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Year in Review 2021 - 2022

Dean’s reflection

As I reflect on this past year, I am grateful for the long-standing relationships that have helped us through this journey. Because of your commitment to the Ted Rogers School of Management, we were able to support our students during a challenging time and celebrate their success as a community. 

Ted Rogers School students have demonstrated their ability to pivot to virtual learning during the pandemic, adapt to the changing environment and be resilient during a challenging time. In addition, our students have shown their leadership and desire to push beyond conventional business education, take innovative and creative risks and work collaboratively to contribute to society. 

As I look around the campus, I am delighted to see our students back in the hallways of our buildings again. I am encouraged and inspired to think that we are coming out of the pandemic with future leaders who will utilize the tools they have gained here to promote initiatives that have local, national and global relevance and change the world for the better.

I hope you will be inspired by the stories below that highlight the areas of impact your philanthropy has made possible: Empowering our studentsTransforming our schoolIgniting research and impactful programs, and The sustaining power of relationships

On behalf of all of us at the Ted Rogers School, thank you for your continuous generosity that is helping to ensure our students have a rich and rewarding university experience. I am immensely proud of our efforts and look forward to the transformative change your commitment allows for us to have.

Dr. Daphne Taras
Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management

award funds given out to Ted Rogers School students

51,500 +

participants in bootcamps


co-op students


awards and scholarships

Empowering our studentsEmpowering our students

Students lining up at Convocation spring 2022

We celebrated our first in-person convocation

For the first time in two years, students celebrated convocation in person at Toronto Metropolitan University this past Spring with family, friends, faculty and staff. 

With the support of our donors and friends, the Ted Rogers School awarded $2,096,819 worth of bursaries, scholarships and awards to its students. We continued to receive support from donors and corporations that allowed our students to participate in co-op programs with top employers across the country. 

As the need for student aid is always increasing, we were thrilled to receive funding for new awards and scholarships made possible by donor support. The Ted Rogers School is grateful for our current and new donors who established new awards this year.

Thank you to all of our donors and friends for helping us get there.

Black Business Students Association Leadership Award

The Ted Rogers Student Society established the Black Business Students Association Leadership Award through a $5,000 pledge commitment. This award recognizes students who give back to their community and was created to remove barriers for Black students in pursuit of their goals.

Ho Tek Family Award

The Ho Tek Family Award was established by alumnus Ho Tek with a generous pledge of $15,000. The award recognizes two students who demonstrate leadership qualities towards the betterment of campus life. It is for one student from the Business Technology Management Program, and a second student in Commerce. 

Law & Business Advisory Council Indigenous Award

The Law & Business Advisory Council Indigenous Award recognizes one Ted Rogers School student who identifies as Indigenous and has the highest grade in Law 122. The award was established by the School of Business Management’s Law & Business Advisory Council through a pledge of $10,000.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario Award

The Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario Award will support a female undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need and has a desire/interest to enter the culinary, beverage, hospitality or tourism fields. The award was established through a pledge of $5,000 from Les Dames d’Escoffier – Ontario.

Marc Castillo 2SLGBTQ+ Student Award

The Marc Castillo 2SLGBTQ+ Student Award was established by alumnus Marc Castillo through a pledge of $5,000. It will support 2SLGBTQ+ students who are giving back to the community through volunteering and activities that support the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Royal LePage Leadership Award

The Royal LePage Leadership Award, made possible with the generosity of a $25,000 pledge, supports a student who self-identifies as Black, Indigenous or person of colour, and who demonstrates leadership through their involvement in the university and broader community.

Ted Rogers MBA Black Graduate Leadership Awards 

The Ted Rogers School of Management established the Ted Rogers MBA Black Graduate Leadership Awards. The expendable funds will provide up to three $10,000 awards to support Black students on their path towards furthering their education.

TRSM Anti-Black Racism Awareness Bursary

The Ted Rogers School of Management established the TRSM Anti-Black Racism Awareness Bursary. The expendable funds will provide up to three $10,000 bursaries for incoming first-year undergraduate students who self-identify as Black.

Marc Viola Future HR Leaders Scholarship

The Marc Viola Future HR Leaders Scholarship has been renewed with a $15,000 pledge and will provide financial support for BIPOC students in the Human Resources Program.

