mental health. There is a promising light at the end of the tunnel” says co-author Esme Fuller-Thomson, Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair in Social Work and Interim Director of the Institute for Life Course and Aging. Photo of the researchers are available. -30- The work was supported in part by: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral Award through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada awarded to Mr. Baiden. Professor Fuller-Thomson also received assistance from the Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair in Social Work. For information or photos of the researchers, please contact: Philip Baiden Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto Tel: 416-831-7445 philip.baiden@mail.utoronto.ca Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson Professor & Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair Institute for Life Course & Aging Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto Tel: 416-209-3231 esme.fuller.thomson@utoronto.ca Dominic Ali Media Relations Officer University of Toronto Tel: 416-978-6974 d.ali@utoronto.ca

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – Two University of Toronto researchers played a key role in creating the final instalment of the award-winning “HIGHRISE” documentary series, released today by the National Film Board. From hours spent on Skype connecting with loved ones far away to building political movements using WhatsApp, the interactive online documentary “Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise” explores the mobile and Internet habits of apartment dwellers across the globe. U of T geography Professor Deborah Cowen and Faculty of Social Work senior research associate Emily Paradis worked with filmmaker Katerina Cizek to conceive of the overall project – and to research, collect and analyze data that informs this last instalment. The online stories take viewers into the hearts, minds and computers of apartment dwellers in 18 cities, including Guangzhou, China, the suburbs of Mumbai, New York’s public housing projects and Toronto’s Rexdale community. At U of T, Cowen studies the changes in Toronto’s inner suburbs. Paradis conducts research on issues of housing and homelessness, and is manager of Prof. David Hulchanski's Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership. Cizek first approached Cowen and Paradis to advise on the development of the project and help identify highrise stories from around the world. The U of T researchers have both done field research on the project in Toronto and Mumbai. Cowen also did research work in Singapore. “Most documentarians tend to ‘buy the rights to the book’ so they’ll do the film about a book or research that’s been written already,” Cizek said. “Our case is unique, as we’ve been doing parallel research and documentary making, informing, inspiring and influencing each other’s work all along the way.” For Cowen and Paradis, their research results – some of it funded with a partnership development grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – opened their eyes to how important digital technology has become in some of Toronto’s most impoverished communities. The researchers found that 80 per cent of households in the Rexdale apartment complex they studied – even though it was located in one of Toronto’s most precarious and low income communities – had Internet access either at home or through their mobile phone. “When you’re working in primarily diasporic communities where most people are tied to people, places around the world, the digital has assumed an importance that was quite stunning to us,” Cowen said. The documentary was shot on location in Accra, Ghana; Athens, Greece; Baku, Azerbaijan, Guangzhou, China; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Kampala, Uganda; Mexico City, Mexico; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; New York City, USA; Ottawa; Rome, Italy; San Cristobal, Venezuela; Seoul, South Korea; Singapore; Tokyo, Japan; Toronto; and Ramallah, West Bank. Universe Within and all of the HIGRISE projects are accessible via the NFB’s website at nfb.ca/highrise.

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON - Today at the opening of the National League of Cities (NLC) event, “Big Ideas for Cities”, the World Council on City Data (WCCD) President and University of Toronto Global Cities Institute Director, Dr. Patricia McCarney launched the WCCD Open Data Portal, the world’s first open, online platform for globally standardised, verified and comparable city data. The WCCD Data Portal is the exciting next step in the open data agenda, enabling cities to compare and benchmark their performance across 100 indicators in the ISO 37120 standard. The WCCD Open Data Portal, developed by U of T’s Global Cities Institute and the WCCD, and built by Canadian start-up Focus21 Inc., can be used by mayors, city managers, chief innovation officers, chief data officers, city planners, community groups, citizens, industry leaders and researchers and is positioned to become a global catalyst for innovation and sharing. Dr. McCarney said, “The launch of the WCCD Open Data Portal is the next step in leveraging the true power of globally comparable, standardized city data. The WCCD is extremely proud to be able to launch this ground-breaking tool at the "Big Ideas for Cities Event", highlighting how important the WCCD Open Data Portal can be for American cities, regardless of size. That we are launching in Los Angeles also allows us to officially welcome LA as a WCCD ISO 37120 platinum certified city, and as a WCCD Foundation City. To have [Los Angeles] Mayor Garcetti join our Global City Leaders Advisory Board to help guide the open city data agenda into the future demonstrates his tremendous commitment to data informed leadership in city building.” Los Angeles will be joining a group of “Foundation Cities” in the WCCD Open Data Portal including Boston, Toronto, London, Barcelona, Dubai, Buenos Aires and Shanghai, amongst others. Los Angeles achieved the highest-level Platinum WCCD certification for ISO 37120, the first international standard on city indicators for sustainable development. Under the leadership of Mayor Garcetti, Los Angeles has become a shining example of the importance of city data in planning for sustainability and inclusive prosperity, and harnessing open data for innovation. The WCCD is forging new partnerships with UNEP, UNISDR, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and several national governments that will bring some 100 new cities onto the WCCD Open Data Platform in the coming months, and see them certified as WCCD ISO 37120 cities at the upcoming Global Cities Summit in Dubai in 2016.

