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Cynthia Holmes

Dean's reflection

Friends, as the new dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, it is my honour to provide you with this report on the impact of your support, and how your generosity enables our community to further impact the world of business.

While I am new to the role of dean, I have been with the Ted Rogers School since 2010. I was inspired to serve the school in a leadership role because it is an inclusive, supportive environment where the very best minds come together to teach, to conduct research and to provide unique experiential learning opportunities. Excellence is at the core of everything we do. I take immense pride in our graduates, who become leaders in business and academia, shaping the future course of business not just here in Canada, but around the world.

Our researchers are some of the best in the world. We have in our faculty three Canada Research Chairs, all of them renowned world experts in their field. Atefeh Mashatan is an international leader in blockchain and quantum computing security. Anatoliy Gruzd’s Social Media Lab maps the international networks of digital misinformation. Rupa Banerjee sheds light on how immigrants integrate into the workforce. They are part of a cadre of award-winning, distinguished academics who have lifted the Ted Rogers School’s research standing, and I am committed to building on the achievements of all our researchers.

As unique and impactful as our research is, so is our learning. Our faculty includes many professors with years of experience in industry, paired with the passion for sharing their knowledge with students. Outside the classroom, we are situated in the heart of Canada’s business centre on Bay Street, so we also have access to Canada’s leading business minds to help inform our curriculum, as well as become eager employers of our students through our co-op program. The best employers know Ted Rogers School students, with their energy, imagination and work-ready skills, provide immense value to corporate Canada. And our students value learning from the very best firms – everything from leading consulting companies to entrepreneurial start-ups.

All of these achievements are possible because of support from people like you. Whether your contribution goes to aid our researchers in their visionary work, or your gift to bursaries and scholarships makes the ambition of a business education accessible to students both within Canada and across the globe, you make this possible through your generosity.

I hope you find the stories highlighted in this report as inspiring as I do. Taken together, they show what we may accomplish together.


Dr. Cynthia Holmes
Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management

$2.4 million
awards and scholarships provided financial relief to Ted Rogers School students


students in the co-op program


awards and scholarships distributed to Ted Rogers School students


donors supported the Ted Rogers School

Supporting student success


The Ted Rogers School of Management has seen an increase in student support this past year through the creation of new awards. Our donors continue to support a wide range of areas of the greatest need, including support for equity-deserving groups, international students, first-generation post-secondary students and more. 

Earlier this year, the Ted Rogers School hosted its annual Student Awards Celebrations, in person for the first time in two years. The celebrations were an opportunity to celebrate outstanding student academic achievements and community impact, and recognize our donors.

On behalf of the Ted Rogers School of Management, thank you to our generous donors and partners for your commitment to our institution and for supporting equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Black Women Excellence Award

An anonymous donor established the Black Women Excellence Award. Through a generous pledge of $100,000, this award will support Black women in Business Management for up to four years of study annually.

Calle-Harren Award

Magali Calle and Trevor Harren established the Calle-Harren Award through a pledge of $12,500. The gift will support BIPOC students in the Business Technology Management program.

Chan & Pang Family International Student Award

Rebecca Pang established the Chan & Pang Family International Student Award through a pledge of $15,000. The gift will support students who self-identify as East Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian or Southeast Asian and demonstrate academic excellence or community involvement.

Ted Rogers Students’ Society Awards

Ted Rogers Students’ Society established four new awards. Through a generous pledge of $100,000, they established the Ted Rogers Students’ Society Bursary to support students with financial need, the Ted Rogers Students’ Society BIPOC Student Support Award to support BIPOC students with financial need, the Ted Rogers Students’ Society Pride Alliance Leadership Award to support 2SLGBTQIA+ students who give back to the surrounding community, and the Ted Rogers Students’ Society Leadership Award presented to students who display excellent leadership qualities within their community.

CPA Ontario Foundation Bursary for Black Student Success and the CPA Ontario Foundation Bursary for Indigenous Student Success

The Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario Foundation established the CPA Ontario Foundation Bursary for Black Student Success and the CPA Ontario Foundation Bursary for Indigenous Student Success through a pledge of $30,000. The bursaries will support Black and Indigenous students in Accounting and Finance and Business Management programs.

Kenvue Award for BIPOC Students

Kenvue Inc. established the Kenvue Award for BIPOC Students through a generous pledge of $100,000. The award will support undergraduate BIPOC students in the Business Management program who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a member of a racialized group.

Yardi Scholarship

Yardi Canada Ltd. has established the Yardi Scholarship through a generous pledge of $320,000, the first Yardi Scholarship in Canada. The scholarship is renewable and will support first-generation, full-time undergraduate students in the Business Technology Management and Real Estate programs. Recipients will have the opportunity to connect with other Yardi Scholars worldwide.