Smart Serve Award

The Smart Serve Award was renewed with a $40,000 pledge to recognize a student with high academic achievement in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

William B. Pattison Research Fellowship

The William B. Pattison Research Fellowship was established in honour of the late William B. Pattison, founder of Delta Hotels Ltd., by his wife Marilyn Pattison. Thanks to Marilyn’s generosity, the Fellowship has been renewed with a $50,000 pledge. This Fellowship is to be awarded annually to a student to work as a Research Assistant in the Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Research in the Fall and Winter terms.

Student testimonial: Jacqueline Chung

“Donor funded awards have reduced my financial burden, allowing me to focus on learning and motivating me to complete my degree. The generous contributions have inspired me to help others reach their goals in higher education and give back to the community once I begin my career. With these funds, I hope to organize more diverse events on-campus through eliminating isolation, offering mentorship and conducting simple interventions for minority groups in hopes to eventually remove the gap in this industry.”

Jacqueline Chung, Business Technology Management Program, 2023

Also recipient of the following awards: Ankit Chhibber Award for Academic Excellence, CIBC Women in Business Technology Management Award, Ted Rogers School of Management Leadership Award, THINKTeam Award and The Killin Family Award.

Nya Martin-Hemming
Nya Martin-Hemming

Student testimonial: Nya Martin-Hemming

“I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of your Award. I am inspired by your career and impact, and I hope to support my community like you have. By receiving this award, you have allowed me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

Nya Martin-Hemming, Business Management Program, 2022

Also recipient of the Dr. Carole Chauncey Award.

Student Philanthropy

The Ted Rogers School is thankful for our students and their commitment to the school, each other and philanthropy. Each year there is an increase in support and engagement from our students, and the pandemic was no exception. Our students continue to be passionate about equity, social justice and social impact. Leading by example, they have raised over $155,000 in sponsorships and scholarships. The culture of philanthropy within student-led groups is constantly growing, and we are excited to continue to highlight their incredible work and passion.

Ted Rogers Student's Society board of directors members

$60,000 pledged towards scholarships and awards 

The Ted Rogers Students’ Society (TRSS) has pledged $60,000 towards new scholarships and awards. Established in 2003 as the Ryerson Commerce Society, the TRSS serves as the voice of Ted Rogers Commerce Students by promoting their abilities and interests both within TMU and the global community. TRSS has developed a culture of philanthropy by providing financial support for the students it advocates for. Over the years, they have established many EDI awards including the Black Business Students Association Leadership Award, Ted Rogers Pride Alliance Leadership Award, TRSS Indigenous Student Award and TRSS Leadership Award.

$92,852 received as sponsorships 

Our student groups successfully received 35 sponsorships totalling $92,852 from corporations such as Rogers, Scotiabank, Pearson Canada, Talent Egg, Procter & Gamble and many more. Seventy percent of the sponsorships received were secured for the Ted Rogers Management Conference (TRMC), an event that brings together North America’s brightest students for an intensive three-day professional development forum with professional workshops, case competitions and networking opportunities with industry experts.

Sales Student Covid Relief Fund, a student-led initiative, has raised $4,538 in total since it launched. The money raised will support Ted Rogers School students with financial need, and who are enrolled in the sales leadership program or a sales course.

Transforming our school Transforming our school

Business Career Hub


The Business Career Hub is helping countless students land their dream jobs with Canada’s top employers. Shaping diverse global leaders through experiential education is a leading priority for our business school, and we are proud to share that because of the visionary donation from the Birchall family, we were able to do just that. Ninety percent of co-op students receive a full-time job within three months of graduation. In the Summer 2022 term, we secured 1,295 work terms (out of 1,347 scheduled) resulting in a 96.1% employment rate, and nearly $18 million in student earnings


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 provide students with fast access to industry-relevant training to bridge the gap between curriculum and market needs.

Our successful Bootcamps program has also reached a new milestone of engaging more than 51,500 participants since 2017 to develop the skills demanded by the industry.

40,000 Bootcamp attendees to date since 2017. 2,535 in 2018, 4,699 in 2019, 7,888 in 2020, 19,689 in 2021.

