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Jun 15, 2018

Degroote Prof Receives Award, and More – Toronto News

Degroote Prof Receives Award, and More – Toronto News

Though most schools experience a summer lull, professors and alumni from Toronto’s finest business schools are continuing to give back to their communities and lead the way to positive change. Below, we’ve laid out some of the most exciting news stories from Toronto metro business schools this week.

The Difference Maker: Mahmut Parlar Honoured for 30 Years of Exceptional Research, Teaching, and Service – McMaster News

Mahmut Parlar, Business Research professor at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business has been tapped to receive the Canadian Operational Research Society’s Award of Merit. Mahmut is passionate about his job, and goes out of his was to make statistics fun. He even uses a beach ball exercise to start his grad classes. After 30 years of teaching and research, Parlar still feels passionate about his work.

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“They pay me to do what I love; I’m a lucky person,’’ Parlar said in an interview. The professor even commented that he continues to feel grateful and excited each time he sees that someone has cited his work. This is impressive seeing as his work has been cited upwards of 6,000 times.

“You always hear people say stats is boring, it’s dull. People take a stats course because it’s a requirement, not because they find it interesting or valuable … why not make it fun?” -Mahmut Parlar

You can read more about Parlar’s work and award here.

Cryptoeconomics and the Future of the WebNews@Ivey

Ryan Zurrer, who graduated from Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School in 2006, recently gave a talk on cryptoeconomics. The Ivey alum, who is now Principal and Venture Partner at Polychain Capital, talked about the sweeping importance of cryptoeconomics and blockchain 2.0, which started in Toronto. According to Zurrer, cryptoeconomics is “the study of how we use digital incentivization to drive specific resources and behaviours among self-interested agents on decentralized networks, thereby inherently delivering security and accelerating network effects.”

Cryptoeconomics contains elements of group psychology, cryptography, network security, finance, behavioral economics, computer science, law, and game theory.

“All we’re doing here is trying to change the fabric of commerce and law, and the way society functions and politics and the very nature of the organization. We don’t have to take ourselves so seriously about it. Have fun, enjoy this process even if you’re not technical, it doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in cryptoeconomic systems.”-Ryan Zurrer

You can read more about Zurrer’s talk here.

Toronto’s Deadly Car CrisisMedium

Richard Florida, Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute in the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, recently wrote a Medium article in which he detailed the dire issues with driving in Toronto. Florida pointed out that Toronto’s rate of pedestrian deaths exceeds that of Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, D.C., Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Portland, and Buffalo.

Though Florida acknowledged that a car-centered economy was reasonable after WWII, he believed the model no longer makes sense. He cited cities like New York and London, which have grown beyond their “geographic threshold,” due to their reliance on alternate modes of transportation.

“Torontonians like to sound off on Americans’ inability to deal with guns and gun deaths. But Toronto’ s inability to deal with the car creates its own killing fields,” Florida writes.

You can read more about Toronto’s car crisis here.

Jun 6, 2018

Toronto News: Schulich Grad Becomes CEO, Ryerson Promotes Women in Business, and more…

Toronto News: Schulich Grad Becomes CEO, Ryerson Promotes Women in Business, and more…

Toronto business schools have seen another exciting week of community contributions from faculty and graduates. We’ve laid out some of the high points.

We Need to Talk About Career GapsLinkedIn
This week, Rod Bolger wrote an article for LinkedIn on the “RBC Opt-In: Women’s Career Continuation Program: at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. The article’s author is also the CFO of RBC, the company that sponsors this program. The Opt-In program allows women who have stepped away from their careers to continue their education and regain their footing in the workforce. The program allows these women to network and further their education on topics like leadership and personal branding.

“At RBC, we believe an inclusive workforce spurs innovation, and that in turn fosters a strong economy and helps our communities prosper. The bottom line: we need women—as half of the world’s talent pool—to be able to fully participate in the workforce. We can each do our part to listen and learn from those who have the diversity of perspective and experience that a career gap brings.” -Rod Bolger

Read more about the RBC Opt-In: Women’s Career Continuation Program here.

