Simon Ashbourne started his career at Procter and Gamble and Cadbury before moving into consulting. His work is primarily with senior marketing and sales managers and focuses on helping them develop clear and compelling answers to the "tough questions" they face in the marketplace, for example: What do we want our consumers or customers to do differently than they are doing today? How can we influence their attitudes and behaviours? How should we organize our marketing and sales resources so that we are most effective? How do we identify the most attractive business opportunities to pursue? How do we plan effectively - neither under-investing or over-investing in the planning process?
Dr. Tomas Casas, B.Sc., MBA, Ph.D.
Professor Tomas Casas has expertise in theoretical entrepreneurship models, business practices in Chinese firms and behaviorist economics. His extensive business experience includes having founded various IT and software firms in greater China as well as operational companies in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Manila. He has worked as a project manager in international business development for the NEC Corporation in Tokyo and as an international trade consultant for the Wharton Export Network in Philadelphia.
Beatrix Dart, Ph.D.
Beatrix Dart is the Associate Dean, Executive MBA Programs, at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and is the Academic Director for the One-Year Executive MBA, and the Omnium Global Executive MBA programs. The architect of Rotman’s One-Year Executive MBA program, she was recently honoured for her contributions to the global Executive MBA industry by the Executive MBA Council with the prestigious 2012 Bud Fackler Service Award. Beatrix received her Ph.D. in Statistics and Economics from the University of Konstanz. After a successful career with McKinsey & Company, she joined the Rotman School of Management in 2000. As a Professor of Strategic Management and Management Consulting, her teaching focuses on the development of growth strategies for international companies. Beatrix also serves as the Executive Director for Rotman's Initiative for Women in Business, advancing women in management, and working with groups like the Women Entrepreneurs of Canada, Corporate Women Lawyers, or Internationally-trained women professionals to understand and remove barriers for women in their career advancement. In 2010, Beatrix received the prestigious international TIAW award for her work for women in business and just recently she was presented with the “2013 Women Worth Watching Award’ by the American Diversity Journal.
An accomplished consultant, Beatrix’s strategic advice is sought by many companies she counseled over the last years. She is often invited to present her insights to conferences and panels, and is frequently quoted in press, radio and television. She is a current board member of EllisDon, one of Canada’s largest construction companies, and a member of Rogers Women Network Advisory Board. She is a former board member of Branksome Hall, an independent school in Toronto, and served previously on the Executive MBA Council Board of Trustees, chairing the 2008 EMBAC Conference in Toronto, Canada.
Prof. Jim Fisher, MBA
CCMF Chair in Entrepreneurship, Professor of Strategic Management, Vice Dean, MBA Programs & Executive Education, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Three times voted “Teacher of the Year” by the second-year MBA classes, Professor Jim Fischer teaches leadership, strategy and organization design in the MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Development Programs. He brings extensive practical business experience to the classroom. Having worked with McKinsey & Company, Professor Fisher co-founded the Canada Consulting Group, the country's largest Canadian-owned strategy firm before it merged with the Boston Consulting Group. He joined George Weston Limited in 1986 and served as Executive Vice President of Weston Foods, Chairman and President of William Neilson Limited and President of George Weston North American Bakeries. Currently he serves on a numbers of boards, including Canadian Tire Corporation, Atlas Cold Storage and the ICD Corporate Governance College. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in political science and economics and from Harvard University with an MBA.
Dr. Sonu Goyal
Dr. Sonu Goyal is a Professor of Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at International Management Institute, New Delhi, India. She is a doctorate from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. As part of her doctoral research she studied the strategies adopted by the Indian IT services companies and their business model. She is currently the Area Chairperson for Strategy and General Management. Her research and teaching interests are in the field of Industry and Competitive Dynamics, Managing Innovations, Entrepreneurship, CSR, Managing Change and Behavioral Context of firms. She has chaired an International Conference on ‘Green Competitiveness for Sustainable Development’ in collaboration with George Mason University, USA and Monash University, Australia. She has also edited a book on ‘Green Business’. She has conducted many in-company management development programs for state Owned enterprises such as ONGC, NHPC, DOT, CSIR, Power Forum, Engineers India ltd. IOCL as well as private firms such as CSC India, Moser Baer and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.
Prof. Walid Hejazi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Professor Walid Hejazi’s research interests focus on the interaction between globalization and economic growth. He has written on the importance of trade, foreign investment, human capital accumulation and financial and institutional development for the growth experience of a large number of countries. He has examined, in particular, the strategies pursued by multinationals, and the effects these strategies have had on home and host economies, especially as they relate to the diffusion of technology. His most recent work addresses the social, economic and fiscal problems posed by the rapidly aging populations of East Asia and makes policy recommendations for pension reform. Professor Hejazi has advised the governments of several developing countries on the formulation of optimal monetary and fiscal policies.
