Friday, April 26

Pre-CONNECT Primer

Location: Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

Participate in our pre-CONNECT primer, an exclusive program for Schulich alumni, organized in collaboration with the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC). Take part in a fascinating afternoon program designed to teach you the new rules of the game as well as leading best practices.

Friday sessions are exclusive for Schulich Alumni.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Registration

Mamdouh Shoukri Atrium

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Session (select one)

G1: Managing Change (Room G102)
G2: Analytics in a Changing World (Room G101)
G3: Making Your Business Customer Centric (Room G105)

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception

Mamdouh Shoukri Atrium


Saturday, April 27

The Schulich Alumni Forum

Location: Seymour Schulich Building

Join Schulich Alumni from around the globe for a day of discussion, debate and discovery of new ideas and concepts.

CONNECT ’19 Conference Co-Chairs:
Vince Commisso (MBA ‘92), Co-Founding Partner, President & CEO, 9 Story Media Group
Fotini Iconomopoulos (MBA ’05), Negotiation Expert; Principal, Forward Focusing

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

North Wing & CIBC Marketplace

9:00 am – 9:45 am Game On Kick-Off

Opening Remarks
Fotini Iconomopoulos (MBA ’05), Negotiation Expert; Principal, Forward Focusing; CONNECT ’19 Conference Co-Chair

The Game Plan: A Conversation with Dean Horváth
Dezsö J. Horváth, CM, Dean and Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business; CONNECT ’19 Program Advisor
Moderator
Pamela Laycock (MBA ’89), Executive-in-Residence, Schulich School of Business, SVP Transformation and Strategy, Torstar Corporation; CONNECT ’19 Program Advisor

Robert R. McEwen Auditorium

9:45 am – 11:00 am Sessions A (select one)

A1: Founders: The World of Start-ups: Beyond the Pitch (Room N107)
A2: Dollars and Sense: What’s in the Cards for the Economy? (Room N106)
A3: Shifting Sands: Where to Place Your Bets? (Room N105)
A4: Blockchain is Changing the Game (N108)

North Wing

11:00 am – 11:30 am Networking Break
Sponsored by Air Canada
Alumni CONNECTions Game On Café
Sponsored by TD Insurance
Game On Reunions
Game on Research
Game on Reconnecting

West Wing
11:00 am – 3:45 pm Game On with the Coaches

Book Your Private Session on the APP

East Wing

11:30 am – 12:40 pm Plenary

Up Close and Personal with the CEOs: Power Play

Robert R. McEwen Auditorium

12:40 – 12:45 pm Halftime Update

Vince Commisso (MBA ‘92), Co-Founding Partner, President & CEO, 9 Story Media Group;
CONNECT ’19 Conference Co-Chair

Robert R. McEwen Auditorium

12:45 pm – 2:30 pm Buffet Networking Lunch

CIBC Marketplace & Executive Dining Room

1:30 pm Tours of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

Depart from North Wing

2:30 pm –  3:45 pm Sessions B (select one)

B1: Negotiating Skills: How to Win the Duel in Negotiating (Room N107)
B2: Advisory Boards: Raising the Level of your Game (Room N105)
B3: Marketing Mavens: A Game of Skill not Chance (Room N108)
B4: How to Score in Today’s Private Equity (Room N106)

North Wing

3:45 pm –  4:00 pm Speed Networking Break
Sponsored by Air Canada
Alumni CONNECTions Game On Café
sponsored by TD Insurance
West Wing
4:00 pm – 4:55 pm Closing Session

Building a Game On Mindset
Amanda Lang, Anchor, BNN Bloomberg
Keynote, followed by Q&A, Moderated by
Lorna Wright, EDC Professorship in International Business; Executive Director, Centre for Global Enterprise (CGE), Schulich School of Business

Robert R. McEwen Auditorium

4:55 – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks

Bill Graham (MBA ’86), Executive-in-Residence; President Global Alumni Network, Schulich School of Business; CONNECT ’19 Program Advisor

Robert R. McEwen Auditorium

5:00 pm Tailgate Party

CIBC Marketplace

Friday, April 26, 2019 - Pre-CONNECT Primer

Exclusive for Schulich Alumni

Sessions 1:30 to 4:30 pm (select one)

G1: Managing Change (Room G102)
Leading change has always been challenging and today’s turbulent world makes it that much harder. The vast majority of change initiatives fail, and champions of change get demotivated and spent. This session will explore some of the roots of such failures and identify techniques that are easy to master and promise to increase the chances of change success.

Presenter
Theodore Peridis, Professor, Strategic Management; Director, Global Leadership Program; Director, India MBA and Executive MBA Programs, Schulich School of Business

 

G2: Analytics in a Changing World (Room G101)
The session will begin with an introduction to Analytics and how they are shaping the current competitive environment. We will cover interesting applications from various industries and how these applications are brought to life. We will continue with a panel discussion from three areas: 1) Health Care, 2) Solutions Provider, 3) Retail.

