March 2007 Beatrix Dart, Ph.D. Academic Director Executive MBA Programs and Professor of Strategic Management Joseph L. Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Dr. Dart is the architect of Rotman’s groundbreaking One-Year Executive MBA. While currently serving as Academic Director of Rotman’s One-Year MBA Program for Executives as well as for the Global Executive MBA Program and the MBA Essentials for Managers, Beatrix also teaches Strategy, in particular the development of growth strategies for international companies. A growth strategy expert, she joined the Rotman School of Management in 2000 following a successful career with McKinsey & Company in London, Zurich and Toronto where she focused on serving international Fortune 500 companies in Europe and North America. Beatrix is the only Canadian elected to the Board of the Executive MBA Council, an association representing EMBA programs worldwide. As former Research Chair of this Council, Dr. Dart was involved in innovative research initiatives exploring worldwide trends and program design issues in executive and professional graduate business degree programs. With enrollment down in executive programs around the world, the Council-led research is keenly followed by elite business schools in every major country. She currently chairs the annual international EMBA Council Conference for 2007. Under her direction, Rotman’s executive degree programs are moving towards a more forward-looking, integrative approach to business knowledge where functional courses such as finance and accounting are accompanied by teaching emphasis on the critical skills of problem-solving, leadership and sound judgment. Further accomplishments include current board member of EllisDon, one of Canada’s largest construction companies, and honorary member of the Canadian Women in Communications. Beatrix is also interested in the advancement of women in management and is working with groups like the Women Entrepreneurs of Canada to understand and remove barriers for women to business education. She has been invited to present her insights to conferences and panels, and is frequently quoted in press, radio and television. A Swiss-German native and graduate of Germany’s University of Konstanz, Beatrix completed a Ph.D. in Economics concurrent with a second Master’s degree – in information science, while also participating in an important project assessing the financial impact of foreign guest workers on Germany’s economy. She received a Master’s in Economics from Konstanz in 1989. March 2007 Busy with two children, Beatrix is also a keen sailor, alpine skier and infrequent golfer. She is fluent in English and German.
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