Prof. Dr. Martin Hilb
Professor of Business Administration, Managing Director, Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management, University of St.Gallen
Professor Martin Hilb is an expert in corporate governance. He has consulted on board and human resources management in more than 50 countries and published ground-breaking governance research gaining widespread notice. He acquired his practical business experience with Nestlé SA in Switzerland, Martin & Co in Berlin and Schering-Plough Corporation, USA. He ultimately served as the director of Germany’s Essex Chemie AG. His teaching experience has included engagements at the University of Dallas, the SMU in Singapore and the EIASM in Brussels. He has also conducted research at UBC in Vancouver and the MGSM in Sydney.
Prof. Doug Hyatt, Ph.D.
Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Professor Doug Hyatt teaches micro- and macroeconomics for Omnium and other Rotman Executive MBA programs. His research interests are primarily in the area of labour economics, particularly wage and employment determination. Professor Hyatt applies his expertise in legal disputes involving the valuation of economic losses, and to music and publishing copyright tariff matters.
Prof. Wolfgang Jenewein
Wolfgang is professor of business administration at the University of St. Gallen. Previously, he was appointed professor of leadership and executive education at the RWTH Aachen University. Since February 2011, he is Academic Director of the Executive MBA Program at the University of St. Gallen and became Director at the Center for Customer Insight (FCI-HSG) in April the same year. His research and teaching includes transactional and transformational leadership, leadership in high performance teams and leadership in times of change. Wolfgang has published several articles and books on these topics as well as marketing and entrepreneurship. He worked with the Alinghi sailing team, the German national football team and the German football club VfB Stuttgart. He managed numerous research projects with enterprises such as ABB, Hilti, Mobiliar, Graubündner Kantonalbank, Allianz, Zürcher Kantonalbank, Credit Suisse, DVAG and BMW.
Prof. Jan Mahrt-Smith
Jan Mahrt-Smith is Associate Professor of Finance at Rotman and teaches MBA, MFin, PhD, and Executive Education courses in Corporate Finance, M&A, and Behavioral Finance. He has won several of the highest teaching awards from the MBA students and the Dean. Jan has consulted with Citibank, Scotia, Corus Entertainment and others. He has published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, among others. Jan holds a PhD from M.I.T. (1998) and was on the faculty of the London Business School from 1998-2002.
Prof. Rick Powers, MBA, LLB
A recipient of numerous teaching awards, Professor Rick Powers is an expert in corporate governance, ethics, business and corporate law and sports marketing. He is an Academic Director of the Directors Education Program and the Governance Essentials Program (in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors – ICD). He is also a director of several not-for-profit organizations and frequently comments on legal and governance issues in various media across Canada. Professor Powers is currently completing his doctoral studies in Higher Education at the University of Toronto.
Prof. Dr. T. Flemming Ruud
Professor T. Flemming Ruud’s expertise encompasses internal and external auditing, financial issues of corporate governance, internal control and risk management. As well as teaching in several Executive MBA programs, including Omnium, Dr. Ruud is an advisor to European governments, businesses, academic institutions and auditing firms. He is a recipient of the Leon R. Radde Educator of the Year Award. Professor Ruud was formerly an associate professor in auditing at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen, and full professor at the Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway, where he is now adjunct professor.
Dr. Lüder W. Tockenbürger
Dr. Tockenbürger graduated from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland (HSG), in business administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting. He finished his doctoral studies in 1999 in the technology management specialist program. Since 2000, he has developed and conducted international management training programs in Europe, America as well as in Asia in the fields of organizational development and management. His expertise covers several fields, including strategic management, organizational development, communication and leadership. Dr. Tockenbürger is a founding member of several companies and also works as a management consultant.
Prof. Thorsten Truijens, MBA, Ph.D.
Professor Thorsten Truijens is a consultant and practitioner of financial management and value-generation strategies and has worked for large multinationals including Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, DaimlerChrysler, Merck and Novartis. He has taught at Harvard Business School, University Witten/Herdecke, Eidgenössisch Technishe Hochschule, Centre Européen de Management Colmar and University of St Gallen (HSG). In addition, he has worked on several training projects in areas including financial and management accounting training and leads top management seminars in finance and accounting for leading European institutions.
Prof. Glen R. Whyte, JD/MBA, MA, MPhil, PhD
Glen Whyte is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Rotman. His research interests include topics related to individual and group judgment and decision making, and managerial negotiations. Glen is a former Associate Dean of Curriculum at Rotman, and is currently an Academic Director of the Rotman and Institute of Corporate Directors’ Education Program. Glen consults frequently to the private and public sector on negotiation and dispute resolution, decision making, risk management and corporate governance.
Program faculty subject to change.