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Economic and Environmentally Sustainable Solutions at the Forefront for the University of Toronto’s NeXus Consulting Group.

May 27, 2019

Toronto –A new team of five MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have started work with the School’s sustainability and social-impact consulting firm, NeXus Consulting Group.

Since its inception in 2005, NeXus has expanded its focus from non-profit and social enterprise sectors into the private and public sectors with a focus on economic, social, and environmental sustainability for long term success. Every year, a diverse and talented group of second year Rotman MBA students is selected to join the NeXus team.

This year’s consultants, Michael Barford MBA’ 20, Gauraang Dhar, MBA ’20, Ayesha Nayar, MBA ’20, Saif Orfali MBA ’20, and Kanver Gill, MBA’20, each bring a deep understanding of management and business practices. The team draws from its diverse professional experiences in technology, healthcare, marketing, public sector, construction, and more to build creative and impactful business solutions.

"Social impact organizations are being challenged to deliver more value than ever before. Recent NeXus teams have executed a range of projects that have enabled boards and management teams to take their organizations to the next level," says John Visser, a NeXus board member.

Offering competitive, fee-based consulting services, NeXus supports a broad range of client needs, including business planning and start-up assessments, market research, scaling and expansion initiatives, financial modeling, technology implementation, customer insights and social impact measurement. Fully integrated into Rotman’s community, NeXus leverages direct access to the school’s world-class faculty research, cutting-edge education centers, and premium industry databases to deliver meaningful insights to its clients.

NeXus has served clients across over 10 different industries, with current and past clients including: Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Conservatory of Music, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and Evergreen Brick Works. For more information about the NeXus Consulting Group, visit

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


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