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The Rotman Global Executive MBA: Experiencing the East Asia Module in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China

The Rotman Global Executive MBA at the University of Toronto offers exciting opportunities to study in key business hubs of the world. On this 18-month leadership journey, students learn from successful companies, faculty and business leaders around the globe. Recently, a group of senior managers and entrepreneurs embarked on a two-week East Asia module in the modern business hubs of Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Meeting a Network of Alumni Globally

Alumni and staff in China with the Rotman Global Executive MBA

Alumni and staff in China with the Rotman Global Executive MBA

Vicky Yang, an alumna from the Global Executive MBA program based in Hong Kong invited Rotman Staff and other alumni. Learning about Vicky’s experience during the program and the impact that it had on her career as an entrepreneur was fascinating. She attributed her decision to start her own company to the confidence, learning and experiences she gained during her Global Executive MBA. She keeps a very active and dynamic network that includes U of T alumni, not only from Rotman but from a wide variety of other areas.

Strategic Classes in a Local Context

The first course of the module was Strategic Change and Implementation taught by Brian Golden, Vice-Dean, Professional Programs at Rotman, which focused on a case study of GE’s change and growth under Jim Welsh’s leadership. The class also participated in the Capstone course, Applied Innovation, taught by Grayson Bass. After arriving in Hong Kong, the class attended Operations & Corporate Governance taught by Prof. Joe Milner and David Beatty. The content of the courses was further enhanced by five guest speakers who brought to the class a deep understanding of various industries in Asia. Guest speakers included, Craig Smith, President and Managing Director of Marriot for Asia Pacific and an Global Executive MBA alum.

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Exciting Site Visits

A group photo at URWORKTo drive home global ways of doing business locally, the program intertwines local visits to dynamic businesses with the course curriculum. The first site visit of the module was hosted by URWORK, a co-working space in China. URWORK is an innovation hub that hosts start-ups and offers services in a wide variety of areas including HR, legal and finance. The class experienced the new and proliferating business of shared work space in China.

The class also visited MRD Dingshi Group in Shanghai, which is an integrated professional design company specializing in architectural design. The class had the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to Mr. Wu, Chairman of MRD Dingshi Group, who also shared his deep understanding of the development of commercial real estate in China.

Group photo at the Hong Kong Stock ExchangeAfter arriving in Hong Kong, the group visited ScotiaBank to learn about its 30 years’ of experience in China. The visit featured executives from the bank who talked about their respective units and the opportunities and challenges in the region.

The final visit for the module was to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, one of the largest financial market operators in the world. Students had the opportunity to further their knowledge of trading in Hong Kong through this visit.

Speaker Series & Networking

Every module hosts a Speaker Series & Networking event, this time Egidio Zarrella, Clients and Innovation Partner at KPMG China addressed the audience with an interactive talk about the economy in China and Hong Kong, the challenges that Hong Kong faces with the rapid digitalization of the financial market and the growth China continues to experience. The focus on innovation and the interactive nature of the talk allowed for lively participation by students and guests alike. After the talk, the networking portion of the event allowed students to grow their network by making new connections.

A collage of photos from the Speaker Series

The Global Executive MBA program at the University of Toronto is an expansive leadership journey that will transform the way you think about your career on the global stage. In addition to learning from East Asia, the program will take you to key business hubs in the Americas, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Want to learn more? Connect with us or visit our website to learn more.

 

MFin 360 – Leadership begins with teamwork

Interview with Celina Li, Hedge Fund Accountant

The Master of Finance (MFin) at the Rotman School of Management develops leaders who are also key team players at work. Elizabeth Ren, CPA, CA, MFin ’17 is a great example. Recently, we interviewed Celina Li, Hedge Fund Accountant at SS & C Technologies and Elizabeth’s colleague, who emphasized the benefits of working alongside an MFin student.

Elizabeth Ren, MFin '17, Fund Accountant, SS&C Technologies

Elizabeth Ren, MFin ’17, Fund Accountant, SS&C Technologies

Hello Celina! Thank you for chatting with us. We are excited to hear your thoughts on what it’s like to work with a Master of Finance student. Could you tell us a little bit about your work with Elizabeth?

Thank you for reaching out, I am happy to tell you about my work with Elizabeth.

We currently work under the same director, but for different funds. Essentially, we have the same position, but we work with different clients. However, we work in a team environment, so we have opportunities to collaborate with each other on such things as financial reporting. We also engage in discussions during our monthly team meetings.

Do you find that your discussions at work are different with Elizabeth?

The technical knowledge she shares with us during meetings and when working on team projects helps solve issues that benefit the whole team, not just her clients. For example, she is currently in charge of setting up a new fund and, as a colleague, I get to learn from her experience and the creative solutions she brings to develop this fund. Ultimately, it is a learning opportunity for the whole team.

What would you say are important skills that she’s been able to learn and integrate in her work since she became an MFin student?

She’s been able to learn how to prioritize and manage her time to reach a high performance level at work as well as in school. In fact, she always comes to work early to avoid missing any deadlines while she is completing coursework.

Do you find that teamwork is different since Elizabeth joined the program?

Elizabeth is a very effective and collaborative team player. I think this comes from having to work on group projects during her MFin program. Recently she was tasked with training two new colleagues; she’s doing a stellar job at mentoring them and explaining the ins and outs of our work.

Has her experience in the MFin program impacted your own work in any way?

Definitely. As she creates the new fund for her client, I get to learn the strategies she implements to arrive at a solution. It is also inspiring to see her become a leader as she trains and mentors new colleagues.


Are you an aspiring leader at work? Join us at one of our admissions events or contact us to learn more about the Master of Finance at the Rotman School of Management.

Think critically with Rotman’s Morning & Evening MBA

At the Rotman School of Management, the Morning & Evening MBA is not just another business degree. It is also an opportunity for you to strengthen your critical thinking skills in a business environment—essential as you move up in your career.

In this week’s interview, two of our students’ employers share their thoughts about the Rotman MBA program and what they think has been one of the most valuable skills their employees have gained: critical thinking.

Run Yu, Rotman MBA '18

Run Yu, Rotman MBA ’18

Dennis McCatty, Director of Sales at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Run Yu’s (MBA ’18) employer, believes that Run’s existing professional capabilities can take her far in her MBA career. Since joining the program, he noticed a substantial improvement in the way Run approaches problems in the workplace.

Asked about his reaction to Run’s interest in joining the Rotman MBA program he said:

When Run was thinking about joining the Rotman MBA program she approached a number of people in the organization, including myself. Because I already thought that she was a great professional with a lot of potential, my first reaction was to say that she didn’t really need an MBA. After all, many executives have gone a long way without the degree.

However, once Run explained that she wanted to join the program and the Rotman community to confront new challenges and gain new perspectives in the business field, I was on board with the idea. As a learning experience, the MBA program can reveal new frontiers, pushing you to think in a different way and from different business angles.

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Bojan Grabovac, Rotman MBA ’17

Similarly, in our interview with Guillaume Paradis, Manager of System Planning at Toronto Hydro and Bojan Grabovac’s (MBA ’18) employer, he emphasized the importance of the critical thinking skills gained through the MBA program:

I think the MBA program at Rotman is helping expand Bojan’s vision and is strengthening his thinking process. Since he started the program, Bojan has begun to look at the broader context of the business and not just the technology we work with at Toronto Hydro.

As an Electrical Engineer, one could fall into a tendency of focusing too much on the technical aspects of the job, and not enough on other variables that may be affecting our work and our overall business. However, through the MBA program, Bojan has had exposure to different industries and fields, ensuring he analyzes problems critically and within their broader context.

These employers also agree that the ability to think critically in their jobs has not only been evident through the way they tackle business issues, but also in the creative and innovative practices that these students have come up with in their projects at work.

In fact, Dennis McCatty said:

With Run, I’ve noticed a willingness to truly understand the nuts and bolts of our products and our issues in order to proactively create solutions and add value to the team. She doesn’t only focus on the ‘what’ of our business, but digs deeper to understand the ‘why’. For example, in her work for the Business Development team, if she notices a decline in sales, she looks into all the variables to understand what the real issue is that causes this decline.

Guillaume Paradis also commented on Bojan’s use of creative thinking in the workplace when he mentioned:

When analyzing how our business and projects are moving forward, Bojan has tapped into the knowledge he has gained at Rotman as well as the networks he has formed. In fact, we have recently started working on a project concerning Asset Management and Bojan has been instrumental in finding the right people to help us with this project. He has even connected with faculty members who have extensive experience in this field.

Overall, it is clear that the challenging content and stimulating environment provided by the MBA program at the Rotman School of Management gives an edge to the overall graduate business experience. Through their participation in the program, both Run and Bojan have been able to gain the skills and knowledge to power important solutions and changes in their work.


Can you see yourself in their shoes? Contact us today or sign up to attend one of our admissions events to learn more about the Morning & Evening MBA program at the Rotman School of Management.

