Ahead of the tech curve: Rogers partners with DeGroote on Ted Rogers Scholarship in Digital Transformation

September 19, 2018 | Burlington
Contributed by Andrew Baulcomb, Communications Officer

“It’s marvellous to have Rogers, one of the leading companies in the telecommunications space, as a partner on our EMBA,” says Len Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business. Left to right: Rachel Di Salle, EMBA Candidate 2018; Ryan Chong, EMBA Candidate 2019; Lisa Durocher, Chief Digital Officer, Rogers; Andrea Gagliardi, Vice President, Residential and Enterprise (Digital), Rogers, EMBA 2017.

Rogers, one of the country’s largest and most influential media companies, is partnering with the DeGroote School of Business on a new scholarship named for the company’s longtime President and CEO.

The Ted Rogers Scholarship in Digital Transformation will enable Rogers to nominate one employee per year to complete the School’s Executive MBA in Digital Transformation (EMBA). Rogers will fund one employee in each cohort of the program through 2021.

Launched in 2016, the EMBA is a unique 14-month program built around four residential modules in Ontario and Silicon Valley, California. Students from around the world learn from faculty instructors in the classroom as well as from industry experts on site.

The program is aimed at professionals who are already well-established players in their respective fields. The inaugural cohort, which graduated in the fall of 2017, averaged 42 years of age and 12 years of work experience.

The aim of the EMBA is to prepare graduates to make data-driven decisions, lead complex and diverse teams in digital environments, and recruit world-class talent to their organizations.

“It’s marvellous to have Rogers, one of the leading companies in the telecommunications space, as a partner on our EMBA,” says Len Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business.

“To have Rogers providing a scholarship for someone at their firm to come study at DeGroote shows that an industry leader not only has confidence in us, but can learn from us,” Waverman continues. 

“We believe that investing in the growth and development of our team is important to support our long-term success,” says Jim Reid, Chief Human Resource Officer, Rogers.

“We are thrilled to partner with DeGroote’s EMBA in Digital Transformation, and to give our team members the opportunity to have a unique, digitally-focused learning experience that will arm them with the skills and knowledge to help them become digital leaders of tomorrow.”

As part of the agreement, Rogers will have an opportunity to provide a digital transformation-focused project for students to work on during their capstone project course. The company will also nominate a senior executive to be considered for the EMBA Business Advisory Committee.

Rogers’ commitment to the EMBA program, and DeGroote, is already strong.

Prior to the Ted Rogers Scholarship being established, the company selected one employee to participate in the program each year. Andrea Gagliardi is one such employee who benefited immensely from studying at DeGroote.

“DeGroote’s EMBA program is fantastic, and I’d highly recommend it,” says Gagliardi, who was recently named Vice President, Residential and Enterprise (Digital) at Rogers. “We are in the midst of a digital transformation, and it was so helpful that core curriculum elements were made relevant to the work we are doing today.

“It was also important for me to immerse myself in the EMBA program to allow for effective group work and meaningful networking,” she continues. “The EMBA provided me with the right balance of on-premise intensity and self-pacing. The content was incredibly transferable to my day-to-day work.”

Rachel Di Salle is a current EMBA candidate chosen by Rogers to enter the program in 2017.

“The journey has been pretty incredible so far,” says Di Salle, who serves as Senior Manager, Content Governance, at Rogers. “A highlight would certainly be getting to come to California, to be in Palo Alto, where so much of this innovation and intelligence happens.

“You go to work every day and try to be as open-minded as possible,” she adds. “But I think a program like this really elevates that. It just gives you a whole other sense of context when you’re looking at your work and the company you work for, and how that fits in the industry.”

Interested in learning more about the DeGroote School of Business’ Executive MBA in Digital Transformation (EMBA)? Download the brochure and sign-up for a future information session

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