Senior Partner, Research Insights, J.C. Williams Group
During her career at J.C. Williams Group, she has managed studies that provided data for positioning or repositioning plans, new store format evaluation, new concept development and brand assessment among many other assignments. In addition, she has authored and co-authored books and white papers on research on retailing and currently manages the Canadian E-tail Report, a syndicated research study of Canadian online shopping habits.
She has a business degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a past board member of the International Downtown Association where she led the Information Committee. She is also a founding member of the Canadian Research Group of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Michael Back (MBA ’95)
Founder & CEO, HonkMobile
Michael started his career at Playdium Entertainment Corporation – a start-up in the out of home entertainment industry. During his four-year tenure, Michael raised over $110 million in financing and grew the company to over $50 million in revenues. In addition, as an executive and a minority shareholder, Michael conceived and launched the company’s most profitable business unit.
More recently, as the Founder of Collective Point of Sale Solutions Ltd. (“CPOS”), Michael challenged the major banks to revolutionize payment processing for small to medium-sized businesses in Canada. Under his leadership, CPOS evolved to be one of Canada’s largest merchant acquirers and a leading provider of debit and credit card processing services and secure point-of-sale solutions. With innovative process improvements and value-added technology solutions, CPOS consistently generated profitable growth in a highly competitive market. Michael generated a compound annual growth of 29% in revenue and 58% in EBITDA over the course of his tenure, was listed in Profit Magazine’s Profit 100: Fastest Growing Companies, named one of Canada’s Top 50 Employers and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. In 2013, Michael sold his company to Elavon, a leading global payments provider and wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB).
Michael is now applying his wealth of experience and formidable success in real-time transaction processing to create another much-needed solution for both time-starved, convenience-driven consumers and cash-strapped, data-deprived parking operators: HonkMobile.
Michael graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 1995 with a Master of Business Administration.
Connie Bonello (MBA ‘98)
Associate Partner, IBM
Ms. Bonello has deep experience in strategy, governance, business case development, information management, business analytics as well as risk management and regulatory compliance. She has provided consulting services to financial service organizations across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Select clients include ING, Bank of China, BMO, TD Bank and Scotiabank. Prior to her consulting career, Ms Bonello worked in industry for American Express Bank (Athens), Westpac Banking Corporation (Sydney), Ministry of Treasury and Economics and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board.
Ms. Bonello is a sought after speaker on big data and analytics. Select speaking engagements include:
• 2014 Financial Executive International Annual Conference, Accelerating Financial Performance with
Analytics Creating New Models and New Insights
• University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business Big Data Expert Series, New Models, New Insights:
Extracting the Power of Big Data through Analytics
• Evanta CFO Executive Summit, CFO Role as Change Agent in Promoting Innovation
• Toronto Research Management Symposium, Complexities of Big Data Research: Connecting the Dots
with Cognitive Computing
• Insurance Canada Technology Conference, The Digital Customer Experience
• 2015 American Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants Financial Planning and Analysis
Conference , Improving Finance Efficiency: Driving Enterprise Agility through Enterprise Integration
• CPA Canada The One National Conference 2015, Data is the New Currency, Big Data Big Decisions
• CPA Canada 2015 Webinar Series, New Models New Insights: The Power of Big Data and Analytics
• York University, Schulich School of Business Tech Leader Series: The Cognitive Bank
Ms. Bonello is an active member of the community and is currently the Chair of the Bonham Centre Advisory Board, University of Toronto, Advisory Board member Schulich School, Masters of Business Analytics Program, member of the Finance and Property Committee of Trent University and Board member of the Inside Out Film Festival. She is the recipient of the 2015 U of T Arbor Award and the 2013 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.
Ms. Bonello holds an Honours BA in Economics and a MBA.
She is an avid road cyclist, horse rider and world traveler.
Mark is voted #1 in the world’s top 30 Body Language Professionals for both 2014 and 2015 by Global Gurus for his world class communication techniques, in which he trains leading business people, teams, presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and
Prime Ministers of G8 powers. Mark is on faculty as business presentation trainer for The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA, ranked #1 in the world by The Economist .
