Toronto, ON – Handwipes aren't just for germs anymore.  Their uses may extend to more flexible thinking and reorienting one's priorities. A pair of researchers at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management has found the physicality of cleaning one's hands acts to shift goal pursuit, making prior goals less important and subsequent goals more important. The researchers' four experiments each began by bringing participants' attention to particular goals through word games or a short survey, a process called "priming." The participants were then asked to either merely evaluate or actually use a handwipe. Those who were asked to use the wipe became less likely to think of the previously primed goal, less likely to make behavioral choices consistent with it, and less likely to find it important. Furthermore, their focus was more easily reoriented towards a subsequently primed goal. "For people who were primed with a health goal, for example, using the handwipe reduced their subsequent tendency to behave in a healthy manner -- they were more likely to choose a chocolate bar over a granola bar," says Ping Dong, a PhD student in marketing who conducted the research with Spike W. S. Lee, an assistant professor of marketing. Previous work has already shown that physical cleansing reduces the impact of previous psychological experiences, such as guilt arising from immoral behaviour.  The current research unpacks the underlying mental process: cleansing embodies a psychological procedure of separation. Wiping away dirt serves as a physical proxy for mentally separating ideas that linger from previous experience, hence preparing a "clean slate" for focusing on new ones. This research examined cleansing’s short-term rather than long-term impact on goal pursuit, points out Ms. Dong, who will join the faculty at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management later this year. While it may be premature to suggest that people intent on achieving goals should significantly alter their personal hygiene routines, the findings do suggest that when it comes to finding practical tricks for redirecting one's thinking away from old fruitless pursuits towards new and better ones, an antiseptic wipe may come in handy. The study was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. For the latest thinking on business, management and economics from the Rotman School of Management, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/Research/NewThinking. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca -30- For more information: Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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Toronto, ON – Starting Tuesday, June 6 the next generation of leaders will graduate from Canada’s top university. This year, U of T will host 27 different ceremonies (two more than in 2016) over 13 days for almost 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the university’s three campuses in downtown Toronto, Scarborough and Mississauga. They will be joined by 15 honorary degree recipients who have made notable achievements in their fields. Among them: celebrated Inuk singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark; media personalities  André Picard and Peter Mansbridge, who retires as anchor of The National on July 1; renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky; and Margaret O. MacMillan, a globally recognized historian and professor at Oxford University. “We are incredibly proud of the Class of 2017,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “Congratulations to all of our graduates on their accomplishments, and to their families who supported them on their journey to this milestone. U of T wishes our grads all the best as they enjoy their moment  during #UofTGrad17. Quick facts on U of T spring convocation 2017:
  • First in Canada: the Black Graduation Celebration on June 22
  • The first “My Campus Snapchat Story” posted for U of T and among the first ever posted in Canada
  • First graduating classes of Rotman’s Master of Financial Risk Management program and the Munk One program at the Munk School of Global Affairs
  • 1 Rhodes scholar: Stephanie Gaglione is a chemical engineering major
  • 8 marshals dressed in scarlet gowns to help students line up properly for ceremony
  • 12 weeks spent preparing the 13,975 parchments (diplomas) for the Class of 2017, from labelling and stuffing envelopes to triple-checking names and degrees are correct
  • 15 honorary degree recipients: André Picard (June 6); B. Rosemary Grant & Peter Grant (June 7); Professor Arthur McDonald (June 8); Larry Phillip (Phil) Fontaine (June 9); Susan Aglukark and Professor Robert A. Hill (June 12); Catherine Lacavera and Reeta Roy (June 13); Sir George Alleyne (June 14); Amal Basha (June 15); John M. Cassaday and Edward Burtynsky (June 20); Margaret O. MacMillan and Peter Mansbridge (June 21). As part of the fall convocation, Murray Sinclair will also receive an honorary degree
  • 27 individual ceremonies held over 13 days
  • 60+ age range between oldest graduate − who is 78 years old − and the youngest − who is 18 − at spring convocation
  • 41 trained volunteer readers reading out the names of more than 11,400 attending graduates
  • 75+  different types of hoods, symbolizing different degrees worn by graduates and academic officials
  • 365 doctoral degrees awarded at spring convocation
  • 858 professional degrees, such as pharmacists, medical doctors, lawyers and dentists
  • 2,888 master’s degrees awarded at spring convocation
  • 9,824 bachelor’s degrees awarded at spring convocation
  • 13,975 expected graduates, with more than 11,400 people in attendance
  • 14,000+ rental academic gowns worn by students, faculty and staff
  • 31,593 guest tickets
  • 500,000-plus U of T alumni worldwide
Fall convocation for the Class of 2017 will be held from Nov. 6-10.
WHAT: University of Toronto Convocation - The Country’s Biggest Graduation
WHO: 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from U of T’s three campuses in downtown Toronto, Scarborough and Mississauga
WHEN:   27 ceremonies running from June 6 to June 22, 2017
WHERE:         Convocation Hall 31 King’s College Circle
Contact: Larysa Woloszansky Media Relations, University of Toronto Mobile: (416) 371-1575 Email: larysa.woloszansky@utoronto.ca or media.relations@utoronto.ca For more information: U of T’s Convocation Hub https://www.utoronto.ca/convocation Full schedule of ceremonies http://www.convocation.utoronto.ca/events

