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Reunite 2018 Schedule

Friday, October 19, 2018

4:00 to 5:00pm–Fireside Chats

Join us for sessions with alumni from a breadth of industries, programs and years.

3:30 to 3:55pm–Registration (Desautels Hall)

4:00 to 5:00pm–Fireside Chats (various rooms - tba)

Get advice from alumni who have built extraordinary careers in a wide variety of fields! An exciting lineup of senior leaders will share their personal and career journeys and insights they’ve gained along the way. Click on each of our speakers to read more about them. More Speakers to be announced shortly.

Fireside Chat Speakers

Tania Carnegie

Tania Carnegie, Evening MBA '98
Chief Impact Officer & Leader, KPMG Impact Ventures, KPMG LLP

Tania Carnegie is Chief Impact Officer and Leader of the Impact Ventures practice at KPMG. A recognized global leader in impact investing, she created both these roles and is responsible for KPMG’s Impact strategy, and for advising clients on developing strategies that leverage impact as a means to drive long-term value creation.

Tania was appointed to the Federal Steering Group tasked with developing the social innovation & social finance strategy for the Government of Canada, and was a member of Canada’s National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. Tania is the KPMG’s delegate to FCLT Global, and a founding member of KPMG’s Global Impact Investing Steering Group.

As active member of her community, Tania is a Director of The Prince’s Trust Canada, Business for the Arts, the Art of Time Ensemble, The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Service Fund, a Global Ambassador of WE Charity, and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Lee-Chin Institute at the Rotman School of Management. For over a decade, Tania was a Member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, serving as Lady in Waiting to HRH The Countess of Wessex.

Tania is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and completed her MBA at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and her Bachelor of Science at Western University. Tania is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Volunteer Award, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.

Jason LeBlanc

Jason LeBlanc, MFIN '11
Senior Vice President, Finance and CFO, Yamana Gold Inc.

Jason LeBlanc is the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Yamana Gold. Mr. LeBlanc joined Yamana in January 2006. He has almost 20 years of experience in the mining industry with a background in corporate finance and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting and research. During his time at Yamana, Mr. Leblanc has held increasingly senior positions including most recently the position of Vice President, Finance and Treasurer. Mr. LeBlanc has a Master of Finance from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Eric Metivier

Eric Métivier, MBA '90
Managing Director & Head of Corporate Banking, Canada, CIBC World Markets

Mr. Métivier is Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking – Canada. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Solutions; a group that provides hedging products in foreign exchange, interest rates, commodities and equities to CIBC’s corporate and government clients globally. Mr. Métivier also oversaw the Macro Strategy group, which focuses on fundamental and technical research in energy, foreign exchange, interest rates and the emerging markets. Mr. Métivier joined CIBC to help start the Power and Utilities group within the CIBC’s Investment Banking practice. Mr. Métivier sits on CIBC’s Global Deals Committee and served as a past Chair of the CIBC’s Trading Room Deals Committee. He is also involved in various community initiatives including the Investment Committee for the Children’s Aid Foundation. Mr. Métivier holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a Baccalauréat en commerce from l’Université d’Ottawa.

Faran Thawar

Farhan Thawar, MBA '07

Farhan Thawar is the CTO & Co-Founder of Most recently he was the CTO, Mobile at Pivotal and VP, Engineering at Pivotal Labs. Farhan is best known for scaling Xtreme Labs 35x and building some of the most popular mobile apps in the world. He is an avid writer and speaker and was named one of Toronto's 25 most powerful people. Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, and Trilogy. Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterloo. Farhan holds a board seat at Optiva (formerly Redknee).

