Integration Exchange Program in China at Tsinghua University
Aahona Banerjee (MBA 2007) grew up in Scarborough, ON and received her undergraduate degree in Information Technology Management from Ryerson University. Before obtaining her MBA at Ryerson, Aahona worked for five years in the IT industry. She chose to specialize in Marketing Management to further her education in both business and marketing.
During her MBA studies, Aahona participated in a number of case competitions and presentations. “I was apart of the strategy case team representing Ryerson at the MBA games in Edmonton. I also participated in the exchange program in China at Tsinghua University. The competitions and travelling were such great experiences. Throughout it all, the faculty was so supportive and encouraging.” On top of these accomplishments, Aahona was the Gold Medal recipient for the 2007 graduating class.
Aahona currently works in marketing at Hallmark Cards Canada as a Gift Wrap Product Planner. Her responsibilities include planning, analyzing and developing gift wrap product line offerings in Canada. She works on the gift wrap and merchandising for some of the biggest retailers in Canada, giving consideration to market trends, channel and consumer needs, and inventory management while maximizing profitability.Aahona really appreciated the close-knit community and faculty in the MBA program, “because the classes were smaller, it gave us the opportunity to get to know the faculty and for them to get to know us,” says Aahona. “Also, it was great to have female faculty members such as Dr. Wendy Cukier supporting the women in the program and taking the extra step to introduce us to other successful women in our areas of interest. These workshops helped to broaden our network and development by meeting other women in business, providing a different prospective.”
“The Ryerson MBA program is one that you will not find anywhere else. The faculty members are specialized in the areas that they teach, the classes are small and focused, and in this day and age the international perspective is a mandatory one.”
Philippe’s career began with sales and marketing responsibilities in the GIS and material handling industries in the Montreal area. He entered the transit industry in 1999 and progressively moved through business development and research roles with a bus manufacturer and the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).
Soon after the completion of his Ryerson MBA, Philippe joined Metrolinx as Manager for the Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI). Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario whose mandate is to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Metrolinx is well known for its operating divisions: GO Transit, Union Pearson Express and PRESTO.
TPI helps Metrolinx fulfills one its mandate which is the facilitation of joint procurements across Ontario transit providers. Since 2006, TPI has worked with 27 agencies and municipalities to procure and build over 700 transit buses with saving of over $10M. In 2014, his role expanded to oversee some of Metrolinx’s innovation initiatives that deal with research and pilots of new technologies, integrated mobility and new business models.
“A number of things attracted me to the Ryerson MBA: state-of-the-art downtown campus, charismatic professors, the ability to build and update my skills and the liberty to infuse my transit experience through my case studies and papers. I found it refreshing to work with peers of all ages and with a diversity of background. Ryerson’s culture is all about energy and real-life application. The faculty was always supportive and provided great mentorship. The MBA was a great intellectual challenge and my specialization (technology innovation and supply chain) is relevant to my present role at Metrolinx.”
Philippe has always tried to stay involved in transit and transportation associations and committees. In 2012, he was elected Chair of the CUTA Technical Services Committee as well as a board Director of CUTA. This has allowed him to learn and share information on exciting trends such as Intelligent Transportation Systems, electric buses, autonomous vehicles and accessibility. Overall, Philippe feels that transit is a great industry merging worlds as diverse as politics, engineering, social services, environment and city building. Building on smart phones and the internet of things, transit and mobility will go through some disruptive changes that will revolutionize the way people move around.
Kasi Bruno, Ryerson University MBA (2008) is now the Director of Marketing for Don Tapscott’s new book, “Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.”
“We’ve broken new ground,” explains Bruno. “We’re trying to incorporate innovative marketing and communications strategies into our outreach for this book.” Part of this outside-the-box strategy includes a “teaser campaign” she created. The ads used a mix of thought-provoking and mysterious statements related to the book’s themes that appeared in online banners and national print ads a month before the book hit shelves.
Before completing her MBA at Ryerson, Bruno worked in communications. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and Ethics, Society and Law. Bruno was first hired to work with Tapscott as part of her final term MBA internship. She is now responsible for every aspect of the book’s marketing campaign - developing ads for the National Post, the Globe and Mail and Business Week Magazine as well as publicity and events throughout Canada and the USA.
"I originally applied to another graduate program at Ryerson - Communication and Culture - but the MBA Administration reached out to me and recommended that I explore their marketing specialization. I had worked in marketing before and I gravitated toward it. I like to write, I like to talk to people, address groups and crowds - it's natural for me."
Kasi loved that the MBA focused on building strong relationships. "It's a really small program so you get to know all your classmates and professors. It has such a personal touch. I mean, when the Dean actually knows who you are and what you're interested in; that is fantastic."
The faculty worked with Kasi and helped her find an internship placement they thought would match her interests. That internship led to her new exciting career.
Joshua's business philosophy is simple, to provide clients integral services while building trustworthy relationships with a lifetime commitment. With the combination of an unsurpassed work ethic, strong educational values, dedicated community involvement and enthusiastic personality, Joshua has built a strong residual business model.
Joshua combines real estate sales, property development, property management, building and syndication as his core competencies. With over nine years in the industry, he has experienced a wide range of successes and failures. Joshua though, as most successful entrepreneurs sees failures only as temporary road blocks and thus learning opportunities for a sustainable career.
