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January 2015 | Issue 16

Benson Tsang: Balancing a busy life abroad

benson-tsangGrowth is often fostered by challenges and expanding one’s horizon. That’s what Benson Tsang, the current CFO and Chief Accounting Officer at ATA Inc., and an MBA Alumni of the DeGroote School of Business believed when he decided to pursue a career abroad as opposed to staying home in Canada.

As he graduated from the MBA program in 1991, Tsang wanted a challenge, so he decided to capitalize on his company’s three year international transfer program and headed to China. This three year term eventually turned into 5 years, and then 3 more years until Tsang eventually discovered that a career abroad was what was most natural for him: “To me, moving to different places is natural”, says Tsang. “Like when I moved back to Canada—after 20 years of living abroad, my wife wanted to come back to spend more time with her parents [in Canada]. When she wanted to come back, I said, ‘No problem, let’s move’.”

…Tsang wanted a challenge, so he decided to capitalize on his company’s three year international transfer program and headed to China.

For Tsang, these decisions to move from one place to next have always been natural for him because they revolve around his family. “Wherever I go, my wife and kids moves with me.” Even when his family cannot accompany to the various locations that he visits, Tsang is still in constant communication with them. 20 years ago, when there was no social media and smartphones, Tsang would exchange pictures with his children every night via a fax machine. Now, technology makes things a lot easier as it takes him just seconds to communicate with his family via text messages or smartphone apps. more…

Dean’s Column – January 2015

Leonard Waverman | Dean, DeGroote School of Business

waverman_leonardIt is a new year; one full of potential for astounding success for our students, faculty, and alumni – and for the school itself. This year, the DeGroote School of Business has its own list of New Year’s resolutions that will guide us for the next five years.

Many will be aware that we have spent more than a year on a new strategic plan for DeGroote that includes new statements of Mission, Vision, and Values. The draft document was approved by the faculty in mid-December and will be released publicly later this month.

At the heart of the strategic plan are three core values:

Innovation – Collaboration – Generosity

We support a culture that embraces bold, interdisciplinary thinking; drives the creation and application of evidence-based knowledge; and expects collegial activity undertaken with integrity.

I look forward to sharing with the DeGroote community the many ways that our students, faculty, and alumni already integrate these values into their work. The DeGroote Network has always been an innovative, collaborative, and generous community.

In this month’s issue of the Knowledge Magazine (formerly Month@DeGroote), you will find a profile of one of our globe-trotting alumni, Benson Tsang, which is adapted from an article that first appeared in our student-run publication, Quarterly Profit. Also, Sourav Ray discusses the feasibility of the recently-introduced Price Transparency Act which is intended to uncover cross-border price differences. Finally, B.Com. alumnus Fahad Meer shares his Top 3 Tips for Blogging Authentically.

Happy New Year!

Len Waverman


Ontario invests $1.4 million in energy research at DeGroote

Colin Carmichael | Manager of Public Relations

ted_squareThe Hon. Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing visited the DeGroote School of Business this morning to announce $1.4 million in research funding. The research will be undertaken through a partnership with HydroOne and BlueLine Innovations and will investigate ways to reduce energy consumption through dynamic pricing models and consumer feedback.

The funding come from the Smart Grid Fund, which supports the development of new and emerging technologies that will bring benefits to Ontario’s homes and businesses – like fewer service disruptions, less wasted energy and increased grid security. more…

In Practice

Top 3 Tips: Blogging Authentically

bloggingThe power of words is immense. It is because of mere words that some nations have battled (and continuously battle to this very day) but it is also because of words that unity, courage and inspiration is tranquilized within us. To me, the latter is what blogging is all about. It is about thinking the unthinkable, speaking the unspeakable and reaching the unreachable in the hope that just one person is positively affected by your message and words. more…

Getting Out

Economic Forecast Lunch with Sherry Cooper and Gordon Pitts

Toronto, Ontario

Sherry CooperJoin us in Toronto as renowned Canadian economist and DeGroote TMX Industry Professor, Dr. Sherry Cooper, delivers her first annual economic forecast for 2015.

In conversation with Gordon Pitts, DeGroote’s Business Writer in Residence, Dr. Cooper will draw on her decades of experience in banking and finance to provide insights on what to expect from the Canadian economy in 2015 and beyond. This event is part of the Knowledge @ DeGroote seminar series. event details…

Effecting Behavioural Change in the Workplace

Burlington, Ontario

Peter Gardiner-Harding, Behavioural Learning Coach at the Directors College will discuss how effecting behavioural change is a challenge in every workplace. When the way things get done do not optimize outcomes for customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders, the challenge of making the changes needed can be difficult, especially when the people involved are emotionally invested in the status quo. Unfortunately, “one size will not fit all” in making this kind of change happen, but there are certain elements that will definitely help when helping people Peter Gardiner-Harding change.

This event is part of the Knowledge @ DeGroote seminar series. event details…

Beyond the Bio

Michael Hartmann

Professor | Human Resources and Management

Michael_Hartmann_thMichael Hartmann is a professor of Human Resource Management at the DeGroote School of Business and the current Principal of the Directors College, a joint-venture partnership between DeGroote and the Conference Board of Canada.

In a few sentences, please summarize your academic/ business career leading up to you joining DeGroote.

Prior to coming to DeGroote I was deputy dean at the Manchester Business School for 5 years and prior to that was assistant dean at the Rotman School of Management for 9 years. more…



Economic Forecast lunch with Sherry Cooper and Gordon Pitts

Jan. 23, 2015 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. A Knowledge @ DeGroote event: Gordon Pitts interviews Sherry Cooper | The National Club, Main Dining room, Toronto


Effecting Behavioural Change in the Workplace

Jan. 27, 2015 | 7:30 – 9 a.m. A Knowledge @ DeGroote event with Peter Gardiner-Harding, The Directors College Executive Director | Ron Joyce Centre, Great Hall, 4350 South Service Road, Burlington


Women’s Breakfast Series Seminar

Feb. 24, 2015 | 7:30 – 9 a.m. A Knowledge @ DeGroote event with Carolynne Fletcher Wintrip, Learning & Team Effectiveness Specialist, Luminus Learning | Ron Joyce Centre, Great Hall, 4350 South Service Road, Burlington


Burlington Diversity and Talent Panel

Feb. 27, 2015 | 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. A Knowledge @ DeGroote event with Dr. Sherry Cooper, Mary Lou Maher, Clare Beckton, Bill Greenhalgh | Ron Joyce Centre, Great Hall, 4350 South Service Road, Burlington


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