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Leader In the Banking Industry Joins the Rotman School of Management

February 6, 2013

Toronto – A leader in the banking industry who has strong ties to the University of Toronto's has joined the University's Rotman School of Management as an Executive-in-Residence.

Rose Patten will continue in her role as Special Advisor to the President and CEO of BMO Financial Group and as a senior member of the Bank’s Management Committee. At the Rotman School she will work with students, advise on course design and engage with faculty on research.  She will teach in Leadership and Corporate Governance programs.

"We're delighted to welcome Rose to the Rotman School. Her experience and insights from her prestigious career in the areas of leadership, governance, succession planning and human resources will be invaluable to our students and faculty," says Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School.

Her career has spanned the four financial sectors – banking, trust, insurance and investment banking – and included mandates with responsibility for Canada, the U.S. and Asia. Her previous role with the bank was Senior Executive Vice-President, Head of Human Resources, Corporate Communications and Senior Leadership Advisor, where she played a crucial role in pioneering an executive leadership program for the bank in partnership with the Rotman School. Previously she held senior leadership roles at Nesbitt Burns, Manulife Financial and Continental Bank of Canada/Lloyds Bank Canada.

Currently, she is a director of BMO China Co. in China. She is Vice Chair of the Hospital for Sick Children and chairs its Board Quality Committee. She is Director of the Board and Executive Committee, Chair of Human Resources & Compensation Committee of Metrolinx (Ontario Ministry of Transportation). She is a Member of the Advisory Committee on Senior Level Retention and Compensation, Treasury Board of Canada.

At the University of Toronto, she is a former Chair of Governing Council, a member of the Boundless Campaign; a Member of Massey College; and Honorary Patron of King's College Circle Heritage Society, in her addition to her new role at the Rotman School.  She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree for Corporate Leadership in 2009 from the University.

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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