CONNECT ’19, the Schulich Alumni Forum features a variety of industry leaders, influencers, innovators, coaches and educators. The speakers below are listed in alpha order by surname.
David Allard (MBA '02)
CMO, Samsung Electronics Canada
David Allard's background encompasses over 16 years of marketing leadership across integrated marketing, brand management, media innovation, sponsorship marketing, and content strategy both in Canada and globally.
Prior to joining Samsung, David worked extensively on tier one brands and portfolios at Coca-Cola, Diageo, Campbell's Soup, and Unilever, where his notable accomplishments included the implementation of a new Integrated Marketing Communications team and process at Coca-Cola Canada that helped drive outstanding business performance, unlocking the first ever spirits sponsorship of the NHL for Diageo globally, and leading global consumer content for Captain Morgan – helping establish it as the fastest growing top 15 spirit brand in Europe, and the 2nd fastest growing premium spirit in the world.
David brings a sense of curiosity, creativity and positivity to his marketing leadership approach. He is inspired by helping people unlock their courage as marketers. He has a track record of integrated marketing leadership success, including being recognized at Coca-Cola Canada with the Excellence in Leadership Award, being awarded the Global Festival of Media Award and an Applied Arts Interactive Award for AXE digital, a Gold Media Innovation Award for Campbell’s, and a North American Ex Award for Smirnoff.
David has chaired the Digital Committee at the Association of Canadian Advertisers, is a past advisory board member for Insidedigital.org, and is a prior member of the board of directors at the Sponsorship Marketing Committee of Canada. David has also had the honour of sitting on the judging panels for both the Promo and Sponsorship Marketing Awards in Canada.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and an MBA in Marketing from the Schulich School of Business. He is passionate about family, travel and music. He lives in Toronto with his wife Andrea and two sons Ellis and Charlie.
Hala Beisha (MBA ’13)
Founder and Principal, Resilience Factor
Hala is the Founder and Principal of Resilience Factor. She holds an MBA in strategic management and Master of Design in Foresight and is a certified executive coach accredited by the International Coach Federation. Hala is an Executive Coach for the Schulich Kellogg EMBA program and is an Associate Coach at BetterUP.
She partners with professionals working in high stress, complex, transforming and fast-paced environments such as, busy hospitals, growing law practices, global construction companies, scaling tech companies, design and consulting firms to help them create positive and lasting change to live successful, engaged and confident lives with a focus on purpose, passion, clarity and career iteration.
Hala volunteers as an Executive Coach to support the International Coach Federation Toronto Chapter, the Humanitarian Coaching Network and the Coaching Fellowship.
Angela Brown (MBA '83)
President & CEO, Moneris Solutions Corporation
Angela Brown is President and Chief Executive Officer of Moneris Solutions Corporation, the leader in innovative payments solutions for business in Canada.
Angela joined Moneris in 2013 after more than 25 years in the payments industry in the U.S. and Canada, including merchant acquiring, debit processing and consumer and commercial payment products. Prior to joining Moneris, Angela was Group Executive at MasterCard Worldwide where she led the development of their global and SMB merchant strategies. Previously, Angela was President, Financial Institutions at Fifth Third Processing Solutions in Cincinnati and spent 13 years at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) within the Cards and Payments divisions.
Angela sits on the Board and Audit Committee of Altus Group, the leading provider of independent commercial real estate software and advisory services to the global CRE industry. She also sits on the Board and Executive Committee of the Information Technology Association of Canada, ITAC and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business, York University.
Angela graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. She resides in Orlando Florida with her husband and two children.
Stuart Browne (MBA '09)
CEO and Founder, Pycap Venture Partners
Stuart Browne is the CEO of Pycap Venture Partners, Investment Committee Member of OCE, and a venture capital, private equity, corporate finance and entrepreneurship instructor for the Schulich School of Business MBA and MFIN programs as well as for the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. Stuart has also been featured on numerous news outlets including BloombergTV, BNN, Financial Post, Toronto Star, and itBusiness.ca.
Fred H. Burke is an accomplished c-suite executive having over 30 years of experience within large and mid-sized private and public companies, primarily in consumer-packaged goods and steel and mining industry. He has had extensive involvement with private equity backed companies, overseeing the completion of mergers, acquisitions, major refinancing or restructuring transactions. Fred’s CFO/COO mandates required management of all finance, tax reporting, plant processing operations, technology, strategic and succession planning, HR, capital project, risk management, business continuity and other administrative services.
He currently provides interim/full-time CFO/COO executive consulting services for private companies. From 2013-2018 he was CFO, Treasurer and Officer in the steel sector for Hamilton Specialty Bar Inc. Prior to that role, from 2009-2013 he was COO and CFO Celtrade Canada Inc, a private equity backed food manufacturing company. He also held CFO/COO roles for several CPG companies which included Santa Maria Foods, Renée’s/Kraft Gourmet Foods, M&M Mar’s and Robinhood/Smuckers.
Fred serves as a director and officer on several public, private and not for profit external boards. He currently is a committee member on the St. Joseph’s Hospital board of directors and WSPS (Workplace Safety Prevention Services) and is also a member of the board of advisors for LaRocca Bakeries and Tradition Fine Foods. He was a long serving executive board member for the CGA and CPA of Ontario and CPA joint committee. He is a past president of the Financial Executives International [FEI] Toronto Chapter and has served on the Canadian Counsel for Small Business Enterprises [CCSBE] and CFO Canada Advisory Board.
