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John A. Tory Fellowship established at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

September 14, 2011

TORONTO, ON – A fellowship in memory of John A. Tory has been established at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management with an $180,000 commitment from Thomson Reuters.

The annual fellowship will provide a $40,000 award to a Full-Time MBA student. The recipient will also have the opportunity to participate in a competitive 10-week paid internship in the Summer Associates Program at Thomson Reuters prior to their last year of study.

“John Tory was an optimist who believed the future yields untold promise.  In his honour, we are pleased to partner with the University of Toronto to support the next generation of business leaders, consistent with John’s legacy of passion and curiosity for all facets of business combined with his unparalleled grace, integrity, humility and work ethic,” said David Thomson, chairman of Thomson Reuters.

“We are humbled by the opportunity to house the John Tory Fellowship at the Rotman School.  John was a friend and colleague and one of the finest business minds of his generation. In addition, as everyone who ever worked with him knew, he had absolutely impeccable principals.  This award will be an inspiration to our students,” said Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School.

John A. Tory was a Toronto lawyer and businessman, a partner of the law firm Torys LLP, and well known advisor and director to some of Canada’s best known firms including The Thomson Corporation, Rogers Communications and the Royal Bank of Canada.  He served as the President of Woodbridge, the Thomson family holding company, from 1973 to 1998 and served as Deputy Chairman of The Thomson Corporation from 1978 to 1997. He was a member of the board of Thomson Reuters at the time of his death earlier this year. Mr. Tory graduated from the University of Toronto with a law degree in 1952.

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world’s most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the design of creative business solutions.  The School is currently raising $200 million to ensure Canada has the world-class business school it deserves. For more information, visit




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