Awards and Recognition

The prestige and reputation of the Ted Rogers School is built on the hard work, dedication and success of our community. Members of the Ted Rogers School have received multiple awards and accolades within the university and beyond, which raises our reputation. Our faculty members have been recognized in their respective fields and named to prestigious lists, our students have won case competitions and our staff have been recognized for the support they provide to help students succeed.

Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award
Karen Peesker

Dr. Karen Peesker wins Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award

Dr. Karen Peesker was named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2022 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

The awards recognize outstanding women across Canada who create meaningful change in the way they lead within their organizations and communities. The awards were created to recognize the incredible accomplishments of women, develop a community of support and increase the visibility of strong leaders to inspire future generations.

Dr. Peesker was selected in the award’s Professionals category, which recognizes women who are professionals in practice and play a leadership role within their organizations.

Dr. Peesker founded the Ted Rogers Sales Leadership Program (SLP) which prepares students with the skill sets they need to succeed in sales and meets a “real need” in Canadian business.

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“I feel so fortunate to work with so many exceptional young students and our fantastic faculty and staff team at the Ted Rogers School. Our success at building the Ted Rogers Sales Leadership Program is truly a team effort.”

In 2018, she became an assistant professor at the Ted Rogers School, hired by the Hospitality and Tourism Management department (Director, Dr. Frederic Dimanche) and the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre (Chair, Dr. Brian Segal), to help students develop their sales and customer engagement skills. Her primary teaching focus is marketing, sales and organizational behaviour, and she infuses her extensive corporate and global sales and marketing experience into every course.

In addition, she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on sales leadership in academic journals, including the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Journal of Selling, as well as an award-winning article in the Leadership and Organization Development Journal, and has a particular focus on researching and publishing on women in sales.

“I feel so fortunate to work with so many exceptional young students and our fantastic faculty and staff team at the Ted Rogers School,” she says. “Our success at building the Ted Rogers Sales Leadership Program is truly a team effort.”

Karen Peesker

Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management | Director, Sales Leadership Program

An award-winning PAL for students

Fourth-year student Aleenah Hassan was recognized with the Learning Specialist Association of Canada (LSAC) Student Award because her achievements at the Ted Rogers School have been nothing short of remarkable. The Learning Specialist Association of Canada Student Award is presented to a student who has had a positive impact on learning skills programming, services or research at their institution. Nominations were adjudicated by a committee of LSAC professional members from across Canada.

Hassan was nominated by Gillian Lee, peer learning support facilitator, for the significant impact on students Hassan has made through her work on the Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program. “Aleenah has been an integral part of this team for three years now and has put her heart and soul into the Program Advising and Student Success (PASS) tutoring team. She is a big reason PAL exists in this school,” Lee explained. “She has dedicated herself to supporting students and she has had a massive impact because of that.”

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The adjudication committee highlighted Hassan’s hard work, leadership skills, mentorship, relationship-building and commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

Hassan’s work on the PAL program started with Student Success Facilitator Sandy Carpenter at the PASS office. In the Spring/Summer 2021 semester, Hassan reviewed data around student supports and discovered the department’s methods of peer learning were ineffective. Hassan found that first-year students were coming into challenging math-heavy courses that their high schools hadn’t properly prepared them for and wanted to be able to support them effectively.

Hassan noticed that the small group tutoring format wasn’t working to help those students. She took a summer to figure out how to better support students and give them the tools they needed to get through those classes. Partnering with University of Toronto Scarborough, she presented her learnings on supplemental instruction at the International Conference on Supplemental Instruction in June 2022.

Then, she and Carpenter partnered with three faculty members in 2021-2022 to get the PAL program up and running. This past year, 2022-23, was the second year the PAL program has run – it has gained traction and the program size has increased tenfold.

Colleagues say Hassan’s hard work, passion and initiative has changed how the department approaches peer learning and will continue to impact students long after she graduates.

“She has a heart for helping and supporting others, whether that’s her fellow staff members, faculty or students,” Lee said. “Whatever she’s going to do after she graduates, she’s going to rock it.”

