Toronto, ON – A team with four students from the Master of Financial Risk Management program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management won a risk management case competition, while two other teams from the Rotman Full Time MBA program made the finals of two prestigious international competitions. The Rotman MFRM team came out on top of the seventy-four teams representing sixteen universities who competed in the TD Securities Risk Management Case Competition. The competition tested students’ abilities to critically analyze and evaluate risk management scenarios. Six teams made the final round which took place in Toronto on November 16 where teams had to present to  a panel of executive members from TD Securities Capital Markets Risk Management & Market Risk Control. For their win, Rotman MFRM’17 students Kaspar Yang, Phoebe Cheung, Bryan Ding, and Sean Wang will spend one day job shadowing with analysts from a variety of TD Capital Markets Risk Management & Market Risk Control groups. In addition to this unique learning experience, each member will have an opportunity to interview for the Capital Markets Risk Management & Market Risk Control Summer Associate program for 2017. The team also included Jerry Fan, a UofT engineering student. A team of Rotman Full Time MBA students participated for the first time in the seventh edition of Rotterdam School of Management Private Equity Competition, which was held in Amsterdam over this past weekend. The team composed of  MBA students William Sapphire, MBA’17, Zdenko Teply, MBA’17, Grant Robson, MBA’17, Michael Amiraslani, MGA/MBA’17, and Aboud Qudimat, MBA’17, won a Rotman private equity competition to advance to the finals where they represented the Rotman School against teams from London Business School,  IMD, ESADE and TIAS School for Business and Society.  The RSM Private Equity Competition is the premier private equity case competition in the world, and it brings together teams from the world's leading business schools to learn, compete and network with professionals in private equity and finance. Teams analyzed a real case dealing with a European distressed company, and presenting their findings to a panel of judges from academia and  the private equity industry. A second team of Rotman Full Time MBA students reached the international final of the 2016 Global Prize Strategy Case Competition hosted by AT Kearney. The Rotman team composed of Zach McMahon, MBA’18, Tess Cecil-Cockwell, MBA’18, Adam Lambros, MBA’18, and Fatima Saya, MBA’18, had defeated teams from the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Columbia University and Northwestern University in the North American finals but placed second to a team from HEC Paris in the finals held on November 18. 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 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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a process that dramatically cuts the amount of time it takes to create new cancer treatments. Using a new breakthrough technology, their study, published today in Nature Medicine, identified a new potential target for the treatment of a class of pancreatic cancer, and unveiled a new treatment option that exploits genetic faults to destroy cancer cells. Associate Professor Stephane Angers and PhD student Zachary Steinhart from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, along with Drs. Jason Moffat and Sachdev Sidhu from the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, the Department of Molecular Genetics, and the Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics, made this discovery using the cutting-edge CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology. Using this revolutionary tool, the team of researchers probed the function of every single gene expressed by pancreatic cancer cells to determine that one of the receptors (Frizzled-5) is essential for the growth of mutant pancreatic cancer cells. Normally, the signaling pathways activated by Frizzled-5 tell cells when to divide, what types of cells to become, and when they should die. When mutated or deregulated, however, they can initiate tumour growth. Having identified the key role that the Frizzled-5 receptor plays in promoting pancreatic cancer growth, the team rapidly developed an antibody drug to inhibit the growth of these cells. The study showed that the antibody proved highly effective in killing the cancer cells in patient-derived samples and shrank tumours in mice without damaging the surrounding healthy cells. Leveraging the Donnelly Centre’s state-of-the-art platform for custom antibody design, the team was able to create a targeted antibody in months – a fraction of the time it would normally take to develop a safe and effective treatment for a specific cancer. As part of this study, the team also explored the role of this receptor in colorectal cancer, a form of cancer that shares common features with pancreatic cancer. The results of this study indicate that Frizzled-5 may be a factor across multiple cancer types, broadening the potential use of anti-Frizzled-5 antibodies as a targeted cancer therapy. “Ultimately, this study revealed genetic vulnerabilities in pancreatic cancer cells that could be exploited through the development of new targeted antibodies to inhibit tumor growth,” noted Dr. Angers of the Centre for Pharmaceutical Oncology. “By targeting the exact signaling circuit activated in these tumors, these rapidly developed antibodies have shown considerable promise as a cancer treatment. Moreover, the state-of-the-art antibody development platform developed at U of T is a transformational leap forward in our ability to rapidly create exciting new treatments to combat various cancers.” - 30 - For more information about this exciting new discovery, please contact: Jef Ekins Manager, Marketing & Communications Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto 416-946-7036 j.ekins@utoronto.ca Jovana Drinjakovic Writer at the Donnelly Centre University of Toronto O: 416.946.8253 C: 416.543.7820 jovana.drinjakovic@gmail.com

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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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – Cancerous tumours are known to release cells into the bloodstream, and it is these circulating tumour cells or CTCs that are the sources of metastatic tumours – tumours that spread and form in distant locations in the body.  In fact, most patients who succumb to cancer do not die because of the initial tumours that form, but rather because of the deadly secondary metastatic tumours that appear at distant sites.  As a result, understanding the biology and clinical relevance of these traveling cells is critical in our fight against cancer. Monitoring circulating tumour cells, however, is a tremendous challenge as they are outnumbered in blood by healthy cells at a level of over 1 billion-to-1.  Moreover, they can display varied and dynamic properties, and the collection of CTCs found in the bloodstream of a cancer patient may have differing metastatic potential.  Consequently, efforts to integrate the analysis of these cells into mainstream clinical medicine have been limited because it has been difficult to pinpoint what types of cells and what phenotypic properties should be targeted.  But the potential of CTCs to allow the collection of a non-invasive “liquid biopsy” to monitor cancer progression is a tantalizing possibility that has continued to attract significant attention to this problem. A breakthrough by Professor Shana Kelley’s research group at the University of Toronto published in Nature Nanotechnology provides a new tool to characterize CTCs that may help cancer biologists and clinicians understand how to use these cells to provide better treatment.  Using magnetic nanoparticles, CTCs in blood samples were targeted based on proteins displayed on the cell surface, and separated based on the levels of the protein present.  Using a high–resolution microfluidic device, cells are then separated into 100 different capture zones to generate a profile that provides phenotypic information related to metastatic potential.  Using this approach and monitoring cells generated in animal models of cancer and in samples collected from prostate cancer patients, the properties of CTCs were shown to evolve and become more aggressive as tumours became more advanced. “Through this approach, we aimed to provide a new way to profile CTCs beyond simply counting their numbers in clinical samples,” explained Dr. Mahla Poudineh, lead student author on the paper.  “Instead, we wanted to provide phentotypic information that might allow these cells to be classified as benign or more dangerous, which would then inform treatment options.” “We were very fortunate to collaborate with a number of oncologists at the Sunnybrook Research Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital as we developed this technology so that we could test our approach with real patient specimens and better understand how to adapt it for use in the clinic,” noted Dr. Kelley. The Kelley group (http://www.kelleylaboratory.com/), along with collaborators in the Sargent group (http://www.light.utoronto.ca/) at the University of Toronto, hope to turn the approach they reported into a device that can be used by cancer researchers and eventually clinicians to allow CTC analysis to be monitored routinely and used to limit the progression of cancer. Read the paper, “Tracking the dynamics of circulating tumour cell phenotypes using nanoparticle-mediated magnetic ranking,” at Nature Nanotechnology: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2016.239. - 30 - For more information about this breakthrough discovery, please contact: Jef Ekins Manager, Marketing & Communications Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto 416-946-7036 j.ekins@utoronto.ca Shana Kelley Professor Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto 416-978-8641 shana.kelley@utoronto.ca  

