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Two Rotman School Faculty Members to Receive Special Recognition of Achievement Awards from Excellence Canada

October 30, 2023

Toronto – Two faculty members at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management will each receive a Special Recognition of Achievement Award from Excellence Canada during their summit and awards ceremony on November 17.

Prof. Ajay Agrawal and David Beatty, the founding director of The David & Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation, will be honoured.

Excellence Canada's mission is to help organizations in all sectors become the best-in-class by implementing standards of excellence. From time-to-time, the organization’s board of governors, as part of their annual awards program, recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian society and/or the global human condition.

Prof. Agrawal is honoured in recognition of his ground-breaking work in artificial intelligence and his distinguished service with the Rotman School and its Creative Destruction Lab.

Beatty is honoured in recognition of his lifelong commitment to advancing corporate governance innovation and education at the Rotman School.

Agrawal is a professor of strategic management and the Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Rotman School. He is founder of the Creative Destruction Lab, cofounder of Next 36 and Next AI, and cofounder of Sanctuary, an AI/robotics company. He conducts research on the economics of innovation and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and faculty affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He is a co-author of two books on the economics of artificial intelligence Power and Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence, published in 2022, a follow-up from Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence published in 2018.

Beatty has taught corporate governance and strategy courses in several Rotman programs. He was one of the creators of the Directors Education Program, in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman Executive Programs, which is the gold standard for directors' education in Canada. He was the founding managing director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (2003-2008), an organization that currently represents 55 major institutional investors who collectively manage approximately $6 trillion in assets and has served as a director of more than 40 boards of private and public companies, and not-for-profit organizations.

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