Rotman Evening MBA’s Impact on a Healthcare Professional

Healthcare professionals find the depth and breadth of management knowledge, and the flexibility of Rotman’s Morning & Evening MBA programs particularly attractive. In today’s guest blog post, current Evening MBA student and healthcare professional Jia Inacio shares her experience so far in the program, and why the Rotman MBA works for her.

Jia Inaco, MBA '17

Jia Inacio, MBA ’17, MRT(R)

“I completed my Bachelor’s education specialised in Radiation Sciences at the University of Toronto. Currently I am working in Princess Margaret as a Breast Cancer Imaging Expert. My work is involves imaging guided breast cancer detection and diagnosis. I take pride in helping women, addressing their personal concerns, as well as providing timely treatment.

“My days are often from 8 am to 4 pm with slight variations. Unlike many other clinicians who may have to work in shifts, mine are fairly fixed. On my own time, I enjoy learning and self-improvement, which led me to pursue several professional development courses and the UHN emerging leaders program. At the same time, I seriously looked into master’s programs that would be a right fit for my career goals.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

“I knew I wanted to keep working as I pursued further education because keeping my professional skill and experience fresh was important to me. Also, I love the tangible impact I am making battling breast cancer.

Reputation, convenient location, doable schedule and powerful network

Welcome to the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Welcome to the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

“Rotman’s part-time MBA degree is an attractive option due to its reputation, convenient location, and outstanding alumni network. Having met a couple of Rotman alumni, and encouraged by my husband, I decided to apply to the part-time MBA program. The evening MBA program appeals to me, because it fits around my work schedule. I can work, go to school, and still have my weekends. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I’d finish at Princess Margaret, get home quickly to my little puppy, and then walk over to Rotman for class by 6:30pm. Most times, I’d be home around 9 or 9:30pm, and be able to have a late dinner before heading to bed.

“My classmates are one of the best parts of my Rotman experience. I have classmates who work in finance, IT, telecom, aerospace and so on. I get to discuss ideas with fresh new perspective all the time. In the beginning, I had doubt in my ability to compete in this elite group. However, I found that we are all aiming for the same goal: to get better together and to seek knowledge, which makes this education experience great. Learning aside, I have made great friends along the way.

Beyond the classroom

“Outside of the regular school schedule, I am also a member in two student societies. Last year, I was able to participate in a case competition. My goal for the next year is to take on more projects as well as to join more case competitions.

“The benefit of choosing to do my MBA at Rotman is already shining through. I find that I can often apply what I have learned in the classroom into work and my personal life. I’ve led a hospital wide open house event, made several work environment improvements, started my personal blog in helping women to seek breast health knowledge, and am now applying for a research fellowship for allied health professionals. Post Rotman, I hope to stay in the healthcare sector. My clinician experience together with my business management knowledge would help me to identify needs and bring tangible benefits to patients. I am a dedicated healthcare professional and am proud to be a part of the Rotman community.”


Students and alumni in Rotman’s Morning & Evening MBA programs for working professionals come from all industries, including healthcare. At Rotman, they’re able to bring together their industry experience with new management knowledge to make big impacts in the global community. Read about some of our Rotman MBA students and graduates – where they’ve been and where they are now.

If you’re interested in learning more about our MBA programs and how they might fit your career, please fill out our contact form. We’d love to hear from you. We also have opportunities for you to experience what it’s like to be a Rotman MBA student with events like our upcoming strategy sample class on May 31, 2016.

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The topic will be Aligning the Stars: Using Systems Thinking to (Re)Design Canadian Healthcare. We invite you to attend and look forward to meeting you.

Redesigning Canadian Healthcare: Rotman Major in Health Sector Management & Sample Class

How can we redesign, and improve, Canadian healthcare? Without question, in our current environment of changing demographics and population demands, every healthcare system on the planet has room for improvement. At the Rotman School, we are aware of the important challenges and questions faced by healthcare professionals and managers worldwide. With a view to making meaningful impact on the industry, our Major in Health Sector Management is designed to help tackle these issues and work towards creating world class healthcare systems.

Through this major you can study important topics such as: the commercialization of life-science products, the role of the private sector in the industry and performance management, governance and control. You’ll also be able to learn about such areas as Health Sector Strategy and Organization, Pharmaceutical Strategy and Healthcare Consulting. Whether you are a physician looking to refine your management skills or a healthcare administrator looking to gain specialized knowledge in your field, this may be a great option for you.

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Jia Inacio, Evening MBA 2017

Jia Inacio (Evening MBA 2017) and Rishie Seth (Evening MBA 2017) are both healthcare practitioners benefiting from Rotman’s close research ties to the health sector. With Rotman’s Morning or Evening MBA programs, working professionals have the option to accelerate their careers and work on their MBA at the same time. Jia works at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Rishie is a physician at St Joseph’s hospital; both students agree that this program will help them make an impact on the future of their organization and the healthcare system in Ontario.

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Rishie Seth, Evening MBA 2017

Wondering about the actual classroom experience? We have the perfect opportunity for you to sample an MBA class on May 31, 2016. We invite to attend and meet us at our sample class Aligning the Stars: Using Systems Thinking to (Re)Design Canadian Healthcare.

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This sample class will open your eyes to different ways of thinking about a management problems and will point you to system thinking as a tool to redesign healthcare systems and healthcare organizations. You will learn from none other than Professor Brian Golden, Vice-Dean, Professional Programs and the Sandra Rotman Chaired Professor in Health Sector Strategy at the Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and The University Health Network.

The sample class is based on his research with the Veterans Administration’s Health System in the U-S. – a publicly funded health system remarkably similar to those in Canada. Professor Golden will reveal the levers that leaders of health systems and healthcare organizations can use to move from woefully under-performing to world class.

Professor Brian Golden

If you are a healthcare professional interested in expanding and deepening your knowledge of the health sector and tackling common management challenges, or you are interested in growing your strategic thinking, we would love to meet you at this sample class! Register to Aligning the Stars, and we look forward to seeing you on May 31.

Do you have any questions? Contact us or leave us a note below!

A Day in the Life: Rotman Morning MBA

Adam Cohen, Morning MBA '16

Adam Cohen, Morning MBA ’17

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a full-time working professional who also attends classes part-time two mornings a week as a Morning MBA student? We asked Adam Cohen, Morning MBA 2017 and Nursing Unit Administrator at Mount Sinai Hospital to walk us through a typical day.

4:00 – 7:00 am. I wake up at 4:00 am, have breakfast and head to the gym. At 6:00 am I will finish up my work-out and get ready to head to Rotman.

Morning MBA

7:00 – 9:00 am. Class starts at 7:00 am, so I arrive at 6:45 am and chat with my classmates until then. During class, professors involve students’ experiences and perspectives to explain theoretical concepts. I find this the most beneficial aspect of the program. By 9:00 am class is over and everyone heads out to start their day.

9:30 am – 12:00 pm. My work day starts at 9:30 am, when I head out to my team at Mount Sinai Hospital and see what events have transpired overnight or that morning. At 10:00 am I check my emails and continue to work on projects. This is where I see the benefits of the Morning MBA program taking place as I apply what I’ve just learned that morning to my work. Here is an example: upon review of my surgical floor, I discovered that I require an additional regular full-time employee. Due to the new government funding reform, my organization requires rational for any new hire. Using my knowledge from the course, I am able to accurately articulate the net present value of this position. Applying new learnings to my daily activities is an extremely beneficial strategy to reinforce the lesson that took place earlier in the day. It also shows senior leadership that my decisions are based on sound knowledge

Morning MBA

12:00 pm. At noon I will sit down an eat lunch with colleagues where I share about what I’m currently learning, and future social gatherings organized through my Rotman network. My colleagues are shocked to hear that class starts at 7:00 am and at how early I wake up. I chuckle and remind them that I arrive to work at 6:30 am on a day when I don’t have class. So starting at 7:00 am is actually a 30 minute sleep in!

12:45 – 5:30 pm. After lunch I go back to my units and connect with the team leader. This is often followed by leadership meetings. I believe I have developed in my role due to my time at the Rotman Morning MBA program. I am asking questions and thinking in a way I typically would not have prior to the program. I am speaking with more confidence at work, which resulted in my manager asking me to take on projects that are beyond my current scope of practice, and that have wider organizational impacts.

5:30 pm. I finish up for the day and start my walk home, checking my messages and group chats with my friends and teammates from Rotman.

6:30 – 9:30 pm. It is dinner time and I watch a mindless show to relax. Once dinner is over I catch up on phone calls and personal emails. Reading the Rotman’s GBC weekly article is very helpful for me to gauge the different events that are occurring at school. Finally, I’ll review my notes and put a plan in place to complete my homework over the weekend or work on my group responsibilities to ensure they are complete prior to meeting up.  Given that I wake up at 4:00 am, I like to go to bed early; so at 9:30 pm I turn on my alarm and hit the sack in order to wake up and start my day bright and early!


Are you a morning person? Tell us what are your strategies to get your day moving and how these help you be more productive!