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Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON — A landmark study on gender equality among religious minorities in Canada sharply disputes the stereotype Muslim women are more repressed by men than other groups of immigrants. Sharia law, burqas, honour killings and overseas terrorism directed at girls and women grab headlines and shape public opinion, but workforce participation rates among immigrants suggests a trend toward high levels of equality for Muslim females living in Canada. The study is not only timely but unique because of its sheer scope and detail, said Jeff Reitz, the University of Toronto sociology professor who took the lead in a paper co-authored with Rupa Banerjee and Mai Phan, based on Canadian census data. “There is no other study in any country based on a data sample this size,” Reitz said. “Gender equity in Canada’s newly growing religious minorities” is published online in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies and due out in print this year. “Three million cases is a lot of people to have data from when you consider normal public opinion polls are 1,200 or 1,500 people.” Reitz said the study’s findings should dispel misperceptions about female subservience restricting Muslim women in Canada to roles in the home. While recent Muslim immigrants demonstrate more gender inequality than some groups, the data for others under far less public scrutiny such as Hindus and Sikhs are not much different. National culture in the country of origin makes a bigger difference than religion itself. For example, gender inequality is greater for Muslim immigrants from Pakistan than from the Middle East or Europe, regardless of individual strength of religious commitment. Similar patterns of difference by country of origin are found among Christian immigrants. “Most tellingly, second-generation Muslim women in Canada are just as active in the workforce as other groups,” said Reitz. Work force participation rates for women compared to men have long been viewed as a prime indication of the extent of gender equality in the Canadian population. It made sense to use the same measurement to examine attitudes about gender among immigrant populations, said Reitz. He had another motive as well. “Exhaustive data in a peer-viewed study is important for satisfying academics and other researchers, but the larger point is to reach the wider public and dispel some harmful myths. “The idea that Muslims hold values that make it difficult for them to integrate into Canadian society is misguided,” said Reitz. “It also suggests how international politics can affect our attitudes toward immigrants.” Reitz used data from the 2001 census and the 2002 Ethnic Diversity Survey because the 2006 census did not include a question about religion and the 2011 census was replaced by a household survey with a much lower response rate. The public version of the 2011 survey is not yet available. In that sense, the data from the 2001 census is the most recent available, said Reitz, and the trends suggest it likely would hold true even if newer stats were available.

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON - The higher your level of education, the greater your earnings and your sense of “personal mastery” or being in control of your fate, University of Toronto researchers say. But wait: there’s a downside. Professor Scott Schieman, Canada Research Chair in the Social Contexts of Health, and PhD student Atsushi Narisada investigated the adverse effects associated with attaining a high degree of mastery. Using the Canadian Work, Stress, and Health Study (CANWSH), a national sample of Canadian workers, the researchers measured proficiency, or mastery, by asking study participants how much they agree or disagree with statements such as: “You have little control over the things that happen to you” and “You often feel helpless in dealing with problems of life.” The study confirms that university graduates in Canada report the highest sense of mastery, mainly due to their above-average earnings and lower exposure to financial strain. However, these well-educated people are also more likely to encounter overwork, job pressure and work-to-family conflict. And, in turn, each of these stressors actually undermines mastery. “Were it not for the fact that highly educated individuals report more job demands and conflict between work and family roles they would have even higher levels of mastery,” says Schieman. “While education is extremely critical for mastery, higher educational attainment also appears to introduce stressors that can dampen the psychological benefits.” These patterns represent what Schieman has called “the stress of higher status” – a process in which stressors associated with higher status offset the rewards that often accompany it. “We also learned that workers who experience excessive on-the-job pressure feel less in control of their lives, primarily due to the conflict triggered between work and personal or family life,” says Schieman. “In fact, stress in the work-family interface poses the biggest threat to Canadians’ sense of mastery.” The study also found that workers who engage in more work-family multitasking feel a lower sense of mastery due to the conflict generated between the two roles.