Sprout Wellness Appoints New CEOHRT News Desk
Sprout Wellness Solutions, which provides resources for ensuring holistic employee wellness in corporate settings, has announced that Andrew Zimakas will take over as CEO. Zimakas has been serving as interim COO at the company for a number of months. Zimakas earned his MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business. After earning his MBA, he worked in senior positions at several large companies, including Microsoft and LoyaltyOne.

“I’m incredibly excited to be leading such a talented and committed team at Sprout; It’s a great fit, given that we are a purpose-driven organization with a leading-edge solution that is at the intersection of two of my passion areas: technology and health and wellness.”- Andrew Zimakas

Read more about Sprout Wellness Solutions here.

China Poised to Take Lead in Artificial Intelligence RaceThe Globe and Mail
Avi Goldfarb and Daniel Trefler, economists at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, have written a soon-to-be-published paper tackling questions about AI’s impact on the future of international trade. The researchers note that China is fast becoming an AI giant with Silicon Valley-level tech advances and growth.

Though the researchers believe China’s innovations will be useful to Canada, they also anticipate harmful consequences as a result of China’s rise to AI superpower. For example, there may be no room for AI companies from smaller countries like Canada once China achieves dominance.

Read more about China’s role in AI here.

Jun 4, 2018

Schulich Professor Honored, and More – Toronto News

Schulich Professor Honored, and More – Toronto News

This week has seen strides for Toronto’s business schools, so lets take a look at some of the highlights.

Serving the Public Good – Corporate Knights

Ed Waitzer, professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, is the newest recipient if the Corporate Knights Award of Distinction.

In addition to teaching corporate law at York University’s Schulich School of Business, Waitzer is on the advisory board of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s corporate governance centre, and frequent lecturer at various universities. At 64, Waitzer remains active and continues to challenge his students and peers to question “compliance mentality,” and decipher what it means to do the right thing in any given situation.

“Ed has spent much of his life advancing the legal foundations for corporations and pension funds to better serve the public good. He’s brought a high level of credibility to interpreting a complex body of law in ways that expand the concept of fiduciary responsibility and allow business leaders to use their power to better serve the interests of a wide range of stakeholders. He makes it less possible for a corporate or pension board to shut down, say, discussions about blackballing child labour or coal because, ‘We have a fiduciary duty to our shareholders.’” -Toby Heaps, Corporate Knights CEO and Publisher.

Learn more about Waitzer’s life and career here.

Ivey MBA Association Welcomes New PresidentNews@Ivey

Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School’s MBA association has elected Marika Marty as its president. Marty was elected by the MBA class of 2019 and will be the first president the association has seen in over 15 years. As president, Marty will represent the student body and facility unity in her class.

Ivey MBA Association welcomes new president

Marika Marty, ’19 MBA / Photo via

The new MBAA said that initially she put off even applying for her MBA for years, thinking that she would have to choose between a career and a family. However, she soon realized this thinking was flawed and chose to challenge herself. “As women, sometimes we sell ourselves short. Being able to embrace opportunity is the real challenge,” Marty said.

Read more about Ivey MBAA’s new president here.

The Debate In Canada Over Paying Plasma DonorsPolicy Options Politics

In a recent article in Policy Options Politics, the need for plasma and the choices facing policy-makers has come to a face.

The paper—co-written by Nicola Lacetera, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and Mario Macis, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School—notes that over 80 percent of plasma used to treat patients in Canada is brought in from the U.S. Both the US and Germany can provide a significant amount of plasma, as their laws allow for the creation of private collection establishments as well as compensating donors for the time commitment and discomfort that accompanies donation, but the majority of Canadian provinces prohibit the payment of donors and establishing for-profit collection centers.