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Toronto, ON – Paleontologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have uncovered a new fossil species that sheds light on the origin of mandibulates, the most abundant and diverse group of organisms on Earth, to which belong familiar animals such as flies, ants, crayfish and centipedes. The finding was announced in a study published today in Nature. The creature, named Tokummia katalepsis by the researchers, is a new and exceptionally well-preserved fossilized arthropod – a ubiquitous group of invertebrate animals with segmented limbs and hardened exoskeletons. Tokummia documents for the first time in detail the anatomy of early “mandibulates”, a hyperdiverse sub-group of arthropods which possess a pair of specialized appendages known as mandibles, used to grasp, crush and cut their food. Mandibulates include millions of species and represent one of the greatest evolutionary and ecological success stories of life on Earth. “In spite of their colossal diversity today, the origin of mandibulates had largely remained a mystery,” said Cédric Aria, lead author of the study and recent graduate of the PhD program in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at U of T, now working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Nanjing Institute for Geology and Palaeontology, in China. “Before now we’ve had only sparse hints at what the first arthropods with mandibles could have looked like, and no idea of what could have been the other key characteristics that triggered the unrivalled diversification of that group.” Tokummia lived in a tropical sea teeming with life and was among the largest Cambrian predators, exceeding 10 cm in length fully extended. An occasional swimmer, the researchers conclude its robust anterior legs made it a preferred bottom-dweller, as lobsters or mantis shrimps today. Specimens come from 508 million-year-old sedimentary rocks near Marble Canyon in Kootenay national park, British Columbia. Most specimens at the basis of this study were collected during extensive ROM-led fieldwork activities in 2014. “This spectacular new predator, one of the largest and best preserved soft-bodied arthropods from Marble Canyon, joins the ranks of many unusual marine creatures that lived during the Cambrian Explosion, a period of rapid evolutionary change starting about half a billion years ago when most major animal groups first emerged in the fossil record,” said co-author Jean-Bernard Caron, senior curator of invertebrate paleontology at the ROM and an associate professor in the Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth Sciences at U of T. Analysis of several fossil specimens, following careful mechanical preparation and photographic work at the ROM, showed that Tokummia sported broad serrated mandibles as well as large but specialized anterior claws, called maxillipeds, which are typical features of modern mandibulates. “The pincers of Tokummia are large, yet also delicate and complex, reminding us of the shape of a can opener, with their couple of terminal teeth on one claw, and the other claw being curved towards them,” said Aria. “But we think they might have been too fragile to be handling shelly animals, and might have been better adapted to the capture of sizable soft prey items, perhaps hiding away in mud. Once torn apart by the spiny limb bases under the trunk, the mandibles would have served as a revolutionary tool to cut the flesh into small, easily digestible pieces.” The body of Tokummia is made of more than 50 small segments covered by a broad two-piece shell-like structure called a bivalved carapace. Importantly, the animal bears subdivided limb bases with tiny projections called endites, which can be found in the larvae of certain crustaceans and are now thought to have been critical innovations for the evolution of the various legs of mandibulates, and even for the mandibles themselves. The many-segmented body is otherwise reminiscent of myriapods, a group that includes centipedes, millipedes, and their relatives. “Tokummia also lacks the typical second antenna found in crustaceans, which illustrates a very surprising convergence with such terrestrial mandibulates,” said Aria. The study also resolves the affinities of other emblematic fossils from Canada’s Burgess Shale more than a hundred years after their discovery. “Our study suggests that a number of other Burgess Shale fossils such as Branchiocaris, Canadaspis and Odaraia form with Tokummia a group of crustacean-like arthropods that we can now place at the base of all mandibulates,” said Aria. The animal was named after Tokumm Creek, which flows through Marble Canyon in northern Kootenay National Park, and the Greek for “seizing”. The Marble Canyon fossil deposit was first discovered in 2012 during prospection work led by the Royal Ontario Museum and is part of the Burgess Shale fossil deposit, which extends to the north into Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. All specimens are held in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum on behalf of Parks Canada. The Burgess Shale fossil sites are located within Yoho and Kootenay national parks in British Columbia. The Burgess Shale was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Parks Canada is proud to protect these globally significant palaeontological sites, and to work with leading scientific researchers to expand knowledge and understanding of this key period of earth history. New information from ongoing scientific research is continually incorporated into Parks Canada's Burgess Shale education and interpretation programs, which include guided hikes to these outstanding fossil sites. The findings are described in the paper “'Burgess Shale fossils illustrate the origin of the mandibulate body plan”. Funding for the research was provided primarily by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant (#341944) to Caron, and Royal Ontario Museum fieldwork grants. – 30 – Notes to media: 1) The paper will appear online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature22080 after the embargo lifts. MEDIA CONTACTS: Cédric Aria (bilingual – English-French) Post-doctoral researcher Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology cedric.aria@protonmail.com +86 153 7100 2536 (mobile) (GMT +8) Skype ID: c.aria Alternate contact: Fangchen Zhao  +86 137 7053 0436 (mobile), +86 25 8328 2176 (desk) (GMT +8) Jean-Bernard Caron (bilingual – English-French) Senior Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology, Royal Ontario Museum and Associate Professor, Departments of Earth Sciences and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Toronto jcaron@rom.on.ca (preferred mode of communication) 416 586 5593 (desk) Sean BettamCommunications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto 416 946 7950 (desk) s.bettam@utoronto.ca David McKay Communications Coordinator Royal Ontario Museum 416 586 5559 (desk) davidm@rom.on.ca Tania Peters Public Relations and Communications Officer Parks Canada +1 250 343 2005 Tania.Peters@pc.gc.ca