Fred received his professional director’s certification (ICD.D) March 2014, has an Honors B Commerce degree from McMaster University, professional accounting designation and was awarded life membership and CGA/CPA fellowship designation.
Entrepreneur in Residence; Co-Director of Entrepreneurial Studies, Schulich School of Business
Chris Carder is a Serial Entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in the Digital/Technology Sector and a sought-after Startup Advisor, Investor and Advisory Board Member.
Chris serves as Co-Director of Entrepreneurial Studies & Entrepreneur in Residence with The Schulich School of Business & also serves on the York University Entrepreneurship Council.
Chris is Board Chair of Kinetic Companies (holding interests in startups such as Kinetic Commerce, AdvisorStream, Wirkn, SkyMotion and Massive Damage).
He is the past President & Co-Founder of ThinData (Canada's largest email marketing services provider) - acquired by TC Media (Transcontinental) in 2018.
His Volunteer work in the Non-Profit Sector includes serving as Chairman of the International White Ribbon Campaign & he has been recognized as the Canadian New Media Awards Volunteer (and Employer) of the Year.
Jimmy Chan (iBBA '17)
Managing Director, Odyssey3D
Jimmy’s vision for Odyssey3D began from a trip to Israel to study technology entrepreneurship. Since graduating from the Schulich School of Business, he was the winner of Schulich’s 2016 Start-Up Day and has since brought his project to the market to launch the award-winning real estate startup Odyssey3D. Since inception, Odyssey3D has worked with some of the highest producing realtors in the GTA to bring their listing to market in the most innovative and digital-centric methods leveraging 3D technology, digital media, and their turn-key solutions.
Professor and Timothy R. Price Chair, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business
Jim Clayton was appointed Professor and Timothy R. Price Chair in Real Estate and Infrastructure at the newly established Brookfield Centre in the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto in January 2018. He is tasked with helping to lead and establish the Brookfield Centre as a global centre of excellence in teaching, research and engagement with industry and government. The Centre’s activities include Schulich’s 12-month Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) program — the first of its kind in Canada and one of only a few in the world – one that builds on the School’s long-existing MBA specialization in real estate and infrastructure. Professor Clayton returned to academia and Canada from global investment manager Barings (formerly Cornerstone), where he was Head of Real Estate Investment Strategy and Analytics. He was responsible for monitoring and forecasting real estate investment and capital market trends, advising on fund and client investment and portfolio strategy, and delivering applied research and strategic thought pieces. He also sat on the equity and debt investment committees and the valuation committee. While at Barings Jim was an Adjunct Professor in the Real Estate Program in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut.
Prior to joining Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, that later became part of Barings, in 2008, he was Director of Research at the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), and prior to that had faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He currently teaches in executive education programs for NAIOP and the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac). Jim Clayton is a co-editor of the bi-annual special issue of The Journal of Portfolio Management devoted to real estate, a Fellow, and former President, of the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI), a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics, and a past recipient of a Homer-Hoyt Institute post-doctoral fellowship. He is a member of the PREA Research Committee and a previous co-chair of the PREA Research Affinity Group.
Vince Commisso (MBA '92)
Co-Founding Partner, President and CEO, 9 Story Media; CONNECT '19 Conference Co-Chair
Vince Commisso is President & CEO of 9 Story Media Group, one of the industry’s leading creators, producers and distributors of top quality content for young audiences around the world. With facilities in Toronto, New York, Dublin and Manchester, the 9 Story family of companies has produced over 2,800 episodes of best-in-class kids and family programming.
Vince began his career in 1992 at Nelvana, where he rose through the ranks to become Supervising Producer, garnering one Emmy® and two Gemini® nominations. In 2002, he co-founded 9 Story Entertainment, an animation company that would utilize leading edge technologies to develop and produce compelling animated children’s content with international appeal. Since earning an Emmy® Award on the company’s very first show, Peep and the Big Wide World, the 9 Story family of companies has gone on to earn countless other awards, including fourteen Emmy® Awards and two Oscar nominations.
Retired President & CEO, Ferrero Canada Ltd; Independent Board Director and Consultant
Allan Cosman has extensive experience leading and advising organizations to achieve strengthened business results and improved governance in a variety of economic circumstances, competitive environments and geographies. His career has engaged him in leadership roles in the Corporate and Not-for-Profit arena for both large and small, private and public companies. He has worked in an international marketing and multicultural context for a large portion of his career in English, French and Italian. His experience includes senior line management responsibilities in Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, and General Management.
Starting his career at Procter & Gamble Inc. in 1973 as a Sales Representative, he progressed through assignments such as: Trade Marketing/Merchandising Manager, Recruiting Manager, Training Manager, Sales Director, Advertising Manager and Category General Manager. He was appointed to Procter & Gamble’s Executive Management Committee in 1985.
He joined Ferrero Canada as President & CEO in 1993. He subsequently undertook international responsibilities as Managing Director-Ferrero U.K., and Area Manager - Ferrero Australia/New Zealand. He was appointed Vice President - Ferrero International in 1998. In 2003, he spearheaded a project to win a NAFTA manufacturing mandate in Brantford, Ontario. Today, Ferrero Canada employs +1,400 people in Brantford’s 950,000 sq.ft. “state-of-the-art” facility. This plant is viewed as one of the most important food manufacturing investments ($500M+) in Canada, and is a significant exporter and domestic producer of food and confectionery brands.
In 2016, Allan left the CEO role at Ferrero to establish his own consulting company - Cosman Advisory Inc., where he has focused on Board Director Roles, teaching leadership and consulting.