Gave Lindo

Gave Lindo, JD/MBA '07
Executive Director of OTT Programming, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Gave Lindo is the Executive Director of OTT Programming for CBC where he leads the content strategy for CBC's over-the-top streaming service and oversees its slate of original digital content for all platforms. Prior to his appointment, he served as Senior Director and Chief of Staff of Programming where he oversaw CBC’s programming operations and content partnerships. With over a decade of experience as a lawyer, executive, and board director within the media, arts, and cultural sector, Gave currently serves on a number of boards including Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC), the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, NOW Magazine, and Laidlaw Foundation. He also serves as an advisor to the Banff World Media Festival, Ryerson’s SocialVenture Zone, and Toronto Life Magazine. Previously, Gave was the Executive Director of Reelworld Film Festival as well as a media lawyer with Fasken. He holds BA, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Toronto and is called to the Bar of Ontario.

Chia Chia Sun

Chia Chia Sun, MBA '00
CEO, Damiva Inc.

Chia Chia Sun is Co-Founder of Damiva – a women's health, personal care and technology solutions’ company. Damiva has grown from a basement setup to landing major contracts with North American pharmacies and there’s much more planned for 2018. Chia Chia’s last role before starting Damiva was as the head of Canadian operations for a Danish pharmaceutical company, Azanta. A large part of her career has focused on consulting to U.S. large pharmaceutical clients such as Wyeth-Pfizer, Merck, and Johnson & Johnson. Chia Chia has an MBA in Corporate Finance from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; a double Masters in Genetics and BioEthics from McGill University; BSc. in Molecular Biology from McMaster University and; a BSc. in BioPhysics from the University of Toronto.

Anat Davidzon

Anat Davidzon, Morning MBA '10
Managing Director, Chipotle Canada

Anat Davidzon is currently Managing Director for Chipotle Canada. Prior to that Anat played a key role in expanding aroma espresso bar to Canada and held the title of Managing Partner since its first location opened in Toronto in 2007. The brand has since grown to nearly 45 locations across Toronto and Southern and Western Ontario. In 2017, aroma espresso bar was named Regional Company of the Year at the 29th Annual Pinnacle Awards. Ms. Davidzon’s role at aroma espresso bar included business development, overseeing day-to-day operations and working directly with franchisees on all levels. Outside her professional roles, Ms. Davidzon devotes her time to her husband and two young children. Her experience prior to joining Chipotle Canada included working as a Senior Security Officer with El Al Airlines and as a Commanding Officer with the Israeli Air Force. Ms. Davidzon earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Dawn Marie King

Dawn-Marie King, Evening MBA '10
Integrated Director of Lab Medicine, St. Joseph Health Centre Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital
Director of Medical Imaging, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dawn-Marie King is the Integrated Director of Lab Medicine at St. Joseph Health Centre Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, and Director of Medical Imaging at St. Michael’s Hospital. She has over ten years of experience leading teams in operations, medical imaging and lab medicine for St. Michael’s Hospital and the University Health Network. As an executive healthcare leader Dawn-Marie collaborates with stakeholders to achieve excellence in service levels and customer satisfaction. Her work focuses on building cross functional teams that connect with physician leaders, the greater healthcare community, educational institutions, government as well as unionized and non-unionized employees. Dawn-Marie has a certificate in Advanced Health Leadership and her MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto as well as a BA in Health Administration from Ryerson University, Certificate in Nuclear Medicine from the Michener Institute and a BSc. from the University of Waterloo.

Toni Rossi

Toni Rossi, ICD
President, Real Estate Division, Infrastructure Ontario

Ms. Rossi leads the overall management of the Province of Ontario’s General Real Estate Portfolio and provides realty advice, transaction, project and other realty services to various Public Sector portfolios. Toni was IO’s Interim President and CEO, President of the Lending Division, and was a key member of the Executive Team merging Ontario Realty Corp (ORC) and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) in 2012. Before joining IO, Toni was in Development at Oxford Properties and Cadillac Fairview. At CF she held many retail and office property management, business reengineering, national operations and marketing positions. Toni holds an Honours BPHE from the University of Toronto and her ICD.D from Rotman’s Institute of Corporate Directors. A passionate community builder, she is a Director on the National Board of Habitat for Humanity Canada. Toni also served as Chair of the Board for Habitat Toronto and was the First Chair of the largest Canadian Women Build in Toronto. Toni was the 2017 Co-Chair of the Toronto Real Estate Forum, Co-Chair of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee and has held positions on the Board for Toronto CREW, Toronto’s Legacy Committee and Toronto CivicAction Committees. Toni is currently serving on Ryerson’s Real Estate Advisory Board, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Board, the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Public Sector Realty Committee and was recently elected as a Director of the Canadian RealPac Association.