Mark’s publications include the bestselling Winning Body Language (McGraw Hill 2010); Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals (McGraw Hill 2012); and Tame the Primitive Brain – 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work (Wiley 2013). Mark is also the co-creator of online training product Presentation Genius™, one of the most exciting ways to master your presentation and facilitation skills, accessible on any handheld device.
Mark is honored to be a member of the TED community, having spoken on the main stage at TEDx Toronto. He can be seen regularly on daytime TV as Body Language expert for Canadian Broadcaster CTV’s The Social .
Please visit Mark’s website www.truthplane.com to learn more.
Diane J. Brisebois
President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada
Diane has and also continues to serve on several boards across North America:
• She served as the Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Society of Association Executives. the Traffic Industry Research Foundation, the Fair Factory Clearinghouse and The Forum of International Retail Association Executives
• Diane also served as a Director on the Board of Covenant House Toronto
• She currently serves on the Board of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Advisory Boards of the St. Mary’s David Sobey Centre for Retail, the School of Retail at Ryerson University and the School of Retailing at the University of Alberta
Diane has spent more than 35 years leading retail associations in Canada.
Ms. Brisebois is a native of Montreal, Quebec and now resides in Toronto, Ontario.
CEO CustomerLAB; Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Retail Leadership, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)
A third generation retailer, Jim held executive positions with large retail, consumer goods and marketing companies including Eaton’s, PepsiCo, Young & Rubicam, Foster Advertising, Corporate Foods (now Canada Bread) and Pizza Hut.
Since he established CustomerLAB in 1994, Jim and his team have devised and implemented scores of productivity and marketing initiatives for retailers, hospitality operators, manufacturers, distributors and health care providers across North and South America. He led projects to create Remedy’sRx, Canada’s first new retail pharmacy chain in 25 years, AdherenceTRACK, a healthcare benchmarking software, and most the Simpl™ brand of health-related services and packaging offered by pharmacies. Through a strategic alliance with Trimingham of New York, he has led M&A and turnaround initiatives for retail and consumer goods companies in the United States since 1998.
Jim is the founding Program Director of the Center of Excellence in Retail Leadership, Schulich Executive Education Centre in the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.
Mr. Danahy is an expert witness on retail matters, is a jury member for Canada’s Product of the Year Awards and is a widely quoted authority in national business media including the Globe & Mail, National Post, New York Times, Associated Press, CBC, Maclean’s, BNN TV, Global and various trade journals. Jim sits on the Boards of several industry and community organizations and is past chair of the national charity Hope Air. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ryerson University.
Director, Field Services Business Intelligence, Bell
Previous experience at Bell includes leading a 400 person organization supporting the operations of critical enterprise customer and data centre network operations, as well as roles in Customer Operations and Internal Consulting.
Prior to Bell he worked at McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst. He is a graduate of Western University’s Computer Engineering program, Ivey Business School’s HBA program and Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
Nat D’Ercole (BBA ’92)
Partner, Deloitte Consulting
Nat is a US CPA, Canadian Certified Professional Accountant, Certified Information Technology Professional and a graduate of the Schulich School of Business in Toronto.
President & CEO, Waterfront Toronto
Throughout his career, Will has demonstrated a strong commitment to creating and adapting communities that are sustainable, accessible, vibrant and beautiful places. Will is recognized as an authority in the U.S. on community engagement, sustainable design, public/private financing and transit-oriented development – all key to Waterfront Toronto’s overall approach and vision for community and city-building.
Recently, Will co-authored Advancing Equitable Transit Oriented Development, a national policy paper published by Living Cities, proposing pragmatic steps to avoid pitfalls and catalyze successful built projects from transit-oriented policy. In 2014, the Urban Land Institute asked Will to lead six different workshops across the U.S. to put his approach into practice.
Since 2006, Will has been the managing member of Communitas, a San Francisco-based development company that focuses on sustainable, transit-oriented, and mixed-use development of urban infill sites. Communitas’ approach to development includes a strong commitment to working actively with communities to generate expanded social, environmental and economic benefits.
