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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,

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For more information:

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