Joshua recently established an eco-friendly home building company where he utilizes his knowledge gained while completing his MBA major research paper on vertical farming. He is excited by the opportunity to promote sustainable home building in the GTA.
“I applied to the MBA program at Ryerson for its diversified learning experience and supplementary real estate courses. The instructors were from a wide range of backgrounds but most importantly they all had professional experience along with academia. Although completing the degree on a part-time basis, the program, faculty and students all work together to ensure the team environment is not lost. Moreover, the part-time students were able to share professional experience during class discussion to further the practical knowledge for all students. Lastly, the location of Ted Rogers Business School is second to none.”
Specialization Global Focus
Ana Caracaleanu is a marketing professional and a recent MBA grad (2012). Before starting her part-time studies at Ryerson, she has worked in several SMEs in industries such as biotech, real estate and manufacturing. Her passion and interest had always been in the fashion industry and since graduation she’s been working on her first venture, LUEVO.
“When I first came to Ryerson, I didn’t really know what I was going to do after. I guess most of us are in that position, where we know that an MBA will change our lives, we just don’t know how. For me it was the support network that I needed to start my own business. Nobody needs an MBA to start their own business but it sure gave me a head start, the courage, and the foundation to do so”.
LUEVO is a unique crowd-funding solution for emerging fashion designers that allows them to get the pre-orders needed before production. Her company is now a MaRS client and she is the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the UpStart Pitch Competition at MaRS.
Integration Internship at Scotiabank
Edmund began his career at Scotiabank through the joint Scotiabank/Ryerson MBA internship program working in the Strategy, Communications and Change Management team. During his internship, Edmund worked on developing a business case to automate internal reports. He was also tasked to provide key insights, issues and trends on the Canadian Banking portfolio. Upon graduation and successful completion of the internship, Edmund was hired full-time as a Manager in the same team with a focus on Strategic Reporting. In this role he provides reports to senior executives, and assists in strategic and change management initiatives.
For the past couple of year, Edmund has participated as a volunteer judge in the York Region Science and Technology fair. Having an Aerospace engineering background he always felt that he would support the sciences in any capacity regardless of where his career took him. “It is inspiring to see young, enthusiastic students take interest in the sciences, whether it is researching something new, proving concepts or building a prototype!”
Edmund completed his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson and subsequently worked in the automotive and aerospace industry for 7 years. He is also Project Management Professional (PMP) certified..
What did Edmund like most about the Ryerson MBA?: “People, no question about it, the staff was more than willing to help establish what I wanted to get out of my MBA experience as long as I was willing to put forth the work and effort. My fellow classmates whom I have become good friends with were also inspiring as they brought a different view on tackling problems and provided their insights from their own personal and unique work experience.”
Carlie graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a major in Film and Media studies, and completed a certificate program in Entertainment Management at the UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. As a driven and inventive film and television professional, her experience spans from broadcast news (MTV, Entertainment Tonight Canada), web casts (InSeries Media), television series (Fusion TV), and feature film (Alcina Pictures, Entertainment One). She possesses the creative vision and advanced expertise on both the industry’s creative and business fronts.
Noticing change in the wind within the entertainment landscape, Carlie decided to pursue her MBA to build a platform of business knowledge in an adapting industry. The program at Ted Rogers School of Management was specifically targeted for its leading edge curriculum. Upon graduating with a specialization in Marketing from MBA Global, Carlie entered the advertising world. Currently pursuing a career in consumer marketing, Carlie manages the marketing, sales and advertising strategy of a major retail client. A background in media production coupled with the deeper understanding of business gained through an MBA set the stage for a successful skill set in today’s exciting marketplace.
“I’ve always been passionate for the entrepreneurial spirit – the collaborative atmosphere at TRSM flourished my confidence to voice my ideas and opinions. Both in the classroom and out, TRSM offered opportunities to learn and share through many group projects and case studies with multi-faceted and conversant professors and peers. I was able to gain an outlook of the world from a variety of lenses. Without this experience I would not be able to make the same sound analytical and strategic business decisions as I do today - and on the flip side, not be afraid to colour outside the lines!”
As President of the Women in Leadership Association, Carlie and her team were able to organize open events to discuss leadership skills in today’s business world.
Specialization Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
As a Product Manager at MediaTrust, Daniel Cheriyan (MBA 2007) is responsible primarily for business planning and product planning. This entails performing market opportunity analyses, developing business cases, investigating and piloting new business initiatives, managing product roadmap and more. Additionally, Daniel has recently taken on facilitating the development of the corporate strategy and execution plans with senior management.
Daniel earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University. After working as both a Product and R&D Engineer, Daniel became interested in the Innovation and Technology focus in the MBA program at Ryerson. Initially, he chose to specialize in Supply Chain Management to supplement his technical background, but ended up adding the Information Systems Management specialization to gain management skills centered around the interaction of process and technology.
The Ryerson MBA has allowed Daniel to branch out of just a technical role, “Lately, I’ve been able to leverage it in driving, facilitating and implementing strategic initiatives at the corporate and senior management levels,” says Daniel. “Additionally, it has allowed me to transition from the manufacturing sector to the internet and marketing sectors.”
He praises the MBA program at Ryerson as “…a rewarding learning and career development experience, with faculty and staff devoted to supporting your development as an innovative leader grounded with real-world experience. The program is relevant and rooted in applicability to the real-world and industry.”
