Media Releases

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October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

September 25, 2017

Scholarship in Honour of JosepRotman Awarded at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – For the second year, a Joseph L. Rotman Scholarship has been awarded to an incoming student in the Full-Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Heather Beatty is the recipient of the full tuition scholarship, which she received, based on the strength of her overall application to the MBA program, where she described herself as “gritty, empathetic, resourceful, curious, and uninhibited." Beatty is a graduate of Dartmouth College where she was the…

September 20, 2017

Fujitsu Laboratories and University of Toronto Enter Strategic Partnership

Toronto, ON – Kawasaki, Japan and Toronto, Canada, September 20, 2017 Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and the University of Toronto have entered into a new partnership, with Fujitsu Laboratories establishing a new research center in Toronto focused on bolstering R&D into breakthrough quantum computing technologies. In a wide variety of fields, including healthcare, finance, logistics, public policy, there exists an enormous amount of extraordinarily complex problems that require rapid decision making, yet cannot be solved in a realistic time-frame with current computing…

September 19, 2017

Rotman School Professor Appointed to Lead Research Initiatives at the International Centre for Pension Management

Toronto, ON – Mikhail (Mike) Simutin, an associate professor of finance at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, has been appointed the associate director of research for the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM). In the new role he will drive ICPM’s research initiatives and strengthen the organization’s position as a global pension research hub. Prof. Simutin will oversee calls for research proposals, select winning submissions, as well as develop impactful agendas for bi-annual ICPM Discussion Forums. In this…

September 12, 2017

Kids praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, new studies find

Toronto, ON – Kids who are praised for being smart, or who are told they have a reputation for being smart, are more likely to be dishonest and cheat, a pair of studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and researchers in the U.S. and China has found. OISE’s Jackman Institute of Child Studies (JICS) Professor Kang Lee and study co-authors say that while praise is one of the most commonly used forms…