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON - Over 4,000 students will graduate from the University of Toronto over the next week, and the university will also celebrate the remarkable accomplishments two honorary graduates: Jeanne Lamon and Sir John Bell. Jeanne Lamon C.M., O.Ont. has been praised by critics in Europe and North America for her virtuosity as a violinist and for her brilliant leadership as the Music Director of Tafelmusik. She recently stepped down as Music Director, ending a remarkable 33-year tenure at the helm of one of Canada’s most successful performing arts organizations. Under her direction, Tafelmusik has achieved international stature and is considered “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” according to Gramophone Magazine. CEREMONY: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 10:00AM Immunologist and geneticist Sir John Bell is Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, and Chairman of the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research. He served as President of the Academy of Medical Sciences from 2006 to 2011. His research interests are in the area of autoimmune disease and immunology where he has contributed to the understanding of immune activation in a range of autoimmune diseases. In 1993, he founded the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, one of the world’s leading centres for complex trait common disease genetics. CEREMONY: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 6:00PM

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON - Canada’s Indigenous people suffer from very high rates of disease, injury and malnutrition. The University of Toronto is tackling problems like these with the first conference to educate doctors, nurses and other providers on how to better care for this population. “It’s unacceptable to have a two-tiered system where indigenous people fall behind on every measure of health. It is a human rights issue,” said Prof. Anna Banerji, Director of Global and Indigenous Health at the Temerty Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development Office. “We’re going to take a frank look at the neglect of Indigenous people’s health. This is not just a conference – it’s a call to action.” Sponsored by Continuing Professional Development at the Temerty Temerty Faculty of Medicine, the inaugural Indigenous Health Conference: Challenging Health Inequities will take place November 20 to 21, 2014 at the University of Toronto Conference Centre. Attendees from across Canada will gather to hear from some of the nation’s most knowledgeable and dynamic speakers, including Justice Murray Sinclair, Michèle Audette, Dr. Evan Adams, Phil Fontaine, Dr. Michael Dan and Dr. Janet Smylie. Recognizing that social challenges are a major determinant of health, speakers will address issues such as missing, murdered and trafficked women, the continuing effects of Indigenous genocide and the high suicide rates among teenagers in Nunavut. Conference participants will look for solutions to inequality in cancer care, explore telemedicine for remote communities, discuss Indigenous medical traditions and educate health workers on culturally safe care. Other themes include children’s health, mental health, chronic and infectious disease, and self-determination. “I am thrilled to be participating in this inaugural event,” says Dr. Michael Dan, philanthropist and social entrepreneur, who has had a long history of working with First Nations people in Northern Ontario. “I applaud U of T’s commitment to Indigenous healthcare and to the organizers for developing a conference program by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people. The sheer wealth of information at this event will be unparalleled.” Visit www.cpd.utoronto.ca/indigenoushealth for an up-to-date speaker list and agenda. About the Organizers The University of Toronto’s Temerty Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development Office is a strategic partner in transforming healthcare in Ontario and beyond. Its mission is to improve the health of individuals and populations though the discovery, application and communication of knowledge. Dr. Anna Banerji is the Director of Global and Indigenous Health, Continuing Professional Development, University of Toronto.

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

Striking it rich is the American dream, a magnetic myth that has drawn millions to this nation. And yet, a countervailing message has always percolated through the culture: Money can’t buy happiness. Read more ...