Classmates, friends, network for life

Network for life: Rotman MFins Jose Rivas, Wentao Jiang, Srijan Agrawal, Fotini Tolias (Academic Director), Michael Kristanto, Tony Zhuang, Tracy Chong, Christina Alexander, Chi Woong Hoh, Emile Givogue, Morgan Pampe

A fun night of connecting with Rotman classmates and friends (and winning a lot, apparently)! Master of Finance students at Charity Casino Night left to right: Jose Rivas, Wentao Jiang, Srijan Agrawal, Fotini Tolias (MFin Academic Director), Michael Kristanto, Tony Zhuang, Tracy Chong, Christina Alexander, Chi Woong Hoh, Emile Givogue, Morgan Pampe.

A network for life: that’s one of irreplaceable benefits that you can expect from being at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Classmates become lifelong friends who become the network that you can rely on throughout your career.

This March, the Graduate Business Council launched the inaugural Charity Casino Night, modelled after the Master of Finance program‘s traditional event. This year’s event brought together students, alumni, faculty and staff from all of the Rotman School’s master’s programs for a lively evening of fun, connection and raising proceeds for four charity partners.

Beyond the classroom, there are so many opportunities to develop your network for life here at Rotman. Here are a few examples of moments during your time at Rotman that could lead to your next great connection:

Remember that when choosing a graduate program, it’s also important to think about the community that will surround you. In the end, it’s this network that will make all the difference.


For more sneak peeks into some of our great events, keep reading our blog or visit our website.

Meet Anne Deng, P.Eng, M.Eng, recipient of the Women in Business Excellence Entrance Award

 

Women in Business

Anne Deng, P.Eng, M.Eng, MBA ’19 is one of this year’s recipients of the Women in Business Excellence Entrance Award

Every year, applicants to our programs are considered for various entrance awards. The Women in Business Excellence Entrance Award is given to an outstanding female candidate in support of her career aspirations. We spoke to Anne Deng, one of this year’s award winners, to learn more about her career path and decision to do an MBA.

Congratulations on receiving the Women in Business Excellence Entrance Award!

Tell us a bit about your professional journey. What is your professional area of work?

I started working at Hydro One immediately after graduating from Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. Currently, I work at Hydro One as a senior engineer; I provide technical solutions to special projects, and offer technical support on new technology or new designs to be rolled out to the field.

While some may think that the utilities industry is stagnant and lacks excitement, I find it to be the opposite; there are diverse areas of interest in my line of work! Today in North America, new technologies are emerging waiting to be incorporated into the relatively dated power grid system. In this environment, there are numerous opportunities to use my knowledge to create something meaningful. Over the years, I’ve been quite lucky to be involved in a few large scale and impactful projects at Hydro One.

I see that you already have a Master of Engineering. Where do you see your MBA taking you in the future?

To be honest, when I obtained my Master of Engineering, I never thought I would be working towards an MBA one day. At the time I just thought “there are two routes – technical expertise or management, you either take one or the other”. Back then, I had my head set on the technical path, and was convinced that technical competency was the only thing I needed in my career.

I’ve become good at solving problems –problems handed to me by other people. As I see and experience more, I realize that having a mind that can pose questions and create solutions is a must for innovation and career advancement. While the Master of Engineering helped me to become a great problem solver, I certainly believe that the Rotman MBA will give me the insights to become a good “problem poser”; that is, to know the right questions to ask in order to facilitate impactful change.

Why do you think there’s a need for an MBA in your profession?

The Rotman MBA will help me to become a good strategic thinker, and THAT I believe is a very valuable skill-set in any profession.

What convinced you that Rotman is for you?

I debated between US business schools and Canadian ones. In the end, I decide to stay in Canada, and more specifically in Toronto, because I realized that the start-up community in Toronto is growing strong. The creative talent in this city cultivates a huge up-and-coming pool of entrepreneurs.

Once I picked the city, Rotman became the automatic choice. The downtown Toronto location is amazing, it’s the number one business school in Canada, and it has one of the greatest professional and alumni network in the country. I have to say though, as a proud U of T alumna, picking Rotman may have been a slightly biased choice! At the end of the day, Rotman is the obvious and right choice for me.


For this and other stories keep checking our blog! If you would like to learn more about our program, check out our website or contact us. The next application deadline is April 10!

Passionate about a career in finance? This program is designed for you.

Passionate about finance and accelerating your career? The Master of Finance at the Rotman School of Management may be the perfect program for you. In our latest video, world renowned Professors of Finance John Hull and Peter Christoffersen give compelling reasons why this program will enrich your professional life.

The Rotman Master of Finance is designed for students who are already working in the financial industry. “The Rotman Master of Finance offers a deep focus on a broad set of finance topics, where the CFA is quite centered on money management. The learning style is very different as well,” says Lindsay Sinclair, CFA, an MFin alumna and Vice-President, Rates Sales at RBC Capital Markets. The depth and breadth of our curriculum will give you the finance fluency to make direct impact in your boardroom and your career.

This program will impact your career in two main ways:

First, by studying at the top finance school in Canada, you’ll have access to state of the art resources such as our finance lab and to world-class finance faculty strongly connected to industry. Often, the best schools will have ties with industry, creating a reciprocal feed of input and ideas. This is the case with Stanford and Silicon Valley, and it is also the case with Rotman and the financial industry in Toronto.

Second, this program only admits one cohort per year, which means that you’ll be taking courses with the same people and at the same time. This will allow you to build strong professional and personal relationships that will continue well beyond the duration of the program. At Rotman we have a highly active and engaged Master of Finance alumni network, often participating in events together with our current students. In this community you’ll share study notes, tips and advice and you’ll be able to grow together as professionals by sharing ideas and challenging each other to think.

There is simply no question that this program can help you achieve your goal to become a future finance leader.

Want to learn more about the program? Contact us or attend one of our upcoming events.

The one skill that will boost your career in 2016

Whether your 2016 professional goal is to land a promotion in your company or get a new job, there is one skill that can help you: Networking.

The One Skill that will boost your career in 2016

Networking might seem overwhelming, but it’s nothing more than connecting with people with whom you have something in common, in this case, an industry or a career. It is also a critical skill in today’s job market. Research suggests that 80%[1] of jobs are obtained through networking. This makes sense when considering that, on average, companies receive 250 applications per job posting.[2] Hiring someone you know is simply a more efficient way of recruiting, making networking the key to a job seeker’s success.

From attending industry events to meeting someone for a coffee chat, there are various ways to network. But how do you get better at it?

Here are three steps to tone your networking muscle:

Engage. Attending an industry event or connecting with a former colleague? Be engaging to be memorable. Use LinkedIn; prepare questions and answers—remember that this should be a two-way conversation. It is certainly important to have an elevator pitch ready, but you can’t forget to listen. Listening can help you find out how you can be useful to others and create a stronger connection.

Reciprocate. Sometimes helping others is the best way to create connections that will turn into job success in the future. You may connect a friend or former colleague with someone you know; in turn, they may also be introduced to new people through this connection that you previously didn’t know, potentially extending the reach of the overall network for your colleague and yourself.

Appreciate. Whatever you do, don’t forget to say thank you. This is especially true after attending informational interviews or coffee chats. People have taken time to meet with you, so you should demonstrate that you value their time and what they’ve shared with you. It is always a good idea to send a thank you email or, even better, a thank you card.

As a working professional studying at the Rotman School of Management you can count on tailored Career Services and resources that can help you improve your networking skills. Be sure to connect with us or attend one of our events to learn more.

For these and other tips check our blog regularly this year.

Best of luck in 2016!

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Happy Holidays from the Rotman Admissions Team!

Happy Holidays from the Rotman Admissions Team!

Happy Holidays from the Rotman Admissions Team!

We wish you a very happy holiday! This past year has been an exciting one as we welcomed into our midst Rotman’s newest degree program: the Master of Financial Risk Management (MFRM). Check out their blog too for tips and the latest program updates.

As we’re winding down for the holidays, we’re also gearing up to meet you in the new year. Please visit our Rotman Morning & Evening MBA or Master of Finance admissions events pages to sign up for one of our many upcoming 2016 events.

Our offices will be closed for the holidays from Dec 23, 2015 to January 1, 2016. In the meantime, check out our websites for more information.

Have a wonderful holiday and we wish you a prosperous new year!

Canada’s Demographic Challenge – How you can take the lead

A demographic challenge is fast looming for Canada. As our population ages, a whole new set of societal, business and political challenges arise, where currently no ideal solution exists. These challenges aren’t limited to just our country – they are also occurring in Western Europe and countries such as China.

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We spoke with Doug Hyatt, Professor of Business Economics here at the Rotman School of Management to get his view on Canada’s demographic Challenges, and how you can take the lead.

Could you tell us a little bit about the main demographic challenge that Canada faces today?
Canada’s challenge of an aging population is a critical issue because unlike other challenges that we face in the economy, what’s happening with demographics is not something that you can fix by increasing interest rates or choosing other short-term tools common in government economic policy. Really, this is a long-term challenge.