Specialization Marketing and Retail and Commercial Development
Integration Internship at Toronto Dominion Bank (TD)
Rumyana Eneva (MBA 2009) grew up in Bulgaria and completed a double major in Economics and Business Administration in her undergraduate studies from the American University in Bulgaria.
Prior to completing her MBA at Ryerson, Rumyana worked for seven years in the advertising business, her last position being Deputy Client Service Director at the Bulgarian office of Leo Burnett.
She chose Ryerson as the school to earn her MBA because of its professional ways of delivering education that focus on developing real-world skills. “The MBA program, with its one year format, various specializations and internship at the end of the program is specifically designed for professionals who are looking for the most efficient investment of their resources,” she says. “I liked the diverse and extremely cooperative environment. This is yet another feature of the program that prepares MBA graduates for working in business environments where team work and cooperation are highly valued.”
Upon graduation, Rumyana became part of the TDBFG Management Rotational Program. This is a 24-month program that gives her an opportunity to explore various businesses in the bank sector and develop an array of experience along the way.
Rumyana says the MBA program was a good investment in every respect. “The MBA opened a whole new spectrum of opportunities for all of us who graduated in a year of increased competition in the labour market. It is in those tough times that Ryerson MBA showed its true potential to prepare world-class professionals.”
Specialization Retail and Commercial Development
Miranda Fong is one of many Ryerson MBA success stories. After eight months of courses in the Ryerson MBA program, and an internship in the financial sector, Miranda was selected to join the highly competitive Royal Bank of Canada's Financial Management Development Program (FMDP), a 24-month rotational program in various finance areas such as risk management, financial reporting, real estate and capital markets.
"The RBC FMDP program is only open to recent MBA graduates and is highly competitive" said Fong. "Thanks to the generous Ted and Loretta Rogers scholarship, CREW scholarship, and the competition opportunities which were made available to me, I was able to hold my own among other applicants from top ranked Canadian schools."
Prior to joining Ryerson's MBA, Miranda studied accounting and economics at the University of Toronto. She worked as a tutor at the Brainchild Education Centre, and as a journalist for the University of Toronto Finance Association. While in the MBA, Fong took part in the first international competition for Ryerson MBA students, placing second at the prestigious Leeds-Net Impact Case Competition held at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Miranda praises "the close-knit community of the students, as well as the support from our faculty," in the Ryerson MBA program. "For example, Professor Dale Carl accompanied the Leeds-Net Impact Case Competition team all the way to Colorado."
Jose is a program manager of the Mid-Level Managers with the Technical Background Bridging Program at The Raymond G. Chang School of Continuing Studies, Ryerson University. He is also an instructor and a curriculum developer at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto. Jose helps fellow internationally educated professionals integrate into the Ontario labour market. He is an internationally educated engineer with a Master of Applied Science, a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in the Management of Technology and Innovation.
Dr. Garcia is also member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (APEO). He has worked extensively in research, development and commercialization of novel technologies, and is the co-founder of PTD Inc., as well as part of the senior management team of QDT Inc. – focusing on start-up companies commercializing university developed laser diagnostic technologies. Dr. Garcia is the president of GarCan Technologies - an innovation consulting company assisting entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to the market place. Jose also commits his time to work in with environmental and community organizations.
One of the memorable experiences of completing the Ryerson MBA for Jose was the supportive atmosphere from the very beginning to the very end of the program by staff, faculty and class mates.
Jose is one of the team members selected at the University of Toronto’s 2013 Inventors of the Year. The Inventor of the Year Award is meant to recognize inventions that have the potential to improve our quality of life. The team of inventors developed a way to monitor cavities without using ionizing dental x-rays.
With a passion for the service industry, Chris worked for more twenty years with sports, entertainment, travel, and hospitality brands in Canada before starting his MBA.
While working in a variety of business related roles for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment brands like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies and Toronto Raptors, Chris discovered a passion for mentoring young professionals. He eventually quite his job and started an MBA in order to become a university professor.
Since finishing his MBA at Ryerson, Chris has been teaching at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management where he did a Bachelor of Commerce. He recently completed his PhD at Stirling Universities School for Communications, Media and Culture in 2013 where he researched the impact of Twitter on professional sport.
As a mature student with significant experience in leadership roles, Chris enjoyed the opportunity to learn about topics not related to his career and diversify his knowledge base during his MBA. The opportunity to analyze 2-3 business case studies a week and consider a variety of options enhanced his MBA experience. Whether you were working on an international case study about generic drugs from India or a pre-paid cell phone case about Virgin Mobiles market entry into the United States, there was always something new to learn. When working in teams to cut a case, Chris always enjoyed working with a diverse group of fellow students that represented a variety of age groups and cultural backgrounds with the singular goal of making the best recommendation for the situation.
While doing his MBA, Chris was actively involved with the MBA Games marketing team. That year Ryerson won the MBA games and the MBA marketing team placed first. The MBA Games were a great opportunity to work together with fellow Ryerson students to demonstrate just how competitive the students are with other students from more established schools in Canada. On top of it being a lot of fun preparing and competing, it was rewarding for the team to be recognized as the best in Canada that year. Chris continues to help out the MBA program by coaching the MBA Games Marketing Teams.
