Beatrix Dart, Ph.D.
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
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.
Busy with two children, Beatrix is also a keen sailor, alpine skier and infrequent
golfer. She is fluent in English and German.