How is this topic relevant to prospective MBA students?
This topic is important to those learning to become leaders because this isn’t something that we’ve encountered before. For example, current challenges in the workplace – the way that companies finance their retirees’ benefits or where they source new workers – are issues that we’ve never dealt with before. Ultimately, solutions need to be headed by a new generation of leaders.

Is there a particular industry that will be affected more than others?
If you think about this from the perspective of “how do I make money?” it’s really hard to know who the winners will be. You may think of investing in the retirement home business, but the problem will come in 15 to 20 years when the generation of baby boomers has passed. You’ve got to think about what your business model is 15 years after that. So, it’s a harder question to answer than you’d think.

Do you think that high-skilled immigration to Canada is going to offset the issues associated with an ageing population?
That’s another important issue to address in conjunction with this topic. There’s a lot of competition for new immigrants and Canada regularly doesn’t meet its quota. Everyone wants young people who are highly educated and entrepreneurial; unsurprisingly, these people want to bring the rest of their family, including their parents. So, if you look at the demographic profile of immigrants to Canada, it doesn’t look very different from Canada’s population make up.

Any advice to business leaders and prospective students regarding this topic?
I would suggest that they familiarize themselves with the popular press. There’s a lot written about saving for retirement, myths about working longer, and intergenerational conflict. This will help them understand how this demographic challenge is already affecting their personal, professional and political life and can help them think of ways to address these issues.


On January 20th, 2016 meet Professor Doug Hyatt and learn about this critical topic that will affect your future and the world of business. Register and attend his sample class on the nature and implications of Canada’s evolving demographic.

T’is the Season! Dining Do’s & Don’ts

Rotman Happy Holidays Christmas CardOffice holiday parties offer the chance to gather with colleagues outside of work, and networking with food & drink can be tricky. The career coaches from our Career Services for Working Professionals team (they work with both our Rotman Morning & Evening MBA and Master of Finance programs) put together a quick Holiday Party Guide with tips, do’s and don’ts to showcase your professional polish.

Holiday Party Guide

Table Setting

Formal Place Setting

Formal Place Setting

Informal Place Setting

Informal Place Setting

Dining Etiquette

Dining Etiquette

Dining Etiquette

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Networking with Food & Drink

DOs

DON’Ts

Follow your host’s lead (allow them to sit and order first) Do not start eating before your host
Place your napkin in your lap upon sitting down Do not season before tasting your meal
Select easy to eat, familiar, mid-price range options Do not put your cell phone, bag, keys, or elbows on the table
Wait until everyone is served to begin your meal Do not dip your bread into soup or other sauces on your plate
Remember that conversation comes first, eating is secondary Do not push your plate or bowl away when you are finished
Use your inside voice, turn off your phone and keep it out of view Do not reach across the table
Mind your posture Do not dominate conversation; give everyone a chance to speak
Chew with your mouth closed Do not speak with your mouth full
Thank your host! Do not rub your chopsticks together

Top 3 Application Tips For Working Professional Master’s Programs

Given the unique criteria that differentiates Rotman’s part-time programs from full-time programs, applicants often wonder about the factors that are most important in their application. While we take a holistic approach to the admissions process and consider all aspects to be important, this is still a good question. There are certainly ways to ensure that you have a competitive advantage, and here we offer our latest top 3 application tips.

Rotman Morning MBA Team Attollo, Hult Prize 2015 finalists, use their areas of professional and academic expertise to develop a system to delivery early childhood education for marginalized children. Image from @AttolloSE.

Rotman Morning MBA Team Attollo, Hult Prize 2015 finalists, use their areas of professional and academic expertise to develop a system to delivery early childhood education for marginalized children. Here with UT – Mississauga Principal, Prof. Deep Saini. Image from @AttolloSE.

  1. Exhibit your soft skills. Although a graduate program in business requires students to have strong technical skills, we cannot forget the importance of communication. Your ability to succeed in your career will also depend on such soft skills. Therefore, when reviewing your application, we will be assessing your ability to communicate effectively. You’ll first get a chance to showcase your writing skills in three essays. Remember that aside from grammar and spelling, we will be looking for a clear writing style that can tell us why you think an MBA or Master of Finance (MFin) is right for you.  If you are called to the interview stage, this will be another chance to show us your ability to communicate your story persuasively.
  2. Demonstrate the value of your work experience. As programs for working professionals, the Morning & Evening MBA and MFin require applicants to refer back to their work experience. On average, our students have worked for 6 years. For your application, it is important to emphasize the relevance of this work experience to your studies and future career goals. So, when preparing your CV and statement, remember to refer to your achievements and progression during these years. Your resume should focus on results rather than job tasks.
  3. Have great professional references. When asking for references, don’t focus on titles. Instead, a good professional reference is one that can speak of your track record and your potential for professional growth. Your two professional references will be assessing your ability to think, to work in a team, and your ability to work with integrity to positively impact your organization. Therefore, before including them in your application, make sure you are asking individuals who can effectively strengthen your application and that they can refer back to specific examples of your achievements.

Overall, remember that these programs are significant investments, so you want to make sure the program you choose is a good fit for you. While you prepare your application be sure to research the program, attend one of our Morning & Evening MBA or Master of Finance info sessions , or sign up for a coffee chat. Last, but not least, remember to start your application early! Bonus tip: the earlier you apply, the greater your chance of receiving an entrance award.

Energized to meet our prospective new students! Open House 2015 Recap

Rotman Open House 2015Rotman’s annual Open House on Saturday, October 17, 2015 was an energizing success! It is the Rotman School of Management’s biggest annual recruiting event where prospective students can get a feel of the quality of education at U of T, and also get a chance to chat with current students, alumni, faculty and recruiting and admissions staff to see which master’s program is the right fit.

Rotman Morning & Evening MBA students, alumni and staff ready to greet our Open House visitors.

Rotman Morning & Evening MBA students, alumni and staff ready to greet our Open House visitors.

6 programs were on showcase including the Morning & Evening MBA and Master of Finance for working professionals, plus our newest graduate program, Master of Financial Risk Management.

The school was already buzzing at the earliest part of the Open House during our Programs Fair. Student ambassadors, alumni and staff from each of the programs were on hand to give perspective and information. Prospective students also had a chance to tour the Rotman building.

Michael Hyatt on the set of Next Gen Den.

Michael Hyatt on the set of Next Gen Den.

Michael Hyatt, our keynote from the Next Gen Den, immediately followed with a dynamic presentation on Opportunity.

Rotman's Professor Peter ChristoffersenRotman's Professor Glen WhyteThe main events of Rotman’s annual Open House took place thereafter. There were information sessions on each of the master’s programs; sample classes like Professor Peter Christoffersen‘s class on New Techniques for Managing Market Risk; Professor Glen Whyte‘s case study illustrating Effective Negotiating ; round table discussions on women in business, and more sessions that truly gave a flavour of all that is available to students of the Rotman School of Management.

If you missed the Open House, there are still opportunities for you to connect with our admissions staff, and to find our more about the programs that interest you. Visit our website and keep an eye out for our next Morning & Evening MBA and Master of Finance admission events. We look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming events!

6 Master’s programs to check out at Rotman’s Annual Open House

Rotman's Annual Open House. Join us October 17, 2015.

Rotman’s Annual Open House. Join us October 17, 2015.

Rotman’s Annual Open House is fast approaching! Come explore what Rotman has to offer by attending an information session, sampling a class, trying out our BMO Financial Group Finance and Trading Lab, and meeting current students and alumni.

This year, 6 Rotman Master’s programs will be showcased:

Make the most of it by planning your day in advance using the online schedule.

Michael Hyatt on the set of Next Gen Den.

Michael Hyatt on the set of Next Gen Den.

Latest news! Our keynote speaker is Michael Hyatt. He became a self-made millionaire at just 25, when he built two highly successful tech firms valued in the hundreds of millions. Today, he ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, is a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s new online sensation Next Gen Den, and is a weekly Business Commentator on CBC News Network. Michael is also a Founding Partner at the Rotman School of Management Creative Destruction Lab, and on the CEO Board of Advisors at Georgian Partners. He is a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40™ Award and chairs his family’s charitable foundation.

Our Master’s admissions teams will be in attendance and available to answer any questions about our programs, the School, and application processes.

Register now and we’ll see you on October 17 at Rotman’s Annual Open House.

Back to School with the Rotman Morning & Evening MBA

Rotman Morning & Evening MBA Class of 2018 Orientation

Rotman Morning & Evening MBA Class of 2018 Orientation

It’s back to school! Getting a jump-start on the academic year, our new class of 2018 Rotman Morning & Evening MBA students officially commenced the program with an intensive week of classes last week. Students also got the chance to get to know each other and Rotman staff at an overnight Orientation event held mid-August.  As working professionals, our part-time MBA students know the value of maximizing time to balance their personal lives and to accelerate their career. Regular classes that take place twice a week in the morning from 7:00 – 8:59AM before work or after 6:30PM in the evening, depending on the MBA program of choice, will begin after Labour Day.