Integration Maple Leaf Angels
Hilary Green is a double graduate of Ryerson University – in 2003 she graduated from Ryerson with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Technical Production, and this past October she finished her Masters of Business Administration at the Ted Rogers School of Management. Prior to beginning her MBA in May 2012 Hilary had a 10 year career in the arts working for organizations such as Harbourfront Centre, the Panasonic Theatre, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and Nightwood Theatre. Most recently she spent two seasons as the Producer for Crow’s Theatre.
Hilary chose to return to Ryerson for her Masters because of the smaller class sizes, and Ryerson’s overall commitment to practical learning. While at Ryerson she competed in several case competitions – enjoying the challenge and camaraderie they brought. She also served as the Vice President – External Relations of the MBA Women in Leadership Association, in this capacity she helped to organize a major fundraiser for the YWCA which raised over $14,000 for the charity.
During the final semester of her MBA Hilary had an internship as the Communications Engagement Specialist for Maple Leaf Angels – a not for profit angel investing group. Following her internship Hilary was hired on full time as the organization’s Director of Communications and Community Engagement. In this role Hilary executes all of the marketing and communications initiatives for MLA, and works on building their network of angel investors and entrepreneurs.
Program Masters in Management Science
Jen Hiscock works for Natural Resources Canada in the CanmetENERGY research labs. Unpacking the buzz words like "innovation" and "sustainability" into meaningful knowledge and insight for policy-makers, industry leaders, technology developers, program managers and researchers in the fields of renewable energy and smart energy systems is a big part of her day-to-day work. Working with stakeholders across the provinces and territories, Jen manages the Canada Smart Grid Action Network to help share the knowledge that will build appropriate electricity solutions for cities, towns and villages around the world, right here in Canada.
Representing Canada in the International Smart Grid Action Network, Jen works to bring Canadian successes to the international stage where 25 countries are collaborating to discover the best ways to spend the billions of dollars required globally to modernize electricity systems, and to provide electricity to regions of the world without it.
Jen's interest in understanding how change happens from a technology and people perspective, drew her to look at the systems that people and technology evolve within. After 4 years of work as a research engineer with the Canadian government, and a year working in Ghana with the local government on local development planning through Engineers Without Borders Canada, Jen decided to look for a masters that could complement her research and development experience, with business knowledge and skills. A quick scan of the degrees offered in Canada revealed that few schools tried to study innovation by coupling the business and technology development fields into a research masters. Ryerson did.
The The Masters in Management Science degree at Ryerson allowed Jen to learn what she calls the "language of business" and the business realities that were missing from her engineering, research and development background. At the same time it allowed her to dive deep into the study of many aspects of change that are required for an industry to evolve or adapt with the next generation of technologies. Her thesis on change in Ontario's electricity sector introduced her to many of the thought-leaders and development practitioners that she continues to work with today.
“Before I studied at Ryerson I had little exposure to the business strategy frameworks, corporate financing tools and product development approaches to which I now regularly refer. I meet with thought-leaders who have up to 25 more years of experience than I do, and I'm helping to determine the agenda of our conversations because my degree helped me to bridge the disciplines of business, engineering, research, governance and economics.”
Jen continues to volunteer with Engineers Without Borders Canada. Currently she is co-developing a pilot that attempts to enable more participatory democracy within an organization, with the aim of generating and retaining new knowledge across the member base which can facilitate organizational change with respect to previously intractable issues.
Specialization Management of Technology and Innovation
Anan is a true management professional with great soft and analytical skills, which enabled him to hold high-ranked positions at a young age. Anan has two Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science, in addition to a minor in math. After holding a few positions after graduation, Anan decided to join the MBA – Management of Technology and Innovation (MTI) program at Ryerson due to its high focus on innovation, strategy and management.
After graduating from the MBA-MTI program, Anan accelerated his career by joining the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as a Global Resource Program Consultant. Within two years, Anan was promoted to a Manager of Strategy and Optimization. Using his MBA skills and experience, Anan served as the Manager and lead expert/consultant at a start-up/private sector business development/ incubation center, accelerating and developing many knowledge-based start-ups and small and medium enterprises. Anan is currently the Director of the Economic Empowerment Program at CARE International West Bank and Gaza (WBG), leading the strategic design and implementation of the economic empowerment program and its diverse initiatives.
“If it were NOT for the MBA program, I would NOT have achieved such huge success at a young age. Backed up by my strong educational background and experience, the MBA program has unlocked my true potential and accelerated my career growth. It was not just the new skills that I acquired from the MBA program… it was much more: the whole ‘culture’ I was part of, which of course included the experienced and industry-focused professors, my amazing classmates, and something in the air!"
In addition to his accelerated career growth post-MBA, Anan is very proud of founding a voluntary consulting group with two of his MBA classmates – Shelley Mohammed and Emily Ho. Through founding this group they started using their educational and work experience for the benefit of non-profit organizations. Another voluntary work that Anan is very passionate about is his voluntary support to young entrepreneurs and start-ups in many countries.
Erika is a social media enthusiast with an Honours Bachelor of Sport Management and an MBA Global with a specialization in Marketing. Post-MBA, she was part of the Royal Bank of Canada’s intake for their first-ever IT Rotational Program. Erika has most recently focused her efforts in the digital space contributing for lifestyle, fashion and entertainment websites.
Erika feels that one of the best things about the Ryerson MBA was the opportunity to take advantage of the student programs both at the national and international level.
