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Campaign Completion Report NOVEMBER 2020

The Campaign for the Schulich School of Business



1 Message to Supporters



2 Campaign Moments 3 Unprecedented Campaign Success



6 Campus Expansion 10 Art in the McEwen Building 12 Story of the McEwen Building

“ York’s McEwen Building is a rare architectural feat – a structure made for human occupation.” CHRISTOPHER HUME Award-winning Toronto Star contributing columnist

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14 Innovative Thinking 18 Student Success 22 Research and Discovery 26 Alumni Engagement


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CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW Message to Supporters Schulich’s Leading Change Campaign was launched at a pivotal time in our School’s history. Schulich had just celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and we were laying the foundation for the future. The goal: raise $50 million to support future growth and innovation, and deepen the lifelong connection that alumni have with the School through increased engagement opportunities.

I am grateful for each gift and every hour volunteered. For me, it has been one of my greatest honours to serve as your Dean throughout the Campaign and to present this Campaign Completion Report to you.

Because of you, Leading Change was the School’s most comprehensive and ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign to date. Through a focus on five transformational pillars – campus expansion, research and discovery, innovative thinking, student success and alumni engagement, we set out to attract new resources, provide support to mobilize the alumni community, foster partnerships and create learning opportunities that enrich the Schulich student experience.

Thanks to your support, our community has access to an expanded learning environment that redefines sustainable architecture, expanded scholarship, award and bursary offerings, an even wider variety of innovative programs, and the opportunity to engage in new experiential learning and collaborations with external stakeholders.

At the core of Leading Change’s success are the thousands of alumni and friends who came together to contribute to the Campaign in significant ways, many for the first time.

Within these pages, you’ll find stories about the importance and impact of your generosity, including the award-winning McEwen Building that you helped build, a Schulich alumna’s inspiration for a new award in sustainability, and how legacy giving by alumni and friends has created extraordinary enhancements benefiting students and faculty of today and tomorrow. Congratulations on your role in this incredible success story.


Thank you for Leading Change! Click here to view the video.

Thanks to your support, not only did we meet the $50 million goal, we exceeded it ahead of schedule and raised more than $15 million above our goal!

Dezsö J. Horváth, PhD, CM Dean Emeritus, Professor & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management Leading Change Campaign Co-Chair Schulich School of Business

Schulich Startup Night, 2019

CONNECT ‘19: Annual Alumni Forum

Milestone Moment Donor Event, 2018

Research Day, 2019

McEwen Building Naming Announcement, 2018

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Campaign Moments Alumni, friends, staff, faculty, and students embraced Leading Change in different and powerful ways. The support and commitment that emerged has been transformational, inspiring, and significant.

Bharat Masrani (BBA ‘78, MBA ‘79, Hon LLD 18) and Ron Mock (MBA ‘79, Hon LLD ‘17) at CONNECT ‘16


50th Anniversary Gala with Janice Fukakusa (MBA ‘79, Hon LLD ‘16), 2016

Kishore Moorjani (BBA ’94, MBA ’95) with his father Kamlesh Moorjani at the Alumni Recognition Awards, 2015

EMBA Gala, 2018

Jasper Cheung (MBA ’90), 2018 ARA recipient, with colleagues from Amazon

Carol Hansell (MBA/JD ’86), 2016 Hennick Award recipient with Dean Lorne Sossin (Osgoode), Prof. Edward Waitzer, and Ron McLaughlin

Phil Taylor (MBA ’79) with his family at the Alumni Recognition Awards, 2017

CONNECT ‘19 panelists Prof. Kipping, Angela Brown (MBA ’83), Dean Dezsö J. Horváth, Frank Kollmar (DAC), and Vince Commisso (MBA ’92)

Prof. Ingo Holzinger, Prof. Giri Kanagaretnam, and Detlev Zwick, Associate Dean, Academic, at the Milestone Moment Event, 2019

Dean’s Reception, 2016

Submission at the Time Capsule, 2017

Dean Dezsö J. Horváth, with James O’Sullivan (MBA/LLB ’90), 2019

Ozench Ibrahim (DAC) and Jeff O’Hagan at the Alumni Recognition Awards, 2017

McEwen Building Naming Announcement, 2017

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Fred Gorbet, OC (DAC) and Charlene Gorbet, Art @ Suite 500, 2018

Ratan N. Tata (Hon LLD ’14), receives honorary doctorate, 2014

Unprecedented Campaign Success Through Leading Change, more than 3,000 alumni, staff and faculty, students, corporate and foundation partners, and friends came together in bold ways to raise an incredible $65 million.

$65 Million RAISED!

Not only did the Leading Change Campaign raise the bar for philanthropic support at Schulich, it also broadened and deepened the ways Schulich alumni engage with each other, and with the School. Diverse virtual and in-person events and programs have facilitated new and renewed collaborations, partnerships, and friendships among the Schulich Global Alumni Network – a very positive outcome of the Campaign that will have a lasting impact.

$50 M Campaign Goal

THANK YOU $40 M DIVERSE AND GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR THE CAMPAIGN’S PRIORITIES Campus Expansion (40%) Research & Discovery (33%) Innovative Thinking (17%) Student Success (10%)


$30 M

$20 M

3,172 80% 51% DONORS




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LAYING THE FOUNDATION From 2011 to 2016, prior to the public launch of the Leading Change Campaign, supporters rallied behind the vision of Leading Change and pledged their early support to the Campaign. These important investments provided a strong launch pad for the Campaign’s future success and inspired others to join the Leading Change movement. In the next few pages, some of these early and significant investments and milestones are highlighted, all of which were associated with the pre-launch period and fundamental to Leading Change’s overall success. Schulich and the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario have partnered in several ways throughout Leading Change. From establishing the CPA Ontario Chair in International Entrepreneurship in 2011, with an initial investment of $2 million, to co-founding the pioneering Centre for Global Enterprise in 2013, CPA Ontario’s strong partnership and investment continue to play a vital role in the School’s success. More recently, Schulich and CPA Ontario joined forces to establish the CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information advancing the accounting profession, and to focus on building digital financial expertise, delivering and disseminating exceptional research and thought leadership, and growing the network related to digital accounting information.

Professor Moren Lévesque has held the CPA Ontario Chair in International Entrepreneurship since 2012

HARNESSING THE POWER OF CANADA’S SMEs FOR GLOBAL SUCCESS The Centre for Global Enterprise (CGE) launched in 2013 as a one-stop consulting, research, and teaching hub. CGE helps Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to compete internationally, and draws on the School’s long and successful track record in outreach activities with the global business community. Combining teaching and research in the fields of international business and entrepreneurship, the CGE has achieved impressive results since its launch 7 years ago. Guided by a first-rate advisory council comprised of leading professionals, the CGE is a resource hub for SMEs to build on their domestic success by taking advantage of vast networks and global connections. Thank you to our Founding Members for their commitment and support of the CGE: • Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA) • Export Development Canada (EDC) • RBC • Scotiabank


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Mary Ellen Brown (MBA ‘97), SVP Personal Financing Products, RBC, delivered opening remarks at the RBC-Schulich Enterprise Forum, 2016



In September 2014, a new campus for Schulich’s MBA in India Program officially Opening of the opened in Hyderabad, India. Generously Hyderabad campus, 2014 supported by the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, the modern 20,000-square-foot facility and grounds feature expansive outdoor green spaces and covered terraces clad with a bamboo-like screen, a tiered lecture classroom, breakout rooms, dining/cafeteria space, library/resource centre, a boardroom, social lounge, and study spaces, as well as administrative offices. Accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Schulich’s MBA, India Campus is offered in partnership with the GMR School of Business in Hyderabad. Schulich’s ties to India stretch back more than 30 years with the initiation of exchange partner agreements between India’s leading management schools, including a satellite campus in Mumbai, first opened in 2005. The Schulich MBA in India, which launched in January 2010, was the first MBA program to be delivered in India by a leading international business school.

