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University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management appoints financial services advisory board

November 24, 2010

TORONTO, ON – Developing new connections between the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Toronto’s financial services firms is one of the goals of a  new advisory board which has been appointed by the school.

Chaired by Rotman MBA graduate, Richard Nesbitt, Chairman & CEO of CIBC World Markets, the Rotman Financial Services Board will work to encourage the hiring of Rotman students among Bay Street firms and to encourage those firms to fully take advantage of the school’s resources, which include innovative programs and research.

“This new board will bring together some of the best minds on Bay Street with the leaders of the Rotman School,” says Nesbitt. “The board will further enhance and develop the already robust ties that Rotman has with the financial community in Toronto.”

Other board members include:

•    Jamie Anderson, Deputy Chairman, RBC Capital Markets;
•    Brendan Calder, Entrepreneur in Residence & Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management;
•    Kevin Dougherty, MBA’98, President, Sun Life Financial Canada & Sun Life Global Investments;
•    David Ferguson, Executive Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer, BMO Capital Markets;
•    Anne-Mette de Place Filippini, Vice President, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd;
•    John Hull, Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management;
•    Stephani Kingsmill, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Manulife Financial;
•    Jeff Muzzerall, Director, Corporate Connections Centre, Rotman School of Management;
•    Susan Poole. MFin’10, Director, Derivative Markets, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan;
•    Marlon Reid, MFin’10, Vice President Treasury Credit, Investment Banking, TD Securities;
•    Peter Slan, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Scotiabank; and
•    Suzanne Spragge, Assistant Dean, External Relations & Chief of Staff, Rotman School of Management.

Toronto is the third largest North American financial services centre after New York and Chicago and is Canada’s financial and business capital. The city is home to five of Canada’s largest domestic banks and is also home to 55 foreign bank subsidiaries and 119 securities firms. There is also a significant presence in the city of life insurance companies, pension fund managers, and financial services operations providers.

Currently the Rotman School offers an MBA program which gives students a choice of three areas of specialization within the finance field, including investment banking; financial engineering; and fund management. A new degree for working professionals in the finance industry, the Master of Finance, was recently introduced. The school also offers an Executive MBA program and an Omnium Executive Global MBA programs which takes participants to eight key centres of international business on four continents. A significant number of Rotman graduates take positions with financial services firms in Toronto and internationally. Complete details on the school’s programs are online at

Financial research at the Rotman School is focused at three research centres and the school’s state-of-the art financial research and trading lab.

The Rotman Centre for Finance encourages and provides funding for innovative research projects related to financial engineering, financial economics, corporate financial management, investment management and financial institution management.

The Capital Market Institute seeks to lead the effort in determining how capital markets mechanisms and institutions should be designed in order to create a superior environment for investors and issuers in a small, open market like Canada.

The Rotman International Centre for Pension Management has become a global catalyst for improving pension management. The Centre sponsors research and fosters dialogue that focuses on building better pension deals, better pension fund organizations, and better pension legislation and regulation.

The BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab is a focal point for research and training in a range of financial disciplines and Rotman programs including: investment strategy and portfolio management; financial engineering and risk management; trading; and analysis of the microstructure of markets.

Further information on finance at Rotman is online at

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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Ken McGuffin
Manager, Media Relations
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
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