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. 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. 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. 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.