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Rotman Executive MBA Graduates Named as Poets&Quants Best and Brightest.

July 12 2019

Toronto – Two graduates from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have been named to the list of the Best & Brightest Executive MBAs by Poets&Quants.

Dr. Angel Arnaout, MBA’19 graduated in June from the Global Executive MBA program and Catherine Bornbaum, MBA’19, graduated from the One-Year Executive program.

They were among the 100 members of the Class of 2019 who comprise Poets&Quants’ 5th annual Best & Brightest Executive MBAs – who “personify excellence in their programs through their contributions to the class, academic performance, extracurricular involvement, professional achievement, personal intangibles, and unique personal stories.”

Dr. Arnaout is an administrator, cancer surgeon and research scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Center and Research Institute. She is also Director of Research and Regional Quality Director of Breast Cancer Care of the Ottawa Region.

“Angel is a star, not only in her class but in all aspects of her life. She is a leading cancer surgeon in her “day job,” yet brings an energy and spirit of “anything is possible” into the classroom and the program.  Surgeons tend to be stereotyped as hard-hitting, no time for chit-chat, let’s get down to business people. While Angel gets the job the done as effectively as anyone, she does it with incredible emotional intelligence and a warm spirit. She balances the hard skills, as a rigorous data-driven clinician scientist, and the soft skills, as a compelling leader among her peers,” says Prof. Brian Golden, Vice-Dean, MBA Programs, who is the Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy at The University of Toronto & The University Health Network.

Bornbaum is Managing Director and Research Associate at the Population Health Analytics Laboratory, at the University’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She was also a student participant in the Rotman School’s Creative Destruction Lab, while in the program.

“Catherine is the epitome of the thoughtful leader. She observes, considers, engages, and emerges as a leader in the ways that we at Rotman espouse. In her time in our Executive MBA, she earned the respect and esteem of her classmates by asking thoughtful questions, encouraging them without being directive, and providing a conversational environment that reinforced her open-minded approach. Her scientific approach to problem-solving, combined with her polished communication skills, make Catherine the type of colleague and leader that all of us want and all can appreciate,” says John Oesch, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream who is also the Academic Director, Morning & Evening and Executive MBA Programs.

The Rotman School offers a One-Year Executive MBA, a Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences and the new Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA, which spans 4 continents over 18 months, in partnership with the SDA Bocconi School of Management.  

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