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Faculty & Instructors

Award-Winning Faculty Team

To a large extent, the excellent reputation of Smith School of Business is due to the strength of its faculty. In Smith's Master of International Business program, you will be learning from an outstanding faculty team comprised of some of the best management educators in North America. Our faculty members have worked together to produce a curriculum that is both comprehensive and integrated. The professors who teach in the program include award-winning teachers, widely published researchers, and best-selling authors. They are experts at merging theory and application to guide students in the classroom and beyond. Using a blend of case studies, briefings, class discussions, and experiential learning, your professors will create a classroom experience that is energized and exciting.

In addition to their exceptional academic credentials, the program faculty has extensive business and consulting experience with some of the world’s leading organizations. This allows them to augment class material with relevant, real-world examples.

Smith’s faculty is committed to your success, both academically and in your career. For that reason, you will find them very approachable and available to answer questions and aid outside of class time. The Smith experience fosters close working relationships between faculty and students.

Thought Leadership

Smith School of Business has an impressive record of cutting edge research and thought leadership, and both faculty and graduate students enjoy access to numerous resources that support this effort.

Smith School of Business has created the Smith Business Insight platform to provide the broader business and academic communities with access to interesting research summaries, webinars, papers, videos and interviews.

Meet Your Professors

A world in which technology enables businesses to prosper, employees to thrive, and a culture for driving results to flourish is the vision behind Kathryn Brohman’s thought leadership in sustainable execution.

An Associate professor at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Kathryn has co-authored several books that focus on how today’s organizations can navigate business practices to drive short-term results without compromising long-term success. Her most recent book entitled SHIFT: A New Mindset for Sustainable Execution presents results from her work with over 750+ organizations that helped translate strategy into action. The book provides a pragmatic approach to identifying salient execution barriers, filling gaps to stabilize an execution backbone, and removing distractions to seamlessly adapt to change.

Since arriving at Queen’s University in 2003, Kathryn has pioneered programs in Strategy Execution and Digital Transformation across MBA and executive programs. She has worked with hundreds of organizations in North America to translate strategy into action. Kathryn has received multiple funding grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as well as the Ontario Research Foundation and published her work in premier journals including MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences, Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly Executive, and Communications of the ACM.

Nailin Bu is Associate Professor of International Business at Smith School of Business. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. training in China at Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She taught at the University of Victoria in Canada prior to her current appointment.

Dr. Bu’s research focuses on cross-cultural management and international human resource management, with a special focus on business and management in China and the Asia-Pacific regions. She has received research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, CGA-Canada and other agencies. Her research has appeared in many scholarly publications, including International Journal of Human Resource Management, Management and Organization Review, Asia- Pacific Journal of Management, and International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management. Her current projects include several studies exploring the networking practices of senior and middle-level managers in Asia and the determinants of voluntary turnover among managers and professionals in China.

Shaun Cahill started his professional career as a software developer in the Health Care industry. He then transitioned to system design, networks and implementation, leading a wide variety of projects across North America.

Over the next few years, he transitioned to managing an operations and development team building one for the first DevOps groups in Canada.

Years later, Shaun transitioned to Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management and started one of the first Project Portfolio Offices in the public sector. Shaun specialized in change management and software development projects over the next five years.

Currently, Shaun is focusing on teaching at the Smith School of Business, where he teaches technology, project management, mathematics, productivity/team management and software development.

Barry Cross is an expert and thought leader in innovation, execution and operations strategy. He joined Smith School of Business after nearly 20 years in the automotive and manufacturing sectors with Magna Autosystems and DuPont, where he led many key strategic initiatives, including nearly 30 program launches in North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Barry speaks and consults widely in the areas of Lean Innovation, Strategy, Projects and Execution, enabling organizations to create sustainable value for their customers. He is the bestselling author of three books, including Simple: Killing Complexity for a Lean and Agile Organization, and several Most Read articles.

Michael Darling joined Smith School of Business in January 2005 as program director of Smith's Accelerated MBA for Business Graduates. In addition to his director responsibilities he teaches courses on strategy, marketing and the global business environment in Smith's MBA programs.

He was born in London, England and educated in Montreal. where he earned Bachelor of Commerce and MBA degrees from Concordia University. The first ten years of his corporate career were spent at Gillette and Schering Plough in Montreal. He then joined The Kellogg Company, where, after Canadian and European executive assignments, he served as executive vice-president of marketing and sales in the US. After several years with Kellogg's he joined Max Factor in California as senior vice-president, international, with responsibility for Pacific Rim subsidiaries, including Australia and Hong Kong, and was subsequently promoted to the role of executive vice-president of worldwide marketing.

For the past two decades Darling has focused on program management, teaching, consulting, entrepreneurial and environmental activities. He was on the faculty of New York University's Stern School of Business from 1986 to 2004 where he taught marketing and strategy courses in MBA and Executive MBA programs, was the founding director of Stern's executive development initiative and was actively involved with Stern's Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a recipient of the Citibank Excellence in Teaching award and was listed several times in Business Week's outstanding faculty list. Darling has also taught courses at Pepperdine University in California, Columbia University's Teachers College and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In addition, he has taught in an MBA program in Italy and has led international study tours to several countries including Brazil, England and Switzerland.

He has written several cases for use in MBA and Executive MBA integrated strategy exercises and has had numerous articles published in Stern Business, Brandweek and other business publications. His focus in these cases and articles has been on changes in strategy and tactics and the impact of these changes.