Thomas J. Bata Lecture Series on Responsible Capitalism

“The establishment of the Schulich School of Business [in Hyderabad] heralds the take-off of a new chapter in management education in India. I am confident that the School will provide top-class management education to the students.” GRANDHI MALLIKARJUNA RAO (Hon LLD ‘11) Group Chairman, GMR Group; Chair of the Dean’s India Advisory Council

DONOR SPOTLIGHT For more than three decades, RBC has been a loyal and generous partner supporting the growth of the School. MBA Games Reception, 2018

As one of the proud Founding Members associated with the Centre for Global Enterprise, RBC’s $2 million donation has supported the creation of new knowledge and its dissemination across the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) sector, through the production of six annual enterprise forums (since 2015) bringing together stakeholders in the SME ecosystem, invested in new leadership resources to propel CGE’s mission forward, as well as significantly expand global learning opportunities for students studying international markets. The RBC International Market Expansion Program provided significant financial assistance to Schulich student teams travelling to a target market destination as part of the program. RBC also believes in championing student success for them to reach their full potential. Since 2013, RBC has proudly sponsored the Schulich team’s participation in the national MBA Games, a three-day competition with over 600 students from MBA programs across Canada competing in academic, athletic, and spirit challenges.

Representing a collaboration between the Bata Foundation and Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, events have run since 2010 in Canada and abroad. The inaugural Lecture featured Ratan N. Tata (Hon LLD ‘14).

Innovation and discovery in the classroom SAS Canada powered cutting-edge learning opportunities for students in the Master of Business Analytics program through a generous donation of software licences and training for the SAS Analytics Suite.

Classroom and research experiences with the very best Donors expanded Schulich’s global research prominence by funding six new chairs and professorships including: the Ron Binns Chair in Entrepreneurship, the Bob Finlayson Chair in International Finance, and the Ann Brown Chair in Organization Studies were supported by the Schulich Foundation. In addition, the Inmet Mining Chair in Global Mining Management, the Export Development Canada Professorship in International Business, and the CPA Ontario Chair in International Entrepreneurship were established in the Campaign’s pre-public launch period.

Re-Imagining Capitalism – a global movement In 2012, Schulich hosted a global forum entitled “Capitalism for the Long Term”. The Forum brought together a group of CEOs, policymakers, and other stakeholders to exchange ideas around capitalism and its future. The forum inspired the publication of a thought-provoking new book Re-Imagining Capitalism.

Competitive advantage for Schulich students focusing on international business Through an investment by Export Development Canada, Schulich established the Certificate in International Management designed to enable students to jump-start their careers with SMEs gearing up to go global.

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Campus Expansion Leading Change envisioned the creation of a cutting-edge physical environment that would foster creativity, nurture innovation, and provide community inclusivity and barrier-free access. In 2019, the award-winning Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building opened its doors, delivering on this vision in a big way. Designed by the award-winning international architectural firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, the 67,000-square-foot Building answered the School’s critical need for increased study and social space, modern research facilities, and a learning environment that represented Schulich’s long-standing commitment to sustainability.

The Janice R. Fukakusa (MBA ‘79, Hon LLD ‘16) & Greg. R. Belbeck (BA ‘76, LLB ‘79) Classroom exemplifies the modern learning environment that lends itself to more interactive forms of learning and collaboration


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Celebrating Leadership and Excellence Philanthropic visionaries Rob McEwen, CM (MBA ’78, Hon LLD ’05) and Cheryl McEwen (Hon LLD ’19) fuelled a new level of transformation at Schulich with their donation of $8 million – one of the largest gifts ever received by the School. In honour of their incredible support for the next generation of responsible business leaders, the Building was named in honour of their remarkable support pledged in 2017.

“ We are very grateful and so proud to have this opportunity to support the School’s new Graduate Study & Research Building. As long-time members of the Schulich alumni community, we are thrilled by the transformational developments that have taken place at Schulich and that have helped it earn recognition as one of the world’s leading business schools.” ROB McEWEN, CM (MBA ’78, Hon LLD ’05) and CHERYL McEWEN (Hon LLD ’19)

Behind-the-scenes tour, 2017

Dean Dezsö J. Horváth, Cheryl and Rob McEwen at the Milestone Moment donor celebration event, 2018 Class of 1968 reunion at Schulich’s 50th Anniversary, 2016

DONOR AND VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT “The opening of the McEwen Building was such a memorable moment for all of us in the MBA Class of 1968. We had just celebrated our 50th Anniversary and were so happy to be able to mark our relationship with the School in this special way. For many of us, we are connected with the School and each other at a level like never before. We would like to take credit but rather it is to Schulich’s credit that subsequent generations continue to engage and give back.” RON SIDON (MBA ‘68)

The MBA Class of 1968 celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the School (pictured above) by reuniting as a class at the 50th Anniversary Gala, held at the Four Seasons on May 27, 2016. Inspired to stay connected, the MBA Class of 1968 came forward with a collective gift to Leading Change. In honour of their support for the future generation of leaders, the elevator in the new McEwen Building was named The MBA Class of 1968 Elevator.

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The design and technical features of the award-winning Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building — a combination of fresh air, natural light, excellent acoustics, and green spaces — make this Building one of the most environmentally sustainable and socially responsible academic facilities in North America. “The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building was a very special project. As architects, we were inspired by the Schulich School’s deep commitment to inclusivity, social engagement and sustainability. We worked closely with the project team at the School, to provide a building that represented environmentally sustainable and socially responsible features that Schulich was seeking as part of its future growth and innovative footprint.”

72.4 kWh/m2a ENERGY USE INTENSITY 83.2% below the Model National Energy Code of Canada


of the artificial lighting in the Building is low-energy LED

Principal, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

SAB Magazine Award, 2020

Canada Green Building Council Award, 2019

Pursuing LEED Gold Certification — currently pending review



of exterior glazing on the Building. Triple glazed Low-E energy-efficient glazing with bird-friendly visual markers, providing natural daylight in all regularly occupied areas

STUDENT IMPACT “For me, the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building represents the core values of my school: community, innovation, sustainability and diversity. I am proud of these values; that’s why I came to Schulich. It was amazing to learn and collaborate in such an amazing space.” KIKELOYE OYERINDE (IMBA ’20) Wealth Management Generalist, RBC Global Asset Management (GAM); Former Graduate Business Council 2019 – 2020 President


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reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the Model National Energy Code of Canada

new trees were planted around the Building

of radiant heating / cooling pipes cast into the concrete structure contributing to lowenergy, ultra-efficient and user comfort-driven space conditioning

OAA Design Excellence Award, 2020

of new landscaped open area, including 3,800 m2 of planted green space




7,500 m2

200+ automated controlled exterior windows

840m2 of planted green roof area


tall state-of-the-art solar chimney drives a building-wide natural ventilation system

Greatest Wealth is Health The Colleen and Brian Johnston Wellness Suite was designed as a space for the Schulich community to retreat, recharge and refuel. Through the introduction of programs and initiatives including stress management, blood pressure clinics, therapy dogs and more, the School’s focus on occupant well-being has been amplified. Programming in the Wellness Suite is delivered through new collaborations with York University’s Faculty of Health and its School of Nursing, and soon, the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. This programming collaboration is designed to provide valuable experiential learning opportunities for students.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT “I’m grateful for the superb university education from Schulich which has served me well, but I definitely can’t say I was a fitness enthusiast in university! However, I’ve discovered over the years that a focus on health and vitality is so important to enjoying life and balancing family, career and community commitments. My advice to students – be kind to yourself – make health and wellness a priority.” COLLEEN JOHNSTON (BBA ‘82, Hon LLD ’18) Chair of The Board of Directors, Unity Health Canada; Dean’s Advisory Council