Presenter
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

Panelists
Mark Morreale, Academic Program Lead – Canada, SAS Canada
Eugene Roman
, Executive-In-Residence, AI and Advanced Analytics, Schulich School of Business
Chi Wang, Senior Data Scientist – Omnia, Deloitte Canada’s AI Practice

 

G3: Making Your Business Customer Centric (Room G105)
All businesses know they have to be customer centric, but most struggle with this concept. This need has taken on heightened urgency today because, unlike in the past, customers have more power, thanks to the proliferation of digital and other channels.

The term “customer centric” means focusing on – and satisfying – customer needs at every touch point, from pre-sales to after sales. Customer centricity is a mindset companies need to adopt in the entire organization. It is not merely a marketing function effort. The single biggest barrier to becoming customer centric is organizational misalignment: operating in functional silos.

Drawing from academia and his consulting practice, Schulich School of Business Marketing Professor Dr. Ajay Sirsi will help you understand the barriers to customer centricity and what it takes to become a truly customer centric organization.

Dr. Sirsi is the creator of Marketing Led – Sales Driven (MLSD), a process being used by organizations worldwide to align their marketing, sales, and other functions to focus on the customer to generate more and better sales.

Presenter
Ajay Sirsi, Associate Professor of Marketing, Schulich School of Business

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - The Schulich Alumni Forum

Sessions A 9:45 - 11:00 am (Choose one)

A1: Founders: The World of Start-ups: Beyond the Pitch (Room N107)
Learn the story of how Jiffy on Demand became one of the fastest growing apps in the market today, the keys to success and lessons learned in one of Toronto’s fastest growing startups. Then hear from a panel of up-and-coming Schulich Startup Founders about what it takes to succeed.

Case Study
Jaimie Grossman (MBA ’01), Chairman & Co-Founder, Jiffy on Demand

Schulich Startup Founders
Jimmy Chan (iBBA ’17), Managing Director, Odyssey3D
Vito Giovannetti (BBA ’14), Co-Founder, Treasured
Jenise Lee (MBA ’12), Founder & CEO, PurPicks
Kelly Saltzman (MBA ’18), Co-Founder, Awoke N’ Aware

Co-Moderators
Chris Carder
, Entrepreneur in Residence; Co-Director Entrepreneurial Studies, Schulich School of Business
Marsha Druker (BBA ’12), Founder & Director, F*ckup Nights Toronto

 

A2: Dollars and Sense: What’s in the Cards for the Economy? (Room N106)

Presenter
Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.

 

A3: Shifting Sands: Where to Place Your Bets? (Room N105)
The global economy has entered a new era marked by heightened uncertainty and unpredictability. Canadian businesses have done well so far but are faced with new challenges, largely beyond their control. In this interactive session leading experts will discuss three of these challenges and what Canadian companies and managers can do to master them [OR address them successfully]: (i) deteriorating trade relationships, namely between the US and China, where Canada has been caught in the middle; (ii) defending human rights, where Canada has taken a strong stance, which sometimes negatively affected its businesses abroad and at home; (iii) combating climate change, where what seems good for Canadian business and the economy might not be good for the planet.

Panelists
Jennifer Fang, Corporate Director and Managing Partner, Highnoon Capital and Consulting Inc.
Toby A. Heaps, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Knights Inc.
Dirk Matten, Professor of Strategy; Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business

Moderator
Matthias Kipping, Professor of Policy; Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History, Schulich School of Business; CONNECT ’19 Program Advisor

 

A4: Blockchain is Changing the Game (Room N108)

Throughout history, commerce has relied upon trusted intermediaries to broker transactions between parties who didn’t necessarily know or trust each other. However, these intermediaries could be inefficient, ineffective, corrupt, or nonexistent. The promise of blockchain is that technology itself can serve as an intermediary and mitigate these deficiencies. Blockchain is a distributed ledger; one version of the truth is accessible by those distributed over a network, where the ledger is cryptographically secured and immutable from tampering. The implication for commerce could be far-reaching. Contexts in which intermediaries are deficient are prime for transformation using blockchain: think optimizing inefficient backend business processes in finance, enabling farm-to-fork tracking for food safety, or cutting out the waste in delivering international aid. In this talk, I will speak to how blockchain is getting past the hype; it is indeed game-on for what Economist magazine has termed, the “trust machine.”

