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Rotman NeXus links business minds with social missions

June 22, 2011

MBA students provide consulting services to non-profit organizations

TORONTO, ON — For the sev­enth year, a new team of MBA stu­dents from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment who are ready to “link busi­ness minds with social mis­sions” have start­ed work at Rot­man NeXus.

Rot­man NeXus offers con­sult­ing ser­vices to non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions with the goal of max­i­miz­ing an orga­ni­za­tions’ social impact. With a record of achiev­ing inno­v­a­tive and prac­ti­cal results, NeXus con­sul­tants use busi­ness edu­ca­tion to sup­port the vision of the non-prof­it sec­tor. Con­sult­ing ser­vices are offered to non-prof­its and social enter­pris­es at afford­able rates and sup­port a broad range of busi­ness needs at all the dif­fer­ent stages in the non-prof­it life­cy­cle.

The Rot­man NeXus team is com­prised of four stu­dents who have com­plet­ed the first of two years’ study in the MBA pro­gram at the Rot­man School. The team is not only ded­i­cat­ed to mak­ing a pos­i­tive impact in non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­ni­ties; they are also sup­port­ed by an exten­sive net­work of expert men­tors includ­ing some of the Rot­man School’s world-renowned fac­ul­ty. Each project team is matched with expe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als who pro­vide guid­ance and knowl­edge of best prac­tices. In this way, Rot­man NeXus clients also ben­e­fit from the insight of expe­ri­enced non-prof­it, aca­d­e­m­ic and busi­ness lead­ers.

“[I was] dis­tinct­ly impressed by the team’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism, reli­a­bil­i­ty, intel­li­gence, capa­bil­i­ty, tal­ent and sup­port net­work. Hav­ing now worked with three iter­a­tions of NeXus con­sul­tants, I am very hap­py to say that I have nev­er once felt that those stan­dards haven’t always been con­sis­tent­ly high.” Says Mahadeo Sukhai, Pres­i­dent of The Nation­al Edu­ca­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Dis­abled Stu­dents (NEADS).

Oth­er recent clients have includ­ed Cen­tre for Social Inno­va­tion, The Toron­to Mendelssohn Choir, Cana­di­an Youth Busi­ness Foun­da­tion and Eva’s Ini­tia­tives.

“What real­ly excit­ed me about the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with Rot­man NeXus was that I was able to apply my skills from the MBA pro­gram and make a pos­i­tive impact on my com­mu­ni­ty. Before start­ing with Rot­man NeXus, I was sole­ly focused on what I could do for non for prof­its with­in the com­mu­ni­ty. After work­ing with NeXus and hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet with a vari­ety of orga­ni­za­tions, it turns out that it has been quite the oppo­site and they have done so much for me! The pas­sion that they have for their orga­ni­za­tions is infec­tious and has real­ly inspired us all,” says Rik­ki Ben­nie, MBA’12.

The oth­er Rot­man NeXus team mem­bers for 2011/12 are Madi­son Dia­mond, Krish­na Donepu­di and Elaine Zhang.

For more infor­ma­tion about the con­sult­ing ser­vices pro­vid­ed by Rot­man NeXus, vis­it their web­site at  or fol­low them on Twit­ter, @RotmanNeXus.

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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Ken McGuf­fin
Man­ag­er, Media Rela­tions
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
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