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Community, Student and employer Engagement

Transforming Business Education.

Business is global. It is not confined to borders. Last year, our Integrated Business and Humanities students travelled to Ecuador to understand the impact business has on local communities. Our MBA students, through the yearly Pitching in for Charity look at opportunities to help local charities with their business problems.

The DeGroote Experience Fund, we provide experiential learning opportunities for all students. Our alumni are not only partners, but are the embodiment of DeGroote’s vision to transform business. We acknowledge that building future leaders on our own is a near impossible task, however, working together with our student population, employer and corporate partners, staff and faculty and alumni, this vision becomes more attainable.

A Message From the Associate Dean

DeGroote is a special place.

I want people to be proud that they’re part of DeGroote. That we’re all here for one another, and we support one another. It’s a feeling of belonging, that we’re all here to make everyone’s experience better.

The world of work is nothing like it was even five years ago, and we need to prepare students for that. The key thing I want from our undergraduate program is that our students learn how to learn, because their jobs are going to be changing, and they have to know how to adapt.

When you’re working, you don’t deal with people who are exactly like you. Learning to communicate with people who have other areas of expertise is what sets you apart and lets you rise to the top. That’s what we want all our students at DeGroote to have.

As a really great business school, of course we can deliver the content. But what you do with what you learned, and how you apply it to impact the rest of the world, that’s what really counts.


Sue McCracken
Associate Dean, Academic
Director of the CA/DeGroote Centre for the Promotion of Accounting and Financial Management Services

Corporate Partners

DeGroote is proud to work with leading Canadian and international employers. We thank all of our employer partners for providing valuable co-op and internship (eHealth and Commerce) opportunities to DeGroote students in 2018.

3M Canada Company
Aecon Group Inc.
Agnew Peckham
AIC Global Holdings
Alectra Utilities
Alexander Dennis (Canada) Inc.
Alternative Health
Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc.
ANTIBODY Healthcare Communications
ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Ascensia Diabetes Care Canada
ASL Distribution Services
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bard Canada
Baxter Corporation
Baylis Medical Company
BDO Canada LLP
Bell Canada
Bentall Kennedy
Bank of Montreal
BMW Group Canada
BNP Paribas
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
Bombardier Inc.
Brant Community Healthcare System
Bridge Medical Communications
Brownlow Partners
Bruce Power
Burlington Hydro
CACEIS (Canada) Limited
Canada Revenue Agency
Canada Space Agency
Canadian Hospital Specialties Ltd.
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
Cancer Care Ontario
Catalytics Inc.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Cintas Canada
CNOOC Limited
Collective Arts Brewing
Contrans Flatbed Group LP
Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Davis Martindale
DF/Net Software ULC
Dyson Canada
Eaton Corporation
eHealth Centre of Excellence
Element Fleet Management
Enhanced Medical Nutrition
Ericsson Canada Inc.
FCB Health Canada
FedEx Express Canada
Fiera Capital
Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited

Foresters Financial
Fujifilm Canada Inc.
GE Canada
General Motors of Canada
Genworth Financial Canada
Government of Ontario
Grant Thornton LLP
Gravitas Securities Inc.
Halton Region
Hamilton Health Sciences –
HITS eHealth Office
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic
District School Board
Hashtag Paid Inc.
Health Quality Ontario
Hersheys Canada Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hitachi Canada Co.
Humber River Hospital
Husky Injection Molding
Hydro One Inc.
IBM Canada
Idex Corporation
Jaguar Land Rover Canada
Joseph Brant Hospital
JP Morgan
Kawartha Credit Union
Kensington Health
KEOUS Solutions Inc
L3 Wescam
Labatt Breweries of Canada
LAMS Innovation
Laurentian Bank of Canada
LEVEL5 Strategy Group
Lineman’s Testing Laboratories
Mackenzie Health
Magna International Inc.
Manitou Investment
Mastronardi Produce Ltd.
McMaster University – Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Meridian Credit Union
Metro Inc.
Michael Garron Hospital
Microsoft Canada
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
Ministry of Transportation
Mobile Climate Control
Mohawk College – MEDIC Lab
Mount Sinai Hospital
Munich Reinsurance Company Canada Branch (Life)
NCR Corporation
Nestlé Canada
New Balance
Nexus Scitech Centre of Canada Inc
Nissan Canada
North York General Hospital
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
Ontario Power Generation
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Origin House

