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Donation Advances Research and Teaching in Healthcare and Life Sciences at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

April 5, 2018

Toronto – A $6 million gift from the Rotman family, one of the University of Toronto’s lead benefactors, will strengthen research and teaching in healthcare and life sciences at the University’s Rotman School of Management.

The gift provides funding for three new faculty chairs or professorships. It will support research and leadership that focuses on health sector challenges. The donation will also go towards educational and leadership development for professionals in the healthcare and life sciences sector. 

The Rotman School has been a leader in healthcare management research through its Centre for Health Sector Strategy within the University of Toronto, which is a global leader in solving some of the world’s most pressing health problems. Rotman and the University also interact with Canada’s largest medical research hub, which is one of the ten largest healthcare and biomedical clusters in the world. The Rotman School currently offers a major in Health Sector Management for students in the School’s Full-Time, Morning and Evening MBA programs. This year the School is launching an 18 month Global Executive MBA in Healthcare & the Life Sciences (GEMBA-HLS) with classes in Toronto, Singapore and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Centre, in partnership with Rotman Executive Programs, is Canada’s leading academic provider of healthcare executive programs, and offers health sector programs, which equip professionals with the knowledge and business skills to lead and manage their organizations effectively in a complex field that is constantly evolving.

In honour of the gift, the Centre will be named the Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy at the University of Toronto.


"This most recent generous gift will enable us to increase the impact of our work in healthcare and life sciences within Canada as well as internationally."

-Prof. Brian R. Golden, Vice-Dean, MBA Programs


“We are enormously grateful for this new gift from the Rotman Family as well as the family’s initial support when we launched our healthcare activities in 2002,” says Prof. Brian R. Golden, Vice-Dean, MBA Programs, who holds the Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy at The University of Toronto & The University Health Network.  “This most recent generous gift will enable us to increase the impact of our work in healthcare and life sciences within Canada as well as internationally.”

“The Rotman family have been visionary supporters of the school,” says Dean Tiff Macklem. “From the moment of their first gift they have been insistent that all sectors of society, including business, government, and healthcare, need inspired leadership, and this gift will help us support the healthcare leaders of today and tomorrow.”

The gift provides funding for three new faculty chairs or professorships in the areas of Health Economics, Policy and Evaluation; Life Sciences Commercialization; and, Artificial Intelligence in Health Care.  It will also be allocated to support Rotman research exploring questions relevant to the health care sector and to support visiting faculty and health system leaders.

Scholarships and bursaries will be created to support students and researchers in a range of Rotman School programs including PhD, MBA, the new GEMBA-HLS, as well as community sector participants in the Centre’s executive programs which are offered in partnership with Rotman Executive Programs. The gift will also create new field-based learning opportunities, including international study tours for MBA students and executives in the health sector.

The Rotman School of Management is part of the University of Toronto, a global centre of research and teaching excellence at the heart of Canada’s commercial capital. Rotman is a catalyst for transformative learning, insights and public engagement, bringing together diverse views and initiatives around a defining purpose: to create value for business and society.

For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca.

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