Will has advised state and local governments and large development funds on translating their broad goals into strategic priorities, and economically feasible buildings and districts. Will has directed mixed-use planning and development projects in diverse American cities, among them Boston; Cambridge; Washington, DC; Denver; Boulder; San Francisco; Los Angeles; and San Jose.
From 2005 to 2010, Will was a partner in Urban Villages Inc., which co-developed West Village at the University of California, Davis. The new 130-acre campus district for 3,000 students, faculty and staff includes a mixed-use village square with shops and services, a community college, parks, and a fitness centre. West Village is the largest planned “zero net energy” community in the United States, and when completed in 2017 is on track to demonstrate that such an approach is practical on a large scale. The project received the prestigious Urban Land Institute Global Award of Excellence in 2013.
From 1997 to 2005, Will was a co-founder of Continuum Partners in Denver, and directed the planning and development of projects that integrate sustainability, vibrant public places, retail, work space and housing. Belmar, a twenty-three block, downtown district on a former shopping mall site in Lakewood, Colorado, received the 2006 Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence, the 2005 Environmental Protection Agency Smart Growth Award, and the 2005 Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award.
Previously, Will served in the public sector as the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Boulder, Colorado, and as the Director of Downtown Planning and Development for Mayor Federico Pena in Denver. While in Denver, Will led the City’s vision for downtown, including infrastructure improvements to the Central Platte Valley, which now supports 3 million sq. ft. of commercial, shops retail and hotel space plus over 4,000 mixed-income units. During his tenure with the City, Will initiated zoning and infrastructure improvements that led to the renaissance of Denver’s historic Lower Downtown district.
Will is committed to helping cultivate the next generation of city building professionals. He has been a senior advisor to the University of Colorado Real Estate Center, an adjunct professor at USC School of Architecture, UCLA’s Department of City Planning and the Anderson School of Management, and a lecturer teaching development studios and case studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Will is a board member for Reconnecting America and the Center for Transit Oriented Development, and a licensed architect in the State of California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania; a Bachelor of Architecture in urban design from the City College of New York; and a Master in Public Administration with an emphasis in public finance from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Fern Glowinsky (MBA/LLB ’95)
COO, Moneris Solutions
Ms. Glowinsky brings deep payments industry experience to her role on the Moneris executive team, having held various senior positions since joining in 2001, most recently as Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Moneris, Ms. Glowinsky was at a venture-backed start up and with Versus Technologies, the public company behind E*TRADE Canada. She began her career practicing law at Torys, advising technology companies with a focus on corporate and securities law.
A Toronto native, Ms. Glowinsky graduated from the Joint LLB/MBA program with an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Ontario Bar. Ms. Glowinsky holds the ICD.D designation having completed the Directors Education Program and serves on the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation Board and formerly served on the Board of The Leo Baeck Day School. She is founder of the Moneris Environmental Committee.
Founder & CEO, PumpUp
Bill Graham (MBA ’86)
President, Schulich Global Alumni Network
Principal, Greenberg Consultants Inc.
Dezsö J. Horváth, CM
Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management
Since taking on the Dean’s role, Dr. Horváth has worked tirelessly with all stakeholders to position Schulich as “Canada’s Transnational Business School™”.
As a result, Schulich now has many strategic partnerships around the world. These include academic exchange agreements with more than 80 leading international business schools in over 40 countries.
As well, Schulich now has international satellite centres in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Seoul, South Korea; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; and Mumbai, India.
In 2004, he was named International Dean of the Year by the Academy of International Business, the world’s leading association of scholars in international business. The award recognized his “outstanding leadership in various aspects of internationalization.”
In 2008, Dean Horváth was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his role in enhancing Canada’s international reputation for academic excellence.
In 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee Medal in recognition of his achievements and significant contributions to Canada.
And earlier this year, he was selected by The Toronto Star as one of 180 people, past and present, “who helped shape” the City of Toronto since its founding in 1834, and was included in the “Trailblazers and Innovators” category.
Ellis Jacob (MBA ’76)
President & Chief Executive Officer, Cineplex Entertainment LP
Colleen Johnston (BBA ‘82)
Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Real Estate, TD Bank Group
Prior to this Colleen was Group Head Finance, Sourcing and Corporate
Communications, and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group. Colleen joined TD in March 2004 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations, after spending 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions. She began her career in 1982 with Price Waterhouse.