Our Rotman Morning & Evening MBA class of 2018 is incredibly strong and diverse. A few highlights:

  • The Morning MBA class of 2018 is our largest cohort for this program, ever.
  • 37% of this Morning & Evening MBA cohort are women; in the Morning MBA program, women represent 44% of the class. With an industry average of 30% women in MBA programs, this is certainly very exciting and encouraging news!
  • 12% of candidates in our part-time MBA programs are employed in the healthcare field. This indicates a growing recognition of need in the healthcare industry for strong leaders who also intimately understand its unique challenges.
Rotman Morning & Evening MBA class of 2018 profile.

Rotman Morning & Evening MBA class of 2018 profile.

We’re privileged to be able to walk with these ambitious working professionals on their MBA journey. Good luck!

Meeting everyone for the first time during the Rotman Morning & Evening MBA Orientation

Meeting everyone for the first time during the Rotman Morning & Evening MBA Orientation

Academic Director Professor Doug Hyatt welcomes Rotman Morning & Evening MBA class of 2018.

Academic Director Professor Doug Hyatt welcomes Rotman Morning & Evening MBA class of 2018.

Team building during Orientation - Rotman Morning & Evening MBA

Team building during Orientation

Having lunch together during the first day of classes. Rotman Morning & Evening MBA

Having lunch together during the first day of classes.

3 Job Search Tips from a Rotman MBA Grad

Students in our part-time MBA programs have access to a range of strong and efficient career services and tools during their time here at the Rotman School of Management. Dejan Knezevic is a recent graduate of our Rotman Evening MBA program for working professionals who also successfully navigated a job search while taking full advantage of our career services offerings. In this blog post, he gives us his top three pieces of job search advice.

Dejan Knezevic, MBA, Consultant, Cpco

Dejan Knezevic, MBA, Consultant, Capco

Name: Dejan Knezevic, MBA
Current title and company: Consultant at Capco
Former title and company: Vice-President, National Sales at Spartan Fund Management

1. Leverage your Rotman Morning & Evening MBA Career Services’ career coaches, tools and resources

Students in the Rotman Morning & Evening MBA programs have access to a wide range of career services. I found career coaching for behavioural interviews crucial if you are looking to move your career in a different direction. Additionally, I strongly encourage everyone to leverage the many online tools and videos that are available to you through Rotman’s career services. As an example, this is an online seminar that will teach you a very effective framework to help you become much more efficient during your job search.

2. Network

I cannot stress how important this is; take the opportunity meet both alumni and non-alumni. The more you network, the better you will become at it. You will definitely get better at asking the right questions over time. As I went through this process, I learned quickly that meeting multiple people from one organization will give you a good feel for the culture of that organization, which is hugely important.

3. Preparation is key

The job search is a consuming process. Take advantage of Rotman’s career services to guide you through it. Make sure that you have a focused, tailored approach that will allow you to be effective in pursuing organizations and industries that you are truly interested in.

Rotman Morning MBA Alumni Field Tests Talking Stickers with Children and Parents in India

On-the-ground update: Team Attollo has landed in Hyderabad, India and is in the midst of actively field testing their Talking Stickers concept that involves a small hand-held device.

Piloting Talking Stickers concept in Hyderabad, India.

Piloting Talking Stickers concept in Hyderabad, India.

The ultimate goal of Attollo Social Enterprise is to improve the vocabulary and communication skills for children in underdeveloped areas around the world. They won the Hult Prize regional finals in Dubai in March with their Talking Stickers idea, and the U of T quarter finals previous to that. Today, they are field testing their concept and preparing for the finals in September that would result in US $1 million to the winning team. The Hult Prize is a competition designed to help launch the ‘most compelling social business ideas’ and to ‘solve the world’s toughest challenges’.

Lak Chinta, one of the four co-founders of Attollo dropped us a few lines yesterday to share their progress so far.

“We are into day five of our field tests. We are finally getting to see progress of parents from urban slums learning with the device, and are engaging children curious to scan and playback sounds. It’s very encouraging.

Parents engaging in field tests for Talking Stickers in Hyderabad, India.

Parents engaging in field tests for Talking Stickers in Hyderabad, India.

Children interacting with Talking Stickers during field tests in Hyderabad, India.

Children interacting with Talking Stickers during field tests in Hyderabad, India.

“We will be meeting last year’s Hult Prize winner NanoHealth this afternoon to understand their slum operations and to observe the community in the same city.

“In the coming week, we will be meeting the local press and government officials as well to discuss and to spread word of our work.”

Welcome to India, Attollo!

Welcome to India, Attollo!

Chinta, his colleagues Jamie Austin, Aisha Bukhari and Peter Cinat met as students while studying in the Rotman Morning MBA program for working professionals. We’re so proud of their social innovation and dedication to improving the lives of children in impoverished communities. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for their updates, and cheering them on as they continue their field tests in Hyderabad and in Mombasa, Kenya later this summer.

All photos courtesy of Attollo Social Enterprise. Follow their progress on Twitter.

 

Rotman Master of Finance Soccer Champions (Again)!

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Last year, Rotman Master of Finance students and alumni won the inaugural friendly GTA MFin soccer match. On Sunday, June 14, at Glendon College, we repeated our success!  In the first game, we beat Queens 1:0 and, in the final game, we won 4:1 against York.

We are the champions for the second time in a row! Congratulations and thanks to all for a fun and energetic day!

Alexa Gilbert, MBA ‘16: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Business

Alexa Gilbert, Rotman MBA '16, Senior Manager, Clinical Development, Assurex Health

Alexa Gilbert, Rotman MBA ’16, Senior Manager, Clinical Development, Assurex Health

During the day, Alexa Gilbert is the Senior Manager, Clinical Development at Assurex Health and, in the evening, she is a student at our part-time MBA program. Alexa chatted with us about the benefits of having an MBA in the healthcare field and what led her to choose the Rotman MBA program.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and what led you to apply to Rotman?

I grew up in Montreal where I obtained my MSc in Experimental Medicine at McGill University.  About 3 years ago, I was looking to advance in my career – at the time I was working for a contract research organization (CRO), which is an entity that pharmaceutical companies typically hire to manage their clinical trials. I moved to the greater Toronto area when I landed a job in Burlington that was still in the CRO sector, but had greater responsibilities than my previous position. I had already been thinking about doing my MBA for a few years. Knowing that Rotman’s MBA program is the best program in Canada, I decided to apply. The opportunity to tap into a network that has such a great reputation; it’s priceless!

What do you think about the need for MBAs in healthcare? What is your advice to someone in healthcare who is thinking about MBA?

I don’t know if the MBA is appropriate for everyone, but it is a good way to open your eyes beyond your particular field, in my case that of life sciences. From my experience in graduate school, you are often focused on your own one research topic and you can easily forget that there is a bigger world out there. The MBA gives you a broader perspective and can help you transition into a managerial role by helping you develop management skills that can be used in the healthcare industry.

You mentioned a lot of research stays in academia, while the point of this research is to benefit humanity as a whole.

Yes, this is why I always say: I am doing my MBA to help bridge the gap between science and business. There is a great demand for people with skills in both areas. Once you’ve done the research, then you have to get the commercialization part right – to make it viable so that people can benefit from the discoveries. I think it can be beneficial even for people who already have their PhD or MD. The MBA is an additional tool.

You said that there is a demand for the MBA in the healthcare setting. Is this demand more than before and why do you think that is?

The demand is definitely growing. It is not often you will see people in healthcare with an MBA. Having a science degree means you have the ability to research, evaluate, and critically interpret and analyze data while an MBA provides you with the business acumen you need for knowledge translation and commercialization of those innovations.  The innovations, through commercialization, will eventually improve public health and provide more effective health services to strengthen the healthcare system. 

Final question – Where do you see your career going? How do you envision the MBA helping you with your career?

I would not have secured my current position at Assurex Health without the MBA experience and support from the amazing career services. Even if I am not using everything I’m learning in the MBA program, I am conscious that the concepts exist and I perform in a way that is most beneficial for the entire company and shareholders rather than just for myself or my projects.  That means I am thinking more strategically about which projects I take on as well as about how these tie in with the company’s priorities and resources.  As I continue to learn and get exposed to different facets of the biotech industry, I am hoping to become a resource for innovators that are trying to bring their novel technologies to market.


If you want to discuss whether the Rotman part-time MBA is a right fit for you, fill out this contact form with your details. Our admissions team would happy to hear from you.

MFin & Morning and Evening MBA Graduates Celebrate Their Success

 

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Congratulations Class of 2015! Our Recruitment & Admissions team congratulate you on your hard work over the past 2-3 years. You’ve juggled countless assignments and multiple priorities in your home and work life, all for this moment. We hope that our part-time programs have allowed you to pursue your career aspirations without sacrificing your daily responsibilities. We are certain that you will continue to inspire and lead in the workforce just as you have done during your time at Rotman. We can’t wait to see what successes the future will bring you!

 

 

Impact and Intiative at Rotman

This post is an excerpt of an original post from the Rotman Admissions Blog (Full-Time MBA).