In the exploration of the issue, Lacetera and Macis cite the problems with paying plasma donors as well as the benefits (greater incentive to donate, thus less reliance on foreign imports). For example, paying donors could lead to an increase in tainted donations from people who are not healthy, and are just trying to earn money quickly.

Read more about options for increasing domestic plasma donation in Canada here.

May 24, 2018

Ivey Professor Honored, and More – Toronto News

Ivey Professor Honored, and More – Toronto News

Professors from some of the Toronto metro’s finest business schools have littered (definitely not literally, in the case of environmental education pioneer Tima Bansal) news headlines this week. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Ivey Professor Tima Bansal Honored for Innovative Teaching – News@Ivey

Tima Bansal, professor at Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School, has been tapped to receive an Ideas Worth Teaching award. During her time as Director of both the Network for Business Sustainability and the Centre for Building Sustainable Value, Dr. Bansal has integrated sustainability into every part of Ivey’s MBA experience.

Where many programs have sustainability electives, Dr. Bansal has elected to co-teach the core MBA courses, so that sustainability practices are not seen as separate from the fundamentals of business education. Bansal was one of 20 winners who will be honored at Working Towards Shared Prosperity: An Academic-Executive Dialogue in Ann Arbor, Michigan this October.

Professor Bansal / Photo via

Read more about Dr. Bansal’s teaching methods here.

Behavioral Economics Expert at University of Toronto’s Rotman School Receives A Canada Research ChairEurekAlert!

The Canadian government has announced that Dilip Soman, professor of marketing at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will serve as the Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Science and Economics. Soman is the Director of Behavioral Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR), wherein he supervises the use of research findings to help tackle social problems. A recent press release detailed Soman’s work, saying:

“Prof. Soman is a world leading researcher in the area of behavioural economics and its applications to consumer wellbeing, marketing and policy. His work combines insights from psychology and economics to better understand how individuals make decisions.”

As a Canada Research Chair, Soman will have the opportunity to aid in and supervise important research and help train future leaders who show promise.

You can read more about professor Soman here.

How Our Collective Narcissism Explains Everything from Trump and Brexit to China’s Rising DominanceThe Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail recently released an article that featured research from Russell Belk, a marketing professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business. Belk’s paper, which was published in the Markets, Globalization & Development Review, focused on the theory of “collective narcissism” as it pertains to current world events.

According to Dr. Belk’s work, the nationalistic collective narcissism that led to the Brexit vote in the UK, President Trump’s 2016 election in the United States, and China’s rising global presence is rooted in the belief that others are impeding a nation’s potential for greatness.

“Brexit and the election of Trump both relied on a particular type of nationalistic appeal to collective narcissism—an exaggerated emotional belief that the nation’s greatness is being undermined by other nations and other people. This tendency is catered to by appeals to make the nation great again by shutting borders and embracing isolationism while scapegoating refugees and immigrants. The rise of jingoistic leaders like Trump, Putin, and Erdogan can be explained by such appeals.”

Dr. Belk also explains that China’s move toward globalism is also tied to collective narcissism, as the country is expanding its reach while “rejecting multiculturalism.”

Read more about Dr. Belk’s paper here.

May 18, 2018

What are the Best Healthcare MBA Degrees in Toronto?

What are the Best Healthcare MBA Degrees in Toronto?

The Toronto metro is not only home to a number of the finest business schools in Canada—it is is one of the top cities in North America for healthcare and human health sciences. According to the City of Toronto, the city’s life sciences sector employs nearly 30,000 professional and contributes more than $2 billion to the local economy. In a word, Toronto healthcare is huge.

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May 17, 2018

Seamless Shopping, Work Authenticity, and More – Toronto News

Seamless Shopping, Work Authenticity, and More – Toronto News

Professors at Toronto’s premier business schools have been making headlines this week. Let’s see what they’ve been up to.

Phasing Out the Checkout Line: Retailers Race to Make Shopping More Seamless – CBC News

Walmart’s scan-and-go shopping option, which allowed customers to scan items themselves and pay for them with a phone app, has been removed from U.S. stores. Retail expert and professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management Steve Tissenbaum posited that scan-and-go was not actually more convenient for consumers, but felt it was important for businesses like Walmart to continue to innovate seamless shopping.