“Participating in the MBA Games and a European cross-cultural exchange program really enhanced my student experience. These multiple learning environments forced me to challenge assumptions and allowed me to develop my leadership skills. Furthermore, the Ryerson MBA challenges students with its unique Integrative Week Case Competitions. Dealing with ambiguity, utilizing innovative decision-making and effectively collaborating with diverse member groups are just a few examples of how I how I honed and improved upon my analytic and communication skills through solving these real-life corporate problems. The ability to adapt in a fast-paced environment, while also achieving success in high pressure situations, is essential for any professional and my Ryerson MBA experience prepared me to thrive in my career upon completing my studies.”
After winning over 500 online contests, worth approximately $50,000 in value, Erika has been featured on The Marilyn Denis Show and The Globe and Mail as a savvy saver. Whether it's being a runway model at World MasterCard Fashion Week, traveling to a new country or attending another gala; her blog discusses memorable experiences due to her expertise in leveraging online promotions. Erika’s blog can be viewed at http://freeandfabulouslife.wordpress.com/
Just prior to wrapping up his MRP and graduating from the Ryerson MBA program, Andrew was recruited by Spence Diamonds for a sales management position. The organization is actively targeting MBA graduates in preparation for expansion, particularly those with a background in sales, and the opportunity to work with people all day - both clients and our sales team - really drew Andrew to the job. Not only is this his first foray into retail, it is a pretty significant turnaround from his pre-MBA work in construction.
Success at the MBA Games and numerous case competitions were highlights for Andrew, but the best part of the MBA program, he says, was the people.
“My friends and fellow students, alumni, professors and program directors, and faculty at the Ted Rogers School of Management are easily some of the most brilliant, ambitious, and impressive people I have had the pleasure to know. I'm very proud to be a part of such an outstanding group and to have made some lifelong connections, and I will always be an eager promoter of the Ryerson MBA program.”
Andrew is a proud supporter of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, which hosts incredible fundraising events. Andrew also volunteers with MusicOntario, a not-for-profit organization which supports the independent music industry throughout the province. When he’s not working with one of these groups or selling diamonds chances are he’s playing the guitar, watching hockey, or hanging out with his oversized chocolate lab, Mason.
“My ultimate goal in life is to wake up most mornings with a smile on my face and to leave as many doors open as possible and I feel like, in that sense, my time at Ryerson is some of the best time I've invested. I don't know where I'll be five or ten years from now but to me that's all part of the excitement. I urge all of the current students to reach out to your alumni network at any time and to get as involved in the extra curriculars as possible. Oh, and if you're a sales superstar we are always looking for top talent in the diamond trade!”
Roger got his start at Bombardier Aerospace through the Ryerson MBA Internship Program where he successfully completed a business case in the Airline Analysis group to market used regional aircrafts to an airline in Colombia. Upon graduation from the MBA Program, Roger was hired full-time as a Business Analyst in the Customer Support department at Bombardier. After a couple years in this role, Roger jumped on the chance to re-join the Airline Analysis team at Bombardier to help market and sell aircrafts to airlines in the Americas region. He recently accepted a position to work at Bombardier’s new Commercial office in Dallas, Texas.
Roger was (self-proclaimed) a shy and quiet person when he started the MBA program. After a lot of practice and training for case studies, he transformed into a strong public speaker with oodles of confidence.
“The Ryerson MBA has tremendously improved my communication skills. I am able to analyze data, derive a conclusion, and deliver the key messages to the appropriate audience in order to make a decision. The MBA Program also taught me a lot about teamwork. The mass amount of case studies helped me to work with other colleagues to evaluate our options, discuss strategies, assess risk, and build a solid business case with a clear conclusion. This is vital in any work environment. The MBA also helped progress my analytical skills. I can look at data in a variety of ways and take out the most important elements. “
During his time at Ryerson, Rogers was very involved in the following student groups: - Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team, which was ranked as high as #5 in Canada (player and captain for 5 years, most wins in Ryerson history for any athlete in any sport!) - MBA Games (1st place overall, captain of volleyball team) - Opti-Mentoring (student-athlete mentoring) - Ryerson Polish Canadian Club
Roger continued to be a member of the Ryerson Men's Volleyball Team as part of the coaching staff from 2008 to 2013. Roger is also the founder of the EuroHaus Volleyball Club, which is a competitive volleyball team comprised mostly of Ryerson Men's Volleyball Team Alumni. They are currently ranked the top Men's Adult team in Canada and recently took bronze at the 2013 USA National Championships.
Specialization Retail and Commercial Development
Integration Internship at Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Beverly Nollert (MBA 2009) grew up in a small town outside of Barrie called Minesing. She received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to beginning her MBA, Beverly worked for a company called AMEC-NSS which provides nuclear safety analysis for the nuclear industry in Canada.
Beverly chose Ryerson as the school to earn her MBA for a variety of different reasons. “The prospect of an intimate learning experience with small class sizes and accessible administration was very appealing to me. I really valued Ryerson’s down-to-earth personality and its key focus on teaching in a co-operative team environment,” she says. “Not only does the program offer excellent value, but also opportunities for personal growth that are made possible through small class size and the dedication of the administration.”
Beverly is currently working as a Market Risk Analyst for Ontario Power Generation where she gets to apply what she learned in the MBA program to real-life scenarios. She says that the MBA program at Ryerson has been beneficial on multiple fronts.