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Art in the McEwen Building “The art in the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building is an extension of the collection in the Seymour Schulich Building and deeply rooted in Schulich’s core brand: global, innovative and diverse. Representative of arguably some of the best, museum-quality art being created today, I hope the community will be inspired by the collection. The works in the collection were selected for the community to enjoy, be challenged by, and perhaps allow one to think about the world a little differently because of them.” JUDY SCHULICH, Founder, blueprint: dna


Zachari Logan Sandbar Off Lake Ontario, 2018


Carter Kustera Amalgamated Inc., 2018


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Judy Schulich describes Zachari Logan’s Sandbar Off Lake Ontario to a group of alumni, 2018

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Zachari Logan 2nd floor, Seminar Room (northeast corner)


Carter Kustera Lower level, Student Lounge


Geoff McFetridge Up the Stairs, 2018

Geoff McFetridge 2nd floor, Quiet Graduate Lounge


Hank Willis Thomas Adjacent to Mamdouh Shoukri Atrium



Hank Willis Thomas Visa, 2017

Kelly Mark Everything is as it should be, 2018; Nothing is ever as it seems, 2018


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Alain Paiement Fatras, 2015

Rajni Perera 3rd floor, west end corridor facing small conference room (west wall)


Rajni Perera Sirens, 2018


Meryl McMaster Edge of a Moment, 2017

Kelly Mark 2nd floor, Graduate Study Room (south facing)


Alain Paiement Ground floor link (north wall)


Meryl McMaster Conference room, 3rd floor, north east corner (west wall)

Aydin B端y端ktas Second Hand Car Park, 2016 (top); Bus Station, 2016 (bottom)


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Story of the McEwen Building The award-winning Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building opened its doors in January 2019. Since its opening, the Building has received numerous accolades in honour of its sustainable design and as an architectural marvel.

The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building is named in honour of the McEwens’ generous donation of $8 million


One year into construction – significant progress has been made

Click here to take a virtual tour of the McEwen Building







Schulich breaks ground on construction of the new Graduate Study & Research Building

Construction underway

Schulich hosts behind-the-scenes hard hat tours

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT “The McEwen Building symbolizes the values of the Schulich School and its commitment to be a leader, not just in business education and research, but in its dedication to the high levels of achievement in environmental sustainability, providing a healthy work place for all, and creating a sense of community built around addressing critical social needs.” DR. JAMES McKELLAR Professor of Real Estate and Infrastructure, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure


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Schulich Milestone Moment Donor Event to celebrate completion of the McEwen Building

Official Ribbon Cutting


McEwen Building receives glowing review from Toronto Star

Closing Ceremony of Developers’ Den X. Schulich MREI team places 1st and Schulich MBA / MREI team places 2nd

MAY 2020

McEwen Building receives the SAB (Sustainable Architecture and Building) Magazine Award


2019 The Schulich community was invited to share memorabilia and messages for the time capsule which was sealed to commemorate the opening of the McEwen Building. The capsule will be opened 50 years later on October 21, 2068 and the memories contained within will provide a snapshot of what Schulich was like in 2018

McEwen Building receives the 2020 OAA Design Excellence Award

MARCH 2020

McEwen Building is featured in Canadian Architect



MAY 2019


JUNE 2020

Guests explored the McEwen Building which was included in the City of Toronto’s Doors Open program

McEwen Building receives the Canada Green Building Council Award

McEwen Building is profiled in the City of Toronto’s TransformTO, the city climate action strategy, for leading by example on holistic and sustainable building design

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Innovative Thinking The Leading Change Campaign has attracted investment to establish distinguished chairs and professorships (both endowed and term-funded) in critically important and emerging areas of study and research. In addition, through the generosity of individual, corporate, or foundation donors, funding for new executives/entrepreneur-in-residence roles was provided, and created unique and real-world learning opportunities for students.

Startup Night November 2019 with Seema Sanghavi (IMBA ’10), Founder, Cooks Who Feed, with a panel of community and alumni entrepreneurs acting as judges (from left to right): Snita Balsara (MBA ’12), VC, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund & StandUp Ventures; Jess Joss, CEO, The Alliance; Keith Loo (MBA ’12) CRO, TimeSaved; and Daniel Warner (MBA ’12), Founder & CEO, MediSeen


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Looking Back to Chart a Path Forward When Campaign Cabinet Co-Chair Rick Waugh, OC (MBA ’74, Hon LLD ’07) and his wife Lynne established their family foundation in 2001, their focus was clear: support projects and opportunities that feed the success of the health, social services, and education sectors. In 2016, the Waugh Family Foundation announced a significant contribution of $3 million to the Leading Change Campaign. Driven by the family’s passion for research and education, the Foundation created the Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History and made a generous investment

The Waugh Family

toward the construction of the McEwen Building. The Waugh Family Discovery Floor, located on the second level, named to honour the family’s contribution to the Campaign, is a focal point for research and innovation. The Waugh Family Discovery Floor is home of the George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains, the Deloitte Cognitive Analytics and Visualization Lab, the Quiet Study Room overlooking the Green Roof, the Graduate Student Lounge, the Executive Seminar Room, and a number of collaborative spaces for students, staff, and faculty to utilize.

Professor Matthias Kipping

Professor Matthias Kipping, Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History, a renowned historian and scholar, leads robust research on management innovations and how they have been transferred over time and space. Professor Kipping has published numerous articles and co-authored as well as co-edited several books on the management consulting business. He also co-edited Re-Imagining Capitalism with former McKinsey Global Managing Partner, Dominic Barton, and Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth.

Graduate Student Lounge on the Waugh Family Discovery Floor

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RE-IMAGINING CAPITALISM Core to the engagement mandate associated with the Leading Change Campaign, Schulich has hosted 13 forums focused on the themes emerging from the book Re-Imagining Capitalism, published in 2016. Hosted in more than eight different countries, alumni, leaders from the private and public sectors, and other stakeholders have engaged in discussions confronting capitalism today and the urgency of

needed action to move society toward a more responsible, equitable, and sustainable economic model. Published by Oxford University Press, Re-Imagining Capitalism includes chapters from leading scholars, business and community leaders, and has been translated into Simplified Chinese (translation into Simplified Japanese is underway).





Pictured, from left: Matthias Kipping, Professor and Richard E. Waugh Chair in Business History, Schulich School of Business; Qiao Liu, Dean, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University; Dominic Barton, Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China; Dezsö J. Horváth, PhD, CM, Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business, at the Re-Imagining Capitalism event in Beijing, 2018

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING The Leading Change Campaign has provided critical resources to support the School’s expanded degree offerings. Over the past decade, in addition to the MBA degree programs, Schulich has launched eight distinct specialized one-year Masters programs designed to provide students the hands-on experience needed to pursue dynamic roles across a broad spectrum of industries in a rapidly changing economy. • Master of Finance (MF), 2010 • Master of Business Analytics (MBAN), 2012* • Master of Accounting (MAcc), 2013 • Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI), 2016* • Master of Management (MMgt), 2016 • Master of Marketing (MMKG), 2018* • Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM), 2019* • Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence (MMAI), 2019 *This program is the first of its kind in Canada.