Tanbir Grover

Tanbir Grover, MBA '05
Vice President, eCommerce & Omnichannel at Lowe’s Companies Canada

Tanbir Grover is the Vice President, eCommerce & Omnichannel for Lowe's Canada. He joined Lowe's in the summer of 2012, to lead and establish as a comprehensive destination for home improvement products and inspiration. Since 2016, he has assumed responsibility for both and In that time he has worked to bring both of those banners fully transactional while also expanding the customer experience on both websites. Prior to joining Lowe's, Tanbir was the Director of eCommerce at The Hudson's Bay Company where he successfully launched the site and was instrumental in its growth and success. Tanbir has also worked for Sears Canada in managing their online business and has a diverse set of experiences through his work with Coca-Cola and Bombardier. With an Honours Degree in Commerce from McMaster University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Tanbir is a well-known and well respected advocate of Canada's eCommerce industry.

Mario DiPietro

Mario Di Pietro, MBA '00
Principal, Origin Merchant Partners

Mario has over 18 years of advisory and capital raising experience in the technology sector working with numerous public and private technology clients across North America in domestic and cross border transactions. Prior to joining Origin as a Principal, Mario was Director of Technology Investment Banking at BMO Capital Markets, responsible for coverage of technology clients across North America. Previously, Mario was Executive Director of Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets. Mario has extensive experience across several technology sectors, having completed transactions in the software, hardware, communications, IT services, Internet and digital media sectors. Mario holds a MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan, MBA '95
Senior Managing Director & Chief Talent Officer, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Mary Sullivan is Senior Managing Director & Chief Talent Officer. She joined CPPIB in 2015 to lead our global Human Resources team. She is responsible for talent acquisition, organizational development, international mobility, and compensation & benefits. A seasoned executive with over 25 years of Human Resources experience, Mary worked previously as Senior Vice President at Holt, Renfrew & Co. where she was responsible for their Human Resources function. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. She also spent seven years as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at IMAX Corporation. Mary has an MBA from the University of Toronto and a BA in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario.

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Simon Tang, EMBA '04
Partner, National Leader - Vulnerability Management and Payment Security Services , Deloitte

Simon Tang is a Partner with Deloitte LLP and he leads the payment security and vulnerability management and practices for Deloitte Canada. In his 16 years with the firm, Simon has served clients around the globe and has helped executives to be more aware about the importance of security, and organizations to become more secure. He has been a speaker at many conferences across North America on the subject of network and Internet security. Simon is also an instructor of the Deloitte'sHackERS course where the Introduction of Attack & Penetration is taught. Simon has frequently been interviewed by national TV, newspapers and magazines in the topic of Internet Security. In addition to the many security articles that he published, he has also written a white paper on the topic of: "Using an Ethical Hacking Technique to Assess Information SecurityRisk" for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA).Since the age of nine when he rewrote the software code for a slot machine computer game, Simon has shown strong interest in computer. Simon is a CPA and CA in Ontario a CPA in Michigan, a CISSP and CISA. He holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, a MSA from Central Michigan University, and lectures graduate level auditing courses at the University of Toronto.

5:00 to 6:30pm–Dean's Reception

Relive your Rotman days – minus the exams. Meet Dean Tiff Macklem, catch up with friends and faculty, and network with fellow alumni across grad years, programs and industries.