Student testimonial: Megan Florian Rodrigues

“My journey at Ted Rogers School has been rewarding, from the experiences I gained through the Co-op program to the individuals I met over the years, I have been able to learn and grow in a dynamic environment. As the recipient of the 2022-2023 GTA Rewards Award, I was able to push myself above and beyond. Being an international student and often falling into the cycle of questioning if I was good enough, or if I made the right decision, the award I received was confirmation that I was on the right track. The award also took off a financial burden which allowed me to dedicate more time towards building my network.”

Megan Florian Rodrigues, Human Resources Management, 2023
Recipient of the 2022-2023 GTA Rewards Award

Megan Florian wearing her convocation grown and holding flowers at the Mattamy Athletic Centre
Jermaine Garrett

Student testimonial: Jermaine Garrett

“I cannot thank the donors enough for their generous contributions. I am highly honoured to receive these awards. As a university student primarily responsible for funding my own education, words cannot express how much pressure these scholarships relieve me of financially. The recognition truly inspires me and reaffirms my motivation and dedication to my studies. One day I look forward to being in the same position to pay forward such acts of kindness to future generations of students.”

Jermaine Garrett, Economics and Management Science, 2025
Recipient of the 2022-2023 George Wong Scholarship in Business Management and the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Business Scholarship

Student testimonial: Minah Kim

“It is a great honour to receive such generosity and support from donors. Due to the pandemic, my family struggled financially as we have a small hospitality business with limited operations due to COVID restrictions. I wanted an education in this field because I witnessed the joy of working in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Quite frankly, I was afraid I would never experience this joy again. This award has given me confidence in the educational and career path I have chosen. Thank you to the generous donors.”

Minah Kim, Hospitality and Tourism Management, 2023
Recipient of the 2022-2023 Karim Mohammadi Award for Excellence and the William B. Pattison Research Fellowship

Minha Kim

The Dean’s Circle

The Dean’s Circle is a group of Ted Rogers School of Management friends and business leaders who through the dean, help strengthen the Ted Rogers School of Management and support the school’s mission to shape the country’s next generation of global innovators and leaders. Gifts to the Dean’s Circle go to areas of greatest need, including emergency relief funds, experiential learning for BIPOC students, food insecurity and student social innovation support. Thank you to the Dean’s Circle members for your support and partnership.

Ted Rogers Students’ Society

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Student philanthropy

The Ted Rogers School is grateful to its students for their passion and engagement with the school and their peers. They continue to advocate for each other and help push the school’s priorities forward. This year, the students raised a total of $164,000+ in sponsorships for student conferences and events, including the annual Ted Rogers Management Conference (external link, opens in new window) , which brings together 150 students from business schools across Canada to participate in workshops, competitions and networking.

The Ted Rogers Students’ Society (TRSS) continues to set a precedent for creating a culture of philanthropy among the student population. Leading by example, TRSS provided $100,000 in scholarships to the student body. We want to thank the Ted Rogers Students’ Society for being leaders among their peers in their work and understanding the importance of financial assistance and its correlation to academic success.

The culture of philanthropy within student-led groups is constantly growing and we are excited to continue to highlight their incredible work and passion.

Strengthening the Ted Rogers School experience

Business Career HubBusiness Career Hub

The Business Career Hub offers career development opportunities tailored to each student’s individual needs and program specialization. Their mission is to drive the interrelationship between the Ted Rogers School of Management and industry to develop valuable insights that allow them to continuously innovate programming and services, creating meaningful change for their stakeholders. The Hub offers career development opportunities tailored to each student’s individual needs and program specialization and has specialized Career Coordinators to help students ensure they have the academic, professional and interpersonal skills needed when they enter the workforce.

Co-op program

The Business Career Hub Ted Rogers Co-op program is helping countless students land their dream jobs with Canada’s top employers. The Ted Rogers School has provided students with various resources to help them with job preparation and opportunities to grow in a diverse, inclusive and accessible environment and interact with Toronto’s business community. Shaping diverse global leaders through experiential education has been a leading priority for our school and we are proud to share that because of the support of our donors and friends, we can do that. Ninety per cent of Co-op students receive a full-time job within three months of graduation. To date, Ted Rogers School students have earned a combined income of $135,000,000.


This year, the Business Career Hub brought back Masterclasses, a short, intensive technical training facilitated by industry professionals. Recent sessions that were held were led by BDO Canada which focused on the topics of CaseWare and Taxprep.


The Business Career Hub at the Ted Rogers School of Management provides students with opportunities to continuously upgrade and enhance their technical skills through industry and facilitator-led bootcamps. Attending these bootcamps provides students with fast access to industry-relevant training to bridge the gap between curriculum and market needs. To date, our bootcamps have had 112,000+ registrations since the program’s creation in 2017. Top bootcamps this year included The Power of Excel Bootcamp Series, which is comprised of three sessions and a challenging activity designed to enhance participants' proficiency in Microsoft Excel; and The Power BI Bootcamp Series, which consists of two sessions and a challenging activity aimed at teaching business students how to create Business Intelligence solutions.