Allan’s Board experiences include: Chair of the Board – Ferrero Canada, Ferrero U.K., Ferrero Australia, and Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC). Allan is currently Board Chair of Food Banks Canada and 3 Advisory Boards of entrepreneurial SME’s: LaRocca Creative Cakes, Tradition Fine Foods and Ethnicity Matters (a multicultural marketing and communications company).
He attained the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) at the Rotman School of Management in 2009. He is a B.A. graduate of the University of Ottawa.
In November 2016, Allan was awarded an Award of Merit for Industry and Board leadership by the Food and Consumer Product Manufacturers of Canada (FCPC).
Allan’s passion for leadership and human resource development has led him to write and conduct Executive leadership development courses in Canada and internationally, and to participate in business school seminars to inspire and develop students.
Allan is an avid traveler and a Masters swimmer.
Marsha Druker (BBA '12)
Founder & Director, F*ckup Nights Toronto
Marsha Druker is the Founder and Director of F*ckup Nights Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, chapters of the global speaker series and community that shares stories of professional failure. She's also an experienced marketing and communications professional, working with tech startups. A passionate community builder, Marsha loves bringing people together to have genuine conversations about all sides of entrepreneurship, failure and mental health. She believes that vulnerability makes us stronger, not weaker.
Corporate Director and Managing Partner, Highnoon Capital and Consulting Inc.
Jennifer has 25 years’ experience in international business development and management for private and public North American corporations, covering markets in Canada, the US and internationally with a particular focus on China/Asia.
Jennifer has in-depth experience and knowledge of corporate strategic planning process, M&A, capital markets and financial services. She has worked in a number of large financial institutions including JP Morgan & Chase in New York and BMO Financial Group in Toronto. At BMO, Jennifer was instrumental in building out the bank’s business platform in Asia across capital markets, investment banking and wealth/asset management businesses. She established BMO Capital Markets Rep Office in Beijing in 2006 focusing on advising Chinese SOEs' outbound M&A activities. Jennifer also led BMO's local incorporation in China between 2008 and 2010; to date this remains the only Canadian bank and one of three North American banks incorporated in China.
Jennifer also worked in Corporate Finance of General Motors of Canada earlier in her career, and she was a member of the founding team who established Shanghai GM joint venture.
Most recently, Jennifer was the national Managing Director, China Business Network & Strategy for PwC Canada. She built and led a team of professionals cross services, cross sectors and cross geographies to deliver integrated advisory, tax and assurance services custom tailored to the cross-border investment and business needs of Chinese and North American companies in mining, energy, agri/food, real estate, high-end manufacturing, clean tech, pharma/healthcare, infrastructure, innovative technologies and financial services industries.
Jennifer is currently a board director for Western Resources Corp., a TSX listed mining company and she chairs its audit committee. Jennifer also sits on the Providence Healthcare Foundation Board and is a member of the campaign leadership and the strategic planning committees. Providence has merged with St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre to become the largest Catholic healthcare network in Canada named “Unity Health Toronto”.
Jennifer continues to facilitate the two-way capital flows between Canada and China as a “China subject-matter-expert”: she is the senior advisor, corporate development and China strategy for two Canadian companies - Martinrea International Inc. (TSX: MRE) and a family-owned high-end manufacturer. She also advises Chinese companies and HNW families for their "going global" strategy and outbound M&A activities. Jennifer is able to provide clients with multi-disciplined business and investment advice and effectively coordinate resources in North America and China for her clients.
Jennifer graduated from Peking University with a BA in international economics. She also has a MBA degree from University of British Columbia majoring in finance. Jennifer is a CFA charter holder and has also obtained ICD.D designation. She is also a visiting scholar/member researcher at the Strategic Institute of Peking University, a highly recognized think-tank in China. Last but not least, Jennifer is a senior advisor to Schulich School of Business and Rotman School of Management on executive training programs. Jennifer is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Gaby Fisch (MBA '04)
Director of Talent Development, MaRS Discovery District
Gaby Fisch is Director of Talent Development at the MaRS Discovery District, the world’s largest urban innovation hub, located in Toronto, Canada. She is a lifelong learner, completing her BA, MBA, coaching certification and she is currently on a self-directed learning journey through the inter-related disciplines of adult learning theory, positive psychology, mindfulness, neuroscience and behavioural economics. She spent 12 years in the corporate sector before heading out to work independently as a career and entrepreneur coach. In 2014, Gaby joined the HR team at the Mars Discovery District, a role which perfectly blends her interests in HR, coaching, business, and social impact.
Vito Giovannetti (BBA '14)
I am a technology entrepreneur, born and raised in Canada!
I am thankful every day for the special journey that life has brought to me. The influences of my family's immigration to Canada, and growing up in this wonderful country has enabled me to find passion and aspire towards dreams that can change the world.
I welcome the opportunity to mentor young talent, lead business seminars, and share my life story.
I am on a quest to make a difference in this world and for Canada.
Catherine Glowczewski (MBA '02)
Vice President, Tradition Fine Foods, Ltd.
Catherine is an owner/entrepreneur of Tradition Fine Foods in Toronto. This company is a leading co-packer/manufacturer in Toronto exporting to leading North American premiere food and snack- branded companies.
Catherine has an MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University and an HBSc from the University of Toronto-New College.