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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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

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

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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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – In a statement issued on Friday, October 28, professor Ira Jacobs, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, announced the appointment of Beth Ali to the position of executive director of co-curricular athletics and physical activity programs at KPE. Reporting to the dean of KPE, the executive director provides overall leadership and strategic direction to KPE’s co-curricular programmes, activities and services at the St. George campus, the U of T Varsity Blues programmes that involve students from all three U of T campuses, and related tri-campus initiatives. “I am very happy and excited to announce the appointment of Beth Ali to the position of executive director of co-curricular athletics and physical activity programs at KPE,” said Professor Jacobs. “Through both her personal and professional experience, Beth has demonstrated exemplary advocacy for sport development and the benefits of sport and physical activity in the development of the whole person, especially the positive impact it has on a student’s university experience. “Her experience, skills, and knowledge, combined with her passion for the University of Toronto, made her a natural and overwhelming choice to lead our co-curricular athletics and physical activity programs. We are very fortunate that she has agreed to assume that leadership role.” A passionate “true Blue”, Ali was the director of intercollegiate and high performance sports at the University of Toronto from 2010-15. She is an active and highly respected leader within the Ontario University Athletics and national USports (formerly CIS) organizations. A former student athlete and national, provincial and university field hockey coach, she has held prominent leadership positions in that sport both nationally and internationally. She has also been chef de mission for Canadian teams at major international sporting events such as the FISU Games. “I am honoured to have been appointed to this exciting position at the University of Toronto,” said Ali. “I am passionate about providing outstanding athletic and physical activity programs, services and facilities to all U of T students which enhance their university experience, build a sense of belonging and community, and contribute to their overall well-being now and in the future. I believe athletics and physical activity is a catalyst for campus spirit and institutional pride and contributes to the incomparable reputation of U of T. I look forward to continuing our partnerships with all student life staff and organizations to provide outstanding programs and services to our U of T community.” Ali brings to her new position many years of university co-curricular senior leadership excellence at three different universities (U of T, Ryerson and University of Waterloo) and across the continuum of programming that includes inter-university and high performance sports, intramural sports, open recreation, children and youth, strength and conditioning.  She was a key member of major sports infrastructure project planning committees that included the Mattamy Centre (former Maple Leaf Gardens) at Ryerson University, and the Back Campus Fields revitalization project and the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport project at the University of Toronto. Ali’s appointment takes effect on November 1st, 2016. -30- For more information: Sarah Baker Director, PR & Communications Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education Office: 416-978-1663 sarah.e.baker@utoronto.ca

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New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

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How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

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The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

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CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

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Toronto, ON – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab are publishing a report today that reveals hidden keyword blacklists that are used to censor chats on three popular Chinese live streaming applications, YY, 9158, and Sina Show. Contrary to  prior research and assumptions that Internet censorship in China operates under a uniform set of guidelines, the researchers found uneven implementation of censorship on the live streaming  apps they studied. Live streaming applications have gained huge popularity in China in recent years, with millions of  users flocking to them to share karaoke performances, game sessions, and glimpses of their everyday  lives. Popular streams attract hundreds of thousands of users who can chat with the live streamers and purchase virtual items to give them. The live streamers can in turn trade those items for cash.  These platforms have given rise to a new generation of Internet celebrities who amass audiences,  virtual gifts, product endorsements, and even venture capital investment from their video streams.  However, the growing popularity of these apps has been met with increased pressure from the Chinese  government to ensure real name registration of live streaming performers and censorship of  prohibited content. “Social media companies in China are held responsible and liable for content on their platforms,  and are expected to control content, or face punishment from the government. Our research shows how  this system works in practice.” says Masashi Crete-Nishihata, (Research Manager, Citizen Lab). To examine how censorship works on these applications, Citizen Lab researchers reverse engineered them -- a careful process whereby the software is essentially taken apart and examined  from the inside out. They found that censorship is done on the client-side, meaning all the rules  to perform censorship are inside of the application running on your phone or computer. The  researchers were able to collect the keyword lists used to trigger censorship of chat messages. Jeffrey Knockel (Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab) explains: “These apps have built-in lists of  blacklisted keywords. If you send any of these keywords your chat message is censored. These keyword lists give a behind the scenes look into how social media is censored in China.” The researchers tracked updates to the keyword lists over a year and found that new terms were  often added in reaction to sensitive events. Overall, they found limited overlap in the blacklisted keywords used by the companies. These findings suggest that while the Chinese government may set general expectations about taboo topics, decisions on what exactly to censor are left primarily to companies themselves. China has the most Internet users in the world and one of the strictest regimes of information control. This new report offers a nuanced and in depth view of how social media is censored in this country. “Many people believe China censors the Internet in a uniform, monolithic manner. Our research shows that the social media ecosystem in China -- though definitely restricted for users -- is more decentralized, variable, and slightly chaotic.” says Ron Deibert, (Director of the Citizen Lab). The researchers are releasing their report with a timeline that visualizes events censored by these applications over the past year. This report is part of the Net Alert project, an effort to make research on information controls more accessible. 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. Read the Full Report: https://netalert.me/harmonized-histories.html -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: Harmonized Histories? A year of fragmented censorship across Chinese live streaming  applications Published By: The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, https://netalert.me/harmonized-histories.html Publication Date: 1 November 2016

