Summer 2015 | Issue 22

Mirna Matulovic: Graduating from DeGroote is a family affair

Mirna Matulovic, MBA '15

Even though Mirna is following her daughters’ lead, they have spent their lives looking up to her.

“She is an inspiration to us both,” the sisters share. She’s an inspiration with quite a story.

Mirna and her husband immigrated to Canada from Croatia in late 1993, when Vera and Lea were eleven and three, respectively. They moved to Hamilton from Zagreb, Croatia, leaving their jobs, their family and friends behind.

Moving to Canada meant starting from the beginning. I had built a career for myself, and was facing starting from scratch and having to rebuild my career.

As a professional in Croatia, Mirna graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Zagreb. She held positions in financial institutions and at a hotel. But she knew moving to a new country with a new language meant starting all over.

“Moving to Canada meant starting from the beginning. I had built a career for myself, and was facing starting from scratch and having to rebuild my career,” shares Mirna, who looked for any work that she could find. She was employed at an Avondale mini-mart, the jewellery counter at Hudson’s Bay and at RBC. Mirna often worked two jobs; working a full-time job in the day and then a part-time job in the evenings and weekends to help her and her husband make ends meet for their family. more…


Deans’ Column – Summer 2015

Leonard Waverman | Dean, DeGroote School of Business

473r-leonard-waverman-2012_ppWe are just weeks away from the beginning of another academic year at the DeGroote School of Business. While most of our students are away for the summer, the faculty and staff are busily preparing to welcome everyone back in September!

As classes resume, so too will our popular Knowledge @ DeGroote seminar series. These events, held in Toronto and Burlington, attract a diverse audience of alumni, friends of the School, and business professionals. We work hard to ensure that the content of each event is valuable and relevant to today’s business environment. The event schedule for September and October is listed below.

Leading the fall schedule, on September 24th, is a “fireside chat” at Toronto’s National Club with Dr. Sherry Cooper and Gordon Pitts looking at what to expect as we head into 2015’s fourth quarter. Sherry has been a strong supporter of the Knowledge @ DeGroote seminar series and can always be counted on to provide provocative commentary on Canada’s economic climate.

Just a few days later, Sherry returns to the podium, this time at our campus in Burlington, to chair a panel discussion on generational diversity in the workplace. This annual “diversity panel” was initiated last year with a panel on gender diversity that was very well-received. With the millennial generation now in the workplace, this panel is sure to be relevant to many business professionals.

I look forward to seeing many of you at events this fall and hope the rest of your summer is safe and stress-free!


Award Winners

Colin-Glassco-thColin Glassco
Alumni Gallery Inductee
Daniel Bida and a friend at the Toronto Zoo.Daniel Bida
Arch Award Recipient
2012 Lisa BrownLisa Brown
Arch Award Recipient
Andreas SouvaliotisAndres Souvaliotis
Alumni Gallery Inductee

In Practice

Taking a fresh look at teaching

Chelsea Parker | Advancement Intern

ISW 2015:Rita Cossa, Carolyn Capretta, and Frances Tuer

Professors at DeGroote strive to stay on top of trends, technology and teaching practices in order to engage students as much as possible. This holds true for lecturer Carolyn Capretta and professors Rita Cossa and Frances Tuer, who demonstrate their commitment to teaching excellence by staying relevant through continual learning. Capretta, Cossa and Tuer attended the Instructional Skill Workshop and the Learning Technologies Symposium last month.

As a business student, I set out to ask them a few questions about what they learned and how it will impact students at DeGroote.

Question: What do you think was the biggest benefit of attending the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)? more…


Getting Out

Cooper and Pitts:
A Fireside Chat

Toronto, Ontario

sherry-cooper-gordon-pittsJoin us for lunch and a provocative conversation with renowned economist, Dr. Sherry Cooper (TMX industry professor) and esteemed business journalist Gordon Pitts (DeGroote’s Business Writer in Residence).

Dr. Cooper will discuss the latest insights around trending industry news and what to expect as we approach the final quarter in 2015.

Knowledge @ DeGroote: Generational Diversity

Burlington, Ontario

generational-diversityJoin us for breakfast with Knowledge @ DeGroote in partnership with the Burlington Economic Development Corporation for a panel discussion on generational diversity, featuring Dr. Sherry Cooper, Frances Tuer, Ruta Stauskas, and Rick Simm. This expert panel will provide insight into the emerging knowledge about Gen Z, what they want from you, and the challenges of managing generational diversity.

Event Promo Code

Your $25 event promo code is: KMAG2015



Cooper and Pitts: A Fireside Chat

Sep. 24, 2015 | 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Sherry Cooper, interviewed by Gordon Pitts | The National Club, Bay Street, Toronto, ON

Knowledge @ DeGroote: Generational Diversity

Sep. 29, 2015 | 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. A panel discussion with Frances Tuer, Ruta, Stauskas, Dr.Sherry Cooper, Rick Simm | Burlington, ON – RJC Great Hall


Knowledge @ DeGroote: Innovation Governance

Oct. 6, 2015 | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. In partnership with the Directors College. A cocktail event moderated by Michael Hartmann, human resources and management professor at DeGroote and Principal of The Directors College. | The National Club, Bay Street, Toronto, ON


Knowledge @ DeGroote: Knowledge Hiding

Oct. 9, 2015 | 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  Catherine Connolly, interviewed by Gordon Pitt | Burlington, ON – RJC Great Hall


Women’s Breakfast Series: Women in Leadership

Oct. 20, 2015 | 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  Featuring Debbie Coull-Cicchini, senior vice-president of Intact Insurance. | Burlington, ON – RJC Great Hall

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