Colleen graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor of business administration. She received her chartered accountant designation in 1984 and in
2006 was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), the highest designation conferred by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.
Colleen has received numerous top industry honours as a senior finance executive – she was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women three years in a row and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2007. Colleen was named “Best Chief Financial Officer” in October 2009 by Canadian Business magazine, and in 2011, for the third year in a row, was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker. In 2012, Colleen was recognized as Canada’s CFO of the Year, an award that is presented annually by Financial Executives International Canada, PwC and Robert Half International. In 2013, Colleen was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category.
Colleen is a board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and sits on the advisory board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She also served as past Chair and President of the Board of Directors for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Chair of Bridgepoint Health, and the ShareLife Corporate Campaign. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business at York University, a member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, and a member of the board of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In 2015, Colleen joined the board of the Shaw Festival. At TD, she is actively involved in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as a member of the Women in Leadership Committee.
Born in Vancouver, Colleen currently resides in Toronto with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys traveling, reading and an active lifestyle.
Associate Professor of Marketing; Director, MBA Program
Since 1999, Ashwin has taught across the BBA, MBA, PhD, and EMBA programs at the Schulich School of Business. Ashwin’s teaching has been recognized by the students at both the BBA and MBA levels with the Seymour Schulich Excellence in Teaching Awards. In addition to teaching at Schulich, Ashwin is especially proud of his association with the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA Program where he has taught a course in Research Methodology and in the Kellogg-Recanati EMBA Program in Israel where he teaches a course in Marketing Strategy.
In addition to academic teaching, Ashwin has also been involved extensively in executive education through the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC). In this capacity, Ashwin has delivered programs with notable organizations both in Canada (e.g., CIBC, Novopharm, Rogers, Telus) and overseas in Europe (e.g., AMEX), Asia (AMEX, Beijing TV, Citigroup), and Africa (e.g., BankSeta). Ashwin’s expertise is in three key areas: marketing management, innovation, and strategic thinking. Ashwin has taught both specialist audiences (e.g., senior marketing managers) as well as generalist audiences (e.g., managers from across functional areas). His work with the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in particular required Ashwin to interact extensively with engineers and technologists with a view to developing a marketing orientation among these employees.
Ashwin’s research focus is upon new product development and innovation. He has published his work on these topics in leading journals in the marketing discipline including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management.
Director of Product, Shopify
Founder & CEO, Wealthsimple
Associate Professor, Operations Management and Information Systems; Program Director, Master of Business Analytics, Schulich School of Business
Professor Kristal completed his Ph.D in Operations, Technology and Innovation Management in 2005 at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Since 2007, Professor Kristal has published articles in leading refereed academic journals, including Decision Sciences, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Production and Operations Management Society Journal, International Journal of Production Economics, Decision Sciences, and The Journal of Supply Chain Management. In 2011, he was presented with the Outstanding Paper Award Winner for the article titled “The effect of quality management on mass customization capability,” with X. Huang and R.G. Schroeder at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence and he was a JOM 2011 Best Paper Finalist for the article titled “The effect of an ambidextrous supply chain strategy on combinative competitive capabilities and business performance” with X. Huang and A.V. Roth. Recently, Professor Kristal was chosen as one of the top professors in 2016 under 40 by Poets and Quants
Professor Kristal is a Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management Journal, as well as a Member of Editorial Review Boards for Decision Sciences, and Journal of Supply Chain Management.
In 2012, Professor Kristal served as Associate Program Chair at the DSI Annual Conference.
Aside from his academic work, Professor Kristal works as a private consultant to provide solutions in Business Analytics to various organizations.
Howard Lichtman (JD ‘79, MBA ‘82)
President, The Lightning Group; Partner, Ethnicity Multicultural & Advertising
Ethnicity is a dynamic, integrated, full service, multicultural marketing and advertising agency dedicated to driving new growth and sales by engaging Canada’s fast-growing, big-spending, ethnic communities. We drive new sales and growth for corporations by successfully reaching out to ethnic communities and utilizing a disciplined process to determine which ethnic community has the greatest ROI potential. Insights are utilized to craft appropriate messaging and then communicated through ethnic media, earned media and grass roots activations.
