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Paul Alofs (MBA ’83)
President and CEO, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
Paul is a leader, a builder, and a Passion Capitalist.
Paul Alofs joined The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation as President and CEO in September 2003 after a family experience with cancer. Since joining The Foundation, Paul has helped raise over $1 Billion for The Princess Margaret. The Creed or Belief of The Princess Margaret is To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime. The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is ranked as one of the top 5 cancer centres in the world. In April 2012, Paul helped launch a One Billion Dollar Campaign for Personalized Cancer Medicine, which was successfully completed January 11, 2017, ahead of schedule.
After graduating from the University of Windsor in his hometown, Paul joined Colgate-Palmolive Canada in 1978. He obtained his MBA from Toronto’s York University, then worked with a marketing firm called The Marketing & Promotion Group. In 1989, Paul was named President of HMV Music Stores Canada, and during his tenure with the music retailer, increased the company’s annual revenue from $30 million to over $200 million. Joining BMG Music Canada as president, Alofs was named Music Industry Executive of the Year in 1996.
On accepting an executive position with The Walt Disney Company, Paul relocated to Southern California and oversaw 500 Disney Stores and 15,000 employees throughout North America. He left Disney to contribute to the initiation of MP3.com. In his role as President, Strategic Business Units, Alofs helped launch one of the more successful IPOs of the Internet age. After selling his MP3.com shares in November 1999, he became a private investor, board member and not-for-profit volunteer.
Through his extraordinary career in both the private sector and the social enterprise sector, Paul has earned a succession of accolades. He was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40TM business leaders in 1995, and in 2005, was voted one of the ‘Best of the Best’ by his fellow Top 40 alumni. He has received the Outstanding Progress and Achievement Award from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Paul serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Schulich School of Business.
The Retail Council of Canada named Paul Innovative Retailer of the Year, and he also served on the Board and Executive Committee of that organization. In 2005, Alofs was an inaugural inductee into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends. Paul is the author of Passion Capital: The World’s Most Valuable Asset, which is a national bestseller and was published May 2012 by Random House in Canada and in the U.S. The book is in its fourth printing. Paul speaks widely on the subject of Passion Capital.
The University of Windsor honoured Paul in 2002 with the Alumni Award of Merit, and in 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. from his alma mater. He also received the Bryden Alumni Award from York University in 2007. Paul has been a member of the board of the International Cancer Foundation in Geneva and was previously Board Chair for Covenant House in Toronto. The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation was awarded “Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures” three times. Paul was named to the “Top 45 Canadians Over 45” by Zoomer Magazine in 2012.
Paul resides in Toronto and is married to Sheila, who is a volunteer in the chemo-daycare of The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Dezsö J. Horváth
CM, Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management
Professor of Policy, Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History and Academic Director of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program
Matthias Kipping is Professor of Policy, Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History and Academic Director of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program at the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto, Canada. He has Masters degrees from the Sorbonne in Paris and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, obtained his doctorate at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and held previous academic positions at the University of Reading in the UK and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. He has also been a visiting professor at various universities in France, Italy, and Japan. His research has examined the global evolution and role of the management consulting business as well as the international dissemination of management knowledge. Its results have been published widely in business history and management journals as well as edited volumes. He recently co-authored, with Lars Engwall and Behlül Üsdiken, Defining Management: Business Schools, Consultants, Media (New York: Routledge, 2016). He has also been very active in furthering the dialogue between business historians and management scholars through the organization of workshops and conference sub-themes as well as his own work, including various handbook chapters and an article, co-authored with Behlül Üsdiken, in The Academy of Management Annals. And he recently co-edited, with Dominic Barton and Dezsö Horváth, Re-Imagining Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Professor of Strategy; Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility; Associate Dean, Research
Matthew Thomas (BBA ’07)
Co-Founder & CEO, Paddle
Matthew Thomas is the founder and chief executive officer of Paddle (mypaddle.co), a career advancement technology platform for individuals and employers. Paddle helps millions of individuals find their purpose and navigate the non-linear future of work.
Prior to founding Paddle, Matthew founded The Intersector Project and co-hosted the The White House Forum on Cross-Sector Leadership. His research on cross-sector leadership has been published by Harvard Business Review (“Triple Strength Leadership”) and Oxford University Press (“The Gifts of Breadth”). Previously, Matthew was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he served clients across the financial, natural resources and retail sectors. He also contributed to McKinsey’s efforts on Long-Term Capitalism, Canada in the Pacific Century and Cross-Sector Leadership. Matthew started his career at Morgan Stanley and Department of Finance Canada. He graduated with distinction from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Currently, Matthew also serves as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, an unofficial policy group of prominent business people, academics and politicians from North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a member of the World Economic Forum and Banff Forum communities. Matthew formerly served as Practitioner-in-Residence at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and as chairman of Young Diplomats of Canada, Young Canadians in Finance and CanLeads. He has delivered remarks on leadership to audiences at The White House, Corporate Executive Board, Maytree Foundation, and TEDxWesternU.
D. Eleanor Westney
D. Eleanor Westney is Professor Emerita at the Schulich School of Business and at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Visiting Professor of International Business at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. After completing a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology and Japanese studies at the University of Toronto, she received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. In 1982 she joined the faculty of the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, where from 1997 to 2007 she held the Sloan Fellows Chair in the Strategy and International Management group. From 2007 to 2014 she was the Scotiabank Professor of International Business and Professor of Organization Studies at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. She has written extensively on the organization of multinational corporations, on Japanese MNCs, and on the internationalization of research and development, and with Richard Ross co-authored the chapter on Responsible Mining in Re-Imagining Capitalism. She has been a visiting researcher at Hitotsubashi University and the University of Tokyo in Japan, a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, a Fellow of the Academy of International Business since 1997, Chair of the International Management division of the Academy of Management, and Dean of the AIB Fellows from 2008 to 2011.
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