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Toronto, ON – OPEN IMPACT, an online resource to help investors find financial investment products that make money – and make the world a better place – launched today at www.openimpact.ca. Impact investing is a fast-growing approach to investing that seeks financial returns as well as measurable social and/or environmental impact. According to a JP Morgan/Global Impact Investment Network study, the global market for impact investments surpassed US$60 billion in 2015 and may grow to US$2 trillion by 2025. In Canada there is already C$9 billion in impact investment, with increasing demand from millennial investors who are more than twice as likely as baby boomers to show interest (Responsible Investment Association 2016), Despite this rapid growth, many investors and their advisors have a tough time finding products. “We believe the future of investing will be shaped by a generation that seeks to align their values with everything they do. The old model would have said – keep this information proprietary  – but now more than ever we must lead by example if we expect to engage investors and markets in resolving our most pressing social and environmental challenges,” says Norm Tasevski, co-founder of Purpose Capital. “A common challenge to those interested in impact investing is finding products. To help them, to help the market grow, and to better understand this market as it evolves, we worked with Purpose Capital to create OPEN IMPACT,” adds Rod Lohin, Executive Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. OPEN IMPACT is a free public resource that includes a searchable inventory of Canadian impact investing products or funds. It launches with information on more than 150 products across all asset classes (equity, debt, fixed income and more), including 50+ crowd-sourced profiles with additional detail. These products aim to achieve a financial return as well as create tangible social or environmental benefits, such as improving access to education, affordable housing, or biodiversity conservation. Most of the 50+ funds profiled in greater detail were launched in the last 10 years, but a pioneering fund at Desjardins launched in 1971. Fifteen now have more than C$50 million each in assets under management, including Renewal Partner’s Renewal3 Limited Partnership. Eight funds report financial return targets in excess of 12%, such as Greensoil Building Innovation Fund. Five, such as the Access Community Capital Fund, can be accessed by individual investors for as little as $250.  More details about other funds will be added over time. OPEN IMPACT is a public good research partnership between Purpose Capital Inc. (a Canadian impact investment advisory firm), and the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (a research centre focusing on the role of business in society). Purpose Capital is an impact investment advisory firm that mobilizes all forms of capital – financial, physical, human and social — to accelerate social progress. More about Purpose Capital can be found at http://purposecap.com/. The Rotman School’s Michael Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship helps business leaders integrate sustainability into strategy and practices by developing and disseminating research, tools and curricula. To find out more, visit http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/ResearchCentres/LeeChinInstitute. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca. -30- Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, published a report today that reveals how discussions about a nationwide government crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in China are censored on WeChat and Weibo, two of the leading social networks in China. The crackdown is dubbed “709 Crackdown” as the first enforced disappearances of targeted individuals took place on July 9, 2015, and has since affected over 250 Chinese rights lawyers, law firm staff, activists and their relatives. The researchers tested words from news articles from popular news websites and discovered 44 keywords related to the 709 Crackdown were blocked on WeChat. These keywords were also found filtered on the search function of Weibo. The majority of these keywords include references to the names of individuals targeted by the crackdown. “WeChat blocks certain combinations of keywords related to sensitive topics such as the ‘709 Crackdown.’  When a message contains the words of a blacklisted keyword combination, it is silently filtered.  Neither the sender nor the intended recipient receive a notification that the message was censored.” – Jeffrey Knockel, Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto With 806 million monthly active users, WeChat is the dominant chat application in China and fourth largest in the world. Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, has reached 313 million monthly active users, almost equal to that of Twitter. Both applications thrive on their huge user base in China and concerned citizens have taken to these popular platforms to advocate for individuals affected by the crackdown. But both platforms must also follow strict content regulations in China. On WeChat, censorship related to the 709 Crackdown is enabled specifically on users with accounts registered to mainland China phone numbers, a consistent pattern Citizen Lab has found in past research. “These findings highlight the challenges and potential hindrances faced by individuals, NGOs, and the international community in conducting advocacy work related to the ‘709 Crackdown’ as well as many other politically-sensitive cases in China. While there is tremendous global effort to help Chinese rights defenders, many of these messages fail to reach domestic audiences in China due to information control practices on Chinese social media platforms.” – Lotus Ruan, Research Fellow, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto In addition to keyword filtering, the researchers found evidence of image filtering related to the 709 Crackdown on WeChat, the first documentation of its kind on the app. The researchers documented image filtering on WeChat Moments, a WeChat feature that resembles Facebook’s Timeline where users can share text or image updates with their friends. The greater attention to Moments is possibly due to concerns about posts being spread to larger audiences and leading to mobilization. Similar to keyword filtering, censorship of images is only enabled for China accounts. The filtering is also not transparent. “Our report serves as a reminder that for a large portion of the world, social media act as gatekeepers of what they can read, speak, and see. When they operate in a repressive environment like China, social media can end up surreptitiously preventing important political topics from being discussed.  Our finding that WeChat is also systematically censoring images as well as text opens up the daunting prospect of multi-media censorship and surveillance on social media.” – Ron Deibert, Director, the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto The Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, has extensive experience uncovering Internet censorship practices through network measurement and reverse engineering techniques. Previous work has investigated censorship on WeChat Public Accounts, Sina Weibo, chat apps, video sharing sites and live streaming platforms used in China. -30- For media inquiries, contact: Dena Allen Public Affairs & Engagement Munk School of Global Affairs University of Toronto Telephone: 416-946-0123 Mobile: 416-795-3902 dena.allen@utoronto.ca Guide on Citing in Media Title: We (can’t) Chat: “709 Crackdown” Discussions Blocked on Weibo and WeChat Published By: The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Publication Date: April 13, 2017 Report URL: https://citizenlab.org/2017/04/we-cant-chat-709-crackdown-discussions-blocked-on-weibo-and-wechat/  

