Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner 2019
On October 3, 2019, we celebrated two distinguished alumni for their contributions to their organizations and communities.
The Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner is a celebration established to pay tribute to exceptional alumni who have contributed significantly to their organizations and communities. The black tie gala kicks off the Reunite homecoming weekend. The event draws corporate partners, esteemed members of the Toronto community, alumni and donors. Details on the 2020 winners will be announced in summer of 2020.
The 2019 Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award winner:
The 2019 Leader to Watch Award winner:
Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors
Richard Nesbitt, MBA '85
Former CEO, Global Risk Institute in Financial Services
Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management
Richard Nesbitt has forged a stellar career as a senior executive and scholar in the financial services industry.
Mr. Nesbitt is the former CEO of Global Risk Institute in Financial Services (GRI). Before joining GRI, he was Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of TSX Group, where he was responsible for the consolidation of various local exchanges across Canada into what is today known as the TMX Group.
In addition to his career achievements, Mr. Nesbitt is an Adjunct Professor of the Rotman School, and chair of the Advisory Board of the School’s Mind Brain Behavior Hive. He also recently served as a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom, and has just co-written a new book about technological innovation in financial services.
Mr. Nesbitt is also a passionate champion of gender diversity and co-authored a book “Results at the Top” (Wiley 2017) about how men can help advance female leadership in their organizations. In 2014, he was recognized with the Women in Capital Markets Visionary Award for his work sponsoring gender diverse boards and management teams to build better companies. He also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service and the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award.
Mr. Nesbitt is a member of the board and audit chair for SickKids Foundation and also the chair of the Campaign Cabinet for the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s “Strong Start, Great Future” Campaign to build 10 new Y’s in Toronto. Previously, he was chair of the Finance Committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
Amy Bi, MBA '15
Global Brand Director, Nike Running
Amy is the Global Brand Director for Nike Running, based out of Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon. She leads the global running brand strategy for all key initiatives at Nike and has worked on campaigns such as Breaking2, Crazy Dreams, and Women’s World Cup 2019.
Post-Rotman, Amy was in Nike’s Global Marketing Development Program, an elite rotational program designed to build brand leaders at Nike. She worked on scaling Nike’s e-commerce business across 25 new countries.
Before her career at Nike, Amy worked at Honeywell in Shanghai, China where she was the Asia Pacific marketing leader for all B2B marketing programs. She was also previously an Account Manager at Canadian digital agency, Noise Digital where she led omni-channel strategy for clients such as Sony, Tic Tac, and Johnson & Johnson brands.
Amy’s proudest accomplishment at Rotman was creating the viral-sensation blog account, Rotvegas, which chronicled the life of an MBA student.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys stand-up comedy, golf, and is currently training for this year’s Chicago Marathon.