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Investing in Innovation Donor contributions, combined with alumni and community engagement, have created significant new opportunities and overall growth within the ‘Schulich Startups’ community at Schulich. As a result of new programming, access to mentors, and Schulich’s entrepreneur-in-residence, students and alumni entrepreneurs have gained new insights and valuable perspectives, identified new opportunities and resources, and grown their network. Schulich’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is thriving – here are a few examples: • Schulich

Idea Jam, presented by Schulich Entrepreneurial Alumni Association (SEAA) Led by Chapter President Vito Giovannetti (BBA ‘14) and hosted with leading innovation technology companies in Toronto

• Bi-annual • VIP

Schulich Startup Night Competitions for the last six years

Speaker Series

Featuring prominent local startup leaders, like Eva Lau (MBA ’05), Jaimie Grossman (MBA ’01), Kevin Kimsa, and others

• Schulich


Schulich-founded student & alumni startups over the past 4 years


growth, in less than 6 years, in the number of Startup Night attendees


Annual coaching sessions

Startups Podcast

Six episodes since 2019

• E-Newsletter • Dream

with 2,000+ subscribers

Team Event Series

Partnership between Schulich and Lassonde School of Engineering Top: Vito Giovannetti (BBA ‘14), Chapter President, Schulich Entrepreneurship Alumni Association (SEAA); Jane Lee (BBA ‘13), Co-founder, Launch Pop; and Chris Carder, Co-Director of Entrepreneurial Studies, at the Schulich Startups Podcast, 2019 Right: Schulich Startup Night, 2019

THE DESIGN OF TOMORROW Peyvand Melati (EMBA ’18), a proud Schulich alumnus and mentor, knows that success in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape calls for an entrepreneurial approach. Driven to encourage future EMBA students to capitalize on the innovative learning and career-building opportunities available through Schulich’s New Venture Design (NVD) course, Peyvand has established the Peyvand Melati New Venture Design (NVD) Award. The Award goes to the winning team of the NVD course capstone competition that is held every June, where Schulich EMBA students develop, refine, and create a viable and industry-ready business venture.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT “ This Award will encourage future EMBA students to use the NVD as a stepping stone toward the inception of many successful businesses and startups.” PEYVAND MELATI (EMBA ‘18) CEO, Micro Interface Design

NVD Course Competition, 2019

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Student Success During the Leading Change Campaign, donors answered the call to champion student success in this ever-changing world by establishing new scholarships, awards, and bursaries. Generous gifts made to the Campaign have also funded new experiential learning opportunities for students.

Schulich celebrates winning the 2018 MBA Games, a three-day national competition against 600+ graduate students from 17 schools


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The Krembil Effect The Krembil name has deep meaning at the Schulich School of Business. First, Robert Krembil, CM (MBA ‘71, Hon LLD ’00) and his grandson Jake Krembil (MMgt ‘18) are both proud graduates. Second, the Krembil family’s philanthropy to the School has generated substantial impact through the Krembil Scholars Program established by Robert Krembil. Since the launch of the Scholars program in 2001, more than 120 students have benefited from this critical and prestigious financial support. In June 2020, the Krembil Foundation announced a transformative $5 million investment to establish a new Centre of Excellence in Health Management and Leadership. The gift will also create a new chair to scale the Centre and deepen sector and industry collaborations. Included in the June 2020 announcement was the expansion of the Krembil Public Healthcare Internship and Krembil Scholars programs.

Keiko Lui (MBA ’14) and Vipul Jain (MBA ’19), inaugural recipient of the Junko Lui Award of Excellence in Business & Sustainability, 2018

DONOR SPOTLIGHT As a recipient of the Krembil Scholarship of Merit during her MBA studies, Keiko Lui (MBA ’14) is paying it forward by establishing her own award at Schulich.

“I am truly grateful to have been a recipient of the prestigious Krembil Scholars Program. It is highly rewarding because of the external recognition it gave me and more importantly because of the intrinsic value it provided me with. In turn, it inspired me to give back in a way I had not considered before, that is, in the establishment of The Junko Lui Award of Excellence in Business & CM, áth, Horv Sustainability. In memory of my J. ö Krembil Family, Dean Dezs & t iden Pres y ersit mother, Junko Lui, I established and York Univ on at Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lent this financial award in 2018 for the Bryden Alumni Awards, 2019 MBA students specializing in Business and Sustainability at Schulich. It is my way to honour my mother as well as to keep alive a legacy of inherently rewarding contributions.”

“Having this scholarship program attracts the best and brightest, and that helps the reputation of the Schulich School of Business and York University. The Krembil Scholars Program is something that pleases me and Linda and my family.” ROBERT KREMBIL, CM (MBA ‘71, Hon LLD ’00)

“Robert Krembil and the Krembil Foundation have been leading supporters of York University and the Schulich School of Business for many years. We are incredibly grateful for their longstanding support and thank them for this new transformational donation that will fund innovative research, teaching, and student support. With their generous gift, we will continue to make a positive change in the local and global communities we serve by building on our established strength in health management.” DR. RHONDA L. LENTON President & Vice-Chancellor, York University

11,000+ scholarships, bursaries, and

awards were provided to talented and deserving Schulich students throughout Leading Change

Dean Dezsö J. Horváth, CM, with Judy Schulich and Seymour Schu lich, OC (Hon LLD ‘03), at the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library, 2018

KEIKO LUI (MBA ‘14) Principal Consultant, Eco K Company Incorporated

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF TRANSFORMATIONAL SUPPORT AND IMPACT In 1995, Seymour Schulich and the Schulich Foundation’s benefaction positioned the Schulich School of Business for years of future success. Now, as the School enters its 25th Anniversary year of the benefaction, the Schulich Foundation endowment is a cornerstone of stability and vision, and a guiding force for our global business school. “As an incoming Schulich student, I am thrilled about receiving this Scholarship because it shows that my respect, confidence, and love for Schulich is a mutual, two-way feeling between me and my home away from home for at least the next 4 years.” BENJAMIN SHELDON DUKE, Seymour Schulich BBA/iBBA Entrance Scholarship Recipient, September 2019

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Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow During the Campaign, several new donor-funded initiatives were established, all designed to enrich the Schulich student experience and provide real-world, hands-on learning opportunities. For example, the York University Student Investment Fund (YUSIF) launched in 2016 to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain real-time portfolio management and investment experience. Under the guidance of an impressive team of volunteer mentors from leading firms across Canada and YUSIF’s Executive-in-Residence, Anthony Faiella (MBA ’92) at Schulich, students focus on the long-term growth of the Fund’s assets and operate the day-to-day of the Fund to simulate a real investment boutique, including weekly meetings, portfolio reviews, and presentations. As part of Schulich’s commitment to high-value experiential learning, students undergo a rigorous interview process to become involved with YUSIF and can also receive course credit for their work on YUSIF.

YUSIF, York University’s Inv estment Fund is managed by a team of und ergraduate students with a keen interest in fina nce and investing

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, and York University, YUSIF has grown substantially over the years, with more than $260,000 in donated capital.

DONOR AND VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT “As an alumnus, I am proud to support YUSIF. Mentoring and training tomorrow’s leaders is so important. I have been impressed by the calibre and enthusiasm of students I have worked with during the development of YUSIF.” GEORGE ENGMAN (MBA ’80) Senior Vice President, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (retired); YUSIF Founding Member & Advisory Council Member

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Generous donors to Leading Change helped to establish Student Experience Funds associated with some of Schulich’s leading academic specializations and programs. Designed to provide unique learning experiences that are hands-on and go beyond the classroom, Student Experience Funds help subsidize the cost of faculty-led field trips and tours of relevant industrial sites and institutions, special guest lectures, global case competitions, career networking events, and more. The following new Student Experience Funds have been launched: • • • •

Brookfield Real Estate & Infrastructure Arts, Media & Entertainment Global Mining Management York University Student Investment Fund (YUSIF)

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT As part of its $1,000,000 contribution, Scotiabank invested in student success and innovation by designating support toward the Centre for Global Enterprise, and also the creation of the Scotiabank Global Scholars Program, which has supported more than 40 talented students entering Schulich’s MBA programs. The Program expanded the level of student impact already in place through the Scotiabank International Scholarship endowment, as well as academic chairs supported by the Bank. In honour of the generous pledge, and Scotiabank’s cumulative support at Schulich, a term-funded Chair – the Scotiabank Chair in International Finance – was created for a five-year period beginning July 1, 2013. As well, in recognition of the unique nature of the student scholarship investment in Schulich and the long-standing deep relationship, Schulich named Scotiabank as a permanent “Founding Member” of the Centre for Global Enterprise.

CASE COMPETITION CHAMPIONS It is a proud tradition of Schulich alumni to provide support for the Schulich Annual Fund. Through the Annual Fund’s highest priorities designation, donors have provided critical funding to support Schulich students as they participate in case competitions across the globe. Thanks to alumni gifts, students received bursary funds to help cover registration fees, food, travel, and accommodations, lessening the overall financial burden associated with these important learning experiences.