“Not only do you learn business theory at Ryerson, but also the importance of being confident within yourself. Our professors really emphasized this point by spending countless hours helping the students improve presentation style and effectiveness. I believe that these softer aspects are much more difficult to learn than business theory and it was amazing to have such open access to the staff to be able to accomplish this.
Specialization Retail and Commercial Development
Integration Internship at Oxford Properties
Melanie Nunez (MBA 2009) earned a degree in Environmental Studies, a minor in Political Science and a certificate in Environmental Assessment from the University of Waterloo. She excelled for two years at a global real estate company, taking on two project management positions before entering the MBA program at Ryerson University.
Melanie became interested in Ryerson to get her MBA because of its distinguishing factors such as small class sizes, location and specializations, like Retail and Commercial Development. “I knew that I wanted to get a rounded perspective of the real estate market and, based on the course listings, I felt that it would provide me with the breadth of knowledge that I needed without restricting me too much to one particular area of real estate.” Melanie appreciated the fact that the professors at Ryerson brought many years of business experience with them. “I think that having professors with these backgrounds is a critical element to any MBA education because it enables students to better understand different theories and principles in real world applications.”
Melanie currently works as a Business Analyst at Ontario Power Authority, where she is involved in the program design and management of conservation programs from the small commercial sector. “This position is ideal for me as I am able to draw on my MBA studies and real estate background and tie these in with my environmental interests.”
Specialization Digital Media
After completing his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Computing, Naqaash began his career in the Healthcare sector, contributing to IT Strategy and Project Management for a number of healthcare organizations across Ontario. As he began to take on more senior roles at the organization, Naqaash recognized that he would need to supplement his technical background with knowledge of business administration. He enrolled in the Management of Technology and Innovation MBA at the Ted Rogers School of Management as a part-time student, and continued working full-time.
The MBA program, with its focus on the Management of Technology and Innovation, introduced Naqaash to an entirely new perspective on the relationship between business and technology. It was during a course on Digital Media that he found himself particularly engaged by the course content.
“I saw the transformative potential of all of these new technologies - social media, mobile, digital commerce - to every facet of business. I felt that I could build a career in this area if I could understand how to incorporate them into business strategy. I ended up selecting Social Media strategy as the topic for my Major Research Paper and started to develop subject matter expertise through the research process.”
As he neared the completion of his MBA, and due in large part to his enhanced skill set, an opportunity presented itself to transition into the private sector as a consultant at PwC. Naqaash seized the opportunity and, shortly after graduation, began working in PwC’s Technology Consulting practice. In his new role, Naqaash was require to draw upon his prior experience in IT strategy and Project Management, as well as his recent exposure to Digital Media and Innovation, to advise clients on the opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technology. Over the next two years, he would have the pleasure of working with many of Canada’s leading firms in the retail, banking, and sports and entertainment industries.
Just as Naqaash was getting comfortable at the firm, a life-changing event would take him down an entirely different path. He got engaged to his long-time girlfriend, and they soon found out she would be moving to London, Ontario to begin her medical residency in paediatrics. Naqaash saw this as an opportunity to pursue a career he had been silently contemplating since his MBA studies – that of a business school professor. Naqaash was inspired by the impact some of his favourite professors were able to have, and longed to be the agent of a similar change in future generations of students. “It was such a different feeling for me – I found myself looking forward to going to class. Not only that, but I was also learning a great deal. I realized that education can be enjoyable and effective at the same time, and that is something I wanted to be a part of!”
Naqaash applied to, and was accepted by, the PhD program at Ivey Business School and began his studies there in September of 2012. Over the next four years, he will complete course work, comprehensive examinations, and a thesis project that will qualify him to join the academic community as a professor and researcher. Naqaash is progressing quite well in the program and is eagerly anticipating the day when he can stand in front of a classroom and create the kind of positive learning environment that he owes so much of his success to.
Integration Rogers – Brand Positioning
“I joined the Ryerson MBA program following the completion of my bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, England. I would definitely say that the program helped me kickstart my career- I was able to gain an understanding of the Canadian marketplace while the many case-studies helped me think-through real business situations while coming up with efficient and implementable solutions. My internship at Rogers (working with the Fido brand) was an experience second to none- I gained invaluable insight into brand positioning within the market place as well as how to launch and sustain various marketing programs.”
Chinny currently works at Coty Canada as a category advisor (business advisor) to Target within the nailcare and fragrance categories. Coty is currently the #1 fragrance company in the world and one of the top cosmetic companies with renowned brands such as Sally Hansen, Rimmel, NYC, Calvin Klein perfumes etc. In her current role, Chinny works closely with one of the key vendors (Target) to build the nailcare and fragrance businesses- She monitors market trends as well as competitive activity while analyzing business results and coming up with realistic and implementable solutions to grow the business within this fast-paced and highly competitive industry. In addition, Chinny creates the fragrance and nailcare sections at Target (using the shelf building software: Pro-space) ensuring the assortment and over-all ‘look’ will appeal to the guests.
Chinny is currently a member of the NBMBAA (National Black MBA Association) and worked with the ‘Leaders of tomorrow’ program as a mentor to high-school students- providing them with guidance on the university application procedure.
Specialization International Business and Supply Chain Management
Awais is an industrious sales and marketing professional working in the Canadian telecommunications sector. Within only 3 years, Awais earned an MBA with specialization in International Business and Supply Chain Management as well as his PMP Certification. His experience with Ryerson is unique, in that, the day he arrived in Canada as an immigrant was the same day he started his MBA program! He believes his experience in the Ryerson MBA program helped him to adjust to the nuances of the Canadian job market.