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto has announced the recipients of their 2017 awards, which will be presented at a gala ceremony at Hart House in Toronto on April 26. “This year’s Bonham Centre Awards recipients have been chosen to highlight the history and leading contributions of Indigenous people in recognizing sexual and gender diversity. As Canada prepares to celebrate 150 years since confederation we thought it crucial to focus on Indigenous communities that predate European settlement,” said Brenda Cossman, Director of the Bonham Centre at University College and a Professor in the Faculty of Law. “We are honoured this year to recognize Lee Maracle, Kent Monkman, Candy Palmater, and Teddy Syrette, who have fought to include Indigenous worldviews in conversations of gender and sexuality.” Lee Maracle is an award-winning author and teacher of the Sto:Loh nation who has been an important ally for two spirited people at the University of Toronto and well beyond. Kent Monkman is a leading Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of media, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. His recent exhibition, “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience,” has drawn rave reviews and brought attention to Indigenous perspectives on colonial Canadian history. Candy Palmater is a queer Mi’kmaw activist, actor, writer, international speaker, and award-winning TV and radio personality. Teddy Syrette, an outspoken Indigenous, Queer, First Nation person of Batchewana First Nation of the Ojibway peoples whose work includes advocacy, community building, and the arts. The Bonham Centre is proud to partner with RBC as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 Bonham Centre Awards Gala. The Bonham Centre Awards are given annually in recognition of significant contribution to the public understanding of sexual diversity. More information about the Awards and the gala is available at http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/bcag2017. The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies offers an undergraduate program, a collaborative graduate program, hosts academic and community events, and promotes research into sexuality. It is a hub for forging connections among faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and community members interested in questions about how we understand sexual diversity and sexual practices. - 30 - Media Contact: Alex Wells Program Assistant 416-978-6276 Alex.Wells@utoronto.ca

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – A finance professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management received the Governor’s Award from the Bank of Canada. Mikhail (Mike) Simutin, an assistant professor of finance, will receive the award for 2017. The award recognizes outstanding academics at a relatively early stage in their careers, who are working at Canadian universities in areas of research important to the Bank’s core functions. The award provides annual funding of $25,000 for a term of up to two years. Last year it was presented to Liyan Yang, an associate professor of finance, at the Rotman School. In his research, Prof. Simutin primarily focuses on studying institutional money management and understanding risks that affect asset prices. His current work extends to the area of corporate finance, where he is studying gender pay gap in a corporate setting. Specifically, he is using a novel data to understand the impact of CEO's exposure to gender imbalance in his/her formative years. Prof. Simutin's research has been published in leading finance journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He has been the recipient of several grants and awards. His recent research was honoured with a 2016 Best Paper Award by the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. Earlier in the week, he was named one of the 40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors Under 40 by the business school news site Poets&Quants. Each of the last three years, Prof. Simutin was voted MBA Core Instructor of the Year by the Rotman School’s graduating class. His research has been presented at numerous academic conferences, and he has been frequently invited to speak to private sector financial firms. Prof. Simutin holds a PhD in finance from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington in 2004, with a BA in business administration and a concentration in finance and accounting. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca. -30- Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – At the Japan-Canada Summit Meeting in May 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that Japan wished to support Japanese studies at Canadian universities in order to promote mutual understanding between the two countries. Today, based upon this commitment, the Government of Japan is conferring US$5 million on the University of Toronto to establish an endowed chair in Japanese politics and global affairs, and to launch a Centre for the Study of Global Japan. The University of Toronto is the first Canadian university to receive such support from the Government of Japan. The Consul General of Japan in Toronto, Mr. Yasunori Nakayama, says, “At a time when we are experiencing significant changes and instability on the global stage, Japan and Canada, as members of G7 countries that share common values, have a responsibility to make contributions to the world community that ensure peace and prosperity. We also share common challenges such as terrorism, global warming and our aging populations. It is therefore imperative that our academic institutions are able to conduct extensive research that enables us to properly understand each other. The University of Toronto is one of the oldest, biggest and most influential universities in Canada. I am delighted that an institution as prestigious as the University of Toronto now has the means to significantly broaden its study of contemporary Japan with a global perspective.” “The University of Toronto has a keen, long-standing interest in Japan, because of its importance on the world stage and the strong political, economic and cultural ties between our two countries,” says U of T President Meric Gertler. “We are deeply honoured, therefore, to have been selected by the Government of Japan for this landmark endowment, which will extend and amplify our impact in the study of Japan as a major global power.” The University of Toronto is home to Canada’s first Department of East Asian Studies and has substantial expertise in the field. The gift will enable the University to recruit a top expert in the politics, diplomacy, security and global affairs of Japan. The chairholder will be cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the Faculty of Arts & Science. In the interim, Professor David Welch will be appointed the inaugural visiting chair. Welch, a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Professor Louis Pauly, chair of the Department of Political Science, says, “The endowed chair will secure the permanent presence here of a scholar who studies the political dimensions of Japan’s vital contributions to regional and global order.” The chair will also lead the Centre for the Study of Global Japan. The Centre, which will be housed at the Munk School of Global Affairs, will expand teaching, research and public outreach by bringing together scholars of Japan from across the university and beyond, as well as practitioners and others interested in the country and the region. It will organize a permanent lecture and seminar series, anchored by an annual lecture by an eminent analyst of Japanese politics and diplomacy. “The Centre will open up more bilateral opportunities to build strong relationships and lifelong interests in Japanese politics and global affairs,” says Professor Stephen Toope, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. “This partnership will ensure that the University is able to promote and disseminate knowledge of contemporary Japan to the next generation of leaders, especially important during this time of dramatic change.” - 30 - MEDIA CONTACTS Professor Louis Pauly Chair, Department of Political Science University of Toronto louis.pauly@utoronto.ca 416-978-6385 Professor Stephen Toope Director, Munk School of Global Affairs University of Toronto stephen.toope@utoronto.ca 416-946-8450 Diana Kuprel Director, Advancement Communications Faculty of Arts & Science d.kuprel@utoronto.ca 416-946-3118 Rui Umezawa Chief Advisor to the Consul General Consulate General of Japan rui.umezawa@to.mofa.go.jp 416-306-1850