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New book by UTM prof reveals flaws of workplace discrimination law

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CBC News | July 22, 2017

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Toronto, ON – A new director has been appointed as director of the India Innovation Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The Institute is a hub for researchers across the university and around the world that aims to bring together faculty and students who are interested in how India is using innovation to transform itself across a variety of spheres, including innovation in technology, manufacturing, services, processes and government. Partha Mohanram, a professor of accounting and the CPA Ontario Professor of Financial Accounting at the Rotman School, is the new director of the Institute, a role he assumed earlier this year. “I see Innovation as a two-way street,” says Professor Mohanram. “There is a lot that India can learn from the west and developing economies as it tries to modernize itself, lift millions out of poverty and manage growth while dealing with the problems of climate change. However, there is also a lot that the rest of world can learn from India. For instance, the ongoing success of the AADHAAR universal identification program shows how one can use technology to ensure that social services and government programs reach those they are intended for. Similarly, breakthroughs like the Nano car or the Mitti Cool refrigerator demonstrates how one can innovate frugally.” The institute plans to be a clearinghouse for ideas broadly related to Innovation and India. Professor Mohanram obtained his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard. Prior to that, he obtained his PGDM (MBA) from IIM-Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT-Madras. He has published extensively in the top accounting and management journals, with publications in The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research and Management Science. He is considered to be one of the leading experts in the area of valuation, with many papers on fundamental analysis and the measurement of implied cost of capital. His papers are highly cited and featured in the business press. The Institute held events earlier this month with Hon. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India and Professor Arun Sundararajan of New York University’s Stern School of Business. Further information on the Institute is online at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/ResearchCentres/IndiaInnovation. 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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June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – An expert in corporate governance and finance has been appointed as director of the Capital Markets Institute (CMI) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The CMI is a centre for independent and rigorous research, analysis and debate on capital markets issues, with the objective of improving the competitiveness and functioning of Canadian markets.  The goal of the CMI is to bring together academics, industry participants, regulators and politicians, to explore key capital market issues and to share our knowledge broadly. Professor Alexander Dyck holds the Manulife Chair in Financial Services and is a professor of finance and business economics who has been at the Rotman School since 2004. He is an Academic Director of the Director’s Education Program, jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Rotman School, has been a board member of the Rotman International Center for Pension Management, and is a Fellow at the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School. Professor Dyck’s research interests include corporate governance, institutional investors, pensions, corporate finance, corporate social responsibility, regulation and privatization, the media and financial markets, and taxation. He teaches popular PhD and MBA courses in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He was the co-winner of the 2015 Roger Martin Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded annually to recognize distinction in teaching by faculty members. The CMI is supported by TMX Group (as lead sponsor), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Sun Life Financial Canada, Manulife Financial, BMO Financial Group, CIBC, RBC Financial Group, RBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank, TD Bank Group, and Goldman Sachs Canada. 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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New Appointments Strengthen Research and Teaching Activities at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