Indigenous initiatives

Reconciliation in Business 2022 event

This year marked the inaugural Reconciliation in Business event where the student-led Ted Rogers Indigenous in Business group celebrated the resurgence of Indigenous peoples and cultures. The full-day event included panels on such topics as Indigenous in Tech, Indigenous Worldviews in the Classroom and Indigenous Attainment of Finance, keynote speakers on Reconciliation and Entrepreneurship and experiential workshops. We would like to give special thanks to key sponsors of this event including Rogers Communications, Johnson and Johnson, MLSE and Venture for Canada.

Reconciliation in Business 2022 maamawi

Indigenous Healing Garden

We continue to work alongside Indigenous community leaders and friends on Indigenous Economic Development Partnerships Initiatives at the Ted Rogers School, including Indigenous admission, Indigenous art to be installed throughout the school and Indigenous cultural awareness training. We are also excited to share that the Indigenous healing garden is now at the design concept stage

Indigenous Healing Garden rendered floor plan

Igniting Research and Impactful ProgramsIgniting Research and Impactful Programs

National Institute on Ageing

There has been an increased amount of interest and attraction to the incredible work within the National Institute on Ageing (NIA). NIA continues to operate as Canada's leading public policy think tank on aging, with a focus on policy solutions for financial security, social well being and healthcare. 

To help sustain the NIA’s efforts to change how society treats some of its most vulnerable members - our aging population of seniors, we have received several gifts this past year. The continued support and collaboration play a huge part in ensuring NIA can engage in the important work of making Canada the best place to grow up and grow old. 

Canada's leading public policy think tank on ageing

The National Institute on Ageing received a number of gifts including:

from Sun Life


from Sanofi Pasteur

from Telus Health

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. Our 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. 

Ted Rogers School of Management Diversity Institute

This past year, the Diversity Institute received a number of sponsorships including:

from TD Bank Group, KPMG Foundation, Northpine Foundation and McKinsey & Company

TD Bank Group, the KPMG Foundation, the Northpine Foundation and McKinsey & Company have contributed a total of $318,525 to the Diversity Institute (DI) in support of the work they are doing on the Lifeline Afghanistan project, which relates directly to the DI’s focus on employment and settlement challenges faced by refugees.

 from WES Mariam Assefa Fund

A generous grant from WES Mariam Assefa Fund of $200,000 for the Canada Funding Opportunity: Employer Practices. This program will provide language, digital skills and skills for success training, counselling, wrap-around services and matching to paid work integrated learning in Small Medium Enterprises for racialized newcomer youth, including Afghan refugees.

The sustaining power of relationshipsThe sustaining power of relationships

The Ted Rogers School is immensely grateful for the many donors who have helped us weather the pandemic. We are honoured to have partners in our community to help us strengthen our programs, build a larger experiential learning infrastructure and drive policy changes through research.

What drives this philanthropic support is the relationships we’ve built over the years. We partner with generous and caring donors who have continued to find new ways to support the work of our faculty and students and the mission of our school. Here are a few examples:

We have benefited from over a decade of giving from the Birchall family, who are integral to the progress of our highly successful Ted Rogers Co-op Program. Because of the Birchall family’s $2 million gift to support the program, our co-op students have earned more than $100 million. This past year alone, students have earned $11 million, and the program has grown to more than 2,400 students with new intake.

Our relationship with the Rogers family was solidified in 2007 with a transformational gift from Ted and Loretta* Rogers, which made the Ted Rogers School of Management possible. In addition to substantial contributions in the form of student awards and scholarships, we have received a constant stream of support through the funding of the Ted Rogers Leadership CentreLoretta Rogers Research Chair and the Sales Leadership program.

Over the past year, the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre has helped numerous students enhance their leadership skills. The activities students participated in combined top academic performances with a rich variety of experiential opportunities, such as our National Ethical Leadership Case Competition.

Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Rogers Family, as this past year, we lost longtime Ted Rogers School supporter, Loretta Rogers. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to play a part in honouring her legacy.

The Ted Rogers School has had a 20-year relationship with Allan Slaight* and his family. They have provided numerous opportunities to support student entrepreneurs through the Slaight New Venture Competition (external link) . In 2022, this competition awarded $25,000 each to two student entrepreneurs: one with a business that is designing an airborne wind turbine, and the other is a fast-growing online community server. 