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – An innovative collaboration between government, industry, and academia aims to accelerate the development of cancer treatments in Canada. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Toronto-based Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB) have put in place over $1M in collaborative agreements over the past year to produce and test therapeutic antibodies discovered at the University of Toronto (U of T). Cancer treatment is evolving rapidly toward more effective molecules, including single-domain and bi-specific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, and immunotherapy. These medicines, also called biologics, are able to specifically target cancer cells and in some cases, recruit the body’s immune system to help destroy them. CCAB is a business development and commercialization engine whose mission is to translate UofT’s large portfolio of early stage biologics into high-value assets and products. To this purpose, CCAB has partnered with NRC to biomanufacture and test hundreds of antibodies. The collaboration continues to grow and now leverages NRC’s three programs in Human Health Therapeutics:
  • Biologics and Biomanufacturing: producing biologics, testing their ability to fight solid tumours, and determining their biomanufacturability;
  • Therapeutics Beyond Brain Barriers: determining if specific antibodies are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, target and fight brain cancer;
  • Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics: determining if specific antibodies are able to modulate the immune system so that it finds and destroys cancer cells.
The goal of the collaboration is to identify the most promising antibodies, and increase their value by generating data that effectively de-risks each asset. CCAB’s objective is to then licence lead antibody candidates to seed newly formed Canadian biotechnology companies.  These new Canadian start-ups will, in turn, advance these molecules toward clinical trials in patients.  With several biotechnology companies already participating and benefitting from these programs, the collaboration between CCAB and NRC is clearly set to catalyze the country’s biotech sector and generate promising new cancer treatments for Canadians. Quotes “Harnessing the inventive power of our top Canadian scientists and translating discoveries into products that benefit Canadians is a priority for the CCAB.  We are excited about our collaboration with the NRC and the commercial value it creates for the Canadian biotechnology industry.” Ivan Waissbluth, Director of Business Development, Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics “It is very gratifying to deploy NRC’s biologics expertise, which is over 20 years in the making, to projects that may revolutionize the treatment of cancer. We are thrilled to be working with the Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics on accelerating the development of innovative medicines, to improve health outcomes for Canadians.” Roman Szumski, Vice-president of Life Sciences, NRC “The University of Toronto is proud to see the impact that CCAB is having in driving antibody development in Canada. Bridging the strengths of our discovery platform, the Toronto Recombinant Antibody Centre (TRAC), to the established capabilities at the NRC is a key factor in advancing therapeutics.  Today’s announcement shows promise of a growing partnership and U of T is looking forward to seeing the successes that arise from it.” Vivek Goel, Vice-President Research and Innovation, University of Toronto Additional Links http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/rd/hht/index.html http://ccabcanada.com/license-assets-start-companies/ http://trac.utoronto.ca/ -30- Media Relations Team National Research Council of Canada 613-991-1431 1-855-282-1637 (24/7) media@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca Twitter: @nrc_cnrc Christine Misquitta Vice President - Administration and Communications Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics 647-715-2305 christine.misquitta@ccabcanada.com Twitter: @CCABcan and @TRACantibodies Media Relations University of Toronto 416-978-0100 media.relations@utoronto.ca

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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New York Times | July 26, 2017