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June 29, 2017

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June 21, 2017

Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

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June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – Three Canadian scientists who lead crucial work in developing artificial intelligence are among the winners of the second annual awards presented by the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The awards are designed around the primary ingredients in the prevailing models of economics growth: labour, capital and ideas. The winner of the Labour Award is SHAD, based in Waterloo, Ontario. SHAD has contributed to developing Canada’s competitiveness by coaching exceptional high school students to reach their full potential as leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. There are currently more than 15,000 SHAD alumni, including 30 Rhodes Scholars. As seen by the critical impact past participants have made in Canada and the growing roster of impressive graduates, the spillovers that accrue to Canada are immense. The winner of the Capital Award is the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.  The Consulate General played a critical role in connecting pools of capital from Silicon Valley to knowledge-based companies in Canada. It addresses a market failure in the form of suboptimal matching by reducing information asymmetries through raising awareness of Canadian investment opportunities for value-added investors in Silicon Valley. For example, Intel Capital credits the work of the Consulate General in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for initiating their relationship with Canadian companies, which led to their subsequent investment of over half a billion dollars in Canadian technology companies over the past three years with a trend suggesting increased future activity. This year the Ideas Award is shared by three pioneers in deep thinking and artificial intelligence; Professors Yoshua Bengio of the Université
de Montréal, Geoffrey Hinton of the University of Toronto, and Richard
Sutton of the University of Alberta. These individuals played a critical role in pioneering the fields of deep learning and reinforcement learning at a time when these lines of scientific inquiry were considered marginal areas of research among the mainstream computer science community. Their perseverance and groundbreaking research, and that of the many students they mentored, led to breakthroughs that are so foundational that they are now enhancing almost every aspect of human endeavour ranging from transportation to energy to healthcare to education and more. The full economic benefits and impact on society of their work has yet to be realized. The awards will be presented by The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, at a conference at the Rotman School on October 27 hosted by the Creative Destruction Lab on the economics of Artificial Intelligence called "Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence."  The focus of the conference is on the business opportunities and economic implications arising from recent advances in machine intelligence. The presenting sponsor of the conference is Scotiabank.  Further details on the conference are online at www.mkt4intel.com. Founded by Prof. Ajay Agrawal, the Creative Destruction Lab 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 social, industrial, and economic landscape. Each year the Lab accepts ventures in two streams– one for technology ventures and a second exclusively for machine learning and artificial intelligence ventures. The program admitted fifty AI companies this year. To our knowledge, this represents the greatest concentration of AI companies in any program in the world.  The Lab has helped many nascent startups, including Deep Genomics, Greenlid, Atomwise, Bridgit, Minuum, Nymi, NVBots, OTI Lumionics, PUSH, Thalmic Labs, Vertical.ai, Neverfrost, Chargespot, and VoteCompass, among others. . Since its inception, companies who have graduated from the program have gone on to create more than $800 million (CDN) in equity value. For more information on the Lab, visit www.creativedestructionlab.com 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 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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – For the first time in Canada, start-up ventures will be permitted to raise funding from venture cap investors through a two-year program authorized by the Ontario Securities Commission. The new program is part of the OSC LaunchPad initiative, the first innovation hub introduced by a Canadian securities regulator aimed at improving the integration of Fintech companies entering the regulatory framework. Beginning tomorrow, eligible ventures in the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management as well as ventures with NEXT Canada, will be able to raise money through AngelList, a platform for startup fundraising and hiring. Eligible investors will be Ontario investors who meet both the Ontario accredited investor criteria and the AngelList sophistication screening. Eligible ventures must be headquartered in, or have significant operations in, Canada. “The Creative Destruction Lab works with tech startups and innovative businesses and we are happy to see new opportunities for these businesses to raise funds in order to grow. It is good for Canadian inventors and entrepreneurs,” says Avi Goldfarb, a professor of marketing at the Rotman School and the Lab’s Chief Data Scientist. Research on crowdfunding by Prof. Goldfarb with Rotman colleague Prof. Ajay Agrawal, the Lab’s founder, and Prof. Christian Catalini of the MIT Sloan School of Management, helped inform the OSC on the initiative. “This is great for Canadian innovation because it allows investors, through “syndicates” to leverage their knowledge of a new venture. In particular, it aligns the incentives of lead investors to conduct careful screening and monitor progress with those of issuers and follow-on investors, which our research demonstrates,” says Prof. Goldfarb. Founded by Prof. Ajay Agrawal, the Creative Destruction Lab 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 social, industrial, and economic landscape. Each year the Lab accepts ventures in two streams– one for technology ventures and a second exclusively for machine learning and artificial intelligence ventures. The program admitted fifty AI companies this year. To our knowledge, this represents the greatest concentration of AI companies in any program in the world.  The Lab has helped many nascent startups, including Deep Genomics, Greenlid, Atomwise, Bridgit, Minuum, Nymi, NVBots, OTI Lumionics, PUSH, Thalmic Labs, Vertical.ai, Neverfrost, Chargespot, and VoteCompass, among others. . Since its inception, companies who have graduated from the program have gone on to create more than $800 million (CDN) in equity value. For more information on the Lab, visit www.creativedestructionlab.com 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 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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management will celebrate the contributions to Canadian business and society of Hon. Michael Wilson, 33rd Chancellor of the University and Rotman Bachelor of Commerce alumnus with a special award this evening. “It is a great privilege to present the School’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to the Hon. Michael Wilson, an influential business, public policy and community leader, and a cherished friend and contributor to the University. As an alumnus, he is an inspiration for students and alumni – a true role model for leadership, service and integrity,” said Dean Tiff Macklem of the Rotman School. Prof. Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto and Dean Macklem will be joined by special guests including the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Gordon M.  Nixon, Retired President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada, and Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to pay tribute to Mr. Wilson for his extraordinary contributions in public service, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector. “Michael Wilson is an exceptional leader and friend. He has succeeded in every facet of endeavour he has undertaken and it was an honour to have been associated with him in the Government of Canada,” said the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney. “There is not a more deserving recipient than Michael, who has spent a lifetime achieving great things in so many different areas. His trademark is ethics, integrity and trust, and he is universally liked and respected. Michael’s diverse career and accomplishments across so many areas makes him an outstanding role model for all young Canadians and most fittingly Rotman graduates,” said Gordon Nixon. “I have a profound admiration for Michael Wilson’s relentless advocacy toward ending the stigma associated with mental illness. On behalf of all Canadians who have benefitted from his unwavering dedication and leadership, I’m deeply grateful,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn. "Chancellor Wilson is a passionate advocate for our students. He actively promotes mental wellness and the value of alumni-student mentorship to encourage and support Canada’s next generation of leaders," said Prof. Meric Gertler. A global leader in investment banking, Mr. Wilson is currently the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. Previously he was the Chairman of UBS Canada, Vice Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities and was responsible for RBC Financial Group’s Institutional Assessment Management business. Mr. Wilson has held distinguished positions in the public service - a Member of Parliament from 1979 to 1993; he was appointed Canada’s Minister of Finance in 1984, and later Minister of International Trade and Minister of Industry, Science and Technology under Prime Minister Mulroney. During his tenure, he played key roles in NAFTA negotiations and represented Canada at the G7, IMF, World Bank, OECD and GATT meetings. From 2006 to 2009, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United States. A leading national and international mental health advocate, Mr. Wilson currently serves as Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He is Vice Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Honourary Chair of Brain Canada. He has built a prolific record of leadership in professional and community organizations, including CAMH, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.  Mr. Wilson also holds honorary degrees from the University of Toronto and Trinity College and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. The inaugural Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner, an annual celebration established to pay tribute to exceptional alumni who have contributed significantly to their organizations and communities. The black-tie gala kicks off the Reunite@Rotman homecoming weekend, bringing together the School’s global alumni community for experiential learning sessions on innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, public policy, leadership, and more. The homecoming festivities bring about a dynamic new era of alumni relations at the School, showcasing an extraordinary cadre of alumni and faculty scholarship. 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 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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – Infants in Canada’s north are facing alarming rates of respiratory infection, but providing an antibody to all infants will prevent hundreds of hospitalizations of babies in the Arctic and save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. In a paper published today in CMAJ Open, researchers conducted the largest study ever of infant admission due to lower respiratory tract infections. They focused on admissions to health facilities by children under 12 months old in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik – the northern region of Quebec. The research uncovered wide disparity in admission rates, ranging from 3.9 per cent in the Northwest Territories to 45.6 per cent in Nunavik, which is the highest rate ever reported in the world. By comparison, the rate of respiratory infection in the first year of life in North America is estimated to be between one and three per cent. More than 40 per cent were diagnosed specifically with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), either alone or with other viruses. “The likely reasons for these high rates may include living in overcrowded conditions, exposure to cigarette smoke as well as the associated challenges of living in remote areas and poverty. But, there could be a genetic risk specific to Inuit. The fact is, nobody knows for sure,” said Professor Anna Banerji, Faculty Lead of Indigenous and Refugee Health in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Banerji was lead author on the paper that included co-authors from across the country and was based in five northern hospitals and four tertiary hospitals. “What really stands out is that in certain areas, two to three per cent of all babies born are put on life support. As a result of the infections, many babies are evacuated by air to southern health centres in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal, where they receive intensive care. They’re young babies – on average three months old – and generally don’t have any underlying risk factors, but they’re often at death’s door. In addition to long periods of hospitalization, they can be placed on life support for extended periods of time and frequently suffer from complications, some of those having long-term consequences” said Banerji. In a second paper also published in CMAJ Open, researchers found that by providing universal access to the RSV antibody palivizumab in regions of Nunavut and Nunavik, the rates of hospitalization could be substantially reduced and in certain areas it would actually save money. Currently, palivizumab is given by monthly injections during the RSV season to infants considered at high risk for severe disease excluding most Inuit infants. But the researchers found that by giving the antibody to all healthy babies under six months of age at the start of the RSV season, some northern health systems can save $35,000 to $50,000 per RSV infection avoided. The regional Government of Nunavik has just announced that will be providing palivizumab to all term Inuit infants. “It’s a very cost effective to give this antibody to healthy term Inuit babies in regions of Nunavut and Nunavik. It’s much cheaper to prevent RSV with this antibody than to pay for hospital treatment. We’d save money and prevent suffering and long term suffering,” said Banerji. -30- For More Information: Liam Mitchell Associate Director, Office of Communications Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 416-978-4672 (office) 647-522-2513 (mobile) liam.mitchell@utoronto.ca