Aleenah Hassan
Deborah de Lange

Dr. Deborah de Lange recognized as a leading woman in energy transformation

Dr. Deborah de Lange was named one of 100 women for the Women in Energy Transformation series.

This series, which is a collaborative effort between Pembina, Globe Series and Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), is a national dialogue that celebrates and honours the women advancing Canada’s transition to a clean economy, and identifies opportunities for more women to get involved.

Dr. de Lange has more than 30 years’ experience in industry and consulting. She originally studied electrical engineering, and her work in that field is still integral to her career today.

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Dr. de Lange focuses on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and contributes to addressing community issues such as the environment and human rights.

Her academic research is extensive, including numerous published peer-reviewed journal articles and three books (Cliques and Capitalism, Research Companion to Green International Studies and Power and Influence).

She also writes articles designed for public consumption that can be easily understood by a layperson. Her professional experience covers many areas, including climate change mitigation through clean technology, circular economy trade and responsible corporate governance. She has been a Massey Scholar and won awards for excellence in research, service and writing.

100 women for the Women in Energy Transformation series 

100 women for the Women in Energy Transformation series 

100 women for the Women in Energy Transformation series 

100 women for the Women in Energy Transformation series 

100 women for the Women in Energy Transformation series 

Dr. Daniele Bertolini wins leading Canadian law journal competition

Dr. Daniele Bertolini, an associate professor at the Law and Business Department, won the McGill Law Journal essay competition for his article called, “Unpacking entire agreement clauses: On the (elusive) search for contractually induced formalism in contractual adjudication” published in 2021.

The Annual McGill Law Journal Essay Contest aims to celebrate and promote scholarship by emerging academics in Canada and internationally. The competition included articles written in English in the most recent two volumes of the academic journal, published between 2020-2022. An award of $5,000 (CAD) is given for an exemplary article that “makes the most significant contribution to the study and understanding of law in Canada or internationally,” and is published by an individual in their first academic appointment in law or a related field.

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The award was presented to Dr. Bertolini at the McGill Law Journal’s Annual Lecture on March 23, 2023.

“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Bertolini,” said Dr. Chris MacDonald, chair of the Law and Business Department at the Ted Rogers School. “This is a very prestigious prize, and is an indicator of the kind of high-calibre research talent that the Ted Rogers School is attracting. The Department of Law and Business is very pleased to count a scholar like Dr. Bertolini among its faculty.”

Bertolini, who received the Ted Rogers School’s Research Recognition Award in 2021 for his scholarly achievements, joined the faculty in August 2015. He teaches courses in business law and environmental law among others, and his research is focused on the intersection between economic and philosophical approaches to law with an emphasis on contract law.

Dr. Daniel Bertolini with colleagues at McGill University

Dr. Daniele Bertolini (bottom right)


Three students accepted into competitive financial mentorship program for women

Of 185 applicants, three Ted Rogers School students were accepted into the National Bank Financial 2022 Young Women Student Mentorship Program.

Madeleine Martinho (Global Management Studies), Daniela Kuntzevitsky (Business Management) and Sinduja Sriskantharajah (Finance) were among the 25 selected to be mentees.

This one-year program matches students with an experienced mentor to take part in networking and business development activities within the world of wealth management.

National Bank Financial (NBF) was one of the first banks to create a women-centric approach to its business. The goal of the organization’s mentorship program is to better highlight the Financial Advisor role within universities and to increase the number of women in wealth management.

Sinduja Sriskantharajah, Madeleine Martinho, Daniela Kuntzevitsky

From left: Sinduja Sriskantharajah, Madeleine Martinho and Daniela Kuntzevitsky.

Cody Anthony

Cody Anthony

Reconciliation in Business 2022 event wins Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) gold medal

The Reconciliation in Business Conference 2022, hosted and organized by Ted Rogers Indigenous in Business student group, won gold for Best Indigenous Relations Initiative in the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education’s 2023 Prix d’Excellence Celebration.