6:30 to 10:00pm–Reunion Year Celebrations

Celebrate your reunion year and rediscover what made your time together at Rotman so special. Events will be held at various locations around the Rotman School. This year, we are celebrating grad years ending in ‘3’ or ‘8’ plus 2017. If you would like to know what is being planned for your reunion, please contact Sarah Ogbiti at 416-978-4234 or

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

8:15 to 9:15 am: Breakfast, Registration and Opening Remarks

8:15 to 9:00 am - Breakfast and Registration

9:00 to 9:15 am - Welcome remarks

Tiff Macklem

Tiff Macklem
Dean, Rotman School of Management and Director, Scotiabank

Tiff Macklem served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, sharing responsibility with the governor and four deputy governors for monetary policy and the Bank’s role in promoting financial stability. In that role, he was also the Bank’s chief operating officer and a member of its board of directors, overseeing strategic planning and coordinating the Bank’s operations. Macklem has also played a leading role in efforts to ensure stable financial systems worldwide through the Financial Stability Board.

Salima Rawji

Salima Rawji, MBA ’07
Vice-President, Development, CreateTO

Salima Rawji is Vice President, Development for the CreateTO and has been with its predecessor organization (Build Toronto) since 2012 and prior to that with SmartCentres. She sits on the Toronto District Council Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute and is the P3 Public Chair for Ontario with the International Council of Shopping Centers Canadian Divisional Leadership. She is on the Board of Directors for CivicAction and the Homes First Foundation. Salima holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

Peter Slan

Peter Slan, Evening MBA, '94
Senior Vice-President, International Wealth Management, Scotiabank

Mr. Peter Slan is the Senior Vice President and Head of International Wealth Management at The Bank of Nova Scotia. He has responsibility of all of Scotiabank’s investment advisory, private banking, mutual funds, trust and pension businesses outside of Canada. He has been with Scotiabank for the past 20 years, moving through progressively senior leadership roles, within Finance, Global Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets. He sits on the board of the Baycrest Foundation and he is Vice Chair of the United Jewish Appeal's Bay Street Cabinet. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds an MBA degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

9:15 to 10:30 am–Plenary Session: Governance

It’s been 10 years since the financial crisis of 2008 and 20 years since the implosion of Enron and WorldCom. Those two “crises” did more to impact the future of governance than any other issues from the past 50 years. In addition to technical expertise and professional experience, the most important thing that an effective director brings to the table is an independent perspective. Dean Tiff Macklem will lead a discussion covering a range of topics from shareholder engagement to disruption and board renewal because these issues are changing the way boards operate and laying the ground work for a new model of governance.

Tiff Macklem

Tiff Macklem
Dean, Rotman School of Management and Director, Scotiabank

Tiff Macklem served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, sharing responsibility with the governor and four deputy governors for monetary policy and the Bank’s role in promoting financial stability. In that role, he was also the Bank’s chief operating officer and a member of its board of directors, overseeing strategic planning and coordinating the Bank’s operations. Macklem has also played a leading role in efforts to ensure stable financial systems worldwide through the Financial Stability Board.

David Beatty

David Beatty
Conway Director, Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness and Professor of Strategic Management

David Beatty is Conway Chair of the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness. Currently, he serves as a Director of FirstService Corporation, Walter Energy and Canada Steamships Lines. Over his career he has served on over 35 Boards of directors and been Chair of 8 publicly traded companies. He was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (2003-2008). David served on Peter Drucker’s Foundation Board in the United States for over a decade, the last few years as Vice Chairman and was Chair of Upper Canada College from 1992-97.

Judy Goldring

Judy G. Goldring, LL.B, ICD.D
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, AGF Management Limited

Judy G. Goldring is Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at AGF Management Limited and a member of the Board of Directors of AGF Management Limited (AGF), a global asset management company trading on the TSX. She is also a member of the Board for the AGF Group of Funds.

