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In a Class by Themselves:
Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Convocation Fall 2010

Students in the Kellogg-Schulich Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program are selected on the basis of their outstanding achievements and leadership potential. They are not your typical MBA students. They are presidents, vice presidents, chief financial officers, directors and managers of some of Canada's most respected corporations. On Friday, October 15th, 2010, the eighth class of Kellogg-Schulich EMBA graduates (KS08) celebrated their successful completion of the program.

The presentation of a photograph to commemorate the KS07 Class Legacy Gift.

The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA Class of 2010 with Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth

"Each of our eight classes has been truly unique," recalled Schulich School of Business Dean Dezsö J. Horváth in his remarks at Convocation. "But all of you have diversity in common. I think you would agree that your EMBA experience has been enriched beyond all expectations by the diversity of your classmates."

The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA Class of 2010 was comprised of 45 students, 25 of whom were born outside Canada. All have highly varied educational backgrounds, industry experience and extracurricular interests.

"Your classmates have exposed you to multiple perspectives on social, political, business, government and cultural issues, expanding your decision-making horizons to ensure you've learned exactly what is needed to be able to make the best possible decisions in a complex, constantly changing and globalized world," said Dean Horváth.

The Honourable Roy McMurtry, QC, Chancellor of York University, encouraged the Class of 2010 to use the knowledge and the values they had learned in their EMBA studies to change their communities, countries and the world.

"As you think about your future careers, I would respectfully suggest that you think about the opportunities for public service that will arise in the years ahead," said Chancellor McMurtry. "We all recognize that we live in a less than perfect world and it is my respectful view that volunteerism is not simply a choice, but a responsibility."

Chancellor McMurtry advised the graduates: "As you pursue your careers, never lose sight of the importance of the qualities of generosity, courage, dignity, humour and, above all, integrity."

He said success is incremental, it must be earned and it is built, layer upon layer.

The presentation of a photograph to commemorate the KS07 Class Legacy Gift.

KS08 celebrate their incredible achievement

"All of the graduates in this room have, through their education, intelligence and skills, the opportunity to make a difference," Chancellor McMurtry concluded. "And while we obviously have no assurances in life, no guarantees that we will always be healthy, enjoy a long life or be able to control our destinies, what we can control, however, is our attitudes. We can strive to make a difference."

York University President & Vice-Chancellor, Mamdouh Shoukri, was also present to honour the hard work and achievements of the graduating students.

"You are a unique group of graduates," said President Shoukri. "You are already accomplished leaders, some of the best and the brightest that the world can offer. With this degree, I urge you to continue to mentor, to inspire, to contribute to society and to make a difference. With your expertise you now have the responsibility to share your knowledge, your experiences and enrich the lives of those around you. Like today's honorary degree recipient, Leslie Dan."

An Honorary Doctor of Laws was bestowed on Mr. Dan for his remarkable business successes; dedication to the fields of medicine and education; his vision, leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and, particularly, for the breadth and depth of his philanthropy.

One of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs and respected philanthropists, Leslie L. Dan founded Novopharm Limited, one of Canada's largest and earliest generic drug companies in 1965 and remained chairman and CEO until its sale in 2000 to the Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited, the world's largest generic pharmaceutical company. During his distinguished career, he has been a Canadian pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Dan founded the Canadian Drug Manufacturers Association as well as the Canadian Medicine Aid Program, which provides life-saving medicines and other aid to third world countries. His philanthropic gifts have benefited non-profit organizations ranging from hospitals to universities and the arts.

Addressing this year's EMBA graduating class, Mr. Dan admitted it was an "unexpected" honour to receive the Doctor of Laws. "I'm not sure I deserve it, but am grateful for the recognition."

Acknowledging that the economy and jobs are today's foremost issues of concern, he said the Kellogg-Schulich graduates "will have great challenges to respond to" and have been equipped with the education and skills necessary to "lead the economic growth" of the future.

Mr. Dan said we are "passing through a most remarkable period." Financially, "the structure of the world has experienced a seismic explosion," but it is also "a period of the most dynamic innovation."

His message to the graduating class: "be proud to try new things, and stay open to changes all along the way. Our future will depend on your successful contribution to make this world a better place for you and also for our children."

At the conclusion of his remarks, Dean Horváth thanked Su-Lan Tenn, Program Director, Kellogg-Schulich EMBA; André deCarufel, Academic Director, Kellogg-Schulich EMBA; and Julie Cisek Jones, Assistant Dean and Director, Executive MBA Programs, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University for their dedication and commitment to the program.

He also urged the graduates to thank their families, friends, partners and colleagues for the support they offered during the course of the program.

"KS08, you are very fortunate," said Dean Horváth. "Many individuals have supported you over these past 18 months with understanding, encouragement and advice. I hope you will accept your graduation diplomas as much on their behalf as your own."

The success of the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program would not be possible without the world-class faculty that teaches its courses.

"We are indebted to our faculty from Kellogg, Schulich and our partner schools," said Dean Horváth. "They are among the world's best. Each has offered you the benefits of cutting-edge research along with the wealth of years of experience working with business, government and nonprofit organizations around the world. I would like to personally congratulate the two faculty members, whom KS08 has selected as Professors of the Year."

This year, the Kellogg Professor of the Year award was presented to Daniel Diermeier, IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice, by Tommaso Magnotta (KS08). The Schulich Professor of the Year award was presented to Beppino Pasquali, Adjunct Professor of Accounting, by Calvin Chow (KS08).

Convocation concluded with the presentation of the Class Legacy Gift of $13,000 to Unicef Canada by Daniel Kube (KS08) and the Valedictorian Address by Martin Hartshorne (KS08).

"You came to Kellogg-Schulich EMBA with many dreams," concluded Dean Horváth. "Some sought a promotion. Others wanted a career change. There were even a few brave souls determined to start their own businesses. We hope that the program have moved those dreams closer to reality. You have been exposed to global contacts, global content and global contexts. Together, they will contribute to your success in today's boardrooms around the world."