June 19, 2012

Advisory Board

Alison Hyodo is a Consultant at Bain & Company. She is a ’17 Rotman MBA, a Forté Fellow, and an Impact Consulting alumnus. Prior to her MBA, Alison worked in Marketing, advising clients on digital and traditional communications strategies. This included the successful launch of DSW into the Canadian market. In her spare time, Alison co-authored a study for the United Nations and co-founded a mentorship program called LINKS. In addition to her MBA, Alison holds a BAH and BEd from Queen’s University as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management.

Katherine Magee (MBA 2000 – Rotman) is the principal of The Magee Resource Group Inc., a consultancy founded in 2006 focused on helping organizations and individuals turn ideas into results through strategy planning, training and facilitation services. Katherine launched www.greenpolis.ca in 2007, dedicated to helping busy Canadian live a greener life, which was subsequently sold to WM Organic Growth. Prior to launching The Magee Resource Group, Katherine was VP, Marketing at Franklin Templeton Investments where she was responsible for national marketing. Katherine has also been a sessional lecturer at Rotman since 2010 and was an Impact consultant from 1999 – 2000.

Gaurav Marchanda has six years of experience working in the Strategy Consulting and Research domain focused on the Retail & CPG Sector. His last role was with KPMG UK’s CPG Practice, where he led business insights and industry analysis projects for the group’s European clients. He also spent a few years in a senior consultant role in a fast-faced start-up strategy consulting firm in India. He specializes in market research, customer segmentation exercises, ideating marketing mix and creating market go to strategies for firms entering new product segments/industries. Gaurav holds a Masters Degree in International Business from Monash University, Melbourne and an undergraduate degree in Economics (Hons) from Delhi University, India.

Rick Morris is currently a Director of Broker Financial Solutions for Intact Insurance(formerly ING Insurance). In this role, Rick is responsible for managing loans to and equity investments in Intact’s broker distribution network in Ontario. Prior to joining Intact in March 2008, Rick spent six and a half years with BMO Financial Group in Toronto. While at BMO, Rick spent five years in the Bank’s Financial Strategy Consulting Group, a group whose broad mandate included mergers and acquisitions, strategic capital management and financial target setting. In addition, Rick also spent a year and a half in BMO’s Corporate Finance Group managing a portfolio of over 30 upper mid-market accounts, accounting for an annual revenue of approximately $7.5 million. Rick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and obtained his MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management (2001), where he was also a member of Impact Consulting.

Becky Reuber is Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman where she teaches entrepreneurship.  Her research focuses on the growth strategies of entrepreneurial organizations, including internationalization, opportunity creation and the use of social media.  She has recently been a member of the CGA-Canada’s SME Trade Advisory Panel, the Toronto Board of Trade’s Access to Capital Task Force, and sits on the Advisory Board of Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab.  She is the Area Editor for International Entrepreneurship at the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. She served as Associate Editor of Family Business Review from 2008-2014 and is currently on the journal’s Advisory Board.

David Scrymgeour has worked as an entrepreneur, trouble-shooter and consultant as well as a corporate, political and community advisor. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Degree in Commerce he worked at IBM before embarking on projects which took him to Australia, Britain, Europe and across the US and Canada. Companies he has founded include File Tech Inc., an information management business; The Skills Network which hit Profit Magazine’s ‘fastest growing startups/companies’ lists 3 years running; and Green Standards Ltd., a firm that provides community based, environmentally progressive solutions to corporate waste. He has also advised political organisations of various stripes, colours and nationalities and engaged as a board member with numerous community organisations. Currently David is Executive-in-Residence for Rotman Commerce where he lectures and lends experience to a number of entrepreneurial start-up projects.

Sabrina Sdao is a 2012 MBA graduate from Rotman, a former Partner at the Impact Consulting Group and is pursuing a career in management consulting. Prior to pursuing the MBA Sabrina worked full-time as an Executive Officer and Board Member at Western University’s University Students’ Council – Canada’s largest student government. Sabrina also enjoyed working on the launch of the Wind Mobile brand in Canada as an Account Executive in the advertising industry in Toronto. In her spare time, Sabrina co-founded redseven: a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness in an effort to provide access to primary education for children.

Greg Stewart is President of GreenSky Capital, a Toronto-based venture capital firm, and is on the Boards of three local technology start-ups.  He obtained a Finance degree from the University of Florida, and worked as an Analyst at Neuberger Berman in New York before spending nine years as CFO of American Strategic Insurance (ASI).  ASI was a start-up that grew to over $500 million in revenue and 200 employees during his tenure, and recently sold to Progressive Insurance for a valuation of over $1 billion.  Greg is also President of Istic Illic Pictures, a producer of independent feature films.  He was an Impact partner in 2012 and obtained his Rotman MBA in 2013.

Howard Weinstein is the Director of Software Projects at HTS, a full-service HVAC equipment sales and service organization. Previous to HTS, Howard was VP of Marketing for Cherniak Software, a custom software development company. He has also worked as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney, specializing in process improvement and cost reduction. Howard holds a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto as well as an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Howard has been a member of the Impact Advisory Board since 1998.