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Leader in the banking industry joins the Rotman School of Management

February 7, 2013

TORONTO, ON – A leader in the bank­ing indus­try who has strong ties to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to has joined the Uni­ver­si­ty’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment as an Exec­u­tive-in-Res­i­dence.

Rose Pat­ten will con­tin­ue in her role as Spe­cial Advi­sor to the Pres­i­dent and CEO of BMO Finan­cial Group and as a senior mem­ber of the Bank’s Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee. At the Rot­man School she will work with stu­dents, advise on course design and engage with fac­ul­ty on research. She will teach in Lead­er­ship and Cor­po­rate Gov­er­nance pro­grams.

“We’re delight­ed to wel­come Rose to the Rot­man School. Her expe­ri­ence and insights from her pres­ti­gious career in the areas of lead­er­ship, gov­er­nance, suc­ces­sion plan­ning and human resources will be invalu­able to our stu­dents and fac­ul­ty,” says Roger Mar­tin, Dean of the Rot­man School.

Her career has spanned the four finan­cial sec­tors – bank­ing, trust, insur­ance and invest­ment bank­ing – and includ­ed man­dates with respon­si­bil­i­ty for Cana­da, the U.S. and Asia. Her pre­vi­ous role with the bank was Senior Exec­u­tive Vice-Pres­i­dent, Head of Human Resources, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Senior Lead­er­ship Advi­sor, where she played a cru­cial role in pio­neer­ing an exec­u­tive lead­er­ship pro­gram for the bank in part­ner­ship with the Rot­man School. Pre­vi­ous­ly she held senior lead­er­ship roles at Nes­bitt Burns, Man­ulife Finan­cial and Con­ti­nen­tal Bank of Canada/Lloyds Bank Cana­da.

Cur­rent­ly, she is a direc­tor of BMO Chi­na Co. in Chi­na. She is Vice Chair of the Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren and chairs its Board Qual­i­ty Com­mit­tee. She is Direc­tor of the Board and Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, Chair of Human Resources & Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mit­tee of Metrolinx (Ontario Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion). She is a Mem­ber of the Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee on Senior Lev­el Reten­tion and Com­pen­sa­tion, Trea­sury Board of Cana­da.

At the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, she is a for­mer Chair of Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil, a mem­ber of the Bound­less Cam­paign; a Mem­ber of Massey Col­lege; and Hon­orary Patron of Kings Col­lege Cir­cle Her­itage Soci­ety, in addi­tion to her new role at the Rot­man School.  She was award­ed an Hon­orary Doc­tor of Laws degree for Cor­po­rate Lead­er­ship in 2009 from the Uni­ver­si­ty.

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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