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Toronto, ON – Seven faculty members at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have received awards for achievements in research and teaching. Four faculty members were awarded with the 2016 Roger Martin Awards for Excellence in Research and Teaching. Established by Prof. Roger Martin, a former Dean of the Rotman School, the awards are presented annually to faculty members who have achieved distinction for their teaching or research activities. The co-winners of the Roger Martin Excellence in Research Award are Prof. Joshua Gans and Prof. Peter Christoffersen. The co-winners of the Roger Martin Excellence in Teaching Award are Prof. Mikhail Simutin and Prof.  Avi Goldfarb. Two faculty members have also received the newly established Outstanding Research Impact Award which recognizes research and intellectual activities which have a significant impact on external non-academic audiences including the business and public policy communities both locally and internationally. The co-winners for 2016/17 are Prof. Nina Mažar and Prof. Dilip Soman. Prof. Ajay Agrawal is the winner of the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award which recognizes and encourages research and research-related service that contribute to the development of a robust and dynamic research environment within and beyond the Rotman community. Joshua Gans is a professor of strategic management and holder of the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School (with a cross appointment in the Department of Economics). Since 2013, he has also been Area Coordinator of Strategic Management. He is also Chief Economist of the Rotman School’s Creative Destruction Lab. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an honors degree in economics from the University of Queensland. His research is primarily focused on understanding the economic drivers of innovation and scientific progress, and has core interests in digital strategy and antitrust policy. His recent book, The Disruption Dilemma, published by The MIT Press in 2016, explained why some companies have successfully managed disruption and why some have not. Peter Christoffersen is a professor of finance at the Rotman School and holds the TSX Chair in Capital Markets. He is also a fellow at the Bank of Canada. His main research interests are in volatility modeling for option valuation as well as in developing back testing procedures for risk management systems. He is the author of the Elements of Financial Risk Management, Second Edition (Academic Press, December 2011). He has won research awards from the Q-Group, KPMG, the Montreal Exchange, and STOXX. He has given invited lectures at the Bank of America, the Bank of Canada, the European Central Bank, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and the International Monetary Fund among others. Since 2012, he has also been a member of the Model Validation Council at the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. His PhD is from the University of Pennsylvania. Mikhail Simutin is an assistant professor of finance at the Rotman School. Since 2012 he has taught a finance course in the first year of the Rotman MBA program regularly receiving high marks from his students in their course evaluations. His research interests include empirical asset pricing, mutual funds, and risk and performance measurement. His work has appeared in Journal of Financial Economics and Financial Management. His PhD is from the University of British Columbia. Avi Goldfarb is the Ellison Professor of Marketing at the Rotman School. He teaches courses on data, marketing, and digitization in several of the Rotman School’s programs. His research focuses on understanding the opportunities and challenges of the digital economy and he has published over 60 academic articles in a wide range of journals.  He is Chief Data Scientist of the Creative Destruction Lab, Senior Editor at Marketing Science, a fellow at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman research group, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University. Nina Mažar is an associate professor of marketing. Dilip Soman is a professor of marketing and holds the Corus Chair in Communications Strategy at the Rotman School. Profs. Mazar and Soman are co-directors of the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) which is a research cluster that partners with non-profit organizations, companies, and governmental agencies to use research findings to solve social problems such as financial literacy, obesity, and fraud. BEAR, and its partners, combine decades of research in decision-making with empirically-tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. Prof. Soman’s research is in the area of behavioural economics and its applications to consumer wellbeing, marketing and policy. He works with ideas42 and serves as advisor to a number of welfare organizations. In 2016, he was appointed to the Privy Council Office in the Canadian Federal Government as a Senior Policy Advisor in its Innovation Hub in Ottawa. His PhD is from the University of Toronto. Prof. Mažar is a Fellow of the Science Leadership Program in Canada and was named one of “The 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 In The World” by Poets&Quants in 2014. With her focus on behavioural economics, she investigates consumer behaviour, how it deviates from standard economic assumptions, and its implications for policy. She serves as advisor to a number of organizations around the world. In 2015, Nina was appointed to the World Bank as the Senior Behavioural Scientist of its new Global INsights Initiative (GINI) in Washington, DC. She holds a Dr. rer. pol. (Ph.D. equivalent) from Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany. Ajay Agrawal is the Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School and the Founder and Academic Director of the School’s Creative Destruction Lab. The CDL leverages the Rotman School's leading faculty and industry network as well as its location in the heart of Canada’s business capital to accelerate massively scalable, technology-based ventures that have the potential to transform our economic and social landscape. Since its inception, companies who have graduated from the program have gone on to create more than $950 million (CDN) in equity value.  Prof. Agrawal is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Co-Founder of The Next 36. He teaches courses on business strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship and conducts research on the economics of innovation and creativity. His PhD is from the University of British Columbia. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca. -30- Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – For the second year in row a team from the Master of Financial Engineering program at Baruch College in New York City has won the Rotman International Trading Competition. The 14th annual edition of one of the world’s preeminent trading competitions was hosted by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management from February 23 to 25. Teams representing 52 different universities from across Canada, the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia participated in the competition which took place in the Rotman School’s BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab and utilized the Rotman Interactive Trader, an order-driven market simulator, which was developed in-house at the Rotman School. Placing second overall was a team from the University of Calgary while a team from LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome continued a string of strong performances by finishing third. A team with representatives from the Rotman School’s Master of Financial Risk Management and UofT’s Master of Financial Engineering, Computer Science, and UTSC Bachelor of Business Administration programs placed seventh. In the individual cases LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome was the top performer in the Volatility Trading Case; University of Waterloo came out on top in the Credit Risk Case; Baruch College won the Algorithmic Trading Case; HEC Montréal was the top performer in the Flow Traders ETF Case; University of Connecticut won the Quantitative Open Outcry Case; and the University of Calgary was first in the Commodities Case. BP was the main sponsor of the competition and also sponsored the BP Commodities Trading Case. Other case sponsors included Flow Traders, MathWorks, and S&P Global Market Intelligence. DRW Trading Group was a bronze sponsor. The Rotman School’s BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab is designed to promote experiential learning in the area of financial markets and data. The competition cases are implemented on the highly acclaimed Rotman Interactive Trader application, a market simulation tool being used in over 50 universities and financial institutions around the world. The Lab is utilized by classes in many of the Rotman School’s programs including its Master of Finance, Master of Financial Risk Management, MBA and Rotman Commerce programs.  Further information on the lab is available at http://financelab.rotman.utoronto.ca/ The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca. -30- Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