Awais began his career at Bell as a Sales Consultant in the Corporate Stores and eventually moved into the role of Bell Residential Services (BRS) Specialist. Due to his immense success as a BRS Specialist, Awais moved to Head Office and began working as a BRS Execution Coordinator, managing the execution of projects geared to increase overall market share.
“I believe one of the best qualities of the Ryerson MBA is its diversity. Students from many different countries openly share their knowledge and experience during projects and group assignments, which enhance creativity and innovation.”
Awais provides mentorship to new immigrants by helping them set goals and plan for their career. He also volunteers at the Ontario Institute of PMAC. He spends most of his after-office time with his beautiful wife, Mariam, and a three year old daughter, Romaisa.
Specialization Management of Technology and Innovation
A veteran of the entrepreneurial space, Shane came to the Ryerson MBA with strong backgrounds in product design, mobile robotics, automation and manufacturing through nearly a decade of working in design and technology. Starting with a Bachelors of Engineering from McGill University, the Ryerson MBA in Technology and Innovation was the perfect addition of a business lens to Shane’s repertoire. Following his business training, he joined Idea Couture to combine his vast technical knowledge with a keen business lens and a foundation in design, innovation and strategy to help clients in the technology, service design and financial services spaces work through some of their most wicked problems and innovate in unforeseen directions. Part engineer, part artist, part businessman and part innovator, Shane uses his diverse background to approach his work with continued hunger to learn and create something new.
Within the degree, Shane was relentless in his pursuit to get involved and leave his mark at Ryerson. Through leadership roles in both the TRSM student government as well as that Association of Canadian MBAs, Shane pushed to evolve the status quo of the MBA student community and encourage a more open, collaborative and innovative student body. He continues to maintain close ties with the Ted Rogers School of Management, connecting with students regularly to speak about his experiences during and following the degree.
“I approached Ryerson worried about a potential allergy to MBAs; I tend to be a skeptic and in recent years, MBAs have gotten a bad rap for being shallow and outdated. However, I wanted to learn the foundations of business in an open, engaging and dynamic environment – this was precisely what I got from Ryerson. Far from being a stuffy institution that is completely mired in the bygone era of old-school business, Ryerson does a fantastic job of balancing key traditional business knowledge with forward-thinking, innovative discussion around where business is heading.”
Shane regularly gives talks on design thinking and innovation and was a keynote speaker at the September 21st, 2013 TEDx St. Catherines conference.
Specialization MBA - Management of Technology & Innovation
Charles began his career in IT services and staffing where he quickly found his passion for technology and innovation. Charles’ current role is Innovation Manager at Procter and Gamble within Global Business Services where he specializes in evaluating and deploying new technologies and processes that provide productivity savings through simplification, standardization, and automation. With a focus on operations, Charles has quickly become one of the agents of change within the organization and is constantly driven to make P&G stronger and more efficient through frugal innovation.
Charles pursued his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, where he ran and contributed to multiple technology start-ups, including a web design firm he founded that partnered with student engineers to create basic websites for local businesses at affordable rates. He later received his MBA from the Ted Rogers School of Management out of Toronto with a specialty in the Management of Technology and innovation where his passion for innovation was cultivated.
Charles also found that the MBA - Management of Technology & Innovation program was very practical: “Ryerson is uniquely positioned as the only program that offers the right blend of technology education grounded in sound management concepts. I have come to realize from my current work that the skills I acquired in the MTI program are exactly what is sought after in the IT strategy world. Organizations want IT leaders who run services like a business and know how to provide immediate value through process innovation. The MTI program allowed me to build these skills and I am better for it.”
After his MBA, Jason Silverstein started out as the Director, Business Development for the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (‘CMC-Canada’). For someone new to Toronto, let alone Canada, experience in a professional association opened up a world of networking and professional contacts. Jason was personally mentored by CMC Canada’s CEO, Glenn Yonemitsu. Jason travelled across Canada (from British Columbia , Alberta, and through Ontario) to speak on behalf of CMC-Canada around about the importance of what it means to be a ‘professional’ in today’s workplace.
As the leader of the sales and business development, responsibilities included the development and implementation of sales growth strategies with the intention of increasing brand awareness of the CMC designation across multiple target segments through the national office and provincial institutes. This led not only to increases in memberships but also professional development programs and a strategic partnership with the HRPA (‘Human Resources Professional Association’) of Ontario.
After pioneering CRM (‘Customer Relationship Management’) within CMC-Canada, Jason was offered a role at Oracle Corporation as a Business Development Consultant with the responsibilities of developing sales and marketing strategies working with teams of both inside and outside field sales representatives. While I loved the strategic work I had been doing, I wanted to have a more client facing role. Currently, Jason is an Account Executive at Salesforce.com and covers various regions across the United States across multiple industries for Salesforce and is proud to work for Forbes' World's Most Innovative Company 3 years in a row.