Howard is also President of the Lightning Group, which provides new revenue-optimizing and “go-to-market” strategies for corporations. The Lightning Group also offers Virtual Chief Marketing Officer services by assisting CMOs with new opportunities or by providing a fresh perspective on current marketing practices.
Howard is responsible for the programming, marketing, sponsorship sales, advertising, and media relations for the Taste of the Danforth. His efforts have transformed the Festival into the largest street Festival in Canada, with 1.6 million attendees.
Prior to this, Howard was Executive VP of Marketing and Communications at Cineplex, where he designed a number of innovative programs that have become industry standards, including on-screen advertising, lobby advertising, sampling, and movie ticket couponing. As part of a sponsorship initiative, he created the American Express “Front of the Line” program.
Howard also serves on numerous Boards and Advisory Councils.
Bharat Masrani (BBA ’78, MBA ’79)
Group President & CEO, TD Bank Group
Bharat has held many senior executive roles across the bank. In 2006, he became the President of TD Banknorth, and in 2007, President and CEO. In 2008, he was named Group Head U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking and President and CEO of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. Previous to his role at TD Bank, he served as Vice Chair and Chief Risk Officer of TD Bank Group, a position he held from May 2003. Bharat also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Waterhouse Investor Services in Europe; Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Co-Head in Europe; Vice President and Country Head for India; and Vice President and Head, Corporate Banking Canada. He began his banking career with TD Bank Group in 1987 as a Commercial Lending Trainee.
Bharat received a Bachelor of Administrative Studies degree with Honours from York University in 1978 and obtained his Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University in 1979. He and his wife, Shabnam, currently make their home in Toronto and have two grown children.
Associate Dean, External Relations, Professor & Academic Director, Real Estate and Infrastructure; Schulich School of Business
Professor McKellar has both a Master in Architecture (M. Arch) and Master in City Planning (M.C.P) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto. He has been a visiting lecturer on architecture at Harvard University and Rice University, and on real estate in India, China, Japan, Russia, Poland and Turkey. Professor McKellar has a life‐long involvement in both academia and industry and has consulted to businesses and governments in many parts of the world. He is co‐editor with Olga Kaganova of Managing Government Property Assets: Sharing International Experiences, May 2006, published by the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. he is currently co-authoring a new book titled, The Business of Infrastructure. In past several years his teaching and research has focused on the emerging field of infrastructure and the business models driving large-scale public infrastructure projects.
Alan Middleton (MBA ’77, PhD ’97)
Assistant Professor of Marketing; Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)
His 25 year academic career includes teaching at the Rutgers Graduate School of Business in the US, leading business schools in Argentina, China, India, Russia and Thailand, and currently the marketing faculty at the Schulich School of Business. In 2001 he took over as Executive Director of the Schulich Executive Education Centre which runs non-degree programs for over 10,000 executives and managers a year domestically and internationally.
Alan co-authored the books “Advertising Works II”, and “Ikonica – A Fieldguide to Canada’s Brandscape”, and has numerous papers and book chapters published
He is a co-founder of the ‘Cassie’ advertising awards, is a member of the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends , a holder of the ACA Gold Medal for contribution to the marketing industry, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the literacy movement, and International Association of Business Communicators Toronto Communicator of the Year award.
He is actively involved with Boards and Board Committees for ABC Life Literacy, AIESEC-Canada, AMA Mentor Exchange and Marketing Hall of Legends, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership, Product of the Year Awards, ROM, Sunnybrook Health Sciences and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.
Ron Mock (MBA ’79)
President & CEO, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Mr. Mock previously was Senior Vice-President, Fixed Income and Alternative Investments, where he was responsible for $60 billion of Ontario Teachers’ assets, including the policy mix in fixed income, credit investing, hedge fund activities and fixed income investments in emerging markets. He was also a board member of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, the pension plan’s commercial real estate subsidiary, was a member of its Audit Committee and chaired its Human Resources Committee. Mr. Mock is a former board member of Maple Financial Group and Cordiant Capital.
