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Dr. Phil Walsh, BSc, MBA, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor
Phil Walsh began his career as a field geologist before being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and opening his own natural resources consulting firm. His experiences as an entrepreneur led him back to school to earn an MBA, and ultimately, a PhD in strategic management. 

Although he still does consulting work, Walsh joined the Ted Rogers School of Business Management at Ryerson University in 2007 as an associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy, one of the first faculty members to become part of Ryerson’s entrepreneurship stream of study. He is an integral member of Canada’s largest entrepreneurship faculty: TRSM has the most professors nationwide dedicated to the teaching and study of entrepreneurship and has formed a partnership with the Digital Media Zone, the university’s community of innovative start-ups. 

Entrepreneurship remains Walsh’s passion; he is the editor of Entrepreneurial Practice Review and serves as a Fellow of the Ryerson Entrepreneurship Research Institute.

Walsh finds that academic life with its mix of research, teaching and service suits him perfectly, and Ryerson is an excellent fit for his industry background. In fact, Walsh is the prototype of the Ryerson professor, combining academic credentials with relevant industry expertise.

“Ryerson is perfectly suited to be the institution of higher education for industry,” Walsh said. “Ryerson has always had a tradition of experiential learning and applied research. When you are an academic with a lot of industry experience, you are not fond of the esoteric.”

As someone who always dreamed of teaching, Walsh enjoys being in the classroom. Among the courses he teaches are strategic management and innovation management, and he works to make learning both enjoyable and valuable for the students through team competitions and role playing.

“We have great students,” he said. “The diversity at Ryerson is amazing. The way it allows for creativity and innovation is spot on and provides for wonderful discourse in the classroom.”

Walsh also enjoys undertaking research, noting that one trait common to faculty members is an inquisitive nature. He initially focused on strategic change management, but his current research interests are innovation and sustainability and seeing how the two work together to bring about sustainable development. Recent publications include a paper about identifying commercialization strategies for small and medium-sized renewable energy companies.

Outside the classroom, Walsh’s activities include serving as advisor to the JDC business competition team and as a member of the Ryerson Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Read Phil Walsh’s bio to learn more about him.