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Past Events

Our BEAR Speaker Series feature top behavioural scientists and practitioners who share the latest research and insights with managers and policymakers.

Past BEAR Events List (expand)

  • Behavioural Decision Research in Management Conference (#BDRM 2016): The leading conference in behavioural research conducted in business schools, hosted at the Rotman School of Management. (June 9-11, 2016)
  • BEAR Speaker Series: Shlomo Benartzi, Author of “Save More Tomorrow” and “The Smarter Screen,” UCLA on The Smarter Screen: Surprising Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behaviour (Feb 23, 2016)
  • Financial Inclusion and Wellbeing Forum, in partnership with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (Nov 24, 2015)

  • Forum on Consumer Privacy in the Online Marketplace, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (Oct 8, 2015)
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BEAR Past Speaker Series

Dilip Soman and Catherine Yeung on The Behaviorally Informed Organization

Speakers: Dilip Soman, Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Science and Economics, and Director - Behavioral Economics in Action Research Centre at Rotman (BEAR), Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Author; and Catherine Yeung, Associate professor, Marketing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School; Author

Peter McGraw on Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career

Speaker: Peter McGraw, Professor of Marketing and Psychology, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder; Host, “I’m Not Joking” Podcast; Founder and Director, Humor Research Lab; Author

Ashley Whillans on Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life

Speaker: Ashley Whillans, Assistant Professor - Negotiation, Organizations & Markets, Harvard Business School; Author

Too Much Information: Cass R. Sunstein

Speaker: Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School; Bestselling Coauthor of Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness; former Administrator, White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (Obama Administration)

The Future of Behavioural Insights: Michael Hallsworth

Speaker: Michael Hallsworth, Managing Director - North America, Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)

The Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life: Rory Sutherland

Speaker: Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman, Ogilvy; TED Talks Superstar; Columnist, The Spectator magazine; Author

Cass Sunstein on Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

Speaker: Cass Sunstein, Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University and Founder and Director - Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, Harvard Law School; former Administrator, White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; Author or Co-Author of several influential books

Dan Pink on The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Speaker: Daniel Pink, Author of 6 New York Times bestselling books

Adam Alter on The Business of Keeping Us Hooked

Speaker: Adam Alter, Associate Professor of Marketing, Stern School of Business, New York University; Author

Anindya Ghose on Unlocking the Mobile Economy

Speaker: Anindya Ghose, Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University and Author

Angela Duckworth on the Power of Passion + Perserverance

Speaker: Angela Duckworth, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania; Author Topic: "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance"

Jonah Berger on Invisible Influence

Speaker: Jonah Berger, Professor of Marketing, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business; Author Topic: "Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior"

Steve Sloman on the Knowledge Illusion

Speaker: Steve Sloman, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University; Editor in Chief of the journal Cognition; Author Topic: "The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone"

Richard Thaler on The Story of Behavioural Economics

Speaker: Richard Thaler, Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Author Topic: Misbehaving: The Story Of Behavioral Economics

Shlomo Benartzi on Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behaviour

Speaker: Shlomo Benartzi, Professor & Co-Chair, Behavioural Decision-Making Group, Anderson School of Management, UCLA; Author Topic: The Smarter Screen: Surprising Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behaviour

Chip Heath on How to Make Better Choices in Life & Work

SPEAKER: Chip Heath, Thrive Foundation for Youth Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Co-Author (with Dan Heath), Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (Random House, 2013) IN CONVERSATION WITH: Dean Roger Martin

Dan Ariely on the Truth About Dishonesty

SPEAKER: Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University; Founder and Director, Center for Advanced Hindsight; Author, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty.How We Lie To Everyone - Especially Ourselves (Harper, June 2012); Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality

David Halpern on Behavioural Insights From 10 Downing Street

SPEAKER: Dr. David Halpern, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Behavioural Insights Team Moderator: Prof. Mary Condon, Vice-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission TOPIC: The Behavioural Insights Factor: Reflections from 10 Downing St Behavioural Insights Experts Speaker Series @ Rotman. taped May 8, 2014

Daniel Kahneman on the Machinery of the Mind

"The Machinery of the Mind" Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (1992), Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Princeton and Professor of Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Author, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Dilip Soman on The Last Mile

Behavioural Science Experts Speaker Series @Rotman Speaker: Dilip Soman, Corus Chair in Communication Strategy, Professor of Marketing & Coordinator, Behavioural Economics in Action Research Cluster, Rotman School of Management/UofT Topic: "The Last Mile: Creating Social and Economic Value from Behavioural Insights"