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON — University of Toronto professor Kang Lee has been awarded a 2014 Ig Nobel Prize for a study that found that the phenomenon of "face pareidolia"--where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toast, shrouds, and clouds--is normal and based on physical causes. Lee was the lead author of the study "Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia”, published in the journal Cortex. The research was conducted with partner institutions in China. “Despite the humorous nature of this award, you never know what this research could lead to in the future,” says Lee. “For example, it could be used to make warning signs easier to understand or to test babies’ brain functioning." The Ig Nobel Prizes—produced by the science humor magazine "Annals of Improbable Research”— honour achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. They were awarded at Harvard University's historic Sanders Theatre tonight before 1100 spectators. The Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony has been held annually since 1991. The Ig Nobel Prizes were physically handed to the winners by five genuine Nobel laureates: Martin Chalfie  (chemistry, 2008), Carol Greider (physiology or medicine, 2009) Dudley Herschbach (chemistry, 1986), Eric Maskin (economics, 2007), Rich Roberts (physiology or medicine, 1993), and Frank Wilczek (physics, 2004). Professor Herschbach was also given away in the Win-a-Date-With-a-Nobel-Laureate Contest. Each new winner was permitted a maximum of 60 seconds to deliver an acceptance speech. The time limit was enforced by a cute-but-implacable eight-year-old girl. In his acceptance speech, Lee explained that the ‘Jesus in Toast’ research showed that human brains are completely normal if they see nonexistent faces in everyday objects, and not being able to do so may indicate the brain lacks the ingredients for a vivid imagination. "And I have some good news for those without a good imagination,” joked Lee. "You can buy a Jesus toaster on eBay for just $49.99." Marc Abrahams, master of ceremonies, and editor of the "Annals of Improbable Research", closed the ceremony with his traditional sign-off, "If you didn't win an Ig Nobel Prize tonight — and especially if you did — better luck next year.” Photos of Prof. Kang Lee: https://mediabank.utoronto.ca/?c=507&k=b02171cdce

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Related links: For more information, contact:  Kang Lee Ph.D. University Distinguished Professor Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto Cell: 647-606-6849 kang.lee@utoronto.ca Website: http://www.kangleelab.com Blog: http://blog.kangleelab.com Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Dominic Ali Media Relations University of Toronto Tel: 416-978-6974 Cell: 647-378-6425 d.ali@utoronto.ca media.relations@utoronto.ca

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – University of Toronto Professor Emeritus Ian Hacking is a winner of the 2014 Balzan prize, an $800,000 (US) award that recognizes scholars and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields. One of the foremost philosophers in the world, Hacking is known for his work in the philosophy of science, medicine and psychology; the logic and history of statistics; the history of philosophy and the philosophy of language. He has written 14 books and more than 300 papers and reviews on a wide range of subjects. Hacking was the only Canadian awarded a prize this year. “It’s quite unexpected,” said Hacking about the win. He noted that the International Balzan Prize Foundation stipulates that half the prize money be used for projects involving younger researchers. “I fully approve of that. Half of the money will be given to the philosophy graduate department to support younger researchers.” “On behalf of the University of Toronto, I congratulate Professor Hacking on winning this richly-deserved award,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “Ian Hacking is one of the great thinkers of our time. His scholarship is celebrated as both wide-ranging and profoundly insightful. We are immensely proud that he has called the University of Toronto home for so many years.” Prizes will be awarded by the president of Italy on Nov. 20. The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTON , ON – The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto is proud to announce that David Wolfe, Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab, and his team have been awarded $2.9 million from SSHRC (the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) over six years for the Creating digital opportunity: Canada’s ICT industry in global perspective project. With support provided by SSHRC, the University of Toronto and other partner universities, firms and organizations, the project commitment totals $5.1 million. Evolving digital technologies are critical to the global economy and to Canada's future economic growth and prosperity. The rapid pace of innovation, along with shifting global leadership in digital technology, are creating major challenges for Canada’s digital industries, but also new opportunities. Canada’s future competitiveness and prospects for economic growth are inextricably linked to our ability to seize the digital opportunity being created. Creating Digital Opportunity (CDO) is a research partnership designed to produce the knowledge required to assist Canada in moving toward global competitive advantage by increasing the knowledge base needed to form effective policies. The partnership, including over 20 investigators at 16 universities across Canada and 13 committed partner firms, cities and organizations, proposes to answer the question: how can Canada best respond to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing digital landscape, while benefiting from emerging opportunities to promote our economic prosperity? The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) made the announcement late this morning. The SHRC Partnership Grant program supports new research collaboration among private, public and not-for-profit sectors on issues that will advance our understanding of people and society. More on CDO: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ipl/ Minister’s Announcement: http://goo.gl/HZcXom