“They [customers] want it to be as quick and as seamless as possible when they’re ordering stuff online. Retailers certainly have to move forward. Otherwise they’ll be left behind,” Tissenbaum said in a recent CBC News piece.

The retail giant seems to agree with Tissenbaum’s view, and has launched the “check out with me” project, which will allow employees to use mobile devices to scan and charge customers for their items anywhere in the store.

You can read more about Walmart’s new project here.

How to Keep it Real at WorkForbes

An HBR article from Wilfrid Laurier University social psychologist Vanessa Boute was recently featured in Forbes, highlighting whether employees feel authentic at work, and how this impacts their performance. Boute writes:

“One study found that the greater employees’ feelings of authenticity are, the greater their job satisfaction, engagement, and self-reported performance. We suggest, then, that the crucial point is finding a balance so that we can be true to ourselves while flourishing and finding success within the company.”

The Forbes article utilizes Boute’s findings while examining the balance between being genuine and making calculated, political moves in the workplace, and offers suggestions for leaders in the workplace to increase their authenticity. The advice included increasing transparency, truly listening to employees, being open about one’s own flaws and mistakes, and maintaining professional boundaries.

Read more about being authentic while advancing professionally here.

Choosing a Strategy for Your StartupHarvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review also recently interviewed Joshua Gans, professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, on its HBR IdeaCast. The Gans interview delved into the philosophy behind the HBR article Gans recently co-authored, “Do Entrepreneurs Need a Strategy?” Gans promoted researching strategic options before launching a startup, and choosing the strategy that best aligns with the company’s long-term goals. For example, entrepreneurs must decide whether their business will be collaborating or competing with existing businesses in the same market. Collaboration may allow a newer company to take advantage of the resources of more established businesses in the same market without being viewed as a threat, but competition leads to more autonomy for the fledgling company. The interview explored the merits and drawbacks of several entrepreneurial strategies. Gans says:

“One of the things we want to emphasize is that choice is choice. So, what we say is basically when you’ve done this process and you’ve got one or two, you know, got two or more options sitting there before you, you then go with your gut essentially, or you come up with a rationale saying why you are the right person; you feel better with one path and another.”

You can listen to the full interview with Gans here.

May 16, 2018

The Best Toronto Business School Internship Opportunities

The Best Toronto Business School Internship Opportunities

Toronto is known as one of the major financial centers in North America, and boasts a high concentration of banks and brokerage firms in its bustling Financial District. The city is also home to the Toronto Stock Exchange—the world’s seventh-largest stock exchange by market capitalization.

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May 2, 2018

Will Canadian Customers Adapt to the “Basic” Airline Standard? – Toronto News

Will Canadian Customers Adapt to the “Basic” Airline Standard? – Toronto News

Catch up on all the exciting Toronto business schools new from the past week below.

Air Canada, WestJet Offer Cheap Basic Economy Fares for No-Frill SeekersCBC/Radio-Canada

CBC News sought the expertise of airline analyst and York University Schulich School of Business professor Fred Lazar for an article that examined the intricacies of “basic economy” fares. Though these fares, which offer cheaper seating and even fewer benefits than standard economy, have been popular in the United States, they have only recently been adopted by AirCanada and WestJet.

Though the thought of a cheap flight is tantalizing, basic economy definitely has its drawbacks. Passengers who take advantage of the cheap fares will not earn points (Aeroplan miles or Westjet dollars) with the airlines, cannot change their flights, are ineligible for refunds, and cannot upgrade their seats.

Though some predict the limiting and cost-effective option will see backlash from dissatisfied passengers, Lazar predicts Canadian travelers will adapt quickly to the no-frills travel option.

“Just like when [airlines] started charging for food, charging for blankets, pillows, there were complaints. You rarely get them nowadays,” Lazar said.