Judy is a member of the Board of Directors of Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), the investment funds industry association. Judy currently sits on the Board of the Toronto French School, an independent bilingual school. Previously, Judy was Chair of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, from 2013-2016. She has been an active fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2015, Judy was inducted into the Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network.

Katherine Lee

Katherine Lee, BCOM '86
Director, BCE and Bell Canada, Colliers International Group and PSP Investment Boar; former President and CEO of GE Capital Canada

Katherine Lee is a Director on BCE and Bell Canada, Colliers International Group and PSP Investments boards. From 2010 to February 2015 she served as President and CEO of GE Capital Canada (a leading global provider of financial and fleet management solutions to mid-market companies operating in a broad range of economic sectors). Prior to this role, Ms. Lee served as CEO of GE Capital Real Estate in Canada from 2002 to 2010, building it to a full debt and equity operating company. Ms. Lee joined GE in 1994, where she held a number of positions, including Director, Mergers & Acquisitions for GE Capital’s Pension Fund Advisory Services based in San Francisco, and Managing Director of GE Capital Real Estate Korea based in Seoul and Tokyo. Ms. Lee earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant. She is active in the community, championing women’s networks and Asia-Pacific forums.

Daehyun Kim

Daehyun Kim
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Daehyun Kim is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Professor Kim’s broad research interest is corporate governance, with a specific focus on topics such as board of directors and shareholder control. His research has been published in the American Economic Review. His work has garnered considerable attention from the public as well as international media. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Kim accumulated accounting and finance industry experience in various roles. He worked as a budget analyst at American Airlines, preparing operating and capital budget for the airline’s airport operations. Prior to that, he worked as a debt capital markets analyst at Barclays Capital, facilitating companies to issue corporate bonds. He also worked at Lehman Brothers as a credit risk management research analyst. Additionally, as an undergraduate student, he worked as a summer intern at Banc of America Securities in syndicated loan origination for gaming and real estate companies, and at a boutique investment bank specializing in community bank mergers and acquisitions.

Professor Kim has taught managerial accounting to Rotman Commerce and Full-time MBA students.

10:50 am to 12:00 pm–Morning Breakout Sessions

Morning concurrent sessions; attendees to choose one session.

SESSION A – Emancipatory Leadership: Enabling Impact through Inclusion

There is enormous buzz about twenty first century leadership competencies and organizational behavior that reflects the constantly evolving nature of both the corporate culture as well as the disparate expectations of stakeholders. Increasingly, organizations have to effectively meet, and exceed these disparate expectations in order to retain their competitive advantage. One such key leadership competency is the ability to navigate differences within and across the organizational milieu effectively. Emancipatory leadership enables leaders to use their understanding of the world and its diverse cultures and nationalities to create a respectful, successful, agile and highly competitive organization. In this highly interactive session, Professor Nouman Ashraf will share frameworks and tools for putting cultural intelligence into practice everyday life.

SESSION B – Do institutional investors drive corporate social responsibility? International evidence

There is growing demand for firms’ to improve their environmental and social (E&S) performance. This talk will review firms’ E&S trends, looking globally. It will also asses the role of investors in these global trends: why do investors they take an interest in E&S performance?; does investor impact differ across types of investors and geographies?; and, what conditions facilitate investor impact?

Nouman Ashraf

Nouman Ashraf, EMBA '06
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Nouman Ashraf is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream within the Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management area at the Rotman School of Management. He possesses a broad range of professional, academic and research interests, with a specialized focus on enabling innovative and inclusive practices within organization life. For the last decade and a half, he has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto. He is a recognized thought leader in governance, and has taught thousands of directors in the national Rotman program on Not for Profit Governance in partnership with the Institute for Corporate Directors since its inception in 2007.