Schulich’s winning team, Developers’ Den, 2018


The Schulich Annual Fund was an integral component of the Leading Change Campaign, helping to ensure that one of the world’s best business schools had the resources it needed to become even better.

“Since its inception, Altus has been a proud supporter of Developers’ Den. This event continues to provide students with the opportunity to develop and showcase their real estate knowledge in a rewarding and competitive environment. Through our continued involvement in and sponsorship of this exciting case competition, we’re pleased to support and promote the next generation of real estate professionals.” COLIN JOHNSTON President of Research, Valuation & Advisory, Altus Group

James Jung (BBA ’19), past YUSIF member, won first prize in the annual stock pitch competition organized by ENGAGE, North America’s Largest Undergraduate Investment Conference, 2018

Schulich Alumni Donor Wall

Established in 2014, the Dean’s Society represents a community of alumni philanthropists who share a passion for supporting student success. Alumni donors who have contributed to the Schulich Annual Fund with a gift of $1,000 to $24,999 are inducted into the Dean’s Society, on an annual basis. Members are recognized on the Schulich Alumni Donor Wall, prominently located in the Seymour Schulich Building, and receive invitations to special events including the annual donor reception with the Dean and other exclusive research seminars. To learn more about Schulich’s leadership giving society, please visit: /donors/ the-deans-society

Dean’s Society Reception, 2015

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Research and Discovery Leading Change was all about deepening Schulich’s research capacity. Schulich’s impressive line-up of Centres of Excellence provide an expanded research footprint and home to exciting collaborative projects involving cross-disciplinary investigations and industry partnerships. Each Centre represents a hub of unique activity where synergies are maximized and stakeholders can interact and collaborate with students and faculty alike to discuss research applications and industry challenges.

Research Day, 2019


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Celebrating the Future for Real Estate & Infrastructure In 2016, a generous $4 million donation from Timothy R. Price (Hon LLD ’09) and his wife Frances, together with the Brookfield Partners Foundation, helped establish a new Centre of Excellence in real estate and infrastructure. The Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure is a global hub for industry outreach, alumni engagement, research, teaching excellence, and experiential learning. Since its launch, the Brookfield Centre is gaining momentum and moving its reputation and industry involvement to the next level. For example, the Investor Leadership Network and the PREA Institute are just two big wins that are putting the Centre on the map globally. In September 2020, the School also welcomed a record number of students in the 12-month Master of Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI) and MBA Specialization to campus.

Dean Dezsö J. Horváth, CM, Timothy R. Price (Hon LLD ‘09) and his wife Frances, and York University President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri, CM, at the gift announcement event, 2016

Dr. Jim Clayton, the inaugural Timothy R. Price Chair at the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business


Research Day, 2019

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE: AN IMPRESSIVE SCORECARD Driven by talented faculty and investments through Leading Change, the trajectory of research taking place at Schulich is on the rise in a big way. This is evidenced by our impressive research scores in ranking surveys and our large and growing presentations and visiting appointments at other top business schools worldwide.

32 Chairs/Professorships (endowed and term-funded)

50% growth in Chairs/Professorships during Leading Change

1/3 of all full-time tenured or tenure-stream faculty positions hold a named Chair or Professorship

“We at the Brookfield Partners Foundation are excited by this opportunity to develop future industry leaders and advanced expertise in real estate and infrastructure. Frances and I are personally delighted to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to Schulich’s legacy as a leading global management school as well as contributing to one of the world’s leading real estate and infrastructure programs.”


TIMOTHY R. PRICE (Hon LLD ’09) Chairman of Brookfield Funds; Dean’s Advisory Council

More than one-third of all articles published in 2019 were in the Financial Times 50 Journals

Academic honours since 2010, including Best Paper, Best Editor, Best Reviewer, and various book awards

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Centres of Excellence The comprehensive support behind Schulich’s culture of innovation and discovery made possible through Leading Change has enabled deep investment in long-standing and emerging clusters of research specialization, expanding our three-fold commitment to knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, and knowledge application. The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building is home to the following distinguished Centres of Excellence:

Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Centre for Customer Centricity

Centre for Global Enterprise

Krembil Centre of Excellence in Health Management & Leadership

Dean Dezsö J. Horváth and Paul Seed, CEO and Owner of, a Founding Member of the Centre for Customer Centricity, at the official launch event, 2019

Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure

Centre of Excellence George Weston Ltd in Responsible Centre for Sustainable Business Supply Chains

Celebrating 25 Years of the Erivan K. Haub Program in Business and Sustainability, 2017. The program placed Schulich at the forefront of teaching the relevance of sustainability for business and helped inspire other business schools to follow its lead.

FACULTY IMPACT “Since the opening of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, Schulich’s Centres of Excellence and graduate students have enjoyed their own dedicated space with ample seminar and working spaces to move research activities to an even higher level. The building’s environment provides a workplace with abundant natural light, fresh air, and smart building design features to reduce energy inputs. Its unique architectural layout provides opportunity for enhanced social and professional interactions between scholars, students, alumni, external partners, and staff.” DIRK MATTEN, Professor of Strategy; Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility; Director, Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB); Associate Dean, Research


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INVESTING IN EMERGING GLOBAL MARKET LEADERS The Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program, in partnership with Schulich’s Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure, and the Investor Leadership Network, welcomed the first cohort of senior infrastructure professionals from emerging economies in 2019. The Fellows participated in a six-week program hosted by Schulich, to enhance the expertise of emerging market leaders in developing sustainable, investment-ready infrastructure projects while giving them concrete exposure to the criteria used by institutional investors to evaluate infrastructure investments.

Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program Graduation Ceremony, 2019

In October 2020, due to COVID-19, an online version of this path-breaking program was launched.

ACCELERATING ANALYTICS & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Deloitte and the Schulich School of Business are shaping the way to developing analytics and AI talent through a unique and innovative collaboration. Located on the second floor of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, the Deloitte Cognitive Analytics & Visualization Lab is a hotbed of collaboration, innovation, and research, created to foster advances in the interpretation of big data and artificial intelligence. The Lab and its related consulting project – a first in Canada – is where Schulich’s MBAN and MMAI students dig into real data, spending two terms understanding the business problem and gaining insights into real issues facing organizations. Students communicate and collaborate with sponsoring organizations while using the latest technologies, accessed on a cloud-based platform, to analyze rich data sets. The Lab is powered by cutting-edge commercial technologies and platforms as well as open source technologies. It mirrors many of the same technologies used in industry, allowing students to hit the ground running following graduation. To learn more about the cutting-edge virtual and physical lab, visit:


Schulich and George Weston Ltd have combined forces to create the George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains. The Centre will bring together diverse stakeholders to explore how best to create, improve and secure supply chains facing major challenges ahead, such as climate change, digital transformation, and supply disruptions. It will share supply chain best practices with the many vital sectors that drive our modern economy. And it will develop the next generation of responsible leaders. The creation of the George Weston Ltd Centre was announced on October 24, 2020.

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT “We’re proud to have invested in the future of the School’s Analytics and AI programs by creating a first-of-its kind Cognitive Analytics & Visualization Lab. Providing students with real-world advanced visualization examples to accelerate their learning and incorporating data management, data science and visualization best practices into the workplace is a tremendous advantage to any organization today.” NAT D’ERCOLE (BBA ’92), Partner, Omnia AI, Deloitte Canada’s Artificial Intelligence Practice; MBAN Advisory Board

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Alumni Engagement As part of Leading Change, the Schulich Global Alumni Network mobilized in record-setting ways. Ushering in a new era of alumni engagement at Schulich, the Schulich Global Alumni Network delivered a powerful force of time, talent, and treasure to benefit Schulich. Leading as advisors, mentors, speakers, Campaign volunteers, chapter heads, brand ambassadors, and more, alumni had a profound impact on their alma mater, inspiring each other as well as the students. Committed to creating new experiences and meaningful opportunities to connect, engage, and learn, contributions by alumni during Leading Change were significant and lasting.

