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Two Rotman MBAs Named Among the World’s Best and Brightest for 2017

May 9, 2017

Toron­to, ON – Two grad­u­at­ing MBA stu­dents from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of man­age­ment have been 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.

Alex Walk­er Turn­er, MBA’17, and David St Bernard, JD/MBA’17, were the only two stu­dents from a Cana­di­an busi­ness school includ­ed on the list.

Turn­er and St Bernard were cit­ed by Poets&Quants for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions as com­mu­ni­ty builders.

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.

“Ideas like this have been talked about in the past by oth­ers,” says Niki da Sil­va, man­ag­ing direc­tor of the Rot­man Full Time MBA pro­gram. “But she stepped up and made more hap­pen in her two years at Rot­man than most stu­dents ever do.”

St Bernard is a co-founder of Sum­mit Lead­ers which men­tors high-poten­tial stu­dents from low-income back­grounds to pre­pare them to become Canada’s next great busi­ness lead­ers and entre­pre­neurs.

“This endeav­our has been so suc­cess­ful that David is cur­rent­ly in the process of tak­ing this orga­ni­za­tion nation­al. He leads by exam­ple and has been a huge advo­cate for advanc­ing the Rot­man School’s diver­si­ty and inclu­sion man­date,” says Neel Joshi, Direc­tor, Stu­dent Life & Inter­na­tion­al Expe­ri­ence at the Rot­man School.

Pro­files of Turn­er and St Bernard are online at Poets&Quants as well as the fea­ture arti­cle for the entire list.

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