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Rotman MBA Honoured with Award from Forté Foundation

June 21, 2017

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 students as mentors to female undergraduates across the UofT campus who might have an interest in business as a career. She also launched the first Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference held at the Rotman School earlier this year.

The award is named in honor of Forté’s Board Chair Emeritus, Edie Hunt, a retired partner at Goldman Sachs and was presented at Forté’s MBA Women’s Leadership Conference in Seattle on Saturday. This is the first time a student from the Rotman School and a Canadian business school has been honoured with the award.

“In her two years in the program Alex has had an impact on in the school and university on an almost daily basis,” says Niki da Silva, managing director of the Rotman Full Time MBA program.

Earlier in the year Turner was named to the Poets&Quants “Best & Brightest MBAs” list which honours 100 of the world’s most accomplished full-time MBAs in the Class of 2017.

Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women.

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


For more information:

Ken McGuffin
Manager, Media Relations
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
Tel: 416-946-3818