14,683 Ted Rogers School students participated in Bootcamps

Ted Rogers Leadership CentreTed Rogers Leadership Centre

The mission of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre is to develop Canada’s next generation of ethical business leaders. The Ted Rogers Leadership Centre (TRLC) offers a setting for scholars, students and business leaders to research, identify, publish and otherwise communicate best approaches to ethical business decision-making and leadership. The student-oriented mission is to help students develop the core competencies that ethical leaders need to excel in the businesses of today and tomorrow. The goal is to provide students with opportunities that allow them to intentionally decide to become leaders and to understand how they need to change and grow to become successful, ethical leaders.

Sales Leadership Program

Rogers Communications, RBC and Veeam Software Canada Inc. are lead sponsors of the Sales Leadership Program with a combined commitment of $65,000.

Ted Rogers Ethical Leadership Case Competition

SNC-Lavalin committed $20,000 to support the Ted Rogers Ethical Leadership Case Competition, Canada’s largest undergraduate business ethics case competition. 

Slaight New Venture CompetitionSlaight New Venture Competition

Thanks to our donors, the Ted Rogers School is able to organize and run donor-funded competitions that strengthen our students’ soft skills and build their business acumen. This year, the school received a generous recommitment of $250,000 from the Slaight Family Foundation to continue supporting the Slaight New Venture Competition. For the last two decades, the competition has fostered student entrepreneurship by awarding a $25,000 prize of startup seed money to two Ted Rogers School students - one for a startup led by a student founder who identifies as female and one for a student founder who identifies as male. This renewal ensures the longevity, sustainability and stability of the competition over the next 10 years. 

$250,000 from the Slaight Family Foundation

Discovery driven impact

CyberSecurity Research Lab

The Cybersecurity Research Lab conducts cutting-edge information security research, trains the next generation of cybersecurity experts and is spearheading a crucial and ongoing dialogue with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry in Canada. Ripple has committed $320,000 to support research on the role of new technologies, including blockchain, cryptocurrency and FinTech that may significantly transform the area of finance and technology. The gift will help prepare the next generation of business leaders, entrepreneurs and other professionals to develop and apply these technologies and business practices.

Diversity Institute

The Diversity Institute conducts and coordinates multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to address the needs of diverse Canadians, the changing nature of skills and competencies and the policies, processes and tools that advance economic inclusion and success. Their action-oriented, evidence-based approach is advancing knowledge of the complex barriers faced by underrepresented groups, leading practices to effect change and producing concrete results. This year, the Diversity Institute received $150,000 from HSBC in support of the Pursue Entrepreneurship Program, a program that aims to empower Black high school students, recent graduates in Toronto and female entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia to explore entrepreneurship as a career path through workshops and a competition. The institute also received $50,000 from Green Shield Canada to support the Lifeline Afghanistan Project which focuses on the employment and settlement challenges refugees face.

Family Business Institute

The newly approved Family Business Institute aims to establish the Ted Rogers School of Management as a leader in advancing family enterprise research, education, engagement and diversity in Canada while celebrating and recognizing the contribution of family businesses which originate among equity-seeking groups. The research hub aims to positively impact family businesses through the four core pillars of research, education, engagement, diversity and inclusion.

This year, the institute is thankful for the support it received through $75,000 in philanthropic gifts from the generosity of three founding donors Martha Billes, the Otis Family, and Daphne Taras.

Ageing in the Right Place

National Institute on Ageing

The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) (external link, opens in new window)  continues to be Canada’s leading public policy think tank on research related to the ageing population. This past year, the NIA received sponsorships from multiple organizations. With the support of donors and sponsors, the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) was proud to launch an Ageing in the Right Place (external link, opens in new window)  report series, with the goal of supporting more older Canadians to age in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. In partnership with the Environics Institute for Survey Research, the NIA developed an Annual Survey on Ageing in Canada (external link, opens in new window) . The survey will track Canadians' experiences of growing older and their expectations for the future.

The crown jewel of the NIA’s 2022 media outreach was the launch of their partnership with the Toronto Star on a unique and innovative project allowing NIA researchers to collaborate with Star journalists on an ongoing series called The Third Act (external link, opens in new window) 

Finally, the NIA partnered with stakeholders to host a variety of events, including the Leveraging the Longevity Dividend Forum (external link, opens in new window) , featuring the NIA's Honorary Chair to the Advisory Board and former Governor General, Right Hon. Adrienne Clarkson; as well as the Your Hundred Year Life (external link, opens in new window)  film screening and discussion.

The National Institute on Ageing received a number of gifts including $25,000 from Telus Health, $65,000 from Seqirus Canada Inc., $75,000 from Pfizer, $100,000 from OMERS Administration Corporation and $500,000 from The Peterson Foundation. Thank you to our supporters who helped make this past year's research possible.

Thank you to the donors for their contributions to the NIA research:

$500,000 from The Peterson Foundation
$100,000 from OMERS Administration Corporation

Student and academic highlights

Thank you to our generous donors
for your continued support