Bill Graham (MBA '86)
Executive in Residence, President, Global Alumni Network, Schulich School of Business; CONNECT 19 Program Advisor
Bill Graham is a renowned business leader with more than 40 years’ experience across the automotive, technological, investment and financial services industries. He is past Chair of the National Board of the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), representing their more than 6.2 million members across Canada and continues to serve on several of their committees
Mr. Graham also has a long history of supporting education and future generations of business leaders at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He serves as an executive-in-residence for the International MBA Program, is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and is the president of the Schulich Global Alumni Network. Mr. Graham also served on the board of the York University Alumni Association.
Previously, Bill was the founding President and CEO of Proponix Inc. (now part of CGI), a global technology and process outsourcing company, a role he entered after a significant career at Citibank N.A., where he served in various senior executive positions in Canada and Asia.
Bill holds an MBA (with distinction) in international finance and business from the Schulich School of Business and a BSc in mechanical engineering from Queen's University.
In 2013, Bill received the Schulich Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to the School and in 2016, he received the Bryden Alumni Award for Outstanding Contribution to York University
Jaimie Grossman (MBA '01)
Chairman & Co-Founder, Jiffy on Demand
Jaimie Grossman is Co-Founder of Jiffy on Demand and serves as Chairman. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Jiffy on Demand from April 2015 to December 2017, leading the company through its first three rounds of financing. Prior to Jiffy he co-founded UPTREND media in 2003 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2010. Jaimie managed strategic partnerships and day-to-day operations of UPTREND and lead it’s sale to Yellow Media (YPG) in October of 2010. He served as an SVP at Mediative (Yellow Media) until June of 2011. Jaimie is an active investor in Real Estate and Technology and consults for a number of start-ups.
Jaimie serves as Co-Director of The Larry Grossman Foundation for Kids and is on the Board of the Kensington Foundation and Hospice.
He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a certificate in American Foreign Policy from American University in Washington D.C.
Toby A. Heaps
CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Knights Inc.
Toby Heaps is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Knights Inc., the company for clean capitalism.
In 2005, he spearheaded the annual ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporation, and he has been published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail.
In 2008, Toby served as Press Secretary to Ralph Nader. Before founding Corporate Knights, Toby was the managing editor of the Mutual Fund Review magazine and Planning for Profits magazine. In 1998, Toby played centre-field for Yugoslavia's National Baseball Team.
Dezsö J. Horváth, CM
Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business; CONNECT '19 Program Advisor
Dezsö J. Horváth is Dean and Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1977. Dr. Horváth holds an electrical engineering degree, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and Licentiate and PhD degrees in Management from Sweden. Following an early career in research and development with the Swedish multinational ASEA (now ABB), he was appointed to increasingly senior academic positions at Swedish universities before joining York. In addition to publishing books and articles on strategic management and international business, he has been engaged by major corporations and governments as a consultant in these fields.
On becoming Dean in 1988, Dr. Horváth worked with internal and external stakeholders to position Schulich as Canada’s Transnational Business School™. In addition to operating the Sino-Canadian Joint Center for Executive Education at Beihang University campus in Beijing, China, Schulich has satellite centres in Mumbai, India; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Seoul, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; and São Paulo, Brazil. The School’s many strategic partnerships around the world include academic exchange agreements with more than 80 leading international business schools in close to 40 countries. In 2010 Schulich became the first leading international business school from outside India to deliver an MBA degree in that country, and in 2014 opened a new campus in Hyderabad, India.
In addition to his role as Dean, Dr. Horváth is a director of a number of companies and organizations and serves on the advisory board of various business schools around the world.
In 2004, Dr. Horváth was named Dean of the Year by the Academy of International Business (AIB), the world’s leading association of scholars in the field of international business. This award is given in recognition of “outstanding leadership in various aspects of internationalization, including programs, research and curriculum development, and outreach.” In 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honour in Canada, for his academic leadership and sustained commitment to business education. In 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his achievements and significant contributions to Canada. In 2014, he was selected by The Toronto Star as one of the 180 most important people, past and present, who helped shape the City of Toronto since its founding.
Mary-Ellen Hynd (MBA ’95)
Principal, Mary-Ellen Hynd Coaching and Consulting
Mary-Ellen Hynd is an executive coach, located in Toronto, Canada. Known for moving ideas to meaningful action for individuals and organizations, she specializes in coaching to develop a creative versus reactive leadership mindset. Using values as a compass for decision making, Mary-Ellen brings communication and sustainability lenses to her work.
She coaches senior executives, small and medium size business owners, healthcare leaders and individuals embarking on a new stage in career / life. Physician leaders are a unique area of expertise. Mary-Ellen was one of four coaches recruited for the Schulich Executive Education Centre’s 10-month Physician Leadership Development Program to provide individual and group coaching plus guidance for complex action learning projects.
A keen listener between the lines, Mary-Ellen puts clients at ease to evoke transformation with her straight up, insightful and compassionate approach. David Jacobs MD, says “Originally a skeptic of coaches, Mary-Ellen made me a believer. Her wealth of experience, unbiased perspective and strong communication skills enabled me to grow as a professional and as a leader.”
Mary-Ellen created and leads the Coaching to Develop a Leadership Mindset workshop series for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Academy. An adjunct professor for Humber’s School of Media Studies & Information Technology, she has designed and taught several courses including Leadership & Teamwork, Presentation Skills, Internal Communications, CSR and Ethics.
With dual citizenship in Canada and the United Kingdom, Mary-Ellen brings a global perspective to assignments. She was one of 400 stakeholders from 90 countries who contributed to the development of the first ISO International Social Responsibility Guidance Standard. Mary-Ellen was part of an NHS initiative coaching Scottish nurse and midwife team leaders with a focus on individual transformation and systems impact.