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Future mining engineers from 10 Canadian universities go toe to toe in national competition WHAT: The Canadian Mining Games is an annual competition between 10 mining engineering universities in Canada. At this two-day championship, student teams are tested on the skills and knowledge required to work in the mining industry as they complete a series of events inspired and overseen by industry-leading companies. Members of the media are invited to observe or compete alongside students in events including:
  • Proposing technical and economic response to a hypothetical crisis situation, such as a mud slide;
  • Executing a mine rescue scenario. In a confined space full of smoke with limited visibility, students rely on safety equipment and breathing apparatuses to rescue trapped miners;
  • Conducting an in-depth preliminary economic assessment and feasibility study of a proposed mine design.
In addition to competing for school pride, students have the opportunity to network with industry leaders in their fields. The winning team will take home the coveted Mining Games trophy and the title of champion of the Canadian Mining Games. WHERE: Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto Meeting point: Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street [MAP] WHEN: February 24-25, 2017 Start time: 8:30 a.m. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
  • Henrique Coppini – Mining Games Organizing Committee & past participant
  • Channa Kummarage – Mining Games Organizing Committee & past captain
  • Marina Reny – U of T Team captain
-30- MEDIA CONTACT: Keenan Dixon Communications Coordinator Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto 647-209-1176 keenan.dixon@utoronto.ca  

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Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – The world’s preeminent trading competition for university students returns for its 14th year at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The students, along with their faculty advisors, from 52 different universities which include teams from China, Iceland, India, and South Africa, will participate in the competition which takes place from February 23 to 25. A team from the Master of Financial Engineering program at Baruch College returns to defend their title while a team from LUISS University in Italy tries to regain the crown they won in the two previous competitions. The competition takes place in the Rotman School’s BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab and will utilize the Rotman Interactive Trader, an order-driven market simulator, which was developed in-house at the Rotman School.  Teams will participate in various activities including electronic and outcry trading cases, seminars with industry practitioners, and social events with their fellow competitors. BP is the main sponsor of the competition and will also sponsor the BP Commodities Trading Case. Other case sponsors include Flow Traders, MathWorks, and S&P Global Market IntelligenceDRW Trading Group is a bronze sponsor. The Rotman School’s BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab is designed to promote experiential learning in the area of financial markets and data. The competition cases are implemented on the highly acclaimed Rotman Interactive Trader application, a market simulation tool being used in over 50 universities and financial institutions around the world. The Lab is utilized by classes in many of the Rotman School’s programs including its Master of Finance, Master of Financial Risk Management, MBA and Rotman Commerce programs.  Further information on the lab is available at http://financelab.rotman.utoronto.ca/ The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca -30- For more information: Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – A book on disruption and innovation by a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received a 2017 PROSE Award for Excellence award. The Disruption Dilemma by Prof. Joshua Gans won in the ‘Business, Finance & Management’ category. The PROSE Awards recognize excellence in publishing, and are sponsored by the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers. The awards are judged on how noteworthy and original their contributions are to the professional and scholarly publishing world. In The Disruption Dilemma, published by The MIT Press, Prof. Gans looks at companies that have proven resilient and those that have fallen, and explains why some companies have successfully managed disruption and why some have not. Departing from the conventional wisdom, Prof. Gans identifies two kinds of disruption: demand-side, when successful firms focus on their main customers and underestimate market entrants with innovations that target niche demands; and supply-side, when firms focused on developing existing competencies become incapable of developing new ones. Prof. Gans holds the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His research is primarily focused on understanding the economic drivers of innovation and scientific progress, and has core interests in digital strategy and antitrust policy. He serves on the editorial board of Management Science, is the managing director of the Core Research consultancy and writes regularly for Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review and Digitopoly. A book from the Rotman-UTP Publishing imprint received an honourable mention in the same category. Achieving Longevity: How Great Firms Prosper through Entrepreneurial Thinking is written by Jim Dewald, Dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca -30- For more information: Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – A professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management who has become known for his research and teaching on catastrophes and risk management has been named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers in the world most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. András Tilcsik is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and a Fellow at the School’s Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship. Last year he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 business school professors in the world by the business school news site Poets&Quants and was also named a Change Agent by Canadian Business magazine.  He was the winner of the Bracken Bower Prize in 2015 presented annually by the Financial Times and McKinsey for the best business book proposal by an author under the age of 35, along with his co-author Christopher Clearfield, The resulting book, Meltdown, an examination of the common factors that contribute to catastrophes across industries from finance to aviation to medicine, which offers solutions for businesses and individuals, will be published by Penguin Press in 2018. Prof. Tilcsik’s research also includes the organizational aspects of work, employment, and occupations and has been published in leading scholarly journals, cited in testimonies to committees of the U.S. Congress, and recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association. At the Rotman School, he has developed “Catastrophic Failure in Organizations,” an award-winning elective course, which he teaches to MBA and Rotman Commerce students. A native of Hungary, he completed his Ph.D., A.M., and A.B. at Harvard University. Thinkers50 scans, ranks and shares the very best in management ideas. Its definitive global ranking of management thinkers is published every two years. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada’s commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today’s global business and societal challenges.  For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca -30- For more information: Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416-946-3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

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

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

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

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July 26, 2017

Four Chief Scientists Appointed to University of Toronto’s Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre

Toronto, ON – Four professors at the University of Toronto have been appointed as chief scientists at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) Centre. The new appointees will lead research partnerships and other activities in the four areas of behavioural insights applied to consumers, citizens, organizations, and markets. BEAR is a centre at the UofT’s Rotman School of Management that combines decades of research in decision-making with empirically tested tools to facilitate behavioural change. The Centre looks at social…

July 25, 2017

How does Toronto’s Fiscal Autonomy Compare to Other International Cities?