Presenter
Henry Kim, Associate Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; Co-Director, blockchain.lab, Schulich School of Business

Plenary 11:30 - 12:45 pm

Up Close and Personal with the CEO’s: Power Play (Robert R. McEwen Auditorium)

The CEO’s perspective is vastly different from any other member of the management team. This session will be an up-close-and-personal chat with three of Canada’s leading CEOs. They will share the CEO’s perspective on the challenges facing their corporation, the category they compete in, and business in general.

Panelists
Angela Brown (MBA ’83), President & CEO, Moneris Solutions Corporation
Vince Commisso (MBA ‘92), Co-Founding Partner, President & CEO, 9 Story Media Group; CONNECT ’19 Conference Co-Chair
Frank Kollmar, President and CEO, L’Oréal Canada

Moderator
Matthias Kipping, Professor of Policy; Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History, Schulich School of Business; CONNECT ’19 Program Advisor

Sessions B 2:30 - 3:45 pm (choose one)

B1: Negotiating Skills: How to Win the Duel in Negotiating (Room N107)
Contrary to popular belief, effective negotiation isn’t about arguing; it’s a discussion aimed at reaching an agreement.  In this eye-opening session, Fotini will demonstrate how we are constantly negotiating with those around us in all sorts of situations, and it rarely looks like a pay-per-view main event.

Learn how to recognize different types of negotiations and explore subtle ways to get what you want more effectively. Just as useful at home as in the boardroom, the techniques you learn in this session will assist in all types of negotiations (without any of the battle scars).

Presenter
Fotini Iconomopoulos (MBA ’05), Negotiation Expert; Principal, Forward Focusing; CONNECT ’19 Conference Co-Chair

 

B2: Advisory Boards: Raising the Level of your Game (Room N 105)
The session will cover who should consider setting up an Advisory Board and when. Discover the differences between a Fiduciary Board and an Advisory Board. Find out the key benefits of setting one up for owners, shareholders, investors and employees. Learn how to structure, recruit and remunerate your Advisory Board and more.

Panelists
Fred Burke, Executive Consultant
Catherine Glowczeweski (MBA ’02), Vice President, Tradition Fine Foods, Ltd.

Moderator
Allan Cosman, Retired President & CEO, Ferrero Canada Ltd; Independent Board Director and Consultant; President, Cosman Advisory, Inc.

 

B3: Marketing Mavens: A Game of Skill not Chance (Room N108)

Panelists
David Allard (MBA ’02), CMO, Samsung Electronics Canada
Serge Rancourt, Co-Founder & CEO, No Fixed Address (NFA)

Moderator
Howard Lichtman (JD ’79, MBA ’82), President of The Lightning Group; Partner at Ethnicity Multicultural Marketing and Advertising; CONNECT ’19 Program Advisor

 

B4: How to Score in Today’s Private Equity Game (Room N106)
The world of private equity continues to change and evolve.  Learn what the new world of private equity is today and what private equity investors are looking for, from some of Canada’s leading private equity experts.

Panelists
Stuart Browne (MBA ’09), CEO and Founder, Pycap Venture Partners
Rod Pamenter (MBA ’02), Head of Strategy & Corporate Development, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

Moderator
Jim Clayton, Professor and Timothy R. Price Chair, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business

Closing Session 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Building a Game On Mindset (Robert R. McEwen Auditorium)

The new economy is all about complexity and ambiguity. Succeeding will depend on our ability to question ourselves and others, and learn to cope with – and even embrace – the discomfort of uncertainty. Bestselling author and award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang will headline the closing session at CONNECT 2019. Having a front-row seat to the world’s daily top stories in business, politics, and economics, Lang will deliver a keynote followed by Q&A, moderated by Dr. Lorna Wright, EDC Professorship in International Business and Executive Director, Schulich Centre for Global Enterprise.

Presenter
Amanda Lang, Anchor, BNN Bloomberg

Moderator
Lorna Wright, EDC Professorship in International Business; Executive Director, Centre for Global Enterprise (CGE), Schulich School of Business

Game On with the Coaches

Hala Beisha (MBA ’13), Principal and Founder, Resilience Factor (Room E113)
I work with clients to identify “leverage points” and amplify what is working.

Gaby Fisch (MBA ’04), Director of Talent Development, MaRS Discovery District (Room E114)
Over the past 15 years, Gaby has worked as a career & entrepreneur coach, and in-house recruiter and an HR professional. 

Mary-Ellen Hynd (MBA ’95), Principal, Mary-Ellen Hynd Coaching and Consulting (Room E116)
Mary-Ellen specializes in moving ideas to meaningful action for individuals and organizations.

Heather Pirie (MBA ’97), Leadership Coach, Heather Pirie Coaching (Room E117)
Heather Pirie brings 25 years of business experience and coaching to help executives transform their vision, inner leader, strengths and community

Guy Reichard (MBA ’00), Executive Life Coach, CoachingBreakthroughs.ca (Room E119)
Guy 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.

Contact

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