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News for the Current Academic Year (2016/17)

New High School Case Competition

On Saturday November 26th in downtown Toronto, teams of grade 11 and 12 students joined our school to:

  • learn about Pop Up Retailing,
  • hear from Stephanie Tsicos (Recruitment Consultant at Joe Fresh
  • meet TRSM Retail Alumni as coaches to help refine their competition strategies
  • and pitch their ideas for a downtown Toronto pop up to launch Joe Fresh's new spring collection

New Faculty Members

Photo of Dr. Mark Lee with students

David Lewis and Janice Rudkowski joined the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management in September 2016 as Assistant Professors.

David is currently completing his PhD at Lazaridis School of Business, Wilfrid Laurier University.  Prior to pursuing his PhD, David held numerous senior positions including Head of Technology, Head of Marketing, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, at global financial institutions including Barclays Wealth USA, UBS Bank USA, UBS Financial Services Americas, ING Direct USA and Bank of Nova Scotia.  David’s research considers retail financial services, how consumers make financial decisions, how professional advice can affect consumer decision-making, and satisfaction with choice.


Janice is currently working towards a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Henley Business School, University of Reading.  Prior to her recent career transition into academia, Janice ran a successful marketing, research and strategy consulting firm, where she advised healthcare, technology and nonprofit clients on market intelligence, brand planning and program execution.  Her industry experience also includes B2C and B2B roles with large multi-national companies, including Unilever, Mattel and Bayer.  Janice’s research investigates the factors that influence employee perceptions of retailer and brand equity.  


New Advisory Council Members

 We are happy to welcome the following new members to our council:

  • Greg Dashwood – Product Lead, Internet of Things & Advanced Analytics – Microsoft Canada
  • Satish Kanwar – Director of Product – Shopify
  • Richard Montgomery – Vice President & General Manager – Hudson's Bay 
  • Dave Williams – Sr. Vice President, Sales and Operations – STAPLES Canada


New Thought Leadership Event  

On Monday April 10th, the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management hosted its first E3 (Entrepreneurship, Education, and Engagement) speaker series.  This event provided an opportunity for like-minded retail entrepreneurs to connect with the next generation of retail leaders while engaging in a lively discussion about retail and technology.  The panel discussion was moderated by Sheena Brady, Merchant Success Lead for Shopify Plus and featured speakers from Ryerson’s Zone Learning community, including:

  • Simon Foster – CEO and Founder – Chatter Research 
  • Arnaud Gabaudan – Co-Founder – erplain
  • Andrea Romano – Director, Business Development and Community – Fashion Zone at Ryerson University  


New Course Offerings

  • RMG 806 - Retailer Perspectives on Category Management

    Management for a retail buying and merchandising team requires understanding how different product groups and placement play a specific strategic role within each store. Balancing the right assortments, shelf space, and product placement decisions is directly related to shopper satisfaction, brand growth, efficient inventory management and profitability. In this course students will learn the foundations of category management theory, how to build effective planograms, the importance of collaborations between retail buyers and their suppliers/vendors, along with the strategies used across different categories in apparel, food and consumer packaged goods, toys, hardware and more.

  • RMG 821 - Research and Analytics in Social Media

    Students will learn how to use tools to listen to conversations across digital platforms and make meaningful conclusions in a retail context. Netlytic, a cloud-based text and social networks analyzer, will be used to collect, analyze and visualize publicly available online conversations from social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Topics will include collecting and storing data, studying networks and links, analyzing comments, sentiments, hashtags, and images. Ethics and other important topics will also be covered.
  • RMG 914 - Sector Studies (Grocery)

    Grocery retailers, while driven by the markets they serve, are also characterized as market drivers through their product offering, service and format innovations.  Students in this course will examine the development of grocery retailingby considering the influences of local/national history, cultural characteristics, government policies, supply networks, consumer behaviour and trends. Throughout the course, students will interact with prominent and emerging grocery retailers, and analyze grocery operations at the sectoral, format, and category levels.


For a full list of courses for the up-coming school year, please refer to the Ryerson Undergraduate Calendar.