A Certified Professional Co-Active™ Coach accredited through the International Coach Federation, Mary-Ellen is trained in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) Fundamentals and certified to deliver The Leadership Circle Profile™ Self-Assessment / 360 and Culture Survey. She completed a Schulich MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurial Studies and has a B.A. in Psychology & Economics.
Partial client list includes Royal Bank, Barrick Gold, Direct Energy, Morneau Shepell, Firefly Leadership Coaching, Federation of Regulatory Health Colleges, Food Allergy Canada, Toronto Foundation and Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association.
Mary-Ellen served on the IABC Toronto Chapter board for three years as VP Membership. Currently she is an active member of the International Coach Federation / Toronto and the Canadian Society of Association Executives. She is pleased to be a coach for Schulich CONNECT. Follow Mary-Ellen on Twitter @msmellen. www.maryellenhynd.com
Fotini Iconomopoulos (MBA ’05)
Negotiation Expert; Principal, Forward Focusing; CONNECT '19 Program Co-Chair
Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, Fotini has been honing her skills her entire life.
For the last decade, she’s been empowering Fortune 500 executives and their teams to achieve their objectives through her expertise in negotiation, communication, and persuasion.
Fotini thrives on guiding clients through high-stakes scenarios in such industries as consumer purchased goods, retail, professional services, energy, telecommunications, tech, and finance. She creates customized intensive negotiation workshops for clients who want to further develop their teams.
When she’s not strategizing with clients, she is a frequent guest on CBC & CTV Television, a professor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business and offers her experience to non-profit initiatives.
In 2018 she ran a weeklong empowerment camp for young girls, an attempt to close the gender gap before it starts.
She was recently recognized with a Greek America Foundation Top 40 under 40 award for her achievements and philanthropic work and was nominated for the Women of Influence RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.
Henry M. Kim
Associate Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; Director, blockchain.lab, Schulich School of Business
Henry Kim is an Associate Professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business, and is the Director of the blockchain.lab at Schulich. As one of the leading blockchain scholars in Canada, Prof. Kim is engaged in blockchain research projects with the UN (on cross-border), Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (on electricity micro-grid), the Canadian blockchain startup Aion Networks (on AI-based consensus mechanism), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture (on food traceability), and National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US (on manufacturing supply chain). He is on the faculty of Don Tapscott’s Blockchain Research Institute, is co-organizer of U of T’s Fields Institute Seminar Series on Blockchain, and an advisor on the Government of Canada’s whitepaper on Blockchain and Digital Ledger Technologies. He serves as a Senior Research Fellow at start-ups Novera Capital and Insolar, and is a scientific advisor to many other companies.
Professor of Policy; Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History, Schulich School of Business; CONNECT '19 Program Advisor
Throughout his career Professor Kipping has strived at demonstrating the relevance and usefulness of history and a historical approach for management students, practising managers and management scholars. Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has recently honoured his efforts to build bridges between history and management studies with the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. His research has focused more specifically on the evolution of management consulting and on the impact of consultants on a wide range of organizations around the world — a topic on which he has published extensively, including The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting, co-edited with T. Clark (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Defining Management: Business Schools, Consultants, Media, co-authored with L. Engwall and B. Üsdiken (Routledge, 2016). In his most recent work, he is looking more broadly at what drives changes in certain industries and stability in others — issues that will be addressed from multiple perspectives in The Oxford Handbook of Industry Dynamics, co-edited with T. Kurosawa and in preparation for publication in 2020. He is also one of the editors, together with D. Barton and D. Horváth, of Re-Imagining Capitalism (OUP, 2016).
President & CEO, L'Oréal Canada
As President and CEO of L’Oréal Canada, Frank Kollmar heads one of the L’Oréal Group’s Top 10 subsidiaries amongst the 130 countries where the company operates. L’Oréal Canada is the Canadian leader in the beauty industry and as such, Mr. Kollmar’s mandate is to ensure the continued growth of the overall business and develop the equity and unique experiences of L’Oréal Canada’s 38 brands. Key priorities include accelerating the company’s digital transformation and ensuring the development of its internal talents. Finally, he spearheads the Canadian development of Sharing beauty with all, L’Oréal’s ambitious CSR program, whose goal is continued positive impact on society and the environment. He oversees the deployment of the Group’s very diversified portfolio, including European brands such as Lancôme, Yves Saint-Laurent, Giorgio Armani or L’Oréal Paris; North American brands such as Maybelline New York, Urban Decay, NYX, Redken or Kiehl’s and Asian brands like Shu Uemura. These brands can all be found in diversified environments: luxury department stores, professional salons, drugstores and mass market distribution.
Mr. Kollmar began his career with the L’Oréal Group in Canada over fifteen years ago as Marketing Director for the Vichy brand, bringing with him a strong expertise in consumer goods management and marketing. Quickly appointed Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Active Cosmetics Division, he actively contributed to the development of the dermo-cosmetics market in Canada by creating the Dermo-Cosmetics Centers, and established strong relationships with Canadian dermatologists. Based on these excellent results, he was called upon to manage the Vichy brand in Germany where he remained for over 2 years. Having expressed a desire to explore the world of mass consumption, he first took the lead of the Consumer Products Division in Austria before being named General Manager of Garnier-Maybelline in Germany in 2008. During his 3 years in this country, he increased market shares in a very competitive environment, namely by developing innovative in-store concepts and a partnership with “Germany’s Next Topmodel” which included brand digital and content integration.