On Monday February 2nd  the Women in Management Association (WIMA) student club at Rotman launched the annual WIMA Top 10 gathered to celebrate the achievements of Rotman alumnae.

In the following categories we recognized 10 women who have made outstanding contributions in their field:

  • Business Industry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Services
  • Public Services
  • Social Impact
WIMA Top 10 Award Winners with Dean Tiff Macklem

WIMA Top 10 Award Winners with Dean Tiff Macklem

How did this all come about? Fourteen years ago, two women saw a gap in women in leadership at the school and decided to do something about it and founded WIMA. Fast forward to today, the WIMA executive saw a gap in recognizing and celebrating the many achievements of our female alumni and WIMA Top10 was born.

This type of leadership is natural for Rotman students; see a ‘problem’, take initiative, and solve it. When we review future applicants to the program we look for the same things. Where in your life have you seen a gap, an issue, or a problem and done something about it? A work example, an extracurricular example, even a personal one all count. The theory goes, if you’re wired this way to have an impact in one area in your life, the likelihood is that you will do it again and again.

Impact is an emerging theme at Rotman. Our Dean Tiff Macklem recently wrote that his vision for the next 5 years is focusing on this very thing. We’ve spent the last number of years with a phenomenal growth story, now we’re turning that into a growth and impact story. Our impact story is the impact of Rotman graduates around the world measured by their success in leading companies, starting companies, the value and jobs they create, the businesses they reinvent and the leadership they provide in society. Additionally, we mean the impact of Rotman thinking and scholarship at management and board tables around the world.

Start thinking about your impact story. Your resume, references, essays are all great ways to signal ways you’ve taken initiative and had an impact.


Our Winter Morning & Evening MBA application deadline closes on February 15, 2015 and we would love to see in your application your impact thus far in your life.

The earlier you apply, the greater your chance of an entrance award. For more tips on submitting a powerful application, review our post on “Inside Scoop on the Professional MBA Application“.

Get Practical at Rotman’s Finance Lab

Fancy yourself as a trader? Or are you a market enthusiast? Want to learn to be one?

When you choose Rotman, whether as an MBA or a Master of Finance student, not only do you learn management theory from some of the world’s foremost experts, you also get your hands right into mastering real-life simulations.

Specifically, our school has developed the BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab. It’s a high-tech, state-of-the-art facility that enables you to interact with the global financial community and its resources. The Finance Lab grants you real-time access to global financial resources and rival research databases like Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters, to allow you to link classroom lessons to actual securities and markets.

Rotman BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab

Our custom-designed suite of instructional products (Rotman Interactive Trader and Rotman Portfolio Manager) use interactive simulations to help you develop your skills for making good financial decisions when faced with uncertainty about future outcomes.

For working professional students in our Morning & Evening MBA and MFin programs, the impact is immediate – you’ll be able influence your workplace by practicing what you’ve learned right away.

On February 24th, 2015, get your chance to participate in an exciting trading simulation that will give you a taste of what the Finance Lab, and Rotman School has to offer. Register for free here.

Rotman sample class. Market Simulation in the Rotman Finance Lab. February 24, 2015, 6:30 PM.

Rotman sample class. Market Simulation in the Rotman BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab. February 24, 2015, 6:30 PM.

Stand Out with the Rotman MBA Self-Development Lab

Learn how to inspire others into action. Enhance your self-awareness and leadership skills through the Rotman MBA Self-Development Lab.

Rotman Morning & Evening MBA sample class with the Self-Development Lab. February 5, 2015, 6:30 PM.

Rotman Morning & Evening MBA sample class with the Self-Development Lab. February 5, 2015, 6:30 PM.

In today’s highly competitive job market, only MBA graduates with clearly demonstrated leadership skills attract the attention of top employers.

This brings us to the Rotman Self-Development Lab (SDL). Beyond hard analytical skills, aspiring managers must also demonstrate empathy, self-awareness, and the ability to inspire and motivate. We believe that these skills are vital, and have developed a series of optional workshops and experiential modules for the personal development of our MBA students. As a Rotman MBA student, you will receive personalized feedback on your behavioural performance, communication style, and personal presence in a series of intensive, individual coaching sessions and small group workshops.

Self-Development Lab; Re-engineering patterns of expressive, communicative and interactive skills, and of one's own understanding of self

Since the launch of the Lab, our students have consistently reported learning some of the most impactful and valuable skills in their MBA experience for the real world.

Maja Djikic, PhD., Director, Self-Development Lab, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Maja Djikic, PhD., Director, Self-Development Lab, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

The SDL is directed by Maja Djikic, PhD. She is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development and was a post-doctoral fellow with Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking (Rotman School of Management) and Psychology Department at Harvard University.

Get an exciting taste of the SDL’s offerings available to you as a future Rotman Morning & Evening MBA student in our upcoming Morning & Evening MBA sample class, Self-Development Lab: How We Model Ourselves and Others. Meet Maja as she leads this sample class on February 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Register here for free.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding the Rotman Morning & Evening MBA or this sample class. We would be pleased to speak with you.

Back-to-Back Top Honours with CFA Master of Finance Ethics Challenge

For the second year in a row, a Rotman MFin team won the CFA Master of Finance Ethics Challenge. Congratulations to the Rotman MFin team of Roger Brown, Mahtab Faruqui, Sheng Fei and Michael Szaura!

Rotman winners of 2015 CFA Master of Finance Ethics Challenge Michael Szaura, Sheng Fei, Mahtab Faruqui and Roger Brown.

Left to right: Rotman winners of 2015 CFA Master of Finance Ethics Challenge Michael Szaura, Sheng Fei, Mahtab Faruqui and Roger Brown.

Planted last year as a result of a conversations between the Rotman, Schulich and Queen’s Master of Finance programs, the 2015 second annual ethics challenge saw MFin teams from the three schools again competing for top honours.

Case competitions like this is an incredible way to take theory beyond the classroom. “Presenting my work to my classmates was a good first step. That is because the answer was not simply A, B or C,” says Michael. “And this time I got to present my analysis to the president of the CFA Society. ”

Sheng continues, “All my team members signed up immediately after I pitched the case competition. All of us believe strongly in the value of ethics education, and the importance of promoting the highest ethical standards in the investment profession. As financial professionals we are faced with ethical dilemmas on a daily basis and this competition helped us sharpen our tool kit to analyze and resolve ethical situations effectively.

“We received tremendous support from the Rotman family. The faculty and staff are extraordinarily supportive and resourceful. We owe much of our success to the fantastic coaching from both last year’s winning team (Tony Chan, Akshat Gupta and Angel Liu) and two highly accomplished MFin alumni (Miranda Fong and William Cheng). The team worked extremely hard and we are very proud to have brought back the top honour once again to Rotman.”

We’re delighted with the team’s win and are looking forward to next year’s challenge.


If you’re interested to learn more about the Rotman Master of Finance program, visit our website at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/MFin.

Contact us for more information or to start your MFin September 2015. You may also contact Breanna Brooks, Assistant Director of Admissions directly. We would love to meet with you!

Happy Holidays from the Rotman Recruitment and Admissions Team!

We wish you a very happy holiday! We look forward to meeting you in the new year. Please visit our Rotman Morning & Evening MBA or Master of Finance admissions events page to sign up for one of our many upcoming 2015 events.

Our offices will be closed for the holidays from Dec 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015. In the meantime, check out our brochures and our website for more information.

Rotman Morning & Evening MBA part-time programs for working professionals:

Rotman Master of Finance part-time program for working professionals:

Have a wonderful holiday and we wish you a prosperous new year!

Congratulations to winners of the Hult Prize at U of T

It is with great pride that we congratulate our Hult Prize at U of T quarterfinal winners. Team Attollo is made up of current Rotman Morning MBA students and an alumnus: Lak Chinta, Aisha Bukhari and Peter Cinat.

Hult Prize at U of T winners 2014

Left to right: Rotman Morning MBA alumnus Peter Cinat, Rotman Morning MBA candidates Aisha Bukhari and Lak Chinta

“In the Hult Prize competition, teams of students from around the world develop ideas for social enterprises to solve global challenges. The 2015 challenge, co-sponsored by Hult International Business School and the Clinton Global Initiative, is to develop a business plan to deliver early childhood education for marginalized children.”[1]

The three students will now go on to represent U of T at the Regional Finals in March 2015. The winners of the regional will compete for US$1 million in funding to start-up their social enterprise.

It’s not the first time this team has worked and won a competition together. In 2013, they won the $100,000 to prize in the Manulife Entry to Asia Challenge. Their personal accomplishments are impressive and each member brings his or her own passion and experience for a winning combination. Lak has a PhD in Neuroscience with over 12 years’ experience in research, engineering, healthcare, entrepreneurship and direct experience from living and working with urban slums communities in India. Peter comes from a computer engineering background with over 11 years of experience working on strategic problems in the technology space with global clients. Aisha has her Masters in Engineering, expertise developing innovative solutions in the energy sector and brings her public-sector experience to the team. For more details about their win and an interview with Peter, visit this U of T news article.