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON - Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Thirty-five per cent of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused before they turned 18. In contrast, seven per cent of those without dyslexia reported that they had experienced childhood physical abuse. “Even after accounting for age, race, sex and other early adversities such as parental addictions, childhood physical abuse was still associated with a six-fold increase in the odds of dyslexia” says co-author Esme Fuller-Thomson, professor and Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair at University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Investigators examined a representative sample of 13,054 adults aged 18 and over in the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey including 1,020 respondents who reported that they had been physically abused during their childhood and 77 who reported that they had been diagnosed by a health professional with dyslexia. The results were in a study published online this week in Journal of Interpersonal Violence. "Our data do not allow us to know the direction of the association. It is possible that for some children, the presence of dyslexia and related learning problems may place them at relatively higher risk for physical abuse, perhaps due to adult frustrations with chronic learning failure,” said study co-author, Stephen Hooper, professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Associate Dean and Chair of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. “Alternatively, given the known association between brain dysfunction and maltreatment, it could be that the experience of physical abuse may also contribute to and/or exacerbate such learning problems, secondary to increased neurologic burden.” Fuller-Thomson asserts "Although we do not know if the abuse-dyslexia association is causative, with one-third of adults with dyslexia reporting childhood abuse, it is important that primary health care providers and school-based practitioners working with children with dyslexia screen them for physical abuse.”

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For more information, contact: Prof. Esme Fuller-Thomson Professor & Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work & Department of Family & Community Medicine University of Toronto Cell: 416-209-3231 esme.fuller.thomson@utoronto.ca Stephen R. Hooper, Ph.D. Professor Associate Dean and Chair Department of Allied Health Sciences University of North Carolina School of Medicine Phone: 919-966-9040 Stephen_hooper@med.unc.edu Michael Kennedy Media Relations University of Toronto Office: 416-946-5025 m.kennedy@utoronto.ca

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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U of T in the News

Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON -- A moral story that praises a character's honesty is more effective at getting young children to tell the truth than a story that emphasizes the negative repercussions of lying, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that stories such as "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "Pinocchio" may not be effective cautionary tales when it comes to inspiring honest behavior in children. Stories have long been employed to instill moral and cultural values in young children, but there is little research exploring the effectiveness of such stories. "We should not take it for granted that classic moral stories will automatically promote moral behaviors," says lead author Kang Lee of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto. "As parents of young children, we wanted to know how effective the stories actually are in promoting honesty," adds study co-author and researcher Victoria Talwar of McGill University. "Is it 'in one ear, out the other,' or do children listen and take the messages to heart?" To find out, Lee, Talwar, and colleagues conducted an experiment with 268 children ages 3 to 7. Each child played a game that required guessing the identity of a toy based on the sound it made. In the middle of the game, the experimenter left the room for a minute to grab a book, instructing the child not to peek at a toy that was left on the table. For most children, this temptation was too hard to resist. When the experimenter returned, she read the child a story, either "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "Pinocchio," or "George Washington and the Cherry Tree." Afterward, the experimenter asked the child to tell the truth about whether he or she peeked at the toy. Contrary to the researchers' expectations, "Pinocchio" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" – which associate lying with negative consequences, such as public humiliation and even death – were no more effective at promoting honest behavior than a fable unrelated to honesty, in this case "The Tortoise and the Hare." Only the apocryphal tale about a young George Washington seemed to inspire the kids to admit to peeking: Children who heard the tale in which the future first president is praised for confessing his transgression were three times more likely to tell the truth than their peers who heard other stories. An additional experiment indicated that the positive focus of the George Washington story was responsible for kids' honest behavior. When the researchers changed the ending so that it took a negative turn, children who heard the story were no longer more likely to admit to peeking. Talwar believes that the original story about George Washington is effective because it demonstrates "the positive consequences of being honest by giving the message of what the desired behavior is, as well as demonstrating the behavior itself." "Our study shows that to promote moral behavior such as honesty, emphasizing the positive outcomes of honesty rather than the negative consequences of dishonesty is the key," adds Lee. "This may apply to other moral behaviors as well." Lee, Talwar, and colleagues caution that more research is necessary to determine whether moral stories influence kids' behavior long-term. Still, they have been quick to take advantage of the findings. Talwar reports a shift in her own parenting practices: "It really seems to work. I use this now with my child."
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In addition to Lee and Talwar, co-authors include Anjanie McCarthy and Ilana Ross of the University of Toronto, Angela Evans of Brock University, and Cindy Arruda of McGill University. This research was supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to K. Lee and V. Talwar. For more information about this study, please contact: Kang Lee at kang.lee@utoronto.ca. The article abstract is available online: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/06/11/0956797614536401.abstract The APS journal Psychological Science is the highest ranked empirical journal in psychology. For a copy of the article "Can Classic Moral Stories Promote Honesty in Children?" and access to other Psychological Science research findings, please contact Anna Mikulak at 202-293-9300 or amikulak@psychologicalscience.org.