“This was a great closing moment for the 2022 event, and provided extra motivation towards making this event happen annually in the future,” said Cody Anthony, founder and former president of the Ted Rogers Indigenous in Business student group.

BTM student wins Adobe Research's Women-in-Technology Scholarship

Jacqueline Chung, a fourth-year Ted Rogers School Business Technology Management student with a passion for social innovation and technology was awarded a Women-in-Technology Scholarship by Adobe Research in fall 2022.

Chung is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and social change in the community, and has worked to support women in STEM in overcoming gender barriers in the classroom and workplace. Chung hoped to organize diverse events on campus with the scholarship and offer mentorship to help minority groups in the industry.

Jacqueline Chung

Jacqueline Chung

President Mohamed Lachemi presenting award to Harsh Brahmbhatt (right)
(Photo: Kenya-Jade Pinto)

TMU Gold Medal Award

MBA grad wins 2022 TMU Gold Medal Award

MBA graduate Harsh Brahmbhatt won the Toronto Metropolitan University Gold Medal, for recognition of his work in the university community.

Brahmbhatt was a member of the University Senate and served on committees that made a profound difference in the TMU community. He supported strong female leadership as vice- president, outreach and engagement of the MBA Women in Leadership Association, leading programs to promote gender equality. He also sat on the Senate Priorities Committee (SPC) and Academic Governance and Policy Committee (AGPC) to improve policies related to academic conduct, research and policy amendment strategies.

“I had the privilege to sit on several Senate committees and contribute to promote fairness, inclusion and a level playing field for all. These committees really make a difference to the functioning of the university and each decision was the best for the whole TMU community.”

In March 2021, he received the university’s MBA Leadership Award.

As an alumnus, he also stepped into the role of vice-president, student engagement of the Ted Rogers MBA Alumni Association. Since January 2011, in the community through BAPS Charities (UN-affiliated international charity), his work has impacted hundreds of thousands of people across Canada in five areas: health, education, humanitarian aid, community empowerment and environmental initiatives.

Toronto Metropolitan University Award recipients

Dean's Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award

Mehdi Kargar

Dr. Mehdi Kargar

Associate Professor, Information Technology Management

Morteza Zihayat-kermani

Dr. Morteza Zihayat Kermani

Associate Professor, Information Technology Management

Dean's Service Award

Wendy Cukier

Dr. Wendy Cukier

Academic Director and Founder, Diversity Institute | Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Feng Yi

Dr. Yi Feng

Associate Professor, Finance

Dean's Teaching Award

Michael Baumtrog

Dr. Michael Baumtrog

Assistant Professor, Law and Business

Charlene Nicholls-Nixon

Dr. Charlene Nicholls-Nixon

Director, Entrepreneurship Research Institute | Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Mark Feigenbaum

Professor, School of Business Management

YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education

Yuanshun Li

Dr. Yuanshun Li

Associate Professor, Finance

Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership

Cynthia Holmes

Dr. Cynthia Holmes

Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management | Associate Professor, Real Estate Management

Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award

Ojelanki Ngwenyama

Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama

Director, Institute for Innovation and Technology Management and Professor in Global Management Studies

Making our case

Ted Rogers School students have owned the podium at several national and international case competitions over the past year. Here are a few of their victories:

Gevorg Chibukhchyan and Tom Nguyen

Gevorg Chibukhchyan (Finance and Accounting) and Tom Nguyen (Accounting) placed first in the inaugural CFOlympics Finance Competition in 2023 organized by CPA Ontario.

Alicia Gan, Janice Sham and Casey Vo

Hospitality and Tourism Management students Alicia Gan, Janice Sham, and Casey Vo won the 2023 Accor TakeOff! Challenge.

Sean McQuillan

Business Technology Management student Sean McQuillan won the The Innovation Challenge at Deloitte in 2022.
Alicia Gan, Janice Sham, and Casey Vo

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The content of this report covers July 2022-August 2023.

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