An award winning faculty member, Nouman teaches Emancipatory Leadership within the Executive MBA as well as the OMNIUM Global Executive MBA Program, Leading Social Innovation within the 2 and 3 Year MBA programs, and Leading across Differences within the Rotman Commerce Program. He is the Academic Director of various custom leadership programs in partnership with Rotman Executive Program clients. His previous consulting clients include Telus, Cliffs Natural Resources, Bayer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way Toronto, and numerous post-secondary and healthcare institutions.

At Lunch time, he can be found at Massey College within the University of Toronto, where he mentors exceptional post-graduate students in his capacity as Senior Fellow.

Alexander Dyck

Alexander Dyck
Professor of Finance and Economic Analysis and Policy;
Manulife Financial Chair in Financial Services

Alexander Dyck is a Professor of Finance and Economic Analysis and Policy at the Rotman School and holds the Manulife Financial Chair in Financial Services. He is also Academic Director of the Director’s Education Program, a board member of the Rotman International Center for Pension Management, and a Fellow at the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School. He teaches PhD and MBA courses in Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity. Previously, he was Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School where he taught in the MBA, doctoral and executive education programs. In 2009-2010, he was a visiting scholar in Finance at INSEAD. His research interests include corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate social responsibility, regulation and privatization, the media and financial markets, and taxation.

1:20 to 2:30 pm–Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Afternoon concurrent sessions; attendees to choose one session.

SESSION A– Business Design: The Killer App for 21st Organizations

Design is enjoying a powerful renaissance. From its beginnings in building and industrial design, to today’s service, customer experience and organizational design, it has evolved into the ‘killer’ creative and strategic ‘app’ for business. Learn about why design-driven companies are leading the S&P index. Develop an understanding of the mindset required to navigate business innovation in today’s uncertain economic climate. Discover how business designers are crafting the future -- with a human-centred skillset and technology-enabled toolset.

SESSION B–Avoid Artificial Wisdom, Be Narrow Minded [on AI]

What exactly is artificial intelligence (AI) and how can it be used to solve real-world business decisions? Faced with an industry that is changing fast some enterprises use an antiquated IT infrastructure, have limited time and resources, and struggle to continue to operate, let alone remain competitive. Our experience building AI-enabled software products for some of the world’s largest retailers has taught us not to believe the popular AI hype. Building an AI system is much more than cloud computing, deep learning or even modelling, it consists of many different moving parts most of which are decidedly unsexy. This talk will focus on the four important aspects of building an AI system through four misconceptions about AI.

Angele Beausoleil

Angèle Beausoleil
Assistant Professor – Teaching, Business Design and Innovation

Dr. Angèle Beausoleil is a 'pracademic' who teaches design methodologies for business innovation and leads field (action) research inside organizations on innovation process design, navigation and management. A former industry designer, strategist and innovation lab executive, she applies her 25 years of business experience to crafting high impact teaching and student-centred learning experiences. She is currently a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, teaching Innovation Leadership, and Applied Innovation and Design to Silicon Valley executive MBAs. For the past five years, Professor Beausoleil has taught Design Methods for Business Innovation, Creativity in Business, New Product Development and Design Research Methods at UBC Sauder School of Business. Dr. Beausoleil is Canada's first PhD to focus on innovation literacy (innovativeness/innovatorship) using business/strategic design (design thinking) processes and methods.

Brian Keng

Brian Keng
Adjunct Professor in Data Science, and Chief Data Scientist at Rubikloud Technologies

Brian Keng is the Chief Data Scientist at Rubikloud Technologies and an Adjunct Professor in Data Science at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. At Rubikloud, he leads a team using AI and machine learning to build intelligent decision automation systems for some of the world's largest retail organizations. At Rotman, he plays a key role in shaping the data science education and research through his work at the Management Data Lab, the Master of Management Analytics program and interactions with faculty and students. Before joining Rubikloud, Brian worked at Sysomos Inc. leading a team of data scientists performing large scale social media analytics on datasets such as the Twitter firehose. Brian earned his PhD and MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and his BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

2:45 to 3:45 pm–Rotman's Innovation and Impact

2:30 to 2:45–Break

2:45 to 3:45 pm–Final Plenary: Rotman's Innovation and Impact

A moderated panel of Faculty talking about the latest and greatest coming from our research and programs that create value for business and society.