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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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

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Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Nursing today announced that only 18 per cent of children with life-threatening conditions access specialized pediatric palliative care in Canada, a 13 per cent increase since 2002. 25 per cent of those who receive this type of care only do so for less than eight days prior to death. The new study led by Dr. Kimberley Widger, assistant professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, is now published online by CMAJ Open (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “We completed a similar study 10 years ago and wanted to see how the landscape of pediatric palliative care provision changed over time,” says Widger. “With the advent of Medical Assistance in Dying, and the possibility of extending this option to children, we felt it was important to update our information about the proportion of children receiving specialized care.” Pediatric palliative care is an active and total approach to care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families aimed at managing symptoms and optimizing quality of life throughout the disease process. While every health professional should be able to incorporate aspects of palliative care into usual care provision, the study finds that there is growing evidence to suggest that specialized services may provide improved quality of care. Researchers examined the programs available in Canada and the children who received this specialized care, as well as estimating the proportion of children who might benefit and actually receive specialized care. Key Highlights:
  • The number of programs grew from eight to thirteen between 2002 and 2012 and included three free-standing pediatric hospices;
  • The number of children who received specialized care during each one year study period increased 4-fold from 371 to 1401;
  • Of the children who received care during 2012, just over one third were under one year old;
  • Only 15 per cent of the children had cancer, while 36 per cent had a congenital illness or condition that arises just before or after birth;
  • Children who received care through one of the programs that included a free-standing hospice tended to be older and received specialized services for longer than those who received care from a program without a hospice;
  • Of the children who died in 2012, half received specialized care for only the last 30 days of life and one quarter only received specialized care for one week or less;
  • In 2002, we estimated that 5 per cent of children who might benefit received specialized pediatric palliative care; as of 2012 this proportion rose to 18 per cent;
  • Despite a 4-fold increase in the number of children who received care between 2002 and 2012, staffing levels over this period only increased less than 3-fold, thus staffing resources are not keeping up with demand.
The Study Specialized pediatric palliative care programs were included in the study based on provision of care by health professionals with expertise in both pediatrics and palliative care with designated resources to deliver specialized care to children with any type of life-threatening condition. An investigator from each program provided information about the services provided during 2012 and all children who received care through the program during that calendar year. Two methods were used to estimate the proportion of children who received care based on data available through Statistics Canada on the population of children less than 19 years of age and the total number and causes of death for children during 2012. Both methods resulted in the same proportion estimates. While there has been program growth and improved reach of services over time, barriers remain that prevent the vast majority of children with life-threatening conditions from receiving specialized pediatric palliative care services. The full study titled “Pediatric palliative care in Canada in 2012: A cross-sectional descriptive study” is available online at CMAJ Open (http://cmajopen.ca/content/4/4/E562.full). -30- For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Dr. Kimberley Widger kim.widger@utoronto.ca  

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Toronto, ON –  University of Toronto professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME) has been presented with a major research award from international diabetes foundation JDRF to advance treatment research for type 1 diabetes (T1D). The funding, valued at approximately $1.1 million ($845,135 USD), supports a three-year study at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) to explore an experimental treatment that involves transplanting healthy pancreatic cells into patients living with the disease. Once successfully implanted, these cells can then produce insulin to help regulate blood glucose levels. Though promising, these cells — known as pancreatic islet cells— are fragile, and current transplantation sites such as the abdominal cavity and liver are “hostile” environments that can increase the likelihood of rejection. Sefton and his team are investigating whether transplanting islet cells under the skin will improve the cells’ survival. “The skin is a less hostile site for islets and has clinical advantages of being more accessible than current sites and possibly be even safer for patients,” said Sefton, who holds appointments in U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and IBBME. “However, one of the challenges of using the skin as a transplant site is that it has relatively few blood vessels.” Sefton, a world-renowned tissue engineering pioneer, plans to apply his team’s expertise to creating a “‘pre-vascularized” environment rich in blood vessels under the skin to ensure the survival of the insulin-producing cells before transplantation takes place. “The goal is to enable islet cell transplantation under the skin in a retrievable, ‘device-less,’ physiologically integrated, and scalable implant site,” said Sefton. “The goal of this strategy is better control of blood glucose and reduced complications, leading to more widely available treatment for those living with this disease.” “Islet transplantation is a promising approach to treatment that also minimizes the risk of serious complications that affect those who live with T1D,” said Dave Prowten, president and CEO of JDRF Canada. “We are proud to support Dr. Sefton and his team as they work to uncover new ways to make this treatment more readily available for people living with T1D.” – 30 – For more information, contact: Marit Mitchell Communications & Media Relations Strategist University of Toronto Engineering 416-978-4498 marit.mitchell@utoronto.ca