In 2011, Mr. Kollmar returned to Canada as President of the Consumer Products Division. Together with his teams, he spearheaded many successful digital and marketing initiatives such as TIFF and Toronto Fashion Week, as well as the launch several iconic products. Some of these initiatives led to L’Oréal Canada being recognized in 2013 by Marketing Magazine as a finalist for "Marketer of the Year Award", and by AOL as "Best Social Media Practice" for their ability to win the heart of Canadian consumers through integrated sponsorships and activations, social marketing and branded content campaigns while continuing to gain market share in Canada.
When appointed President & CEO of L’Oréal Canada in 2014, his vision to sustainably grow the business has been based on Digital, CRM, Retail experience, as well as Sustainable Development initiatives behind the Group’s Sharing Beauty With All strategy.
Mr. Kollmar is a graduate of the École de Management Européen – Groupe IECS in Strasbourg, France, and holds a Masters in Business Administration & Computer Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, in Germany.
He currently sits on the Board of Directors of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), GS-1 Canada, the FCPC (Food & Consumer Products of Canada), Montreal International and Cercle des présidents du Québec as well as the Schulich Schools' International Advisory Council (IAC). He was a member of the boards of the CCTFA (Association of Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association) and its Foundation (2014-2015) and of the Luminato Festival (2014-2016).
He regularly speaks at various events such as the Canadian Club, Cercle des Présidents du Québec, McGill Executive MBA Program’s CEO Insights and Chambre de Commerce du Montréal Métropolitain, amongst others.
A Canadian at heart for over 25 years, he lives in Montreal, is married and has three children. Mr. Kollmar is a strong advocate of causes and initiatives fostering diversity in the areas of education and the development of talents. Amongst several personal commitments, he is an active board member of the Alexander von Humboldt German International School in Montreal. He enjoys sports activities such as ski, soccer and tennis and likes to travel in the great Canadian outdoors.
M. Murat Kristal
Associate Professor, Operations Management and Information Systems (OMIS); Director, Master of Business Analytics (MBAN) Program; Director, Master of Management, AI, Schulich School of Business
M. Murat Kristal, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Operations Management and Information at the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is also the Founding Director of the Master of Business Analytics program at Schulich. His research areas include business analytics, service operations management, management science – modeling and analysis, mass customization, and statistical research methods in operations management. Professor Kristal completed his Ph.D in Operations, Technology and Innovation Management in 2005 at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A. Aside from his academic work; Professor Kristal works with organizations in various analytics projects.
Anchor, BNN Bloomberg
Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years. Lang is the host of Bloomberg Markets for BNN Bloomberg, a global program airing daily from Toronto and New York. Previously, Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program airing on CBC News Network. For five years before that Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, with Kevin O’Leary. And prior to that the pair co-hosted SqueezePlay, on BNN, for 6 years.
Lang studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, before becoming a journalist. Her first job in journalism was for the Globe and Mail, and subsequently Lang joined the Financial Post newspaper, where she became the paper’s New York correspondent. In New York she made the leap to television, where she first was part of the team that launched BNN and before long wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor. Lang is also a best-selling author. “The Power of Why,” (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. “The Beauty of Discomfort” (HarperCollins, April 2017) examines how difficult change can be, and set out strategies for how to achieve it.
Pam Laycock (MBA '89)
Executive-in-Residence, Schulich School of Business; Senior Vice President, Transformation and Strategy, Torstar Corporation; CONNECT '19 Program Advisor
Pam Laycock is Senior Vice President, Transformation & at Torstar Corporation, where she is working with the leadership team to transform the organization for future growth and industry leadership. She has been with Torstar for 26 years, working in all of the divisions within Torstar and working on the Canadian, US and UK businesses.
Pam began her career at Torstar with Harlequin Books, where among other responsibilities she launched Harlequin’s e-commerce business in 1996 and e-book business in 2005. In 2007, Pam moved to Torstar’s media business, taking on roles of Chief Operating Officer for Torstar Digital, VP Digital for Star Media Group, and SVP Strategy and Digital for Metroland.
Pam has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She sits on the Executive Council for the Ontario Chapter of the ICD. In 2014, Pam was appointed to the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s Diversity 50. She is Interim Chair of board of directors for the Toronto Public Library Foundation. She previously sat on the boards of CAA South Central Ontario, Shop.ca and Workopolis. She is actively involved with the Schulich School of Business where she is an Executive in Residence and chair of the Schulich Toronto Alumni Council. In 2012 she received the Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to the School.
Jenise Lee (MBA '12)
Founder & CEO, PurPicks
Jenise is the founder of PurPicks.com - a reviews platform like TripAdvisor for nontoxic skincare products. The site already has the largest database of organic skincare products and has thousands of product reviews.
Three years ago, she introduced CertClean which is now North America's largest certification of its kind; thousands of safer beauty and personal care products are marked with the CertClean certification.
In 2017, Jenise was honoured as one of Canada's top sustainability leader, named Canada's Top 100 health influencers alongside Sophie Trudeau and Wayne Gretzky, and nominated for the Governor General's Innovation Award.
Prior to starting her MBA, Jenise was a chemical engineer leading multi-million dollar environmental projects.
Jenise served on many advisory panels and boards, and was a chairperson/board member for close to 10 years at the Women's Healthy Environments Network (WHEN), an environmental health not-for-profit organization best known for empowering women to "Take Action for Prevention".
