September 2016 | Issue 34

From Ghana to DeGroote: Roger Brown on the value of enhancing student life

Roger BrownAs a teenager, Roger Brown wanted to chase the setting sun over the horizon.

“I would look up into the sky and see airplanes, and I’d wonder where those people were going,” says Brown, reflecting on his upbringing in Accra, Ghana – “sweeping the compounds of his family home” and ruminating about life on the other side of the world.

“I wanted to know what kids my age were doing in other parts of the world,” he continues. “That was always intriguing to me.”

I was able to make it in the Canadian corporate world, and I feel a responsibility to help others get there as well – especially DeGroote students who are trying to make connections outside the classroom, and may not have the resources to do so.

Now, the DeGroote Commerce alumnus and successful banking professional wants to help other students realize their own dreams – whether those dreams involve traveling abroad, landing a key internship, or competing against the top business schools in the country. That’s why he contributes annually to the DeGroote Experience Fund.

The Fund was established to help Commerce and MBA students enhance their learning opportunities outside the classroom. Funding is available for national and international case competitions, conferences, leadership workshops, volunteer excursions and a wide variety of events.

Last year, nearly $100,000 was distributed to student applicants, who were able to take part in valuable activities across Canada and beyond. The goal is to increase the Fund’s capacity to $200,000 over the next year. more…


In Practice

Pokémon GO and augmented reality: Milena Head examines the global phenomenon

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer | Hamilton

Pokémon GO and augmented realityWhen you step outside to catch ’em all, be sure to watch where you’re going.

Pokémon GO is the latest iteration of the popular gaming franchise launched by Nintendo during the mid-1990s. Users can download the app for free onto Android and iOS devices, and begin a quest to collect and battle Pokémon characters at various points in their immediate surroundings.

The latter is what makes it so unique. The game utilizes a smartphone’s GPS technology to make characters appear on screen at local parks, beaches, restaurants, schools, or just about anywhere humans can traverse. The technology is called augmented reality. Even the White House reportedly has an eagle-like character on site known as “Merica.” more…

Under the national spotlight: DeGroote MBA ranked among Canada’s top 10

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer | Hamilton

Ron Joyce CentreSome of the brightest and most accomplished grad students in the country are flocking to the DeGroote School of Business, and for good reason.

DeGroote has once again been named to Canadian Business magazine’s prestigious Canada’s Best MBAs list, joining the likes of the Rotman School of Management, Queen’s School of Business and Ivey Business School in the top 10.

DeGroote landed in the ninth spot on the national reputation ranking, which is determined by assessing a school’s name recognition and perception of quality, among other factors. More than 40 Canadian universities currently offer MBA programs. more…


Averting disaster: Manish Verma awarded $245K to further rail safety research

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer | Hamilton

freight-trainManish Verma wants to make rail transportation as safe as possible, and the Government of Canada thinks he’s the right conductor for this objective.

Verma, an Associate Professor at the DeGroote School of Business, was among several dozen researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) last week.

The $15.7 million funding announcement was delivered at McMaster by Minister of Science Kristy Duncan.

Verma was awarded a Discovery Grant of $125,000 over five years to further his research involving rail safety and the overland movement of dangerous goods. He also earned a coveted Discovery Accelerator Supplement of $120,000 over three years, bringing his total to $245,000.  more…

Getting Out

Making Impact: Landing a Seat on a Board of Directors

Burlington, Ontario

Studies consistently demonstrate improved outcomes from organizations that have influential female voices at the board table.

We invite you to enjoy cocktails and canapés while reconnecting with fellow members of the network before and after the presentation.

Event open to alumni, business community members, and students. Event details…

Annual Digital Leadership Summit

Toronto, Ontario

The Digital Leadership Summit promises provocative discussions with industry and academic experts on the rapidly changing digital landscape and what this chance means for traditional models of strategy and leadership across different sectors. Attendees understand that technology is changing the way we do business and will learn how to create opportunity out of digital disruption at their organization. Event details…



Making Impact: Landing a Seat on a Board of Directors

September 20, 2016 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Industry experts come together for an insightful discussion surrounding women on boards. | Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington. details

Digital Leadership Summit

September 29, 2016 | 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The DeGroote School of Business, in partnership with SAS Canada, is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Digital Leadership Summit.| Toronto. details

2016 Individual Finance and Insurance Decision Centre Conference (IFID)

October 19, 2016 | 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The IFID Centre and DeGroote will be jointly organizing this year’s conference. The theme will be: The Optimal Household Balance Sheet: Who Has Too Much Debt? | Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington. details

Conversations and Conversions: The New Relationship of Media and Business

October 19, 2016 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Topics of discussion will include challenges and opportunities for media companies, recent and emerging trends in communications practices. | Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington. details

The Big Score: The Business of Sports

October 27, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

An exclusive event in partnership with the MLSE. | Toronto. details


Upcoming Directors College Courses

Innovation Governance for Directors

Does your board support an innovation culture? Or does it tremble at the thought of disruptive change? How does your board manage innovation risk and opportunity?

September 29-October 1, 2016 | Burlington …more

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