Alumni2Student mentoring reception, 2018


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Keeping the Circle of Giving Going As a student in the IMBA program, Sasha Krstic (IMBA ’03) engaged with classmates, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, which expanded her horizons while cultivating a professional network and lifelong connections. She credits Schulich for having contributed immensely to her career trajectory that has taken her across the globe from Sweden to Singapore where she connected with the Dean and the alumni team in 2019. Later in 2019, Sasha moved back to Canada to join Mastercard Canada as its new President. Since being back in Canada, Sasha has volunteered as a member of the Dean’s CEO Panel for Launch Week in September 2019, and recently, as the keynote speaker for the IMBA 2020 virtual convocation. “As the adage goes ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’, which to me means paying back those who helped me by giving support to those coming after me. Close the circle, so it can keep rolling. That’s how we can help get more great future business leaders into the world.” SASHA KRSTIC (IMBA ’03)

Sasha Krstic (IMBA ’03) President Mastercard Canada

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Be a part of the Schulich $5 Millio

n Alumni Challenge

Every dollar donated by alumni of the Schulich School of Business toward the new Graduate Study and Research Building will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Schulich Foundatio n — up to a total of $5 million, if given before June 30, 2017. This is your chance to double the impact of your donation and be a part of a ground-breaking new chapter in the future of management education. now is the time to invest in the future of the Schulich School of Business . Join Janice, Colleen, Claude, Jeff, Eric, Demetrius and the growing number of Schulich alumni from around the world who have accepted the challenge.

inspire, Contribute and Transform. Be a part of Leading Change. Visit:

Janice Fukakusa (MBA ’79, Hon LLD ’16)

Claude LeBlanc (MBA ’91)

Colleen Johnston (BBA ’82)

Jeff Lem (BBA ’82, MBA ’86)

Eric Rawlinson (MBA ’84)

Demetrius Tsafaridis (BBA ’85)

Opening: Spring 2018

Schulich is Leading Change through Leading Change is an initiative

campus expansion, research and discovery,

of: Impact: The Campaign for York

innovative thinking, student success


and alumni engagement.

DOUBLE THE GIFT, DOUBLE THE IMPACT From November 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, 734 alumni from across the globe answered the call of the $5 million Alumni Challenge Matching Grant made possible by the Schulich Foundation. Every dollar donated by Schulich alumni toward the construction project was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Schulich Foundation, which saw $10 million raised through the Alumni Challenge. The Alumni Challenge inspired a significant number of alumni to make their first gift to their alma mater and accelerated funds raised in support of Leading Change. “The results of the Alumni Challenge are very special to me. Seeing the strong pride and generosity of our Global Alumni Network is so inspiring to everyone at Schulich, particularly our students. We were incredibly fortunate to have the Schulich Foundation’s support and confidence to bring this initiative to life.” DEAN DEZSÖ J. HORVÁTH, at the close of the Schulich Alumni Challenge, 2017

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SHOWCASING ALUMNI PRIDE AND LOYALTY The Schulich Alumni Challenge was a cornerstone of Leading Change. Located in the reception area* of the McEwen Building, proudly hangs the Schulich Alumni Challenge Donor Plaque, a permanent honour celebrating the 734 names of alumni donors, spanning 5 decades of graduation, and a mix of undergraduate, graduate and PhD alumni. Each of these alumni had the impact of their donation on the School doubled through the Schulich Alumni Challenge. * The reception area was recently named in honour of Dean Emeritus Dezsö J. Horváth and generously supported by Helen Wong (IMBA ’92) and Thomas Luk, Beatrice Cheung (MBA ’77) and Alan Wen (MBA ’77), Adrian Chau (MBA ’00) and Jonathan Cheung (MBA ’73).

Click here to view an interactive version of the plaque so alumni can celebrate the family of supporters who came together to accept the Challenge.

Above: The Dezsö J. Horváth Main Floor Reception Below: The Schulich Alumni Challenge Donor Plaque

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT “ Alumni pride is at the heart of the Schulich School of Business and is why my family donated to the Leading Change Campaign. Our School’s impressive growth and bold future are inspiring and we are glad to be a part of it. Schulich is changing the future of management education in profound ways – new ways of thinking, learning and discovery – all needed now more than ever. Our family believes in the power of education – so investing in Schulich’s continued evolution made perfect sense to us. Schulich is a second family for me and members of my family: professors, leaders, and staff who all played a significant role in my experience when I was a student and who continue to have an impact on my life as a proud alumna of this fine School. I’m delighted to be one of more than 730 alumni who contributed to Leading Change’s alumni challenge. It was pretty special to know that our gifts had double the impact for a school that we care so deeply about – all thanks to the generous matching grant from the Schulich Foundation.” KATHLEEN TAYLOR, CM (MBA/JD ’84, Hon LLD ’14) Chair of the Board, RBC; Co-Chair, Leading Change Campaign; Dean’s Advisory Council


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Katie Taylor, CM (MBA/JD ‘84, Hon LLD ‘14) and Neil Harris

Global Alumni Network






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Alumni Mentors

Alumni Volunteers contributing their time and talent across the Schulich ecosystem, on an annual basis


Global alumni events since the public launch of Leading Change in 2011


Alumni e-newsletter subscribers

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT “What motivates me most about volunteering is seeing the impact my words and experiences have on the incoming students. Every year I see the same qualities among the students; they are forward-thinking visionaries with a holistic view of what it means to be successful. They are eager to learn with both mind and heart. As I chat with them, it is abundantly clear to me that they are the leaders of tomorrow. And there is something very reassuring about knowing that the future is in good hands.” HANA ZALZAL (MBA ’92) Founder, CARGO Cosmetics; Dean’s Advisory Council

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT “My Schulich education has had a powerful impact on my life. It shaped my professional career so that giving back to my alma mater through the Dean’s Society and volunteering are ways of expressing my gratitude. The Global Alumni Network provides a wonderful opportunity for continuous learning and networking through the various programs and initiatives. The fellow alumni I’ve met along the way have not only become good colleagues, but also lifelong friends.” ABE PATRICIO (MBA ’99), Senior Project Manager, Stantec

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LEADING CHANGE: POWERFUL AND UNITING Graduates all over the world agree that Schulich equipped them with the skills, experiences and connections to be successful global citizens. Through Leading Change, alumni engaged in meaningful, value-added experiences focused on giving back and advancing Schulich’s success, as well as deepening their personal connection to their School, broadening their global network and sharpening their skills, including:

• Serving as passionate and committed volunteers dedicated to strengthening Schulich’s global brand, ranking leadership, accreditation, and global alumni engagement • Enabling the scaling of the Schulich alumni chapter network – regionally and in key industry areas • Providing valuable insights and feedback through the 2019 Global Alumni Survey to chart future growth of the Network and service/program offerings

Volunteerism Philanthropic Giving

Virtual Events

Chapter Growth

Schulich Alumni Contributions

Global Alumni Survey

• Deepening the reach and impact of the alumni2student mentorship program in record-setting ways • Inspiring future generations of alumni through the unique student2alumni engagement service suite: You’re Part of It

Online Engagement

student2alumni engagement

2,500+ Alumni have participated in the annual signature event featuring more than 125 alumni speakers

alumni2student mentorship

• Sparking dialogue and lively online conversation on • Engaging in signature and virtual alumni events at precedent-setting levels • Embracing new virtual programming • Expanding the level of alumni giving in a major way

Missing out on the conversation? To connect, mentor and expand your network, consider joining the Schulich Alumni Community!