Toronto, ON – Major cities across Canada have been asking for more fiscal autonomy so that they can “control their own destiny.” But what exactly is fiscal autonomy and why is it important? A new Perspectives Paper released today by Enid Slack, director of the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the municipal finances of eight international cities. Local fiscal autonomy is the extent…

July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – An expert in global health and international development and a senior finance professional with over 25 years of experience in capital markets are among the new faculty members who are joining the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The appointments help to strength the school’s research activities as well its teaching capabilities across all of the School’s pre and post experience programs. Ryann Manning joins the Rotman School as…

July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

Toronto, ON –  Machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the way companies do business in the fields of healthcare, transportation, and materials research. With the launch of the new Vector Institute, Toronto is quickly becoming a hub for machine learning development. Following this momentum is a three-part limited edition CIFAR seminar series, Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery, on July 18, 24, and 25, co-hosted by the Departments of Computer Science and The Edward S. Rogers Sr.…

July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

City Hall task force says don't overhaul the system, just fix it

Toronto, ON – In the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade, SPPG’s City Hall Task Force has released its highly anticipated report offering a practical blueprint to reform Toronto’s City Council. The report outlines six key priorities that City Council can act on immediately, without the need for provincial intervention, to make deliberation and decision making more effective, more efficient, more transparent, and more inclusive. “City Council is not functioning as well as it could, plain…

June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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CBC: The Current | July 27, 2017

From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

Your face might tell people whether you're rich or poor

Nicholas Rule of Psychology responds to the results of his study of facial expressions. Read more. 

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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July 26, 2017

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June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

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

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July 12, 2017

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June 21, 2017

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Toronto, ON – An examination of takeover activity in OECD countries has found that increased job protections have a major impact on corporate mergers and acquisitions, driving down activity while cutting the synergy gains associated with it. The effect is so significant that researchers have concluded that the potential for labour restructuring is one of the key reason behind takeover bids. The study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management found an almost 15 per cent drop in the number of takeover deals and a 25 per cent drop in deal volume in response to major employment protection reforms that had been passed during the study period. When takeovers did happen, synergy gains from consolidation were cut by half. The paper, forthcoming in Journal of Financial Economics, marks the first systematic empirical evidence documenting the link between labour restructuring and takeovers around the world. "Everything starts from the potential for eliminating overlap," said Andrey Golubov, a Rotman assistant professor of finance and one of three study co-authors. "If the potential is not there, synergies are lower and deals don't happen." Increased labour protections were found to moderate post-merger layoffs, resulting in 7.4 per cent more jobs left behind after a merger than in places where no such strengthening had taken place. For an average combined firm workforce of 31,500 employees, that represents 2,200 jobs. While the value of takeover deals dropped in a heightened job protection environment, the researchers found that the price bidders paid did not drop as much as the expected gains from the merger, suggesting that both bidder and target firm shareholders bear the cost of increased labour protection. The study analyzed nearly 46,000 takeover deals in 21 countries between 1985 and 2007. Researchers compared OECD and another study's records on labour protection reforms passed during that period with data collected by Thomson Reuters about takeover activity during the same time. The data covered the world's most active takeover markets, including countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Japan. Researchers controlled for such differences as the level of economic development and economic growth, corporate tax rates, political orientation of governments and union power. As an example of how national labour regulation can shape merger activity, the U.S. and New Zealand were among countries found with high takeover activity and comparatively low labour protections. In contrast, Italy and Spain were among those countries that saw higher levels job protection with relatively limited merger activity. The study was co-authored with Olivier Dessaint, an assistant professor of finance at the Rotman School and Professor Paolo Volpin of Cass Business School at City University London. For the latest thinking on business, management and economics from the Rotman School of Management, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/NewThinking.aspx. The Rotman School of Management is located in the heart of Canada's commercial and cultural capital and is part of the University of Toronto, one of the world's top 20 research universities. The Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables our graduates to tackle today's global business and societal challenges. For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca. -30- For more information: Ken McGuffin Manager, Media Relations Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Tel: 416.946.3818 E-mail: mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca Follow Rotman on Twitter @rotmanschool Watch Rotman on You Tube www.youtube.com/rotmanschool

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July 25, 2017

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July 24, 2017

New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

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July 17, 2017

Machine learning meets materials discovery: Researchers from IBM, Toyota, and Citrine Informatics speak at UofT

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July 12, 2017

New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

Toronto, ON – A new book by U of T Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Ellen Berrey explores the legal outcomes of the most common type of civil litigation in the United States—employment discrimination claims—and the limitations of the law in addressing problems of workplace inequality. In Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality, American Bar Association scholars and co-authors Ellen Berrey, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen provide a comprehensive analysis of employment civil rights litigation in the U.S., and…

June 29, 2017

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June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

Toronto, ON – A graduating student in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. Alex Walker Turner, MBA’17, received the award which recognizes the achievements of a woman MBA student who has made significant contributions to her school or community to advance women into business leadership positions.  Turner, along with four Rotman classmates, established a new initiative, Rotman LINKS, which connects Rotman MBA…

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From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Medicine’s James Maskalyk discusses the ER environment. Listen here.

New York Times | July 26, 2017

The lonely crusade of China’s human rights lawyers

Sociology’s Sida Liu comments on China’s dual-state model for legal cases. Read more. 

CNN | July 25, 2017

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