Parker Hannifin Canada
Perennial Group of Companies
PetSmart Inc.
Pfizer Canada Inc.
Population Health Research Institute
Portland Investment Counsel
Prophix Software Inc.
Royal Bank of Canada
Ricoh Canada
Samuel, Son & Co.
Sanofi Genzyme
Santis Health
SC Johnson
Scarborough Health Network
ShadeFX Canopies Inc.
Shalom Village
Shared Services West
Sinai Health System
Sionna Investment Managers
SoftPath Technologies LLC
St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
State Street Canada Inc.
Sun Life Financial
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Systems Oncology
Taylor Leibow LLP
TD Bank Group
Thales Canada Inc.
The Hospital for Sick Children
The Poirier Group
The Regional Municipality of Peel
The Stresscrete Group
The TJX Companies, Inc.
Toronto Hydro Corporation
TransUnion of Canada
Trillium Health Partners
Turkstra Lumber Company Ltd.
Unity Health Toronto
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Canada) Incorporated
Virtual Ward Medicine Corp.
Voisin Developments
Volkswagen Group Canada Inc.
Volvo Group
Wells Fargo
Westcourt Capital
Whirlpool Canada
William Osler Health System
Williams & Partners
Wolseley Canada Inc.
Woodstock General Hospital
Xerox Canada


Pitching in for Charity: MBA candidates give back to the community

Since 2014, DeGroote MBA candidates, working alongside local charities, have collaborated to answer one question: What should your charity do with $5,000?

Wrestling with the real world challenges these charities face, MBA candidates use their practical experience and classroom knowledge to provide sound business advice and solutions.

Presenting to a panel of judges made up of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and corporate and community partners, the best-judged solution receives a prize of $5,000 (provided to the charity they are representing), with additional prizes of $1,000 given to runners-up.

Pitching in for Charity represents a true win-win scenario for the community, and is a clear example of the School’s commitment to transforming business and society. The day would not have been possible without the commitment of both community and corporate sponsors.

Tackling Gender Based Violence

In October,  DeGroote MBA candidates gathered at TwelvEighty to raise awareness of gender-based violence via an event called #TheTimeIsNow. The initiative was supported by the national Moose Hide Campaign, with an overall aim of creating a “safe space, safe place” at McMaster.

“As the leaders of tomorrow, it is absolutely vital for us to address stigmatized topics. Experiences make up who people are, and if we do not take time to understand how our differences make us similar, we will not relate, we will not listen, and we will not lead with integrity. Gender-based violence is a topic that impacts everyone, and it’s something we should not shy away from. Conversations are the first step toward creating a safer space for all, in both educational and professional settings,” says Alyssa Marck, President of DeGroote MBAs for Impact (DMI).

IBH Students Travel to Ecuador

In October, IBH students were exposed to some of the unique business and cultural practices in the heart of Ecuador. It’s not a volunteer excursion, though. Participants were there to learn, observe, and take part in community building in a manner that is natural and non-intrusive.

While abroad, students spent time in Quito, the capital, as well as the lush Cloud Forest, the Amazon basin, and Minga Lodge, situated on the banks of the Rio Napo.

The trip was designed to go beyond traditional volunteerism. Participants were asked to learn, observe, and take part in community building in a manner that was natural and non-intrusive.

Digital Leadership Summit 2018: New Tech, Old Models: A Focus on Healthcare, Finance and Entertainment

Current business models are becoming obsolete. Established industries are being forced to change. What’s the leading cause of this paradigm shift? Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, predictive analytics, virtual reality, and augmented reality.

Presented by the DeGroote School of Business, the fourth-annual Digital Leadership Summit united more than 150 professionals in Toronto to discuss how business leaders are responding to this unprecedented surge of digital transformation.

This year, the aim of the Summit was to take a more strategic view of the impact of digital innovation on business, with a focus on healthcare, finance, and entertainment.

2018 Accolades: IBM Executive Dino Trevisani Honoured with Distinguished Alumni Award

Dino Trevisani, BCom ’87, is one of McMaster’s most accomplished and prolific graduates. On Thursday, May 24, he was honoured with the 2018 Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni Award during the annual Evening of Accolades gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto.

Trevisani, once a wide-eyed Hamilton working-class kid, has earned a global reputation as a problem-solver who can tackle tough jobs. He’s now serving as IBM Senior Managing Director, HSBC, and Chairman, IBM Canada. His latest appointment comes after a successful stint as President of IBM Canada.

Recognizing Distinguished Alumni

Recipients of the Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni Award are now honoured in a much more befitting manner at DeGroote’s Ron Joyce Centre.

In October, campus and community leaders gathered in Burlington to celebrate the unveiling of a new honour wall for past and future Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

The award is presented annually to an alumna or alumnus whose personal accomplishments, reputation, and character have enhanced the reputation of McMaster University. The tribute was spearheaded and funded by Teresa Cascioli, BCom ’83, who received the award in 2008.