She is committed to moving the dial towards healthier consumer products - beginning with your morning skincare ritual.
Jenise Lee earned a Chemical Engineering degree (University of Waterloo) and an MBA (Schulich School of Business). She has lived in China, Italy and Canada, and is currently residing in Toronto.
Howard Lichtman (JD '79, MBA '82)
President, The Lightning Group; Partner and Co-Founder, Ethnicity Multicultural Marketing and Advertising; CONNECT '19 Program Advisor
Howard Lichtman is a founding Partner of Ethnicity Multicultural Marketing + Advertising. Ethnicity is Canada’s leading authority in marketing and communications to a multicultural world. Their mission is to help shape and develop culturally-driven strategies and ideas for visionary brands that want to win a disproportionate share of the consumer market.
Prior to Ethnicity, Howard was the President of The Lightning Group and Executive Vice President of Marketing Communications at Cineplex. He is also responsible for all of the marketing, programming and sponsorship for the Taste of the Danforth. He created the American Express Front of the Line program, transformed cinemas from being just movie theatres to being media outlets with launch of screen advertising and he has sold the largest sponsorship to live theatre in history - $15 million to Amex, Pepsi and Labatt. Howard is JD and MBA, taught a course at Ryerson on How to Launch an e-Business, was the past Vice Chair of the Ontario Science Centre, and is currently serving on the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place. Howard is an angel investor in Sensibill, NXCAR, Dot.Health, Mediseen and LifeWire, as well as a member of the Schulich School of Business Global Management “Devil’s Advocate” team.
Professor of Strategy; Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business
Dirk Matten is a Professor at the Schulich School of Business where he holds the Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility. He has a doctoral degree and the habilitation from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf in his native Germany. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of London, the University of Nottingham and at Sabancı University in Istanbul.
Dirk has taught and done research at academic institutions in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Turkey, and the USA. He has published 24 books and edited volumes as well as more than 80 articles and book chapters which have won numerous prestigious awards. His work has appeared in many international journals including Academy of Management Review, California Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies.
Dirk is a co-editor of the journal Business & Society (SAGE). He is frequently cited and interviewed for newspapers and TV and writes Op-Eds for papers such as Der Spiegel or The Globe and Mail. The Cambridge based think tank CSR International ranks him among the 'Top 100 CSR Leaders'.
Academic Program Lead, SAS Canada
Mark Morreale is the National Lead for SAS Canada’s Academic Program. Currently, Mark’s role is to facilitate partnerships with Academics, Industry, and the Innovation Sectors. With over 20 years of experience in the Canadian healthcare system, before joining SAS, Mark trained as an Epidemiologist and has worked in several Analytics positions for the Pharma Sector, Hospitals, and Government.
Mark is also a professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, where he lectures on Clinical Decision Support, Health Care Performance, Quality and Health Research Methodologies. Examples of his research include: Evaluation of Care Maps, ER wait times, Patient Safety and Quality of Care.
Rod Pamenter (MBA '02)
Head of Strategy & Corporate Development, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)
Rod Pamenter is a respected financial services executive who joined the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) in 2017 as its second professional. Today, IMCO has over 145 professionals and manages over $65 billion in assets on behalf of its clients.
Prior to joining IMCO, Rod spent the past two decades as an executive with Credit Suisse and CIBC working in investment banking, merchant banking/private market investing and corporate strategy. Before entering the world of business, Mr. Pamenter competed as a professional hockey player.
Rod has completed a BA from Colgate University, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is also a CFA Charterholder.
In addition, Mr. Pamenter has also served as a professor of strategic management & finance at the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Professor of Strategic Management; Director, Global Leadership Program; Director, India MBA and Executive MBA Programs, Schulich School of Business
My research addresses critical decisions of strategists, whether leading entrepreneurial firms or major corporations. Among my current projects, I have been looking at the integration challenges of mergers and acquisitions, the internationalization efforts of start-ups, and the dynamics of strategy as practice. My recent work has also taken me to the study of team dynamics and the effectiveness of teams.
Heather Pirie (MBA '97)
Leadership Coach, Heather Pirie Leadership Coaching and Consulting
Heather brings 25 years of experience in high tech and the arts to her vocation as a leadership coach. Her diverse career and education have been the result of following her avid curiosity and creative approach to life and growth. She works out of her offices in Toronto and Blue Mountain.
Her corporate career was in product marketing and business development in telecom, software and venture capital. She held executive level positions in each sector. After a sabbatical of travelling, she followed her passion to compose, perform and publish original music. While she built her independent publishing company, she immersed herself in leadership development, human consciousness and wellness.
Her current career as a leadership coach emerged organically to help her executive and entrepreneurial clients find their "leader within" so they could make their biggest impact. Her clients range from entrepreneurs to executives in tech, marketing, finance, academia and entertainment. Her niche is helping her clients find their purpose, vision, strengths and community.
She is a Certified Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC) from CTI and also an Accredited Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She has an MBA in Marketing from Schulich School of Business and an MA (English Rhetoric) from the University of Waterloo. She also has a piano performance degree from University of Toronto/Royal Conservatory.
Co-Founder & CEO, No Fixed Address (NFA)
An entrepreneur at heart, Serge has spent his entire career starting, leading and scaling global advertising agencies such as Y&R and Publicis in both North America and Europe.
Most recently he co-founded No Fixed Address Inc., a disruptive agency model striving to meet the changing landscape of the industry. Within 3 years, NFA has grown to 100 people and has won several awards including Advertising Age - Silver, Small International Agency Of The Year in 2018.
