Awards and Recognition

At the risk of seeming immodest, we’ve got a lot of reasons to celebrate. The reputation of our school is built on the hard work and success of our community. Members of the Ted Rogers School have received numerous awards and accolades both within the university and beyond, which has raised our reputation. Our faculty members and alumni have received notable honours in their fields, our students have reached the podium at case competitions and our staff have been recognized for the support they provide to help students succeed.

Salesforce recognizes a force in community building

Shabnam Ahmad was recognized for her tremendous work in the Fit for Business program by receiving the Community Champion Award at the 2022 Salesforce Higher Education Summit.

Ahmad launched and led Fit for Business (FFB), a transition program designed exclusively for first-year Ted Rogers School students, empowering them with a community and a path to achieve academic, career and personal success. The Community Champion Award is given to an individual who consistently demonstrates thought leadership, innovation in transparency and inclusive collaboration, and dedication to the Salesforce Education community. Ahmad, who is a Ted Rogers School graduate (Law & Business, 2014), was the only Canadian finalist and winner of this award since its creation in 2019.

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“If you talk to our students, you know the difference the FFB program has made in their transition into university,” says Dr. Al Goss, associate dean, students. “It would not have been possible without Shabnam recognizing and embracing the Salesforce platform, and I am thrilled that she is being recognized for her work.”

Salesforce is a customer relationship management tool that assists in building connection and responsiveness to community needs.

During the pandemic when students were going through their first year completely online, building a sense of community was more important than ever. The foundation of FFB is the TedPack – a cohort of students that have the same courses in their first term to help create a community. Ahmad built on the TedPack structure by designating first-year students as TedPack Leaders and adding senior students to each group as TedPack Mentors.

In addition, through a personalized weekly FFB email – one centralized channel exclusive to first-year students – students receive communication on everything needed to navigate their first year. To encourage first-year students to take advantage of the services and unique offerings available, the FFB program rewards them with TedPoints for engaging beyond the classroom.

Under Ahmad’s leadership, the FFB team leveraged Salesforce, Marketing Cloud and Tableau to make data-informed decisions, and engaged over 70% of unique first-year students with 30,000+ hours of engagement beyond the classroom during the year of launch (2020-21). The team also implemented a streamlined communication strategy with Marketing Cloud to keep students informed and achieved a 72% average email open rate, which is two times higher than the current industry average.

Shabnam Ahmad

Manager, Student Engagement & Development

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Two Ted Rogers School grads receive DMZ’s Women of the Year award

Ted Rogers MBA graduate Rebecca Rose and Business Technology Management graduate Snita Balsara were recognized for their impactful work in the tech industry by receiving DMZ’s Women of the Year award.

The DMZ at Toronto Metropolitan University is a world-leading incubator for tech startups around the world. Its new award is an esteemed list curated by the tech community to honour inspirational women within the Canadian tech ecosystem.

Rebecca Rose

Rebecca Rose

Rebecca Rose (MBA, 2015) is co-founder and CEO of Studeo, an automated interactive storytelling company. She co-founded the company with her husband, Nir Betan (Chief Strategy Officer) and her friend Brodie Hanbuch (Director of Technology) in 2013. The original idea stemmed from the advertising agency that Betan founded in 2007, and that Rose helped him run.

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“We were both entrepreneurial at heart, but hated the agency business model and wanted to build a technology company that had a much greater potential to both scale and have an evolving impact on the market,” Rose explains. “Creating an automated interactive storytelling company was the literal intersection between the backgrounds of the three co-founders: film, business, mathematics and software engineering.”

Rose says that she did her Ted Rogers MBA in Technology and Innovation with the precise goal of using it to launch Studeo. “I knew I was lacking in some business fundamentals that would be crucial to leading a technology company,” she explains. “Every course I took during my MBA was chosen strategically to ensure I closed that gap as fast as possible.”

Rose and the other Studeo co-founders bootstrapped their company into a leading Canadian tech platform, seeing 100% year-over-year growth and seven-figure revenues.

Snita Balsara

Snita Balsara

Snita Balsara (BTM, 2005) has been an investor for nearly a decade. Her journey started while she was at the Herjavec Group and had the opportunity to support Robert Herjavec with his Shark Tank portfolio. In late 2016, Balsara joined MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), which opened the doors to the Canadian Innovation Ecosystem.

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“While part of MaRS IAF, I had the opportunity to support Michelle McBane as she built StandUp Ventures, a firm that invests in high-growth, women-led companies across Canada,” Balsara explains. “And more recently, I found myself on the ground floor of a new fund as our team launched Graphite Ventures.” Founded in 2021, Graphite Ventures is an evolution of MaRS IAF, one of Canada’s most active VC firms.

