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Brendan Calder

Brendan  Calder

Brendan Calder

Professor of Management


B.Math , University of Waterloo
Attended: Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School




Brendan Calder is a Professor of Management and Chair of Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at Rotman where he conducts the award-winning course, GettingItDone®. He was the founding Chair of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management. He also serves as the Director of EllisDon Construction, Haventree Bank and FirstService Corp. Brendan served as the Chair, President and CEO of CIBC Mortgages from 1995 to 2000. He also served as Chair of TIFF and of the Peter F. Drucker Canadian Foundation.

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Other Info

Lives with long-time sweetheart Mary and has daughters Kate(with Ben&Sonny)& Tess(with Pauly), both pretty AND smart. Does Mountains,Motorcycles,Movies.

Academic Positions

  • 2001-present

    Professor , Rotman School of Management

  • 2001

    Executive Director, MBA Programs, Rotman School of Management

  • 2002-present

    Faculty: GettingItDone 2nd yr MBA course, Rotman School of Management

  • 2001-present

    Entrepreneur in Residence, Rotman School of Management

  • 2006-2008

    Faculty: Bridge to Business, Rotman School of Management

  • 2008

    Faculty: Omnium MBA, Rotman School of Management

  • 2003-present

    Chair, Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking

  • 2002-2015

    Director/Dean's rep, Impact Consulting Group

  • 2010-2013

    Founding Board Member, FinSerAdvBd/ Rotman School of Management

  • 2004- 2008

    Founding Chair, Int'l Centre for Pension Management

  • 2016-2017

    Academic Mentor, Flexible Internship Program

  • 2013-present

    Board Member, Johnston Ctre/Clarkson Ctre/Rotman School

  • 2013-2017

    Founder/Board Member, CreativeDestructionLab

  • 2001-present

    Champion of All Things Rotman,

  • 2012-2017

    Faculty, Creative Destruction Lab, Rotman School of Management

  • 2010-2012

    Faculty: Social CRM program, Rotman School of Management

  • 2010-2015

    Faculty: The Next 36 program, Rotman School of Management

  • 2003-present

    Senior Fellow, , Massey College

Non-Academic Positions

  • 1996-2000

    Chair, President and CEO, CIBC Mortgages

  • 1988-1996

    President/Co-founder & Significant Shareholder, FirstLine Trust Company

  • 1983-1988

    President, Director & Significant Shareholder , Counsel Corporation/Counsel Trust; Counsel Life, DirecTrust

  • 1980-1983

    President, CEO & Director, Fidelity Trust

  • 1978-1980

    Executive VP, Canadian Realty Investors

  • 1969-1978

    General Manager, Director & Significant Shareholder , Canavest House (TSX member firm)

Research and Teaching Interests

General Management

Honors and Awards

  • 2006-2019

    Excellence in Teaching, Rotman School of Mngt

  • 2012

    Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographic Society

  • 1979

    Fellow, Canadian Securities Institute

  • 1983

    Fellow, Canadian Trusts Institute

  • 2004

    Initial Inductee, Mortgage Hall of Fame

  • 2003

    Presidents' Circle, U of Toronto

  • 2003

    Arbor Award, U of Toronto

  • 2006

    ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors

  • 2012

    Faculty of Mathematics Alumni Achievement Award, University of Waterloo

  • 2013

    Inaugural Claudia 'helluvaguy' Award, Next36

  • 2015

    Master Effectiveness Leader, ReddinGlobal

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Director, Haventree Bank

  • Co-Founder, Mortgage Centre Canada/MCC

  • Past Board Member, Mabin School

  • Director, EllisDon Corporation

  • Director, FirstService Corporation

  • Past Director, Equity Finacial Trust Co

  • Past Director, Canada's Top 40 under 40

  • Past Judge, Donner Awards

  • Past Director, CIBC Insurance Inc.

  • Past Chair, CIBC Mortgages Inc.

  • Past Chair, TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival Group

  • Past Director, Colliers International Mortgage Corporation

  • Past Director, WSIB

  • Past Chair, Coventree Capital

  • Past Chair, Custom Direct Income Fund

  • Past Director, Canadiana Financial

  • Past Director, ClearPoint Business Resources

  • Past Director, FiLogix Inc.

  • Past Director, First International Asset Management

  • Past Director, The Franchise Company

  • Past Director, iOwn Inc.

  • Past Director, Hammond Manufacturing

  • Past Chair, Peter F. Drucker Canadian Foundation

  • Past Director, Shred-it Inc

  • Past Chair, WirelessMoney Inc.

  • Member & Past RVP Canada, World Presidents Organization

  • Advisor for the Office of the Auditor General, Canada

  • Founding Chair, McLuhan Festival of the Future

  • Member & Past Chapter Chair, Young Presidents Organization

  • Founding Member, National Angel Organization

  • Member & Past Director, The National Club

  • Big Brother - 1975-82

  • Past Director, CNIB Ontario