The Slaight family is also committed to improving the lives of others through the creation of the Seniors Initiative. Under this initiative, funded by the Slaight Family Foundation, Ted Rogers School’s National Institute on Ageing (NIA) benefited from a generous $1 million gift to support their programs.

Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Slaight Family, as this past year, we lost longtime Ted Rogers School supporter, Allan Slaight. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to play a part in honouring his legacy.

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Academic Highlights

Thank you to our generous donors for your continued support

Lifetime Donors of $1 Million +

  • Blue Yonder
  • William Birchall Foundation
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Ted and Loretta Rogers
  • The Rogers Family
  • Sears Canada Inc.
  • The Slaight Family
  • Joey and Toby Tanenbaum
  • Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

Lifetime Donors of $100,000 to 999,999

  • Accor
  • Association of Management, Administrative & Professional Crown Employees of Ontario
  • The Bresler Family
  • Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
  • Certified Management Accountants of Ontario
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
  • CIBC
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Essity Canada Inc.
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Mitch, Leslie, Joshua & Jordan Frazer
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • The ICSC Foundation Canada / John and Kim Morrison Family Foundation
  • Johnson & Johnson Inc.
  • Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System
  • Ontario Power Generation Inc.
  • Otis Properties Limited
  • Marilyn Pattison
  • The Northpine Foundation
  • RBC
  • RBC Foundation
  • Rogers Communications, Inc.
  • Sanofi Pasteur Limited
  • Scotiabank Group
  • Smart Serve Ontario
  • SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
  • Sun Life Financial Inc.
  • Daphne Taras and the Gottlieb Family
  • TD Bank Group
  • The Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation
  • Ted Rogers Students' Society
  • TELUS Health
  • Torys LLP
  • Unifor

Donors of $25,000 to $99,999

(May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022)

  • DHL Express
  • KPMG
  • LIFE Institute
  • Royal LePage
  • Tracey and Terry Manion

Donors of $1,000 to 24,999

(May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022)

  • Fawn Annan
  • Bento Sushi
  • BMO Financial Group
  • BRES Charitable Foundation
  • Canadian Online Giving Foundation
  • Marc Castillo
  • CBRE Limited
  • CGI
  • Herbert Chiu & Fidelia Louie
  • Valerie And David Christie
  • Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
  • Dave Codack
  • Gail Cook Johnson
  • Bindu Cudjoe
  • Culinary Tourism Alliance
  • Akber Dewji
  • Mohamed Dhanani
  • Rachel Dodds
  • Enactus Canada
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Environics Analytics
  • FGF Brands
  • Fidelity Investments Canada
  • Mary Filipelli
  • Steven Gedeon
  • Granite Club
  • Kenneth Grant
  • Greater Toronto Hotel Association
  • Kam Grewal
  • John Higginson
  • Sean Ingram
  • Interac Corp.
  • ISACA Toronto Chapter
  • Jan Kestle
  • Lisa Kimmel
  • Larsen & Toubro Infotech
  • Law & Business Advisory Council, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Shannon Lewis
  • Howard Lin

Donors of $1,000 to 24,999 (Cont'd)

(May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022)

  • Veronica Maidman
  • Mimi Majumder
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Wayne McFarlane
  • McKinsey & Company
  • MediaValet Inc.
  • Sunny Mokha
  • Moneris Solutions Canada
  • Marilyn Monk
  • Ilona Niemi
  • Oxfam Canada
  • Marg Paglieri
  • Payworks Canada
  • Pearson Canada Inc.
  • Chris Pulley
  • Dorothy Quann
  • Al Ramsay
  • Real Property Association of Canada (REALPAC)
  • Marvin S. Romanow
  • Dave Rowe & Karen Rowe
  • SAS Institute (Canada) Inc.
  • Rob Schauer
  • Brian Segal
  • Sephora
  • Shafiq Shamji
  • Godyne Sibay
  • Lawrence and Donna Smith
  • Phil Soper
  • John Stephenson
  • Technation Canada
  • Ho Tek
  • Steve Testa
  • Dogan Tirtiroglu
  • The Toronto Chapter of Tax Executives Institute, Inc.
  • UiPath
  • United Way Greater Toronto
  • Marc Viola
  • Frank Walwyn
  • Charles K. Wei
  • Marilyn Young