The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management launched two initiatives this month to proactively fight anti-Black systemic racism in Canadian business.
New MBA Course
The Rotman School’s MBA curriculum introduced the first Black entrepreneurship and leadership course in Canada. The school developed the course in partnership with the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism’s BlackNorth Initiative. It is an effort to combat anti-Black systemic racism in Corporate Canada. The course is open to MBA students, emerging young black leaders across Canada, and members of the business community.
Many of the course’s case studies were developed specifically for this course. For example, they include successful entrepreneurs such as Viola Diamond, Michael Lee-Chin, and Prem Watsa. Students come away with a deeper understanding of systemic anti-Black racism faced by Black entrepreneurs and the skills necessary to create sustainable change and combat systemic racism.
Instructor Wes Hall is the Executive Chairman & Founder of Kingsdale Advisors and is one of the chairs of the BlackNorth Initiative. Also instructing is Ann Armstrong, a lecturer and academic director of the Intercultural Skills Lab at the Rotman School.
More details about the new course are available online.
Inaugural Future Black Business Leaders Conference
On February 27th, the Full-Time MBA Recruitment and Admissions team will host the Inaugural Future Black Business Leaders Conference in partnership with the student club Rotman African Caribbean Business Club (RACBC). The new conference is designed to attract young Black professionals to management education and to promote the range of graduate programs the school has available.
The event features business leaders, a sample class, a panel discussion with current students and alumni. Additionally, interactive professional development breakouts with Amazon, Bain, CIBC Wood Gundy, Deloitte, IBM, Scotiabank and others will be held.
Moreover, participants can learn what they need to know to apply to the full-time, Morning and Evening MBA programs. Additionally, attendees can learn about Rotman’s Master of Finance, Master of Management Analytics, and Master of Financial Risk Management programs.
Registration is available for this online conference here.