Balsara says that graduating from Ted Rogers School’s BTM program provided her with a diverse set of skills to code full stack, and also understand how businesses operated. “Having that duality of experience allowed me to be a better communicator and liaison between the tech side and the business side,” she points out.

All due credit: Ted Rogers School given top 5% for AACSB accreditation

One of the most prestigious business school accreditors in the world has once again recognized the quality and calibre of the Ted Rogers School and has extended its accreditation for another five years.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Schools that have earned AACSB business accreditation demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching, research, curriculum development and student learning.

Less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation, and the Ted Rogers School is one of only 11 business programs in Ontario to have this designation. The school first received accreditation by the AACSB in 2011.

Accounting for excellence: Dr. Anthony Chan conferred the CPA Ontario Fellow distinction

Accounting Professor Dr. Anthony Chan was named Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (FCPA), the highest honour the accounting profession bestows, for his remarkable professional career and ongoing commitment to volunteerism.

The honour was conferred on only 57 of the organization’s more than 97,000 members in 2021, recognizing CPAs who have demonstrated exceptional performance in three fields of activity: professional career, volunteer involvement within the accounting profession and volunteer contribution to professional, community or charitable organizations.

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For over three decades, Dr. Chan has made significant contributions to the accounting profession. As early as 1986, he published his paper entitled “The Pattern of the Theoretical Basis of International Accounting Standards: Accounting Theory Models at the International Level” in The International Journal of Accounting. In the 1980s, international financial accounting standard setting was still in its early stage, but nowadays it is one major driving force for the global financial market and economy. He has also made presentations at over 40 international accounting conferences around the world.

Dr. Chan started teaching accounting at universities in Hong Kong 35 years ago. He emigrated to Canada in the mid-1990s, and joined Ryerson (now Toronto Metropolitan University) as a full professor in 1999. He has received several teaching awards during his career, including the Group to Renew and Enhance Effective Teaching (GREET) Award and the CESAR Instructor of the Year Award.

In addition, Dr. Chan has continuously made financial donations and volunteered thousands of hours to professional and charitable organizations, and been appointed as an expert referee and reviewer for important public service agencies and professional organizations. He has also written in ethnic newspapers and spoken on multicultural radio and TV public affairs programs to share his professional knowledge with the community.

Anthony Chan

Michael Mihalicz recognized as a champion of equity, diversity and inclusion

Photos above: Ted Rogers School Indigenous Advisor, at the Reconciliation in Business 2022 event

Ted Rogers School Indigenous Advisor Michael Mihalicz was named a recipient of the 2022 Alan Shepard EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) Award at Toronto Metropolitan University for eliminating barriers to make our community a better place for all.

Mihalicz has helped guide, shape and transform the business reconciliation process at the university. Over the last two years, he brought the Ted Rogers School community into a collective circle of commitment to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #92, weaving EDI and Indigenization into the fabric of the school.

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“Michael’s work is transformative not just because it connects us with others, but because it also deeply connects us to ourselves and our responsibilities,” said Sana Mulji, Senior Advisor, External Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at the Ted Rogers School, who supported Mihalicz’s nomination.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of our path towards truth and reconciliation as we continue to make education inclusive and accessible,” Mihalicz said. In his role, he has championed an Indigenous healing garden and art installation, established pathways for access to business education and developed an inclusive curriculum and cultural awareness programming.

Michael Mihalicz

It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of our path towards truth and reconciliation as we continue to make education inclusive and accessible.

Michael Mihalicz

Indigenous Advisor

Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama

GMS Professor Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama receives AIS Fellow Award

In 2021, Global Management Studies Professor Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama received the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Fellow Award.

This award, reserved for only a small number of people, is in recognition of all of the valuable contributions Dr. Ngwenyama has made to AIS and to the field of information systems during his distinguished career.

Read more about Dr. Ngwenyama

Dr. Ngwenyama, who is also the Director of the Institute for Innovation and Technology Management at the Ted Rogers School, is a critical social scientist who studies digital technology and social organization. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, Emeritus Professor of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town and a regular Visiting Professor at Université de Nantes and University of Münster. He has also been a Docent at University of Jyväskylä since 1996.

In addition, Dr. Ngwenyama is a member of the International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 8.2, which focuses on the development and use of information technologies in organizational contexts, and served as organizing, program and general chair for several conferences. He has published more than 85 research articles in journals, and supervised more than 30 PhD students in North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

Notable honours

The Vaccine Hunters, made up of co-founder Andrew Young (Business Technology Management, 2011), co-director Sabrina Craig (Business Technology Management, 2019) and hundreds of volunteers were #1 in Toronto Life’s 50 Most Influential Torontonians in 2021 for helping over 1 million Canadians find COVID-19 vaccine shots.