Learn more about Canadian airlines’ “basic economy” option here.

Why Students Make Their Ideas Commercial FasterForbes

This week, a Forbes article about student entrepreneurs featured a paper authored by three experts, including University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management professor Joshua Gans. The book, “Control Versus Execution: Endogenous Appropriability and Entrepreneurial Strategy,” whose other authors include Kenny Ching of University College and Scott Stern of MIT Sloan, explored entrepreneurship in technological innovation.

The researchers looked at the successes of student-led and faculty-led entrepreneurial endeavors and found that students prioritize bringing an idea to fruition quickly, rather than obtaining intellectual property assets. Forbes used the findings in the paper to suggest that student entrepreneurs are more successful due to their emphasis on speed over caution.

“Our analysis suggests that student entrepreneurs, with less time and with less access to university intellectual property institutions, are more likely to choose an execution-oriented strategy. Compared to University faculty, who are more likely to be patient, wait for delayed market entry and pursue a control-oriented strategy with formal protection.” – Kenny Ching

Learn more about why student entrepreneurs are often successful here.

New Course Explores Intersection of Business and CommunityMcMaster’s Brighter World Daily News

First year students in the Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH) program at McMaster University’s Degroote School of Business have been traveling to downtown Hamilton to attend a weekly class at CityLAB. CityLAB is a hub that allows students from community institutions (McMaster University, Redeemer University College, and Mohawk College) to collaborate with municipal staff and engage with the community to tackle pressing projects and issues.

Integrated Business and Humanities meet at the CityLAB space / Photo via

“It’s a totally new way of learning,” said IBH student Yael Morris. “We’re finding out how we can apply social innovation not just to business, but to our everyday lives so we can build relationships and interact with people in our communities.”

The class, IBH 1AD3 allows students to gain a new perspective on challenges facing their community, and to tackle these challenges from a business perspective. IBH was a collaboration between that Business and Humanities faculties aimed at producing industry leaders apt to address societal issues such as sustainability and business ethics.

“Through a combination of instruction, community-based guest speakers, field trips and projects, students have been learning about the concepts that underpin community engagement and social innovation, as well as about social enterprise and the business models used by community organizations.”

Read more about McMaster’s CityLAB course here.

Apr 27, 2018

DeGroote Professor Workplace Policy Helps Shape New Law, and More -Toronto News

DeGroote Professor Workplace Policy Helps Shape New Law, and More -Toronto News

This week, Toronto business schools discuss substantial contributions to the workplace, researchers from DeGroote and Ryerson have each worked to make workplaces more just and equitable, and a new book by Rotman professors gives practical tools for incorporating AI into business.

Doing Right By Employees Ultimately Pays Off – McMaster Brighter World

Research from Isik Zeytinoglu, professor of human resources and management at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, has shown that treating employees well may be a shrewd move for employers. Dr. Zeytinoglu, whose research influenced the World Health Organization’s WHO Healthy Workplace Framework, has been touting the benefits of a healthy relationship between employers and workers for over 30 years. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which came into effect at the beginning of April, had many benefits and protections for workers, including a requirement that part-time and temp employees must receive the same pay as full-time staff for the same work.

“In the long term, equity helps society, the community, and the economy,” Zeytinoglu said. “Throughout history, there have been employers who considered fairness and behaved justly toward their workers, and they are the ones who have prospered.” It is no coincidence that the new law aligns with much of Zeytinoglu’s research; in fact, the government consulted the professor during the bill’s formative stages.

Read more about the new bill and Zeytinoglu’s work here.

These Are the Workplace Gender Equity Tactics That Actually WorkCanadian Business

This week, professors at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, Martin Fabro and Chris MacDonald, wrote an article on gender equity for Canadian Business; a follow-up to one the authors wrote in late March, “A Seven-Step Plan To Improve Gender Diversity At Any Company.” While the first piece offered actionable instructions to improve gender diversity, Fabro and MacDonald focused their follow-up on which of the most popular gender diversity tactics were rooted in evidence-based practices.