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT “The Schulich Global Alumni Network’s resounding response to the Leading Change Campaign has been nothing short of extraordinary. It reflects our profound appreciation of our alma mater as a major contributor to our own success. In my role as President, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with alumni all over the world and I have been amazed by the immense pride in our School and its accomplishments. We have seen alumni support for this Campaign come from all over the world – a powerful testament to our deep respect for Schulich.” BILL GRAHAM (MBA ’86), President, Schulich Global Alumni Network; Executive-in-Residence; Dean’s Advisory Council


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Alumni Volunteerism Leading Change represents many incredible examples of alumni volunteerism and leadership. Here are a few remarkable stories:

Yang Xiao (IMBA ’16) delivers remarks at the dedication of the S.C.A.N. Connector, 2019



Schulich alumni play a pivotal role not only in strengthening the Schulich brand through their own achievements, but in reinforcing the Schulich spirit of volunteerism and paying it forward to the next generation of leaders. Over the course of the Leading Change Campaign, notable Schulich alumni have volunteered to host Alumni Open Houses at their corporate offices to provide learning opportunities and deepen connections among employee teams bonded by a shared alumni connection to Schulich.

Committed to deepening its level of engagement within the Schulich community, members of the Schulich Chinese Alumni Network (S.C.A.N.) based in Toronto, initiated a very successful alumni volunteer-led fundraising campaign in the School. Led by Yang Xiao (IMBA ’16), President and Renyuan Luo (IMBA ‘17), Marketing Coordinator, S.C.A.N. members from Canada and China rallied behind Leading Change and raised funds toward the construction of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building. This generous support underscores S.C.A.N.’s passion for fostering lifelong relationships with their alma mater and creating opportunities for current and future generations of Schulich students. The S.C.A.N. Connector – the path that links the main Schulich Building to the new McEwen Building – is named in their honour.

Deloitte Open House hosted by Anthony Viel, CEO, Deloitte, and Nat D’Ercole (BBA ‘92), 2020

RBC Open House hosted by Janice Fukakusa (MBA ‘79, Hon LLD ‘16), 2017

CIBC Alumni Open House hosted by Roman Dubczak (MBA ‘87) and Grant Rasmussen (MBA ‘93), 2017

EY Alumni Open House hosted by Eric Rawlinson (MBA ‘84), Stephen Shea (MBA ‘84) and Diana Arsenyan (MBA ‘14), 2018

The S.C.A.N. Connector

A plaque is prominently displayed in the S.C.A.N. Connector

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT “Leading Change presented an amazing opportunity for our proud alumni community to connect, collaborate, and strengthen our Global Alumni Network. And our alumni family did not disappoint. We saw a record level of engagement through Leading Change, at both the alumni chapter and school-wide alumni engagement levels. Alumni all over the world shared their collective passion for the School, its legacy of excellence and innovative and promising future. We united, because we love Schulich and the impact of our School on students, the world of management education, and global society is deeply important to us.” PAM LAYCOCK (MBA ’89), SVP, Transformation & Strategy, Torstar Corporation; Executive-in-Residence, Alumni Relations and Development

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Celebrating Alumni Success and Achievement The Schulich School of Business Alumni Recognition Awards were established to recognize the outstanding professional, personal, and community achievements of graduates of the Schulich School of Business. Throughout Leading Change, more than 30 talented recipients have been honoured.











2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

Michael S. Rousseau (BBA ’81) Jasper Cheung (MBA ’90) Stephen J. Sadler (MBA ’79) Ron Mock (MBA ’79, Hon LLD ’17) Michael Cooper (MBA ’86) Frank Vettese (BBA ’86, MBA ’91) P. Thomas Jenkins, OC (MBA ’87, Hon LLD ’15) Ellis Jacob, OC (MBA ’76)





A look back on outstanding achievements: alumni and friends celebrating Schulich’s Alumni Recognition Awards

2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

Roman S. Dubczak (MBA ’87) S. Jane Rowe (MBA ’82) Stacey A. Mowbray (MBA ’88) Kishore Moorjani (BBA ’94, MBA ’95) John Ruffolo (BBA ’88) Patrick Iaboni (BBA ’93, MBA ’94) Craig Kielburger, CM (EMBA ’09) Denise M. Pickett (MBA ’90)


2020 AWARD RECIPIENTS To ensure the safety of all guests, the 2020 Alumni Recognition Awards, originally scheduled for March 2020, was postponed. The Global Alumni Network congratulates the 2020 recipients and looks forward to celebrating their success at a future date:

2019 2018 2017 2014 2013 2012 2011

Laura Michalchyshyn (MBA ’93) M. Marianne Harris (MBA /JD ’83) Philip A. Taylor (MBA ’79) J. Mark Lievonen, CM (BBA ‘79, MBA ‘87, Hon LLD ‘15) Janice R. Fukakusa (MBA ’79, Hon LLD ’16) Thomas Closson (MBA ’79) Colleen M. Johnston (BBA ’82, Hon LLD ‘18)



Outstanding Executive Leadership Vince Commisso (MBA ’92)

Outstanding Progress and Achievement Tracey Pearce (MBA ’96)

Outstanding Public Contribution Robert C. Wong (MBA ’72)

Co-Founding Partner, President & CEO 9 Story Media Group

President, Distribution & Pay Bell Media

Vice Chairman & Senior Portfolio Manager Leon Frazer & Associates Inc.

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Outstanding Contribution to the School Paul Labbé Former Chair, International Advisory Council, Schulich School of Business Presented Posthumously

2018 2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

Dominic Barton (Hon LLD ’12) Jonathan K.H. Cheung (MBA ‘73) Schuyler M. (Skip) Sigel Howard Lichtman (JD ’79, MBA ’82) Bill Graham (MBA ’86) Pam Laycock (MBA ’89) Timothy Price (Hon LLD ’09)

Milestone Moments In October 2018, more than 350 guests gathered in the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building to explore, learn, and celebrate. Complete with 8 experiential behind-the-scenes journeys, and a meditation session in the new

Colleen and Brian Johnston Wellness Suite, the event represented a deep dive into Schulich’s new learning environment and research world. The evening concluded with a reception honouring Dezsö Horváth’s 30th Anniversary as Dean.

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Guests at the Milestone Moment Donor Event, 2018

Experiential behind-the-scenes journey ‘Doubling Down for Successful and Sustainable Cities’, 2018

Art Tour with Judy Schulich, 2018

Mickey Cohen, OC (Hon LLD ‘86), delivers remarks at the Milestone Moment Donor Event, 2018

A FITTING TRIBUTE Ties between the Halpern family and the Schulich School of Business run deep. York University has graduated 8 members of the Halpern family, including Jeff Halpern (BBA ‘78), his daughter Ilana Halpern (BBA ’06) and his brother Howard Halpern (BBA ’82), as well as Joshua Halpern (MBA/JD ’14), and Sharon Freedman (MBA ’84), all of whom graduated from the Schulich School of Business.

As a member of the International Advisory Council at Schulich since 2004, Jeff was intrigued by the Leading Change Campaign, in particular the opportunity to help support his alma mater’s future success. Jeff became the first Schulich alum to support Leading Change. His enthusiastic early support of the Campaign inspired many other alumni to follow in his footsteps.

When Jeff Halpern (BBA ’78) attended the Faculty of Administrative Studies (FAS, as it was known then), finances were tight. His father passed away when he was in high school and the family had very limited funds. But that didn’t stop Jeff from pursuing his dreams of attending business school and to this day Jeff recounts how supportive and encouraging all the faculty and staff at FAS were. In particular, Jeff recalls the incredible support and mentorship of Charmaine Courtis, who was working at FAS, and later became the Executive Director, Student Services and International Relations. Charmaine worked at Schulich for more than 40 years and retired in 2013.

In honour of Jeff’s gift to the Campaign, the School named a space inside the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building. Jeff was delighted by the recognition, but he wanted to ensure he could recognize Charmaine Courtis for her tireless devotion to students. When you visit the G212 Faculty Office on the second floor, you will find a plaque naming the space in honour of Charmaine because of Jeff and Nancy Halpern’s generosity and kindness.