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Toronto, ON – Call centres can be expensive as well as the source of lots of consumer angst. But companies can get more bang for their buck by doing a better job of coordinating marketing decisions that drive customers to call centres with operational ones about handling them once they get there, says a new study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. The study, co-authored by Professors Philipp Afèche and Opher Baron in the Rotman School’s Operations Management and Statistics Area, and Mojtaba Araghi, an assistant professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, provides an integrated marketing-operations framework to help companies design more effective service policies for their call centres and other service channels. The framework builds on a theoretical model that maps the flow of new and existing customers through the call centre and their consumer decisions afterwards, based on their experience. Unlike previous research, the model links call centre capacity, service quality and how that quality influences future consumer behaviour. "Our model highlights that it is important for companies to be able to answer questions like: How does a particular customer behave if they don't get served? What's the chance that they will leave the company -- or spend more, depending on the service quality they've received?" says Prof. Afèche. This can give companies insight into designing different service levels for different types of customers, depending on their value to the company. Too often, says Prof. Afèche, call centres react in response to marketing decisions, rather than the two functions working together to determine which customers to target in a marketing campaign and what capacity needs to be there to serve them. Traditional ways of measuring customer value, meanwhile, can ignore how that value is affected by service quality, leading to poorer decisions about attracting and keeping them. "Our model gives companies a more complete picture of the value of a customer," says Prof. Afèche. Getting things right at the call centre has been shown to be vital to businesses. Previous research has shown that companies use call centres for 80% of their customer interactions and 92% of customers base their opinion of the company on what happens during their call. Four out of ten customers who end their business with a company place the blame squarely on a customer service call that went badly. 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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Toronto, ON – Marshall McLuhan is the most influential thinker in Canada known globally for predicting social media, the Internet, crowd-sourced news, and reality television. At the height of his fame in the mid-60s, he hobnobbed with John Lennon, Pierre Trudeau, Norman Mailer, Woody Allen, and Barbara Walters. A Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar who worked at the intersection of culture and technology—he is credited with building the foundation for our obsession with digital media. His Centre of Culture and Technology, located within a small coach house on the U of T campus, acted as a clubhouse where he mulled over ideas and created questions probing how people communicated. So why is Prof. McLuhan’s work relevant now, 36 years after this death? Because we are still producing intellectual giants at the University Toronto. “Marshall McLuhan and his Toronto School colleagues helped accentuate U of T’s position as a global centre for creativity and leadership in the humanities,” said Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto. “He remains a key figure in communication and media studies, and the work of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology is vital in engaging local and international partners in exploring the implications of his theories for the 21st century.” For a forty year period until the 1970s, McLuhan was part of a remarkable intellectual climate within and around the University of Toronto when scholars Harold Innis, Eric Havelock, Glenn Gould, and Northrop Frye made up the so-called Toronto School of Communication. Their theories were instrumental in drawing worldwide attention to the idea that technological engagement plays a fundamental role in the structuring of human perception and culture. The University is still building on the foundation of McLuhan’s work conducted in his modest “Coach House,” where he spent much of his 30-year career at U of T, now affiliated with the Faculty of Information. “The Centre for Culture and Technology is an intellectual cabin in a forest of city skyscrapers where Herbert Marshall McLuhan engaged the public in probing the interrelationship of technology and culture and their effects on perception and social order,” says David Nostbakken, a McLuhan former student and teaching assistant of McLuhan’s, currently the McLuhan Centre strategist. The Centre, first established on October 24, 1963, in the heart of St. Michaels’ campus, was where McLuhan conducted Monday Night Seminars, classes, and art exhibitions, bringing together scholars and researchers from all branches of science and humanities in discourse with the city and the global village. The present day McLuhan Centre wants to recapture the global imagination of his communications theories. The resurgence started with the famous McLuhan “Monday Night Seminars” last year, where each week three special guests interact with a McLuhan Fellow moderator, and engage the assembled attendees from the university, the city, and from around the world .“City as Classroom” has been the broad theme, with the goal to engage academics, the city, business, industry, civil society, the arts, and public and private interest. The Centre will further reconnect McLuhan to the City of Toronto, and build a larger global village, starting with the Heritage Board recognizing the Coach House’s place in history through a plaque unveiling on October 12. For three days after, a global conference, Toronto School, Then Now, Next, will explore the value of leading Canadian thinkers and others, contemporaries that inspired the world. “The goal is to explore how we inform innovative thinking and intellectual provocation in Toronto, and secure Canada's place in forward-thinking and technological reconfigurations of culture,” says Prof. Seamus Ross, Interim Director of the McLuhan Centre. “The conference will foster the making of an intellectual community that serves as a source of knowledgeable energy and encouragement for future research connections around the legacy of the Toronto School,” says Paolo Granata, McLuhan Centenary Fellow and Conference Chair. Speakers include John Ralston Saul (Canada’s leading public intellectual), Mark Kingwell (Philosophy Professor), Joshua Meyrowitz (media theorist), Sara Diamond (President OCAD University), Arthur Kroker (public intellectual), Eric McLuhan (internationally known lecturer), and Gail Lord (Lord Cultural Resources). EVENTS PLANNED (for a full event listing, please see http://thetorontoschool.ca)
  • Wednesday, October 12, 12:00-1:00 pm, Toronto Heritage Plaque Unveiling (McLuhan Centre) with Kristyn Wong-Tam, City Councillor and Prof. Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto, among other speakers
  • Thursday, October 13, 5:30-7 pm, Lectio Magistralis by Paul Elie on “Glenn Gould and Marshall McLuhan” and opening of a Multi-Media Exhibition “McLuhan on Campus: Local Inspirations, Global Visions" (St. Michael's College)
  • Friday, October 14, 9-9:30 am, opening ceremony The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next International Conference (Victoria College Building).
  • Sunday, October 16, 5:30-6:30 pm, Town Hall Meeting “Rethinking the Global Village in an era of Cities and Soft Power” at the Then, Now, Next International Conference (Isabel Bader Theatre).
- 30 - Media Contact: Kathleen O’Brien, Faculty of Information, U of T, 416.978.7184 or kathleen.obrien@utoronto.ca