Additional panelists to be announced shortly.

Hai Lu

Panelist: Hai Lu
Professor of Accounting and
Director, Guanghua-Rotman Centre
for Information and Capital Market Research

Will Mitchell

Panelist: Will Mitchell
Anthony S. Fell Chair in
New Technologies and Commercialization
Professor of Strategic Management
Co-Director, Global Executive MBA
for Healthcare and the Life Sciences

Mara Lederman


Mara Lederman
Associate Professor of Strategic Management,

Mara does empirical research in the areas of Industrial Organization and Organizational Economics. At a broad level, Mara studies how companies compete and how they organize themselves for competitive advantage. She is best known for her research on loyalty programs and vertical integration. Much of her work has been focused on the airline industry and she is recognized as an expert in this area. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review, the RAND Journal of Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics, among others. On the teaching side, Mara delivers courses on strategy, data analytics, and business problem-solving in Rotman’s MBA and Executive Education programs.

Susan Christoffersen


Susan Christoffersen
Professor of Finance | Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & Specialized Programs | William A. Downe BMO Chair in Finance

Susan Christoffersen is Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & Specialized Programs and a Professor of Finance. Her research focuses on mutual funds and the role of financial institutions in capital markets. She has published in top finance journals and cited inThe New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg News Service, and The Wall Street Journal. Susan has received grants from SSHRC, IFM2, and FQRSC and research awards from Q-Group, Bank of Canada, BSI Gamma Foundation, INQUIRE, and the Swiss Finance Institute. Susan was awarded the Limited Term Professorship by the Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation in 2005.

Andreas Park


Andreas Park
Associate Professor of Finance, Department of Management, University of Toronto Mississauga,
Rotman School of Management and FinHUB

Andreas Park is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto in the Department of Management at University of Toronto at Mississauga, with a cross appointment to the Finance area at Rotman. He has been a University of Toronto faculty member since 2003. His research covers empirical topics, such as the market impact of maker-taker pricing, dark orders, and high frequency trading, and theoretical topics, such as herd behavior in financial markets and the impact of trading mechanisms. His work has been published at, e.g., Econometrica, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He has received and has been an affiliate on a number of research grants, including from the ESRC, SSHRC and the GRI. Andreas has served as Co-Director of the Master of Financial Economics program at University of Toronto, and he teaches courses on Market Microstructure, Trading, Investments, Asset Pricing, and Corporate Finance. His current research focuses mostly on impact of high frequency trading and recent market structure chances in Canadian markets. Andreas is currently a member of the Ontario Security Commission’s Market Structure Advisory Committee.

Will Mitchell

Will Mitchell
Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization
Professor of Strategic Management
Co-Director, Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences

Will Mitchell serves as a Professor of Strategic Management and Co-Academic Director, Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences Program at Rotman, where he holds the Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization and Co-Director, Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences. Will studies business dynamics in developed and emerging markets, investigating how businesses change as their competitive environments change and, in turn, how business changes contribute to ongoing corporate and social performance. Will teaches courses in corporate strategy, emerging market strategy, entrepreneurial strategy, and pharmaceutical and other health sector strategy. He serves as a board member of Neuland Laboratories, Ltd. (Hyderabad).

Hail Lu

Hai Lu
Professor of Accounting and Director, Guanghua-Rotman Centre for Information and Capital Market Research

Hai Lu is a Professor of Accounting at Rotman. His research interests lie in the areas of accounting and finance, specifically the regulation of capital markets, insider trading, securities valuation, corporate governance and financial analysts. He has published in leading international journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, and Management Science. He is an Editor of Contemporary Accounting Research.

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