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Established in 1998, this year marks the 20th anniversary of leadership in Canadian retail education at Ryerson University! 

Unique within our country, the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management (TRSRM) is best positioned to be the Canadian university program for innovation in retailing. This entails thought leadership through theoretical and applied research, executive education, and graduate studies while leveraging our 4-year Bachelor of Commerce degree and 5-year Co-op programs to help develop future leaders of the retail industry.

As the only school dedicated entirely to retailing, TRSRM provides numerous experiential learning opportunities for students to engage with the industry and fosters the development of a broad academic community with aligned interests – serving as a hub to connect individual researchers and professors. 

Industry Advisory Council

The Retail Management program was designed with the input of industry leaders and some of the most successful retailers in the country sit on our Advisory Council to offer guidance on marketing, strategic planning, curriculum development, career enhancement, fundraising and alumni relations.

Andrea Elliott
Retail Resources (R2)
* Advisory Council Chair
David Fisch
Walmart Canada
Vice President, Customer Experience & Operations Strategy
Michael Forgione
Chief Operating Officer
Oliver Horton
Executive Advisor, Retail
Andrew Gomes
Acklands Grainger
Online Search and Merchandise Manager
*Alumni Member

Satish Kanwar
Vice President & General Manager of Channels

Fawad Baig
Deloitte Digital Canada
Retail Client & Services Delivery Leader

Myles Gooding
Partner, Retail Sector Lead

Sharon Lansing
Loblaw Companies Ltd.
Vice President, Market Division
Laurel MacKay-Lee
The Shopping Channel
VP, Planning & Operations

Cheri Mara
VP, General Merchandising - Digital

Richard Montgomery
Hudson's Bay Company
Vice President & GM, Hudson's Bay Queen Street Flagship

Gino Dorico
Costco Wholesale Canada
Regional Vice President, Eastern Canada

Pippa Morgan 
EVP Retail Division

Dave Rodgerson
Microsoft Canada
National Retail Lead
Robert Sopov
Johnson & Johnson Canada
Vice President, Sales and Customer Development
Michelle Lettner
Roots Canada Ltd.
Vice President, Human Resources
Dave Williams
Staples Canada
Senior Vice President, Sales & Operations
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History of the Program

Canada’s first School of Retail, within the Faculty of Business at Ryerson University, began welcoming students into a 4-year specialized B.Comm degree in  September 1998. However, our history in offering education in "Retail Merchandising" dates back to the launch of Ryerson in 1948 through several previous programs and formats.

June of 2000 marked a major contribution to the School’s Invest in Futures campaign in the form of $1 million donations each by 4 leading retailers – Hudson’s Bay, Loblaw Companies Ltd., Sears Canada, and Walmart Canada. 

With our 10th anniversary in 2008, the school introduced Retail Week @TRSM and since that time we have developed a Retail Co-op Program, added professional certification in Category Management, external link, offered customized corporate training programs, a TRSM Pop-up Retail, external link initiative and congratulated over 1,000 graduates from the B.Comm degree as the retail leaders of tomorrow.

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TRSM Retail is the first post-secondary institution in Canada to prepare students as Certified Professional Category Analysts (CPCA), external link upon graduation.

Category Management is integral to all of retail and is well-established in the grocery, packaged goods and general merchandise sectors.  Some examples of product categories may include “Soft Drinks”, “Running Shoes”, "Electronics" and many more.

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The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), external link provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. 

Less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. The Ted Rogers School of Management is one of only eight business programs in Ontario that is accredited.