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Toronto, ON – Leadership is a quality that is difficult to define. Some believe that it is innate, the gift of a selected few. Others believe that it is a skill that can be learned but don’t agree on what, exactly, should be taught. In a new book from Rotman-UTP Publishing, The Thoughtful Leader, A Model of Integrative Leadership, author Jim Fisher provides an invigorating, inclusive and positive framework for teaching current and aspiring leaders in all walks of life.  Fisher, a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, has incorporated various apparently opposing leadership ideas into an integrated model. In order to successfully meet the challenges of a fast changing world, leaders can no longer choose between managing, directing or engaging. The thoughtful leader is someone who simultaneously, consistently and coherently manages, directs and engages their followers. The framework provides a way for anyone who is motivated to lead, has the courage to act and is willing to think about their actions to become more effective. Thoughtful leaders can maintain integrity in their actions and activities regardless of the situations that they encounter day-to-day. “Leadership today is difficult, but I remain very optimistic about the state of leadership in the world,” says Fisher. “Those with ambition and courage who are already leading can be better. Those with great ideas can take the leap and make the world a better place.” Fisher developed his framework at the Rotman School as a Professor teaching leadership as a course in the MBA program and in skills development programs in a wide range of executive programs. He was able to test the most popular theories against his own experience as strategy consultant and business executive as well as the issues and challenges faced by his students. He has become convinced that leadership is more about what you do than what skills and attributed you might have. The Thoughtful Leader offers a fresh and forward thinking framework that allows active and emerging leaders to be better prepared to live as a leader day to day. Select Advance Praise for The Thoughtful Leader “Knowledge upon which positive action can be taken is rarely provided and hence precious. By this standard, The Thoughtful Leader by Jim Fisher is a gold mine of value for the practice of leadership. Simply put, it is the most actionable book on leadership I have yet read. Anybody who wants to become a better leader would be wise to read it.” -- Roger Martin, former Dean and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto “Jim has masterfully demystified ‘Leadership’ for those who think not everyone is meant to be a leader. He seamlessly takes the reader through the journey of managing, directing, and engaging to build confidence in anyone aspiring to be a leader. A must read for anyone in a leadership role or aspiring to move up the ladder.” -- Deepak Chopra, President & Chief Executive Officer, Canada Post Corporation “Jim Fisher’s mix of theory, stories, personal journeys, and real cases offers a wealth of information that showcases his broad and deep command of the many facets of leadership. By impressively pulling together leadership theories and concepts into a coherent framework, Jim successfully convinces us leadership can be learned.” -- Rose Patten, Special Advisor to the President and CEO, BMO Financial Group, and Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Management The Thoughtful Leader A Model of Integrative Leadership ISBN 9781442647985 Hard Cover $32.95 Purchase online. Jim Fisher is Professor Emeritus and the former Vice Dean of the Rotman School of Management. He started his career with McKinsey before founding The Canada Consulting Group, which became the Canadian office of The Boston Consulting Group. He joined George Weston Ltd. in 1986 and served as Executive Vice President of Weston Foods, Chairman and President of William Neilson Limited and President of George Weston North American Bakeries. He continues to teach leadership, strategy and organizational design in several programs at the Rotman School. Founded in 1901, University of Toronto Press (UTP) is Canada's leading scholarly publisher and one of the largest university presses in North America, releasing over 200 new scholarly, reference, and general-interest books each year, as well as maintaining a backlist of over 3500 titles in print. For more information, visit utppublishing.com. Books from Rotman-UTP Publishing, a joint imprint of the University of Toronto Press and the Rotman School, bridge research and practice, offering actionable learning for professionals, students, and general readers striving to navigate today's complex business environment. 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 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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – The world’s biggest competition for young social entrepreneurs and students gets started at the University of Toronto with an information session on October 11. The annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive USD 1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.  In the 2015 competition, Team Attollo, composed of MBA students and alumni from UofT’s Rotman School of the Management, reached the global final. Last year four UofT teams reached the regional finals held in Dubai, San Francisco, London UK and Shanghai. “Teams from UofT are uniquely positioned to perform well in the Hult Prize competition due to the number of world-class programs ranging from business to public health and engineering to social work as well as the incredible diversity of the backgrounds and experiences of the students,” says Tina Assi, MBA’17, who is the Hult Prize Campus Director for the University of Toronto.  “It is the cross-disciplinary teams who have traditionally been most successful in tackling these global issues.” For the third year in a row, a special quarterfinal qualifying round will be held for the Hult Prize at the Rotman School on Saturday, December 3. Participating teams must include three to four students of any UofT faculty - including undergrads, masters and PhD students. One member may be a graduate of a UofT program. The winning team will proceed to the regional finals to be held in March 2017. The information session on October 11 will provide addition details for students who are interested in participating in the qualifying round including further details on the challenge, a review of winning strategies by past competitors, and the session will also allow students to meet students from across campus to form teams. Further information and registration for the session is online. Questions may be directed to hultprizetoronto@gmail.com. This year’s challenge is “Refugees - Reawakening Human Potential and Restoring the Dignity of 10M People by 2022.”  It will focus on restoring the rights and dignity of people and societies who may be, or are forced into motion due to social injustices, politics, economic pressures, climate change and war. The 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 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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – The world’s premier seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies has announced an expansion of its program to Canada’s West Coast with the launch of the Creative Destruction Lab-West (CDL-West) in partnership with the UBC Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. CDL-West will use the methodology established by the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management which employs an objectives-based mentoring process led by highly accomplished entrepreneurs and angel investors. The goal of this specialized program is to maximize the equity value creation of its ventures. The Lab is currently running two programs – one for general technology companies and a second for machine learning and artificial intelligence-enabled companies. Both focus on recruiting founders with a deep scientific expertise. “We created a model for tech venture creation that keeps startups focused on their essential business challenges and dedicated to solving them with world-class support,” says Ajay Agrawal, Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School and the founder of the Creative Destruction Lab. “By partnering with UBC Sauder, we will magnify the impact of CDL by drawing in ventures from one of the country’s other leading research universities and B.C.’s burgeoning startup scene to further build the country’s tech sector and the opportunities for job creation it provides,” says Rachel Harris, Director of the Creative Destruction Lab. “CDL-West will provide a much-needed support system to ensure innovations formulated on British Columbia campuses can access the funding they need to scale up and grow in-province,” says Robert Helsley, Dean of the UBC Sauder School of Business. “The success our partners at Rotman have had in helping commercialize the scientific breakthroughs of Canadian talent is remarkable and is exactly what we plan to replicate at UBC Sauder with CDL-West.” The inaugural program at CDL-West will focus on high technology ventures based in Western Canada with a call for applications in October and the start of the program in January 2017. The expansion to UBC is one of several recent announcements as the Lab and the ventures it has supported continue to grow. Thalmic Labs, a graduate of the Creative Destruction Lab, recently announced $120 million (US) in Series B funding. Since its inception, companies who have graduated from the program have gone on to create more than $800 million (CDN) in equity value. Earlier this month, a gift to the Rotman School by Scotiabank included funding for the Lab as well as sponsorship of the Lab’s Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence conference which will take place in Toronto on October 27. The Creative Destruction Lab is guided by an Advisory Board, co-chaired by Vancouver-based Haig Farris, a pioneer of the Canadian venture capitalist industry, and Bill Graham, Chancellor of Trinity College at UofT and former Canadian cabinet minister. The Creative Destruction Lab 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 social, industrial, and economic landscape. The Lab has had a material impact on many nascent startups, including Deep Genomics, Greenlid, Atomwise, Bridgit, Kepler Communications, Nymi, NVBots, OTI Lumionics, PUSH, Thalmic Labs, Vertical.ai, Revlo, Validere, Growsumo, and VoteCompass, among others. For more information, visit www.creativedestructionlab.com. 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. The UBC Sauder School of Business is committed to developing transformational and responsible business leaders for British Columbia and the world. Located in Vancouver, Canada’s gateway to the Pacific Rim, the school is distinguished for its long history of partnership and engagement in Asia, the excellence of its graduates, and the impact of its research which ranks in the top 20 globally. For more information, visit www.sauder.ubc.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 Andrew Riley Associate Director, Communications and Media Relations UBC Sauder School of Business University of British Columbia Tel: 604-822-8345 Email andrew.riley@sauder.ubc.ca  

