$3M BUSINESS HISTORY CHAIR A FIRST IN CANADA
Business students will be better equipped to make sound
management decisions thanks to the establishment of the country's first chair in Canadian business history at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.
The L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History was funded by several prominent business leaders, including Lynton (Red) Wilson, chairman of the boards of CAE Inc. and Nortel Networks Corporation; Richard Currie, chairman of BCE Inc. and former president and director of George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited; Anthony Fell, chairman of RBC Capital Markets and University Health Network's board of trustees; James Fleck, professor emeritus of business government relations at the Rotman School and president of Fleck Management Services Limited; Henry N.R. (Hal) Jackman, former chancellor and alumnus of U of T; and John McArthur, dean emeritus of Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration.
The $3-million chair will fill a gap in management education by funding courses and research that will explore the evolution of the commerce industry in Canada and examine the legal, economic and political events that shaped the course of its history.
The business school will also launch a research program in Canadian business history, which will provide the chair holder with research resources including data collection, data processing and access to published information.
U OF T RESEARCHERS RECOGNIZED WIDELY
From business book awards to fellowship in renowned academic societies, U of T faculty
members have won wide recognition this year. Recent awards and honours include:
NSERC AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Richard Bond of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics received the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council's Award of Excellence. The honour is given to the three
finalists of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold
Medal for Science and Engineering, which is awarded
annually for both the sustained excellence and the overall influence of research conducted in Canada
in the natural sciences or engineering.
ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON FELLOWS
Spencer Barrett of Botany and Peter St. George-Hyslop of the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of London. Fellowship in the Royal Society, which is internationally recognized
as one of the highest honours in science, is offered to only six foreign members each year.
TOP 40 UNDER 40
U of T researchers took four of the spots in this year's Top 40 Under 40, a national program
managed by The Caldwell Partners to celebrate leaders of today and tomorrow, and to honour Canadians who have reached a significant level
of success before their 40th birthday.
Recipients are: Peter Dirks of Neurosurgery and the Hospital for Sick Children, David Jaffray
of Radiation Physics and the University Health Network, Prabhat Jha of Public Health Sciences and St. Michael's Hospital - and a Canada Research Chair of Health and Development - and Edward Sargent of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Canada Research Chair in Emerging Technologies.
NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD
Kim Vicente of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is the winner of the 2003 National Business Book Award, announced this
past April, for his book
The Human Factor: Revolutionizing the Way People Live with Technology.
Co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and BMO Financial Group, the $10,000 award is presented annually to recognize outstanding business books published in Canada and is considered one of the country's most prestigious and respected literary awards.
Vicente said he was pleased with the
recognition of human factors engineering, a
little-known body of knowledge designed to help
people use technology more effectively.
"I truly look forward to witnessing a revolution in the way people live with technology, a revolution that will not only make our day-to-day life simpler and easier, but one that will lead to fewer airplane crashes, fewer nuclear power plant meltdowns, fewer catastrophic space shuttle explosions, fewer infectious disease outbreaks and fewer children being killed by preventable medical errors."
With files from U of T Public Affairs