The Ryerson researchers explored which gender equity practices helped to either, “actively improve gender diversity (and in particular to increase the number of women in leadership roles), and to reduce underlying gender bias and discriminatory attitudes within the organizational culture.”

Learn more about improving gender equity in the workplace here.

PREDICTION MACHINES: The Simple Economics of Artificial IntelligenceRotman New Releases

In their new book, PREDICTION MACHINES: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb took on the task of theorizing the possible role of artificial intelligence in business. In the past, the possible effects of AI on business seemed so vast, they were difficult to tackle. Agrawal, Gans, and Goldfarb demystify AI, by re-framing it as a prediction tool.

“More than just an account of AI’s powerful capabilities, PREDICTION MACHINES shows managers how they can most effectively leverage AI, disrupting business as usual only where required, and provides businesses with a toolkit to navigate the coming wave of challenges and opportunities.”

A book launch was held at the Rotman School of Management on April 16.

You can read more about PREDICTION MACHINES here.

Apr 18, 2018

Rotman Receives $6 Million Endowment, and More – Toronto News

Rotman Receives $6 Million Endowment, and More – Toronto News

This week, some of Toronto’s most prominent business schools have seen a wealth of exciting news (including actual wealth in Rotman’s case, in the form of a sizeable donation). We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting recent news from Toronto metro’s business schools.

Private Donations Give Specialty Programs a Shot in the ArmThe Globe and Mail

Over 20 years since the University of Toronto received a $15 million donation from the Rotman family, changing its name from the Faculty of Management to the current Rotman School of Management, the philanthropic family once again returned a sizable gift to the Toronto business school.

The new $6 million donation will boost the school’s healthcare management programs, according to the Globe and Mail. As well, the family gifted the school an additional $1 million to help “the reach of an award-winning program for Indigenous entrepreneurs.”

“The latest Rotman family donation is earmarked for three initiatives: recruitment of three faculty research chairs in artificial intelligence, life sciences commercialization and health economics and policy; scholarships for graduate students in health care management studies; and support for a new global executive MBA for health care and life sciences.”

You can learn more about the Rotmans’ donation here.

Schulich Researchers Analyze Canada’s Multicultural MarketplaceyFile

A new York University Schulich School of Business study from professors Ela Veresiu and Markus Giesler—“Beyond Acculturation: Multiculturalism and the Institutional Shaping of an Ethnic Consumer Subject”—found that “that Canada’s market-based form of multiculturalism fosters marketplace inclusion without resource redistribution, and maintains ethnic divides rather than uniting diverse communities.”

“We bring sociological theories of neoliberal governmentality and multiculturalism to bear on an in-depth analysis of the contemporary Canadian marketplace to reveal our concept of market-mediated multiculturation, which we define as an institutional mechanism for attenuating ethnic group conflicts through which immigrant-receiving cultures fetishize strangers and their strangeness in their commodification of differences, and the existence of inequalities between ethnicities is occluded,” said Veresiu.

You can read more about Veresiu and Giesler’s study here.

Investing Insights: Lessons from Tom RussoIvey Blog

Last month, Tom Russo, managing member of Pennsylvania investment firm Gardner Russo & Gardner, spoke with professor George Athanassakos’ value investing class at the Ivey Business School about his company’s investment philosophy, which broke down into three principles.

Gardner Russo & Gardner managing member Tom Russo / Photo via

  1. The capacity to invest
  2. The capacity to suffer
  3. The capacity do nothing

“Despite the long-term unattractiveness of holding cash, doing nothing may sometimes prove to be the right decision to make,” HBA and Computer Science dual degree candidate Leroi Yu writes on the Ivey Business School blog. Sitting on the sidelines instead of compromising on quality takes character. It provides optionality and may prove to be beneficial in the long-run.”

You can read more about Russo’s advice here.

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