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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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more. 

Toronto, ON – From scissors and staplers to car keys and cell phones, we pass objects to other people every day. We often try to pass the objects so that the handle or other useful feature is facing the appropriate direction for the person receiving the item, but new research shows that we’re less accommodating when it comes to handing over our own belongings. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “The associations or attachments that we have with an object leak into our movements in unintended ways when we interact with them,” says psychology researcher and study author Merryn Constable of the University of Toronto. “The act of facilitating another person’s action is somewhat inhibited when the object that we’re passing is something that we own, but the effects are so subtle that they are likely to go unnoticed.” Indeed, picking up objects is such a routine part of everyday life that we don’t often think about how we do it, but research shows that our actions often contain a prosocial element. When we pick up a mug, for example, we typically pick it up by the handle because that is most comfortable. But when we hand the mug to someone else, we might turn it so that the handle faces the person receiving it. Constable and colleagues wanted to find out whether specific social factors, such as ownership, might influence this behavior – that is, are we just as helpful when passing our own mug as we are when passing someone else’s? In two experiments, the researchers examined passing behavior among 42 pairs of friends. A week or two before the actual experiment, each participant received a mug to keep; the mugs varied only in their background color. The participants were told to use their mug every day, at home or at work, and to make sure that only they used it. This instruction was given to ensure that the participants would feel ownership over the mug. For the experiment, the friends sat across from each other at a table and the experimenter placed a mug in a specific location on the table. One participant, designated the “passer,” was told to pick up the mug and place it in front of his or her friend in a natural manner. In some cases, the friend receiving the mug was told to pick it up by the handle; in other cases, the friend was instructed to remain still. The person doing the passing and the mug that was being passed both varied randomly from trial to trial. The researchers tracked the location of each participant’s hand and the location of the mug using a motion-capture system. In line with previous research, people passed the mug slightly differently depending on whether the friend was going to pick it up afterward – that is, passers rotated the handle closer to the friend’s hand when they expected him or her to grasp the mug. Interestingly, the researchers found that passers rotated the handle slightly less when handing over their own mug compared to when they handed over someone else’s mug. This less helpful behavior occurred both when they passed their friend’s mug and when they passed a mug belonging to the researcher, a relative stranger. The findings from these two studies indicate that passers seemed to help less when passing their own mug to their friend rather than helping more when passing the friend’s own mug, which surprised the researchers: “We were expecting that the effect would be related to helping more if the object that is being passed is owned by the receiver,” says Constable. “It’s possible the prosocial behavior demonstrated by this group of participants was influenced by their self-interest concerning possessions.” Overall, the two experiments underscore the importance of paying attention to the social context of our physical interactions: “These findings reveals how the subtleties of our social world can play out in how we interact physically with objects and people,” Constable concludes. -30- Co-authors on the research include Andrew P. Bayliss (University of East Anglia), Steven P. Tipper (University of York), Ana P. Spaniol (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte), and Jay Pratt and Timothy N. Welsh (both of the University of Toronto). This research was supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Grants 2015-06482 (to T. N. Welsh) and 194537 (to J. Pratt). For more information about this study, please contact: Merryn Constable at merryndconstable@gmail.com. For more information: Anna Mikulak Association for Psychological Science 202.293.9300 amikulak@psychologicalscience.org Katie Babcock Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education 416-278-6568 katie.babcock@utoronto.ca

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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…

June 12, 2017

Can't shake old ideas? Wash them off, suggests Rotman study

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."…

June 5, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

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…

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Toronto Star | July 24, 2017

How Toronto's chief medical officer became the people’s doctor

Profile of Faculty of Medicine alumna Eileen de Villa, who is Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Observers temper expectations for Sears liquidation deals

David Soberman of the Rotman School of Management analyzes how Sears Canada can make the best of their liquidation. Read more. 

CBC News | July 22, 2017

Canadian researchers develop technology for self-driving wheelchairs

The Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Jonathan Kelly describes a program to develop affordable self-driving wheelchairs. Read more.