May 2013

Sodturning at IC groundbreaking
Innovation Complex groundbreaking
Dignitaries gathered around a rendering of the new building

Ceremonial shovels poised, fresh sod in place and bulldozers at the ready, dignitaries today celebrated the groundbreaking of U of T Mississauga’s Innovation Complex, a facility that will help train the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

The four-level $35-million Innovation Complex will house the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI), a new model for business education combining management studies with key industry sectors. It will also provide space for the Office of the Registrar, the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre, a rotunda that will serve as an event and social gathering space and expanded accommodation for the Departments of Economics and Management. The complex is scheduled to open in September 2014.

Incentives increase blood donations
Nico Lacetera

Canada and other countries should reassess guidelines that prohibit offering economic incentives such as gift cards to potential blood donors, says a study from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).

“Blood donation guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and many blood collection agencies are largely based on research that assessed only what study participants said they would do – not their observed behaviour when donating blood,” says Nicola Lacetera, assistant professor in UTM’s Department of Management. “These are two very different things.”

Student’s heavy lifting pays off
Richard Gonsalves

A University of Toronto Mississauga weightlifter has made a spectacular comeback after a major injury to qualify to compete internationally on Canada’s national weightlifting team for post-secondary students.

Richard Gonsalves earned a bronze medal at last Sunday’s Canadian Senior Weightlifting Championships in Edmonton, Alta, after achieving a personal best combined lift of 299 kg. The win comes on the heels of a major setback for the 22-year-old, who had to leave the sport for the better part of a year after seriously hurting his knee. His strong performance at the competition means he will now represent UTM at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia this July.

Hugh Gunz named director of IMI
Hugh Gunz

On his first day of work in 1970, Professor Hugh Gunz took his new chemistry PhD to a Shell petrochemicals plant in the United Kingdom, looked around, and thought, I don’t understand what people are saying.

“I was speaking the language of a scientist and my colleagues were speaking the language of business and management,” says Gunz, who was recently appointed the inaugural Director of the University of Toronto Mississauga’s new Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI).  Over time, Gunz’s interest in management grew; he subsequently completed a Dp.B.A, a PhD and joined the faculty of a British business school before moving to Canada.

Bryan Stewart appointed VP, Research
Bryan stewart

The Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Bryan Stewart as Vice-Principal, Research, University of Toronto Mississauga from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016.

Professor Stewart is currently chair of U of T Mississauga’s Department of Biology and holds a graduate appointment in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology.  He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading researchers in the molecular mechanisms by which nerve cells process and transmit information. Professor Stewart has previously served as associate chair of the Department of Biology (July 2010-June 2011) and held the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Genetics of Neural Communication from 2002 until 2013.  Past awards/honours have included the Robert Haynes Young Scientist Award from the Genetics Society of Canada, a fellowship with the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science, and a Premier’s Research Excellence Award.

David Levy
An Evening with David Levy - Fri, 06/07/2013

Join us for a lecture by astronomer and comet-discoverer David H. Levy. After the lecture, view the night sky with telescopes provided by the Royal Astronomy Society of Canada (weather permitting). Seats are first-come, first-served basis. 

DATE:  Fri, June 7, 2013

TIME:   8-10:30 p.m.

PLACE: Lecture Hall 110, Instructional Centre

  • Doors open at 7 p.m. 
  • Parking free in Lot 9 for duration of event
  • Advance registration required
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Media Clippings: 

Philip Oreopoulos's research on high-school dropout rates was mentioned in Fort McMurray Today, University Business Online. His work on the difficulties facing international doctors in the job market was covered by University World News. 

Professor Stephen Scharper appeared on TVO's The Agenda to discuss Catholicism. 

Professor Nico Lacetera's research in Science on initiatives to donate blood was covered on CityTV Toronto, the Kenya StarMedIndia Health News and 36 other national and international outlets.

The groundbreaking for the new Innovation Complex was covered by the Varsity, the Mississauga News, the Daily Commercial News and MyMississaugaBiz

Professor Holger Syme is quoted in The Globe and Mail about how German theatre productions approach staging the classics.

Professor Glenn Schellenberg's research on music, cognition and behaviour in children was covered by Medical Xpress Online

Mayor Hazel McCallion's enthusiasm for the the Institute for Management and Innovation was noted in the Hamilton Spectator

Professor Hugh Gunz's appointment as the inaugural director of IMI was covered in MyMississaugaBiz.