“Leading Change is all about not sitting back and doing nothing or watching others do something positive. It’s about each of us taking a role as leaders to do whatever we can to make a difference.” JEFF HALPERN (BBA ’78), Business Succession Advisor, TD Wealth

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Engaging and Dedicated: Alumni in Action Alumni engagement and generosity through Leading Change has been extraordinary.

Howard Lichtman (MBA ’82) introduced Stacey Mowbray (MBA ’88) as one of the Alumni Recognition Awards recipients, 2017

Keynote Speaker Paul Alofs (MBA ’83, Hon LLD ’19) at CONNECT ’17

Mercier Lecture featuring Eva Lau (MBA ‘05), 2020

Claude LeBlanc (MBA ‘91) at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in New York, 2016

New York alumni celebrating the School’s 50th Anniversary, 2016

London alumni celebrating the School’s 50th Anniversary, 2016

Alumni meeting in Hong Kong with Brian Lau (MBA ’91), 2018

Bill Graham (MBA ’86) and Jeff Lem (BBA ’82, MBA ’84) at CONNECT ‘16

Dirk Matten, Associate Dean, Research, with Charles Hantho, CM (Hon LLD ’08), and Eileen Mercier (MBA ’77, Hon LLD ’10) at the Dean’s Reception, 2017

Alumni Volunteer Thank You Reception, 2019

10th Anniversary of Developers’ Den, 2020

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Arts, Media & Entertainment Management program, 2019

Hong Kong alumni event, 2017

Montreal alumni event, 2019

Calgary alumni event, 2017

Alumni dinner in São Paolo, 2018

ALUMNI CELEBRATING THE SCHOOL NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE On November 15, 2017, two leading and award-winning Schulich alumni, Neil Court (MBA ’86), Executive Chairman, 9 Story Media Group and Vince Commisso (MBA ’92), Co-Founding Partner, President & CEO, were featured alumni speakers discussing the trends disrupting the media and animation space. Hosted at Bell Media, The Social Studio, the evening included special remarks from Dr. Joyce Zemans, CM, Senior Scholar and University Professor Emerita, Former Director, MBA program in Arts, Media and Entertainment. Neil and Vince’s engagement didn’t stop there. Proud of their association with Schulich, each alumnus made a major investment in the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building to establish the Media Production Centre.


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Disruption in the Content Dist ribution Business with Neil Court (MBA ‘86) and Vince Commisso (MBA ‘92), 2017

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence and Innovation


The 50th Anniversary of the Schulich School of Business heralded the School’s coming of age. It celebrated a half century of the Schulich community’s many and varied achievements across multiple fields in terms of research and education in business and civic society. The 50th Anniversary Season hosted 60+ events, more than 10 conferences/ symposia, and over 25 different print and online publications/websites. The 50th Anniversary Gala and CONNECT ’16 were hosted on May 27th and May 28th, 2016 at the Four Seasons in Toronto. Click here to view the Schulich 50 heritage video Click here to view the Schulich’s 50th Anniversary Highlights

Agnes Orosz (MBA ’96) and Wojtek Niebrzydowski (MBA ’86)

DONOR SPOTLIGHT CREATING LASTING IMPACT ON THE SCHOOL AND ITS NEXT GENERATION Agnes Orosz (MBA ’96) and Wojtek Niebrzydowski (MBA ’86) are passionate about education and helping others benefit from the same opportunities they had. Agnes and Wojtek immigrated to Canada prior to attending Schulich, and both forged successful careers in the financial sector. Proud alumni through and through, the couple has championed student success through the establishment of the “Agnes Orosz and Wojtek Niebrzydowski MBA Entrance Award”, the naming of the “Agnes Orosz (MBA ‘96) and Wojtek Niebrzydowski (MBA ‘86) PhD Research Office” in the McEwen Building, as well as actively mentoring students through the alumni2student mentorship program operated by the Alumni Relations department. Schulich holds a special place in the hearts of both graduates and they are proud to also be legacy donors to the School. Through their will, they have provided funds to continue their support of student success.

“In this complex and challenging world, it is incumbent on all alumni to champion the School and to help students, whether financially, through mentoring, or some other way, so that they in turn can help others.” AGNES OROSZ (MBA ‘96), Associate Director, Group Risk Management, RBC; and WOJTEK NIEBRZYDOWSKI (MBA ‘86), Vice President, Treasury, CIBC Alumni and friends celebrating Schulich’s 50th Anniversary Gala at the Four Seasons, Toronto, 2016 LEADING CHANGE | Campaign Completion Report



THE POWER OF LEGACY GIVING During Leading Change, a number of alumni and friends confirmed legacy gifts to support the School in the future. Legacy donors are welcomed into the White Rose Legacy Circle at York University in honour of the special role their future commitments will have. Legacy giving supports Schulich’s vision for the future and provides the confidence that can only come from financial security and the support of our

alumni. Legacy giving keeps Schulich among the world’s leading business schools and ahead of the curve as it provides a steady source of future resources. Legacy gifts realized during the Campaign, more than $4 million, have helped the School establish new scholarships (both endowed and term-funded), as well as provide critical funding to support the new Building and enhance the student experience.

THE GEORGE SVEC (MBA ’69) AND KATHERINE MEANEY SVEC COURTYARD To celebrate the incredible generosity of George Svec (MBA ’69) and Katherine Meaney Svec, the School named the exterior Courtyard of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Student & Research Building in honour of the late couple. The Courtyard is highly visible from all levels of the Schulich complex and encompasses seamless indoor and outdoor experiences. Legacy donors, like George and Katherine, are recognized on the School’s Lifetime Donor Wall, as well as on the Schulich Alumni Donor Wall and on special naming plaques to celebrate their generosity in perpetuity. Each legacy gift helps significantly to benefit our students and our School tomorrow. To learn more about legacy giving at Schulich, click here.

The George Svec (MBA ’69) and Katherine Meaney Svec Courtyard

In memory of the late George Svec (MBA ’69) and Katherine Meaney Svec, the School named the beautifully designed Courtyard in the couple’s honour


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Schulich Alumni Donor Wall

IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR GENEROSITY Thank you to all our supporters who are committed to advancing Schulich’s growth and innovation. Schulich’s donor relations program is committed to accountability and impact. As part of recognizing your support and commitment, Schulich is honoured to showcase supporters on the Lifetime Giving Donor Wall and the Schulich Alumni Donor Wall, prominently located within the Schulich complex, Keele campus.

Schulich Lifetime Giving Donor Wall

CAMPAIGN CABINET Thank you for Leading Change! The Leading Change Campaign Cabinet provided exceptional leadership, support and dedication. United by a shared passion for Schulich and community, the Co-Chairs delivered the Campaign to the finish line with unprecedented success. Because of their leadership, Schulich is well-positioned with new and enduring resources to respond to the ever-changing needs of management education for years to come. THE CABINET CO-CHAIRS IN ACTION

THE LEADING CHANGE CAMPAIGN CABINET Dezsö J. Horváth, CM (PhD) Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business Dominic Barton (Hon LLD ’12) Honorary Co-Chair Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China John Hunkin, CM (MBA ’69, Hon LLD ’04) Chair, Schulich Dean’s Advisory Council; Former CEO, Chairman & President, CIBC P. Thomas Jenkins, OC (MBA ’87, Hon LLD ’15) Chair of the Board, OpenText Corporation Robert R. McEwen, CM (MBA ’78, Hon LLD ’05) Chairman & Chief Owner, McEwen Mining Inc. Kathleen Taylor, CM (MBA/JD ’84, Hon LLD ’14) Chair of the Board, Royal Bank of Canada Richard E. Waugh, OC (MBA ’74, Hon LLD ’07) Former Deputy Chairman, CEO & President, Scotiabank


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Questions? Please contact the Schulich Development & Alumni Relations Office or (416) 650-8050

Leading Change was an initiative of: IMPACT: THE CAMPAIGN FOR YORK UNIVERSITY

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Leading Change Campaign Completion Report, November 2020  

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