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December 11, 2017

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation should revise its policy and allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip the one-year waiting period before their final driving tests - an exemption available to other newcomers in Ontario as well as refugees in other provinces, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. Under the current policy, the Government of Ontario is discriminating against refugees from Syria and other conflict zones by effectively…

December 6, 2017

Team of Rotman Evening MBA Students Advances to Regional Finals for the Hult Prize

Toronto, ON – A team of students from the Evening MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the UofT quarterfinal qualifying round to advance to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurs. Purifire, consisting of Daniel Weng, Andrea Lo, Nirusan Rajakulendran, and Michael Bosompra, all from the Rotman MBA Class of 2020, will advance to the regional finals to be held in March 2018. The goal…

November 21, 2017

New Financial Innovation Hub Established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new partnership has been launched at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to promote and develop initiatives for students and faculty in the area of financial innovation across all of the school’s programs. The Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics (Rotman FinHub) will create new classes and learning opportunities for students in financial innovation including machine learning and blockchain in the school’s MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs…

November 20, 2017

Rotman MBAS Win International Private Equity Competition

Toronto, ON – For the second week in a row a team of Full Time MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a prestigious international competition. On Saturday, the Rotman students won the Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition in Amsterdam defeating teams from INSEAD, IESE and Georgetown University in the final round. This year, the case involved candidates in a live transaction, centered around a 91-year old Dutch retailer, HEMA, where the private…

November 17, 2017

U of T celebrates the opening of One Spadina Crescent

Toronto, ON – Today, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design celebrated the official opening of its new home — the Daniels Building — at historic One Spadina Crescent. Located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street, the iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition, currently nearing completion, is now poised to become an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the…

November 14, 2017

Rotman School Professor and Former Dean Named as Most Influential Management Thinker in the World

Toronto, ON – A professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was named as the number one management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2012, received the honour during an awards gala in London, UK last night. A second Rotman faculty member, Prof. Richard Florida placed 19th on the list of the top fifty…

November 13, 2017

Rotman MBA Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Toronto, ON – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won the Kellogg Business Design Challenge hosted by the Kellogg School of Management’s Innovation and Design Association. The long-running competition, which invites students to apply design thinking to a real-world business challenge, was opened up to teams outside the Kellogg School for the first time this year. The Rotman team, Lorem Ipsum, consisting of Full Time MBA students Amarpreet Kaur, MBA’19; Fifile Nguyen, MBA’19,…

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U of T in the News

Toronto Life | January 5, 2017

I had to decide whether to take my academic career to Canada. Donald Trump made it an easy choice

Jerry Flores of UTM discusses what influenced his decision to come to U of T. Read more. 

New York Times | January 4, 2017

The strange origin of a manakin’s golden crown

Alfredo Barrera-Guzmán and Jason Weir of UTSC explain how certain birds diversified into several distinct species. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2017

The school of hard Knox: A neglected Toronto architectural centrepiece gets its due

Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, discusses his aspirations for One Spadina. Read more.