Good luck to an outstanding team. We’re very proud of your accomplishments.


[1] Meet the winners of Hult Prize at U of T; next stop, regional rounds ǀ last accessed 17/12/2014
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Winning case competitions: the #GEECLP experience

We’re proud to congratulate a team of Morning & Evening MBA students who won the Inaugural Canadian ECLP Consulting Case Competition with GE (GE ECLP). Competing against three other top Canadian Business Schools, these students took first place in their approach to GE business cases.

#GEECLP 2014 Rotman MBA winners

From left to right: Rotman Morning & Evening MBA students Christopher McIntyre, Dejan Knezevic, Candice Luck, Wahed Fidaali, Jennifer Flexman

There are many ways for your Rotman MBA experience to extend beyond the classroom; case competitions is one way for you to enrich your experience by putting theory into practice, and is a great platform to display your strategic ability and creativity with potential employers.

“Case competitions are an excellent way for Rotman MBAs to apply and showcase our Business Problem Solving Approach”, says Wahed Fidaali, one member of the GE ECLP case competition winning team.

“Our Team really credit our win at the GE ECLP Case Competition to the strong team we put together. As students in our final year of the program, we have spent over two years working together, this really gave us an advantage when it came to working as a team to deliver this case in a very tight timeline.”

What is a case competition, and what is the experience like? Candice Luck, a current Rotman Morning MBA student and another member of the winning team, gave us her reflections on her experience.

GE ECLP Case Competition Challenge:

The intersection of industrial infrastructure and digital analytics is inevitable. GE needs to define and capitalize on the industrial internet to continue to grow and maintain its relevance. GE is facing competition in this space from both traditional and non-traditional competitors. GE partnered with Accenture and Amazon to develop a data analytics solution known as Predictivity that can be used optimize the performance of industrial assets and operations.  However, GE’s customers have shown reluctance in adopting digital technology and data solutions. GE is a global conglomerate with expertise in the manufacturing and servicing of industrial infrastructure, not software and data solutions.  With all that, how should GE drive customer adoption of Predictivity?

Our Winning Solution:

GE should develop a Targeted, Tailored, and Partnership Approach to drive adoption of Predictivity. This ultimately means that GE should transition from being a manufacturer of industrial product to being a provider of customer solutions. Providing customer solutions means that GE needs to develop a consultant relationship with the customer to create a custom solution catered to each customer’s needs. This requires GE to target and identify the right customer, understand and tailor to their needs, and become a partner that is intimately involved in all aspects of their customer’s business.

Why our Solution was Unique:

The feedback we received was that our solution was rather “provocative” because although GE strives to become a partner, the path to becoming a solutions provider or developing that consultant relationship was unclear for GE. They were very intrigued by our delivery and detailed walk-through of how this could potentially play out. Utilizing the business design emphasis on user empathy, we mapped the emotions of a potential customer and crafted a story of how GE could walk hand-in-hand with this customer through the Predictivity adoption cycle. We delivered the story as if the judges and the audience were in the boardroom witnessing the conversation between the customer and the GE representative. We painted a picture of the future with our solution in it. That, is what I believe made our presentation and our solution unique.

My Personal Key Takeaways:

I was genuinely impressed by how GE developed a unique platform to recruit talent. The case competition was really well organized with the right combination of work load and networking. It allowed students to demonstrate their strengths in a live team setting.

The case itself was quite interesting. It was current, relevant, and challenging.  The case alone was a great experience and worth the time and effort even if it were not tied to the ECLP interview opportunity.

I was really glad that Rotman allowed us to form our own diverse teams. I was surprised to find out that other schools had formed the teams based on individual student applications. Our team was complimented for our display of cohesiveness and team dynamic.

It was a great experience working with my Morning & Evening MBA classmates.  As a working professional balancing school and other commitments, it was a tough decision to invest in yet another extracurricular activity; and the decision was the right one.  The opportunity to apply my skills directly to a live case in a short period of time and to create an actionable strategy for a global conglomerate was priceless. It is so important to step outside of your day job and the classroom to participate in the unique opportunities Rotman has to offer. Because frankly, there’s never a good time. So if not now, when?


If you’re interested to learn more about the Rotman Morning or Evening MBA program, visit our website at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/me-mba.

Contact us for more information or to start your MBA August 2015. You may also contact the Assistant Director of Admissions directly. We would love to meet with you!

Rotman team lends our hands for Evergreen, Yonge Street Mission

In the spirit of sharing and giving back, last evening, the Rotman Morning & Evening MBA and Master of Finance working professionals team donated to and volunteered with the Evergreen centre, a part of Yonge Street Mission.

We helped to prepare and serve a warm and delicious meal to street-involved youth. Led by the amazing, kind and organized staff at Evergreen, everything came together beautifully.

Rotman career coach Marnie Consky, MFin recruitment assistant director Breanna Brooks and Managing Director Elizabeth Duffy-MacLean prepping a mouthwatering salad and tasty dessert.

Career coach Marnie Consky, MFin recruitment assistant director Breanna Brooks and managing director Elizabeth Duffy-MacLean prepping a mouthwatering salad and tasty dessert.

Rotman career coach Annette Filler waiting on kitchen orders from Evergreen staff Vlad.

Career coach Annette Filler waiting on kitchen orders from Evergreen staff Vlad.

Rotman staff shredding seafood for the luscious paella.

Shredding seafood for the luscious paella.

Salad and dessert prep

Finished salad!

Paella vegetables cooking

Dessert

As the scrumptious meal of paella served with a colourful salad was cooking, we went on a tour of the facilities. The Evergreen centre’s compassionate work is manifold. There’s a career centre, art therapy, housing advocates, a nursery, a full-medical centre with facilities for dental work, eye care and other medical necessities, and so much more.

Evergreen nursery.

Evergreen staff chatting about the nursery.

We’re so thankful to have had this opportunity to lend a hand to such an inspiring organization in our city!

The Evergreen centre for street involved youth is a unique place where youth between the ages of 16 and 24 can access employment services, warm meals and supports including an on-site nursery.

Powerhouse Mix & Mingle: Annual Rotman MFin Casino Night

Every year, the Rotman Master of Finance program organizes the popular Rotman MFin Casino Night Mix and Mingle. It’s a fabulous opportunity for current MFin students, alumni, faculty and staff to meet together for a fun and casual night. Current students take the opportunity to meet their seniors, alumni touch base with friends made during their time at Rotman, and faculty mix and mingle with all.

Check out photos from our last Rotman MFin Casino Night Mix and Mingle on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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Inside Scoop on the Professional MBA Application

Elizabeth Duffy MacLean, Managing Director, MBA and MFin, Masters Part-Time Programs, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Elizabeth Duffy MacLean, Former Managing Director, MBA and MFin, Masters Part-Time Programs

We often get asked, “What are the most important factors in assessing an application for a part-time MBA program? What matters most?” While, at Rotman, we really do look at each one on a case-by-case basis and assess the 7 criteria, together holistically, there are still fundamentals that can help you get a competitive edge in the application process.

  1. Your work experience is key.  Work experience is often what separates a full-time MBA applicant from an applicant for a part-time program.  Our Morning & Evening MBA applicants have an average of 6 years of experience, and want to keep working while they complete an MBA.  What we want to see in those years of experience is 1) progression, 2) a CV that focuses on results, and 3) references that support a track record (more on references in a minute).  The Admissions Committee will be looking at your work experience in the context of what it will bring to the classroom and the value of the program to you.
  2. Good communication skills are essential. You have an opportunity to showcase your communication skills in several ways.  Book a pre-qualifying meeting with our recruiting staff, so that we can get an initial sense of your ability to articulate, to listen and to clearly and concisely form your views.  A good conversation will be remembered when your file hits the recruiter’s desk.  Second, there are 3 essays that offer the opportunity to express yourself in writing.  Grammar, spelling and clear writing style is what we look for, along with a solid understanding of why an MBA makes sense for you and a level of self-awareness.  Finally, if you get to the interview stage, think about what questions you expect will be asked and how you will tell your story clearly and concisely.
  3. References matter. Your two references should be professional ones.  At least one should be a current or former boss. The references need to be able to speak to numerous attributes, many of which are work-place related.  They will be assessing your analytical skills, teamwork skills, personal integrity and the impact you’ve had within the organization, among others.  Take the time to ensure you ask your references in advance if they will be willing to be one, and tell them that specific examples are particularly valuable.

In all cases, be genuine. It will make a real difference to how you come across. And, finally, do your research before you attend a session or a pre-qualifying meeting.  An MBA is a significant investment and you want the right program in the right school.  Plus, your research will reflect a level of seriousness and maturity that is always looked upon positively.  The fundamentals discussed here also apply to other professional part-time programs like the Rotman Master of Finance.

There’s never a better time than the present to start the process!

