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Former Rotman School Dean Appointed to the Order of Canada

Toronto – The former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has received one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. Professor Roger Martin, who led the Rotman School from 1998 to 2013 as Dean, was named as a Member of the Order of Canada for his for his leadership in business education and for his innovative studies in corporate management. The appointment was announced by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on June 30.

 Under Martin’s leadership, the School saw a dramatic growth in the size of its programs, faculty, facilities and international reputation. Currently the School’s has been ranked as Canada’s number one business school for ten years in a row by the Financial Times. In addition, the School’s faculty was ranked 3rd in the world for research by the Financial Times in January. In September 2012, a new building expansion was officially opened which more than doubled the amount of teaching, research, study, presentation and special event space available to the Rotman School community.

“A brilliant strategist, a creative thinker and tireless educator, Roger Martin transformed the Rotman School into a leading brand in management education and research, renowned for innovative programs and thought leadership on the most pressing problems of our time,” says current Rotman School Dean Tiff Macklem.

 Martin is currently the Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School, where he leads The Infrastructure of Democratic Capitalism project. He also holds the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness.

 His research work is in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. He has written 23 Harvard Business Review articles and published 10 books: Getting Beyond Better (with Sally Osberg); Harvard Business Review Press (HBRP), 2015) Playing to Win (with A.G. Lafley) (HBRP, 2013); Fixing the Game (HBRP, 2011); The Design of Business (HBRP, 2009); The Opposable Mind (HBRP, 2007); The Responsibility Virus (Basic Books, 2002); Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be (with Jim Milway, Rotman-UTP Publishing, 2012); Diaminds (with Mihnea Moldoveanu, University of Toronto Press, 2009); and, The Future of the MBA (with Mihnea Moldoveanu, Oxford University Press, 2008). In addition, he co-edited Rotman on Design (with Karen Christensen, Rotman-UTP Publishing, 2013).

 A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Martin received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.

 Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. More than 6500 Canadians have received appointments to the Order since its inception.


Advisory Board and Fellows Appointed to University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute


Toronto – A new advisory board has been appointed at the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) as the institute also adds two fellows to its 2016 roster.

MPI is a research centre at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The current focus of the institute is its Democratic Capitalism project, which explores ways to improve the critical underpinnings of our social, political and financial systems.

“Our advisory board brings together thought leaders from around the world and the Rotman School to help give shape the work we are doing here at MPI. As we look to provide actionable recommendations on how to improve the nature and outcomes of democratic capitalism, it is our belief that this board will provide us with the advice and guidance necessary to make a real impact,” says Jamison Steeve, Executive Director.

The board will be chaired by Geoff Beattie, CEO, Generation Capital. Members include:

  • Bill Downe, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group;
  • Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post;
  • Nina Mažar, Associate Professor of Marketing, Rotman School of Management, and GINI Behavioural Scientist, Global Insights Initiative, The World Bank;
  • Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India and co- founder Infosys;
  • William Strange, SmartCentres Chair of Real Estate and Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management; and,
  • Tim Sullivan, Editorial Director, Harvard Business Review Press.

In addition, two leading thinkers have been appointed as new MPI fellows. MPI welcomes Zeynop Ton, a new fellow for 2016, and Lauren Jones, MPI’s first junior fellow. During their fellowships each will research a specific area for the Democratic Capitalism project.

Zeynep Ton is an adjunct associate professor in the operations management group at MIT Sloan School of Management. With MPI she will be building on her ‘Good Jobs Strategy,’ focusing on creating tools and measurements for organizations to provide working solutions for managers, employees, customers, and investors.

Professor Lauren Jones of Ohio State University is a former colleague of MPI. Professor Jones will aim to identify how high quality childcare impacts the ability of children to move up the social ladder. Her work will examine how community-level measures of access to childcare relate to community-level measures of social mobility.