Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Ryerson University

August 30, 2007 11:00 ET

Gerard Kennedy, Former Ontario Minister of Education, Joins the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) -

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Dr. Ken Jones, Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, today announced the appointment of Gerard Kennedy, former Ontario Minister of Education, past federal Liberal leadership candidate, and former Executive Director of the Daily Bread Food Bank as a Distinguished Visiting Professor for a one year term effective September 4, 2007.

"We are very pleased that Gerard Kennedy is joining the Ted Rogers School of Management," said Jones. "The appointment gives students the opportunity to benefit from Kennedy's tremendous management, leadership and problem-solving experience, and to connect and engage with him so their skills and insights are as relevant as possible."

"When you talk to Gerard, you are energized," said Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University. "That is what every university wants for its students. His intellectualism, ingenuity and drive are a great fit for our teaching and research, which is about real issues and making things better for the community."

As a Distinguished Visiting Professor, Kennedy will deliver a series of lectures to graduate and undergraduate management students on topics such as entrepreneurship, enterprise culture and corporate social responsibility. He will also undertake research activities related to the potential role of an enterprise culture in bringing business and political solutions to Canada's new economy.

"Ryerson is the problem solving university, renowned worldwide for bringing real-world experience and first-class innovation to the classroom," said Kennedy. "I am very excited to work with the Ted Rogers School of Management faculty and students who already know a lot about how to combine learning with accomplishment. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to make a contribution."

The Ted Rogers School of Management is already a leader in entrepreneurship education. Kennedy's appointment will further develop the School's entrepreneurship studies through Kennedy's focus on a timely topic -- enterprise culture. His outstanding achievements in politics, education and the voluntary sector are the perfect match for the Ted Rogers School of Management and its ongoing initiative to further foster collaboration between government, industry and not-for-profit for mutual economic benefits.

During his term, Kennedy will be accessible to faculty and students through meet-and-greet sessions and dedicated open-door office hours. "Having direct access to leaders such as Gerard Kennedy, who has such vast entrepreneurial and government experience, is what sets the Ryerson management education apart," says Pat Collin, President of the Ryerson Chapter of Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship and Students in Free Enterprise. "I'm really looking forward to learning and engaging with Mr. Kennedy."

In addition to his functions at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Kennedy will participate in interdisciplinary activities with other Ryerson faculties and deliver public lectures to the Ryerson community.

"Gerard Kennedy proved himself as a thought leader while a Minister leading a turnaround in publicly funded education in Ontario," said Dr. Michael Fullan, author and recognized international authority on educational reform. "Ryerson has made a tremendous appointment of a real 'systems thinker' who can both generate good ideas and put them into action."

As Minister from 2003 to 2006 Kennedy was responsible for a system educating two million Ontario children and young adults with an annual budget of $18 billion. Prior to his role in politics, Kennedy was the Executive Director of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, which grew 40 fold to become Canada's largest food bank, distributing $32 million worth of food annually assisting 150,000 people per month. He was named honourable mention in 1995 for CEO of the Year by the Financial Post magazine in recognition of his accomplishments with a largely volunteer labour force, donated goods and services, and no government funding.

Kennedy has also guest lectured at the University of Toronto, York and Ryerson universities and provided key note addresses at a variety of business conferences and events.

Kennedy will remain a Special Advisor to Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and a nominated candidate for the riding of Parkdale High Park in Toronto.

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education, offering more than 95 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate enrolment of 24,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education.

Note: Photo of Gerard Kennedy with Ted Rogers School of Management students available upon request.

Contact Information

  • Ryerson University
    Ted Rogers School of Management
    Kathleen Powderley
    (416) 979-5000 x 7505
    Email: kpowderl@ryerson.ca