Early in his career, Mr. Mock, an electrical engineer, held various positions at Ontario Hydro in field work, design, construction and research, including responsibility for nuclear safety and licensing at the Pickering and Bruce nuclear generating stations.
Mr. Mock then joined the investment dealer Burns Fry (now BMO Nesbitt Burns) where he directed sales and trading staff in derivatives products and held the firm’s membership seat on the Chicago Board of Trade and other exchanges. He was a board member of the Montreal Exchange in the early 1990s.
As founder and CEO of Phoenix Research and Trading, Mr. Mock was responsible for all aspects of the asset management firm including investment and trading strategies, client relationships, risk and compliance.
Mr. Mock earned a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University. He is member of the Corporate Advisory Board of The Learning Partnership.
Associate Professor, Policy/Strategy, Schulich School of Business
Theo has worked with many companies around the globe as an advisor on strategic management issues and has served as a special consultant on structuring and managing acquisitions and alliances. Companies he has worked with range from major corporations such as American Express, Bombardier, Deutsche Bank, DuPont, General Electric, Nasco, Nestle, Ontario Hydro, Rogers Communications, and SAP to small high-tech firms such as Microbix, Metalink, and Photovac. He has also participated in government advisory committees, subcommittees, and boards on industrial policy and competitiveness in health, technology and innovation.
Theo was named “Best in Class” by Canadian Business magazine and voted “Professor of the Year” by the Joint Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program. He received a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Athens, a M.A. in Management Science from the University of Kent, a M.Phil. in Management and a Ph.D. in Strategy from New York University. He is a Fellow of the Eastern Academy of Management and an International Fellow of AIM Research Institute in the UK.
Mudit Rawat (MBA ’09)
Founder & CEO, Urbery Inc.
John Ruffolo (BBA ’88)
Chief Executive Officer, OMERS Ventures; Executive Managing Director, OMERS Strategic Investments
Mr. Ruffolo serves as a board member of both Hootsuite and D2L (Desire2Learn). He is the Chairman of OMERS Energy and serves on the Member Council of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). John is the co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He also serves as a board member of OneEleven and Communitech, respectively, both leading innovation hubs in Canada. John is the Vice-Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and is a board member of Canadians for Clean Prosperity and The Next Big Thing Foundation. He is a member of the Toronto chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Mr. Ruffolo was a Partner at Deloitte, as well as the Global Thought Leader, the Global Tax Leader and the Canadian Industry Leader for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice. He was also a member of the firm’s Tax and TMT Global Leadership teams and a member of Deloitte’s Board of Directors.
A chartered accountant, Mr. Ruffolo was formerly a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP and has also spent time as an instructor for both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and York University’s Schulich School of Business, from which he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Chairman, Kilmer Developments; Vice-Chairman, Kilmer Van Nostrand (KVN)
President, Great Gulf Residential
Christopher’s strategic vision and impressive background with more than twenty years of senior leadership in the design and development industries, includes projects throughout Canada and the United States. He has served on numerous Boards and has recently been elected to the Prostate Cancer Canada and Design Exchange Boards. He has spoken at industry conferences, colleges and universities, has been recognized for his efforts and received numerous awards including Calgary Inc’s “Top 40 Under 40”.
His passion, motivation, inspiration, and mentorship connect with real life experiences. He is an innovator in utilizing new technologies, sustainable eco-friendly building solutions and engineering ingenuity in the development industry all within a competitive marketplace.
Country Manager, Canada, Airbnb
Aaron was tapped to run Airbnb Canada because he understands what it takes to turn a big vision into a practical reality. His pride and love for his home country of Canada makes Aaron the perfect ambassador for Airbnb.
Prior to joining Airbnb, Aaron was the Senior Vice President of Global Development at Artez Interactive, the world-leader in multi-channel fundraising and Vice President at Succession Capital/Alphaform. Aaron honed his business acumen as one the co-founders of the Kawartha Lakes Ski School, one of Ontario’s largest waterski and wakeboarding schools which he helped to build from the ground up.