CAI held a dinner honouring Professor Roger Martin. The author of numerous books and one of the world’s foremost business thinkers, Roger Martin is Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness and Academic Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He served as dean of Rotman from 1998 to 2013 and was credited with its transformation into a world-class facility with soaring reputation. Professor Martin led the a phenomenal expansion and transformation of the Rotman School of Management, and supported efforts to enhance Rotman’s presence in the Middle East and a Canadian understanding of business opportunities in the region.
“Having observed the events back home from my vantage home here in Canada, I have come to appreciate how much this country and particularly through its world class institutions such as Rotman School, can be a part of this transformation…. The underlying cause of revolt and ensuing struggle for political change was and continues to be essentially about creating a better more equitable and dignified life for all citizens."
“Roger has been incredibly supportive of our effects to engage the Arab world, under his leadership we began a tour study in the Middle East….. today there is an increased awareness and desire for students and faculty to learn more about the Middle East"
“Things work terribly in the world when we spend time extenuating the difference……. when the world pays all its attention to the differences and ignores similarities, bad bad things happen, when I think of slavery, how do you get slavery? I think it is a really simple way, it’s by extenuating the difference and ignoring the similarities”