Serge also co-founded No Fixed Investments Inc., a V.C. version of NFA with several stakes in start-ups as well as more traditional businesses.
Guy Reichard (MBA '00)
Executive Life Coach, CoachingBreakthroughs.ca
Guy Reichard is an Executive Life Coach & Personal Growth Mentor working with individuals who crave more meaning, purpose, fulfillment and wellbeing in their lives. He helps his clients discover their authentic selves, and clarify their deepest values to guide them in actualizing their fullest expression of the change they wish to see in the world. Working with the whole person, and their whole life, Guy’s coaching partners build resilience, and learn how to lead themselves and others in more heart-centered, effective and empowering ways.
Executive-In-Residence, AI and Advanced Analytics, Schulich School of Business
A seasoned hi-tech executive with 38 years of experience in the IT, web technology, network and e-security sectors. Expertise in mobile/cloud technology, digital content systems, web technologies, banking technologies, e-security which has contributed to exceptional business results.
A down to earth people leader who encourages others to excel and deliver above and beyond their personal expectations with significant Canadian, North American and international experience.
Specialty training to deal with high adversity situations in resolving complex problems quickly. Successfully led a number of “tiger teams” in M&A, next gen technology exploration, enterprise digitization at Nortel, Bell Canada Enterprises, Open Text and Canadian Tire.
Kelly Saltzman (MBA '18)
Co-Founder, Awoke N' Aware
Recently completing my MBA at the Schulich School of Business, I chose to pursue General Mills as an associate marketing manager. I have parallel pathed that with the launch of an apparel brand, Awoke N' Aware. My co-founder and I started ANA with a mission to help wildlife. ANA is a sustainable & ethical lifestyle apparel brand that donates 15% of profits to conservations.
Ajay K. Sirsi
Associate Professor of Marketing, Schulich School of Business
Ajay K. Sirsi is a Marketing Professor at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada, where he teaches marketing management, market research, marketing and sales strategies, branding, and marketing communications at the executive, masters, and undergraduate level.
Ajay is the author of many books:
Customer Segmentation (manuscript stage)
Marketing: A Roadmap To Success
A Manual for Instructors for Marketing A Roadmap to Success
Marketing Led – Sales Driven: How Successful Businesses Use the Power of Marketing Plans and Sales Execution to Win in the Marketplace
Marketing: Real People, Real Decisions
Prof. Sirsi is the author of many articles which have appeared in prominent academic and practitioner journals such as the Journal of Consumer Research, Canadian Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Health Care Marketing, the Journal of Hospital Marketing, the Journal of Professional Services Marketing, and Marketing magazine. He is a recipient of the prestigious Robert Ferber Award and the award for best article published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Dr. Sirsi has also presented his work at numerous international conferences.
Ajay has undertaken both consulting and educational activities for FT Global 500 corporations in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Brazil, China, France, India, Japan and Korea in the areas of developing business and marketing strategy, sales execution, building brand equity, customer needs assessment, customer satisfaction and service quality, new product development, customer segmentation, and sales training.
A partial list of his clients includes Baxter, Bayer, Bombardier, International Paper, Manulife Financial, Purolator, Royal Bank, StarTech.com, Tetra Pak, and TELUS.
Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Mr. Tal is responsible for analyzing economic developments and their implications for North American fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and commodities markets. He also acts in an advisory capacity to bank officers on issues related to wealth management, household/corporate credit and risk.
Well-known for his ground-breaking published research on topics such as labour market dynamics, real estate, credit markets, international trade and business economic conditions, Mr. Tal not only contributes to the conversation but also frequently sets the agenda.
He has close to 20 years of experience in the private sector advising clients, industry leaders, corporate boards, trade associations and governments on economic and financial issues.
National and global media regularly seek him out for his insight and analysis on economic issues that impact financial markets, consumers, corporations and public policy. He is also a frequent lecturer in the economic programs of various Canadian universities.
Mr. Tal is a member of the Economic Committee of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Development Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade. He is also a member of the board of Governors of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, and a board member of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.
Senior Data Scientist, Omnia - Deloitte Canada's AI Practice
Chi is a Senior Data Scientist in Deloitte’s Omnia AI practice. He has 7 years of experience leading projects related to database warehousing, distributed and cloud computing, data visualization, and advanced analytics/machine learning, specializing in data science engagements across model design, optimization, and deployment to drive business value. His wide variety of technical knowledge allows him to build rigorous engineering processes, and understand the impacts to marketing, finance, and corporate strategy channels.
EDC Professorship in International Business; Executive Director, Centre for Global Enterprise (CGE), Schulich School of Business
Dr. Lorna Wright is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Global Enterprise and holds the EDC Professorship of International Business at the Schulich School of Business, York University. She was Associate Vice President International of York from 2009 to 2012. She is an academic entrepreneur, being the founding director (1992-2000) of the Centre for Canada-Asia Business Relations at Queen's University, the co-founder (1997) of the Asian Business Consortium, which included four universities, and the inaugural director of the Centre for Global Enterprise at York University (2013). She spent fifteen years as an independent contractor working for various organizations in Thailand, Indonesia and Japan, and has done projects throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Dr. Wright has a PhD from the University of Western Ontario; an MIM from Thunderbird, Arizona; an MA (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Essex, UK; a PGCE (Education in Developing Countries) from the University of London, UK; and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests are in the areas of cross-cultural management, international negotiations, and conditions for SME business success internationally. Her geographic area of interest is the Pacific Basin region
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