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Rotman MBAs Launch First Annual Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

January 17, 2017

Toron­to, ON – For the first time, grad­u­ate busi­ness stu­dents and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty from across Cana­da will gath­er on Feb­ru­ary 1 at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to for the annu­al Cana­di­an Grad­u­ate Women in Man­age­ment Con­fer­ence.

The con­fer­ence is orga­nized by the Rot­man Women in Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion (WIMA), which cham­pi­ons the role of women in the Rot­man School com­mu­ni­ty and in the work­place. The theme for this inau­gur­al year is “Men as Allies and the Par­i­ty Propo­si­tion,’ high­light­ing the role of gen­der inclu­siv­i­ty in expand­ing the dis­course on gen­der equi­ty, as Rot­man WIMA cel­e­brates the launch of its male allies pro­gram, WiMen.

Speak­ers include:

• Bruce Simp­son, Direc­tor (Senior Part­ner), McK­in­sey & Com­pa­ny;
• Andrew Edwards, Part­ner, Bain & Com­pa­ny;
• Lau­ra McGee, Engage­ment Man­ag­er, McK­in­sey & Com­pa­ny, founder #GoSpon­sorHer;
• Richard Nes­bitt – Adjunct Pro­fes­sor, Rot­man School of Man­age­ment and Pres­i­dent and CEO, Glob­al Risk Insti­tute;
• Bar­bara Annis, Found­ing Part­ner, Gen­der Intel­li­gence Group;
• Jen­nifer Reynolds, Head, Women in Cap­i­tal Mar­kets; and,
• Sil­via Gon­za­lez-Zamo­ra – Direc­tor, Peo­ple & Change Ser­vices, KPMG Cana­da.

Open­ing remarks for the day will be pro­vid­ed by Tiff Mack­lem, Dean, Rot­man School of Man­age­ment. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion and con­fer­ence reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able online.

“There didn’t seem to be any con­sol­i­dat­ed plat­form where uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents at the grad­u­ate lev­el could inter­act with their col­leagues from across Cana­da, and with mem­bers of indus­try, on top­ics relat­ed to gen­der and work,” says Alex Walk­er Turn­er, MBA’18, a con­fer­ence orga­niz­er and vice pres­i­dent, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Rot­man WIMA. “Rot­man WIMA and Rot­man stu­dents are excit­ed to host men and women from MBA pro­grams across the coun­try, as well as exec­u­tives from the Cana­di­an busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty, to bench­mark, cross-pol­li­nate, and share best prac­tices on pro­mot­ing and lever­ag­ing gen­der diver­si­ty with­in their orga­ni­za­tions.”

Rot­man WIMA’s mis­sion is to cham­pi­on the role of women in the Rot­man com­mu­ni­ty and in the work­place and strives to cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for Rot­man women to advance per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly through career, devel­op­men­tal and social events,

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


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