8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration & Networking Breakfast

CIBC Marketplace

9:00 am – 9:45 am Welcome and Dean’s Remarks

CONNECT ’17 Conference Co-Chairs
Bill Graham (MBA ’86), President, Global Alumni Network, Schulich School of Business
Pamela Laycock (MBA ’89), Senior Vice President Strategy & Digital, Metroland Media Group; Executive-in-Residence, Schulich School of Business

Dezsö J. Horváth, CM, Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business

Robert R. McEwen Auditorium

9:45 am – 10:45 am Fireside Chat
Stacey A. Mowbray (MBA ‘88)
, President of the Americas, Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Alan Middleton (MBA ’77, PhD ’97)
, CLA Assistant Professor of Marketing; Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) – Moderator

Robert R. McEwen Auditorium

10:45 am – 11:15 am Networking Break
Alumni CONNECTions Café (Café remains open until 3:45 pm)
Professional Headshots
Moneris Career Corner
Alumni Relations Hub
Alumni Challenge Corner
Schulich Executive Education Centre

Schulich memorabilia can be purchased at the Schulich Trading Post

11:15 am – 12:30 pm Sessions A (select one)

A1: Re-imagining Capitalism: New Roles for Leaders – N105
A2: Leading Change in Banking – N106
A3: Artificial Intelligence – N107

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Buffet Networking Lunch
Alumni CONNECTions Café (Café remains open until 3:45 pm)
Professional Headshots

Executive Dining Room & CIBC Marketplace

Schulich memorabilia can be purchased at the Schulich Trading Post

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Sessions B (select one)

B1: Executive Coaching Roundtables – N109
B2: Marketing for Change – N105
B3: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure – N106

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Networking Break
Alumni CONNECTions Café (Café remains open until 3:45 pm)
Professional Headshots
Moneris Career Corner
Alumni Relations Hub
Alumni Challenge Corner
Schulich Executive Education Centre

Schulich memorabilia can be purchased at the Schulich Trading Post

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Keynote
Leading Change with you: Passion Capital
Paul Alofs (MBA ’83), President and CEO, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Introduction by
David Bell, Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations

Robert R. McEwen Auditorium

5:30 pm Cocktail Reception
Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky tasting and food pairing by DIAGEO Scotch Ambassador

CIBC Marketplace

SESSIONS A: 11:15 am to 12:30 pm

 

A1: Re-imagining Capitalism: New Roles for Leaders

Capitalism is changing. It has to in order to address the fundamental economic, social and environmental challenges we are facing. In this context, businesses are called upon to play a broader, more responsible role — one that looks at the long term and all stakeholders. This panel will discuss what this means for current leaders in business as well as in government and NGOs — and what it means for the career choices of those aiming for leadership positions.

Introduction by
Dezsö J. Horváth, CM, Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business

Panelists
Dirk Matten, Professor of Strategy; Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility; Associate Dean, Research, Schulich School of Business
Matthew Thomas (BBA ’07), Co-Founder & CEO, Paddle
Eleanor Westney, Professor Emeritus, Organizational Studies, Schulich School of Business

Moderator
Matthias Kipping, Professor of Policy, Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History; Academic Director, Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program, Schulich School of Business

A2: Leading Change in Banking

An exclusive and intimate fireside chat with one of the sectors leading executives. Delve into some hot topics and trends facing the world of banking, including the rapid proliferation of technology and digital influence, customer experience, the shift underway in the retail banking world and more.

Fireside Chat
James O’Sullivan (MBA/LLB ’90), Group Head, Canadian Banking, Scotiabank
Pauline Shum Nolan, Professor of Finance, Schulich School of Business – Moderator

A3: Artificial Intelligence

A recent report from International Data Corp. (IDC) forecasts worldwide revenues for cognitive and artificial intelligence (AI) systems will reach $12.5 billion in 2017 with the largest area of spending ($4.5 billion) dedicated to cognitive applications that automatically learn, discover, and make recommendations or predictions (http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS42439617). The potential of AI to transform industries and businesses is massive, but learning how to embrace and adapt to new platforms will be the key to success.

Watson Analytics is IBM’s solution to help just about anyone quickly identify patterns and relationships in their data without the need for complicated coding or heavy software. With guided discovery, built-in advanced analytics, and natural language understanding, we’re helping organizations every day to become cognitive businesses.

Presenters
Marc-James Abi-Jaoude (MBA ’11), UX-Focused Content Strategist, Watson Analytics, IBM
Lisa Marie Chen (MBA’11), Lead Content Strategist, Watson Analytics, IBM
Murat Kristal, Associate Professor, Operations Management and Information Systems; Program Director, Master of Business Analytics, Schulich School of Business

 

SESSIONS B: 2:00 pm 3:15 pm

 

B1: Executive Coaching Roundtables

Executive Coaches
Ross Emerson (MBA ’97), Managing Director, Executive Coach & Leadership Facilitator, R.E. Leadership Coaching & Consulting – Success in new company/new role, getting started
Kate Erickson (LLB ’89), Founder and Managing Partner, Organization Design Consulting – Accelerate Your Progress with Your Current Employer
Valeri Hall Little, Business Efficiency Designer, intandem productivity solutions – Busy to Productive: Transform the way you work
Andris Pone (MBA ’03), President, Coin Branding Inc. – Maximizing your personal brand
Guy Reichard (MBA ’00), Personal and Executive Coach, Coaching Breakthroughs – Career Transition

Moderator
Rob Hines, Executive Director, Career Development Centre, Schulich School of Business

B2: Marketing for Change

The role of the marketer and marketing is changing as we speak. We live in a world of big data, changing demographic, new technologies and rapid pace disruption. The list goes on and on.  Join us as three leaders have faced the winds of change and now share their insights.

Panelists
Louisa Greco, Former President & Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Nancy Marcus, Corporate Vice President, Marketing, Kruger Products L.P.
Jakob Ripshtein (BBA ’95), CFO, Diageo NA

Moderator
Howard Lichtman (JD ’79, MBA ’82), President of The Lightning Group; Partner at Ethnicity Multicultural Marketing and Advertising; CONNECT Program Advisor

B3: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure

Infrastructure presents untold business opportunities, combining the public and the private sectors, in which value is created, economic activity captured, and public needs are met. An entrepreneurial approach to providing much needed infrastructure can optimize the use of existing infrastructure and provide for new types of infrastructure to meet present and emerging needs. These business opportunities can capture the benefits of emerging technologies or the rise of the shared economy, and perhaps deliver what is needed in radically different ways. Infrastructure needs to “dial up entrepreneurship”, a theme that emerged at the Berlin Global Summit in Infrastructure, March 2017.

Panelist
Naeem Farooqi (BBA ’08), Senior Consultant, WSP Canada Inc.
Bern Grush, Autonomous Fleet Strategist, Grush Niles Strategic
Sherena Hussain (BBA ’08, MBA/JD ’12), Assistant Professor, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business

Moderator
James McKellarProfessor of Real Estate and Infrastructure; Director, Brookfield Centre for Real Estate and Infrastructure; Executive Director, External Relations, Schulich School of Business

 

NETWORKING HUBS

Moneris Career Corner

Alumni Relations Hub

Alumni Challenge Corner

Schulich Executive Education Centre

 

Contact

Further inquiries can be directed to Schulich Alumni Relations at alumni@schulich.yorku.ca or 416-736-5708