Meet Your Professor: David Goldreich

David Goldreich, Associate Professor of Finance & Academic Director of the Rotman Morning & Evening MBA Programs

David Goldreich, Associate Professor of Finance and Academic Director of the Morning & Evening MBA Programs, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

The decision to pursue your part-time MBA or Master of Finance ambitions at the Rotman School is a significant one. So, we’re spotlighting a few of our world-class faculty to highlight the calibre of knowledge and engagement you can expect during your time at Rotman.

David Goldreich is an Associate Professor of Finance, and is the Academic Director of the Morning and Evening MBA Programs. Prior to joining Rotman, he was Assistant Professor of Finance at the London Business School. His research addresses various topics including Treasury auctions, bond liquidity, and most notably the book-building method for IPOs. His research is published in both finance and economics journals. David teaches Capital Markets in the MBA program. He has received many teaching awards at Rotman, London Business School, and Carnegie Mellon University.

David, can you tell us what you like best about teaching at Rotman?
I enjoy the opportunity to learn from my students at the same time that they’re learning from our teaching. Our students are from a variety of backgrounds and industries; everyone brings different experiences and perspectives to the material being discussed in the classroom.

What do you know now, that you wish you knew when you were just starting your career?
Coming from a very technical background, I have learnt that soft skills are incredibly important. They are a complement to technical skills. Success is dependent on mastering both skill sets.

From your experience teaching, what qualities do your successful students possess?
The most successful students have a combination of intelligence, curiosity and most importantly, strong interpersonal skills. Students with innate curiosity learn so much more from our programs instead of just memorizing the material.

How would you describe your teaching style?
Relaxed and conversational. My main goal is for my students to acquire a very strong intuition about the basic concepts of my courses. If they achieve this they will be able to use this knowledge for the length of their career.


Register and meet Associate Professor David Goldreich at our upcoming Morning & Evening MBA and Master of Finance sample class on Market Efficiency, November 20 at 6:30 PM. Contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you.

Powerful Network, Friends for Life. Conversations with a Rotman MFin alumna [Part IV of IV]

Wen Lei, Rotman MFin

Wen Lei, MFin, CFA

In the fourth and final installment of our wide-ranging conversation with Rotman Master of Finance class of 2014 alumna, Wen Lei, CFA, Manager, Asset and Liability Management at Manulife Financial, shares her thoughts about the friendships she formed, the calibre of her classmates and her final thoughts on the MFin program. Remember to check out part I, II and III of our conversations.

Congratulations on graduating this June! Now that you’re no longer in the classroom together, do you still keep in touch with your fellow MFin alumni?

Definitely. We still hang out. Recently, one of us sent an invitation to everyone for a poker night. So everyone’s still in contact.

We went through the fire together so to speak, so there’s a kind of camaraderie there. The Rotman MFin classes are small as well so you’re able to talk to most of the people. It’s easier to make friends.

In my class, it’s funny, most of the people sat in the same spot through the whole program. So on my left was Andre. On my right was Jim. We had a pretty good dynamic.

I have to say that I learned a lot from both of them. Especially Andre. He really pushed me.

How did he push you?

He knew that I like to talk but that I’m not good at presentations or speaking in front of the class. We were in a career workshop with Heather-Anne Irwin. We had to do a one minute elevator speech, introduce yourself kind of thing. She asked for volunteers to come up and give a speech to the class. And Andre said, “Wen wants to go!” I didn’t want to go!

I did alright. Afterwards I thought, if it wasn’t because he pushed me so hard, I wouldn’t have done it.

That’s really great to hear. We always talk about how we have this powerful network. It’s great that it’s more than formal ‘networking for work’ – it’s also about gaining friendships. You really do help each other out.

Friendship - Rotman MFin Class of 2014

Friendship – Rotman MFin Class of 2014

Yes. Like Jim, he’s in a very senior position in a bank. Last year I set myself a goal to do something out of my comfort zone. So I booked informal meetings with some of the portfolio managers or senior VPs in Manulife. I would ask Jim for advice about what kind of questions I should ask, what I should talk about. He’s in that position. So I assumed he knew how I could make the most of my time with them. He helped me out, he talked to me about it. The outcome was pretty good.

I have another example of the class helping each other out. In our class, we had a lot of babies. That is, at least five of the guys became new dads during the MFin program! After they had children, we understood that they may not have as much time as before to do assignments, so the other group members will take more on. We actually did it without talking about it.

Clearly, the relationships you’ve built in the MFin program really means a lot to you. Is there anything else that stood out to you about the program? 

A Powerful Network - Rotman MFin Class of 2014

A Powerful Network – Rotman MFin Class of 2014

People do ask me about the MFin program, and I always tell them that there are three major benefits you can get from the MFin.

One, you get the best professors in finance in Canada. They’re not just the best, they’re approachable. If you have questions, they never delay replying to your emails. You can always reach them. A few of my teachers are women who are also in the industry. They really inspired me.

My classmates were also very inspiring. I truly appreciated the calibre of the class. My peers come from all areas in the finance field. In our class we had traders, sales, risk management and accounting. I‘m more like asset management and accounting. For people who are relatively new to the field and are reevaluating what to do with their career, you can get a lot of advice.  You can talk to a lot of people and see what each job is like. Plus, not only do you meet people, you make friends. And those are life time friends actually.

The third benefit that I tell people is that you definitely learn a lot from the program. It’s much deeper than the CFA. I actually applied a lot of the theories from the risk management and portfolio management courses in my work right away. For example, I was able to apply the maple bond concepts that we learned in our applied fixed income class immediately. At the time, I was working with Canadian portfolio management. We were considering issuing long term treasury because there was a lot of demand for it. I talked to Fotini (Tolias) about it and she actually helped me with the proposal I made. Now, sometimes my manager at work will come to me with questions.

One of two Rotman MFin finalist teams of the 2013 National Investment Banking Competition in Vancouver. (L-R) Raymond Lam, Wen Lei, Iffat Kashif, Jiten Mistry.

One of two Rotman MFin finalist teams of the 2013 National Investment Banking Competition in Vancouver. (L-R) Raymond Lam, Wen Lei, Iffat Kashif, Jiten Mistry.

The curriculum really is practical and so on point. Portfolio management was an awesome class. One of my class group mates is a trader at BMO and we talked about trading ideas. I started a trading account, and started managing my parents’ pension fund. I started last June; year-to-date, I have a return of 25%. My group’s balanced fund was the top performer and we received an award for that.

Thank you so much for all your insight into your time here at Rotman!

You’re very welcome.


If you’re interested to learn more about the Rotman Master of Finance program, visit our website at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/mfin.

Contact us for more information or to start your MFin September 2015. You may also contact Breanna Brooks, Assistant Director of Admissions directly. We would love to meet with you!

You’re Invited: Experience Rotman on October 18

Rotman Open House, October 18, 2014. www.rotman.utoronto.ca/openhouse for more info and to register.Edited. Originally posted in the Rotman Full-Time MBA Admissions Blog.

It’s that time of year! The leaves are turning, the mercury is dropping, and the U of T campus is buzzing once again.  It’s fall, which means our annual Rotman Open House is just around the corner!

On Saturday, October 18th, Rotman opens its doors for the biggest and most exciting school-wide event of the year. A captivating exhibit of all Rotman programs, including the Morning & Evening MBA and Master of Finance part-time programs designed for working professionals, the Open House provides prospective students with the opportunity to meet staff, students, alumni, and faculty in an interactive showcase of everything Rotman. Featured this year will be welcoming remarks by our new Dean, Tiff Macklem, a keynote address by Associate Dean Mihnea Moldoveanu and a jam-packed agenda of sample classes, panel discussions, and info sessions. We’ll have trading simulations running all day in the BMO Trading Lab. If that’s not enough to get you to Rotman on a crisp fall day, wait ‘til you hear this: you’ll have a chance to take a class- a real, live, Rotman class with real, live, Rotman instructors. Maja Djikic, Director of the Self Development Lab will give you a 45-minute intro to a Self-Management module that will leave you wanting more. You’ll have a blast with Mark Leung, Director, DesignWorks at his interactive class on Business Design, and Associate Prof. Walid Hejazi will tell you about the ROI on your MBA. Professors Avi Goldfarb and Dilip Soman will deliver an excellent session on Managing Customer Value. Associate Prof. Bernardo Blum will give you a sneak peek into Rotman’s unique approach to model-based decision making. Prof. Alexander Dyck will teach a finance class entitled “Does Private Equity Create Value?”, and Associate Prof. Tiziana Casciaro will deliver “Competent Jerks, Lovable Fools and Social Networks in the Workplace”. Intrigued? Stay tuned for our full agenda.

The Admissions team will be in attendance and available to answer any questions about the program, the school, and the application process. Drop by our table outside Desautels Hall to speak to one of them. Our joint programs will also have an information table, and Quantum Test PrepThe Princeton Review, and U of T’s School of Continuing Studies will have advice for those who haven’t written their GMAT yet. If you have questions about financial aid or our loan programs, that’ll be available too.

The Open House is a must-attend for anyone considering Rotman. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the School first-hand. Whether you stop by for an hour or the whole day, it will be worth your while.

Register now and we’ll see you on October 18!