Andrew Young and Sabrina Craig

Andrew Young (left) and Sabrina Craig (right)

Jenny Pao

Jenny Pao

Real Estate Management student Jenny Pao was named a recipient of the 2021 JLL Women in Real Estate Award. This award is granted to deserving recipients that have demonstrated good academic standing, leadership and involvement in their communities as selected by their respective schools.

Gerald Mak (Business Technology Management, 2013) was awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, which is the province’s second highest award for civilians and given to those who made a lasting impact in their communities and the province. As an active volunteer with the Toronto Police Service, Mak is dedicated to improving the lives of children and teens in Ontario through various initiatives.

Gerald Mak (right) shaking hands with Mayor John Tory

Gerald Mak with former Toronto mayor John Tory


Roshan Sahu

Roshan Sahu

Ted Rogers MBA student Roshan Sahu received the 2021-2022 Jennifer MacTavish Graduate Student Leadership Award for scholarly, research and creative (SRC) Innovation and Impact. Sahu is a data analytics specialist with an interest in healthcare technology and innovation. He partnered with Information Technology Management professor Dr. Linying Dong to research a business case about the current state of integrated care in Ontario. He works as a data analyst in the home healthcare industry where his team harnesses analytics to support the organization.

Dr. Atefeh Mashatan

Dr. Atefeh Mashatan

Dr. Atefeh Mashatan received the 2022 Early Research Career Excellence Award. Dr. Mashatan is a Canada Research Chair and Director of the Cybersecurity Research Lab. Her research is focused on the development of novel cybersecurity designs based on emerging technologies, such as Internet-of-Things, blockchain and quantum computing. Dr. Mashatan’s expertise at the frontlines of the cybersecurity field has been recognized by several external awards, and she has consistently demonstrated excellence in her cybersecurity research and development in collaboration with academic and industry partners.

Dean Daphne Taras

Dean Daphne Taras

Dean Daphne Taras received the 2022 Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership. During Dean Taras’ tenure, the school has transformed and its reputation and rankings have skyrocketed. She is principled, bold, compassionate and steadfast in her commitment to students and their success. She also promotes and supports the best in her colleagues, and is talented at building unity across differences so that inclusion and diversity blossom.

Dr. Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee

Dr. Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee

Dr. Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee received the 2022 Chancellor’s Award of Distinction. Dr. Lee strives for excellence in the classroom by creating an inclusive environment using experiential and active learning techniques. He has supported the pedagogical growth of an academic program as the Director of Retail Management. Dr. Lee regularly contributes to higher education outlets, and is the Editor for Marketing Education Review. He has also secured funding to advance pedagogy and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives.

Karen Peesker

Dr. Karen Peesker

Dr. Karen Peesker received the 2022 Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Peesker, Hospitality and Tourism Management assistant professor, has made an impactful teaching contribution to benefit students, the faculty and the university. She demonstrates exceptional and enthusiastic teaching skills in the classroom to bring theory to life. In addition, she has devoted time and energy to create the Ted Rogers Sales Leadership program, which has led to increased student engagement, co-op placements and graduate hirings.

Dr. André Laplume

Dr. André Laplume

Dr. André Laplume received a 2022 YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award. As the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Laplume has shown exceptional dedication to a burgeoning Master of Science in Management (MScM) program, as well as a budding PhD in Management program. He led the transformation of the MScM program to establish its unique identity as a research-focused program, and made distinctive contributions to leading the operationalization of the newly launched PhD in Management.

Making our case

Ted Rogers School students have owned the podium at several national and international case competitions over the past year. Here are a few of their victories:

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Ted Rogers Undergraduate Sales Team’s Jackson Scarfe was named the 2021 Sales Challenge Champion for finishing first overall at the National Sales Challenge at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

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Master of Science in Management student Asha Rani came in second at the 2021 Breaking Stereotypes in Business Technology Management (BSBTM) Case Competition.

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Hospitality and Tourism Management student Melanie Feng placed third as part of a Canadian team at Young Hoteliers Summit 2022 Challenge.

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Real Estate Management student April West and Business Technology Management students Vladimir Poliak and Sarah Nguyen each finished second in their challenges at the 2022 Microsoft Office Specialist Canadian Championship.

April West holding certificate

Real Estate Management student April West

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The Ted Rogers MBA team finished third overall in the 2022 MBA Games, and first overall in the event’s Spirit Competition.

MBA team members dressed in sports gear posing as a group

MBA team photo from Spirit Competition

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