The Ryerson MBA was essential to Jason building his career in a new country and city: “I literally started from scratch – having to build a new professional network in a new country. To this day, some of his closest friends are bonds that were created in the Ted Rogers School of Management. One of my proudest moments was as Captain of the 2011 MBA Games team which Ryerson MBA finished 2nd overall out of Canadian MBA programs between both academic and athletic competitions. More importantly, they finished 1st in the Team Spirit category which reflected how amazing his peers were and the tight bond we all had within the program. Not only amongst students, but the relationships with faculty were and still are extremely valuable to Jason. Every professor knows you by name and takes an interest in your ideas and class work.”
Since the fall of 2012, Jason has acted as the President of the Ryerson MBA Alumni Association. Jason also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.
Specialization Retail and Commercial Development
Shortly after finishing his MBA at Ryerson in 2008, Adrian Sluga was hired into the industry he was determined to break into. Adrian is now a Senior Manager with Cadillac Fairview where he manages major capital and facility projects, staff and corporate budgets, policy and procedure development as well as corporate strategy development.
Adrian earned a degree in Civil Engineering at Ryerson University in 2002. After excelling in his career with a construction and engineering firm, Adrian set his sights beyond the tasks of engineering, and towards the activities of running a successful business. Adrian found a match for his background and interests in the Ryerson MBA program specializing in Retail and Commercial Development.
"I have a much broader perspective of business and corporate strategy. Instead of handling individual projects tasks, I now oversee the management of those tasks" said Adrian. "I now address a much broader spectrum of issues and I am better equipped to deal with various managerial challenges such as human resource issues, business development and accounting. The MBA in Retail and Commercial Development helped prepare me for positions for which I would not have previously considered otherwise."
Integration Internship at GCI Cgroup
Luke Southern (MBA 2009) became interested in the Ryerson MBA program after working on a project alongside Mark Patterson, Manager of External Relations and Academic Support for the MBA program. The idea that Luke could have an MBA in one year and have the option of an internship convinced him that Ryerson was the best choice.
Luke completed his internship at GCI Group, a Toronto-based boutique public relations firm. Upon graduation, Luke was hired with the same firm as a full-time Digital Strategist. His job is to understand online communities and find ways for clients to engage using their social media technologies.
Luke earned a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor. He then went on to complete a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. He worked as a freelancer in communications before getting his MBA from Ryerson.
Luke appreciated the access he had to one-on-one instruction and guidance with staff. “Ryerson is the right choice for anyone looking to take their career to the next level. Understanding the fundamentals of business is valuable no matter what industry you are in.”
Specialization Media Management
Integration Internship at Rogers Digital Media
Adriano Valentini graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production in 2008.
After interning at various production companies, including Tribeca Productions and work on Martin Scorsese’s documentary “George Harrison: Living in a Material World”, Adriano made the move back to Toronto after receiving the Ted Rogers Entrance Scholarship for the Ryerson MBA Program.
Adriano was placed in an MBA internship with Rogers Digital Media. This is where Adriano licensed his webseries, “CLUBSCENE” to Rogers where it was showcased on Citytv.com. As the series gained popularity online, episodes screened at eight film festivals around the world, winning multiple awards including Best Webisode at the HollyShorts Film Festival, 2011.
Following his work at Rogers, Adriano was hired as a Video Journalist at the Globe and Mail, where he worked until late 2012. He has since relocated to Los Angeles where he manages Adriano Valentini Productions, which produces independent film, TV and web content, and continues to produce content for Canadian firms, including The Globe and Mail and Telelatino.
Adriano feels that the Ryerson MBA program was a great experience: Having studied Film and TV Production in his undergrad, Adriano was eager to get a solid business foundation to supplement his Fine Arts degree. He was able to focus his studies on his particular field – media management.
“My internship at Rogers Digital Media, which was done during the third term as I wrote my Major Research Paper (MRP), was instrumental in helping launch my career. I was able to apply a lot of what I learned during the previous semesters, obtained information for my MRP and networked with influential people in my industry.”
Another highlight of Adriano’s time at Ryerson was attending the MBA Games, where his team came in second place in the Corporate Social Responsibility event.
“Getting involved in extra curricular activities has always been important to me. Throughout college I spent my summers coaching soccer, which was always a fun and rewarding experience. While at Ryerson I volunteered on the Ryerson MBA Association as the Director of Communications. Being a part of the MBA Association was great way to connect with my classmates. I was also able to represent the Ryerson at national MBA events, which led to invaluable networking with MBAs across Canada.”
As one of four executive directors in a private diamond cutting and polishing firm that cuts and polishes around 22,000 to 24,000 carats of rough diamonds per month and employees over 1,200 individuals, Chirag has successfully re-structured the entire IT operation to facilitate a more efficient flow of information and to facilitate a means monitor the weight, size and cut of each diamond as well as the labour costs incurred at each step of the manufacturing process.
Chirag also officially started a formal Human Resources Department that monitors an employee registration and training program and implements a performance based annual bonus system and an employee feedback system.
“I went through a number of schools before finalizing Ryerson for my MBA, which was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My sister, Ankita, who also got her MBA from the same school, told me that she had the best time of her life during her MBA at Ryerson. I didn't want to get my MBA from a school where everyone only cared about grade or competing for only the sake of getting a better job. I was looking for a school where I can actually learn, grow and build life-long memories of my last year as a business student in a diverse environment right in the heart of the city. And that's exactly what I got at Ryerson.”
Chirag is one of the four founders and twelve board members that started a local charitable trust, Manvilas Charitable Trust that helps those living in the village of Manvilas who are in need of financial and social assistance.