Darling has served in a consulting role for many corporations including AT&T, Lever/Best Foods, Microsoft, Nynex, The Rainforest Alliance, Seiko, Sony, Thomson Financial, Towers-Perrin and Wachovia Bank.

Dr. Detomasi is a Professor & Distinguished Teaching Fellow of International Business at Smith School of Business, Queen's University. He completed his PhD from the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in 1999, specializing in international political economy. He also holds a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University, and is a graduate of the Executive Program on the Global Financial System from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Dr. Detomasi's research interests include globalization, corporate and non-profit governance, and corporate strategy.  He is nearing completion of the book manuscript Between Market and State: The Oil Multinational in Geopolitical Competition, currently under review at University of Toronto Press. He teaches courses on strategy, governance, and the geopolitics of global competition in undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs at Smith School of Business and abroad. He has served as Academic Director for Global Business, Queen’s Executive Education.  He as has also served for a five-year term as academic director for the Fundamentals of Governance Program, Queen’s Executive Education.

Shai Dubey teaches courses in negotiations, cross-cultural management, ethics, domestic and international business law and entrepreneurship.

Shai earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toronto and his Law Degree from Queen's University. Shai is also a graduate of the aviation Flight Technology Program at Seneca College. 

After graduating from Seneca College in 1984, he began his working career as a commercial pilot. In 1985 he founded and ran both an executive aircraft charter company and a flight training school based in Toronto. After selling this company, Shai worked as an aviation consultant providing strategic and regulatory advice to Canadian and foreign clients. He practiced law on Bay Street and then ran a global company prior to joining Queen’s.

Prior to his academic career, Anthony Goerzen spent almost 15 years in various sales, marketing, and general management positions in private industry. His last position before returning to graduate school was Vice President of Oxbow Carbon & Minerals, Inc., a multinational firm with headquarters in West Palm Beach Florida. He is a widely published researcher whose primary interests center on the strategic management of firms competing in international markets with a focus on the organizational and performance effects of inter-firm networks, alliances, and location.

Jim Hamilton is a proven sales and marketing executive with over 19 years of experience in forming and growing start-up companies, as well as, leading sales and marketing teams in mid-sized and larger companies. Currently, Mr. Hamilton spends most of his time as an instructor. He is a lecturer at Smith School of Business where he teaches courses in marketing strategy, sales and sales management at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Mr. Hamilton owns an advisory firm that provides reputation management, sales, marketing, and CRM strategy services to individual professionals and corporations. Some of his clients have included Bayer, Altana, IBM, and MDS Sciex.

Mr. Hamilton obtained an Honours Degree in Actuarial Science (BSc.) from the University of Western Ontario (Canada) in 1990. He then earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Canada) in 1995.

Greg Libitz is an award-winning faculty member at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business, where he teaches strategy, marketing and management.

Greg is champion of co-curricular activities at Smith, and an active case writer.

Outside of Smith, he is a principal in a boutique consulting firm with a focus on strategy, marketing and management development.

He resides with his family in Kingston.

Matt Reesor is a communications expert who has helped hundreds of leaders at top organizations to sharpen their messaging. Since 2013, he has held a professor appointment at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University and designed numerous Masters and MBA level business communication courses. In addition, Matt was approached to design the highly successful Communicating With Impact program within Queen’s Executive Education (QEE) which he continues to deliver multiple times throughout the year. Matt has created custom communications programs for a growing list of clients including, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Canada Life, Canada Post, The Canadian Olympic Committee, CIBC Asset Management, Homestead Land Holdings, EY (Consulting), Kellogg’s Canada, the NHL Alumni Association and various government departments and ministries. Prior to teaching at Smith, he spent his early career in Japan as a junior faculty member at Nagoya University of Business and Commerce where he conducted academic research and published the bestselling textbook, Tell Me More: Effective Communication Strategies for the Japanese Student with MacMillan Publishers. In addition to his teaching and consulting duties, Matt served as the Director of the Full-time MBA program at Smith School of Business from 2016-2023.

Mr. Robertson was an investment banker for nearly 20 years and has over US$100 billion in completed transaction experience.  He has extensive M&A experience (>US$80 billion) as well as significant ECM, DCM and restructuring experience products (US$22bn across 50 capital raisings: 35 public market deals, 15 private market deals) across a broad group of sectors.  Mr. Robertson has held numerous senior positions, including Co-Head of Investment Banking, Asia and Head of Sectors, Asia (which included both investment banking and corporate banking).  Employers have included Lazard Freres, Credit Suisse First Boston/Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and The Royal Bank of Scotland/ABN Amro. 

Mr. Robertson has executed numerous award winning and notable transactions across the globe.  Independently recognized “Deal of the Year” awards won by transactions led and executed by Mr. Robertson include Best Domestic M&A Deal in Asia in 2006, Best GDR/ADR in Asia in both 2007 and 2005, Best Equity-linked Deal in Asia in 2005, Best Secondary Deal in Asia in 2005, Best Deal in Singapore in 2006 and Best Deal in Korea in 2005.  Whilst in New York, as a junior banker, Mr. Robertson executed the largest and third largest M&A deals in history at the time of the transactions (MCI Communications’ US$42.7bn merger with WorldCom and SBC Communications’ US$23.8bn purchase of Pacific Telesis).

During his banking career, Mr. Robertson held a wide variety of committee responsibilities, including: Co-Head of the Investment Banking Management Committee in Asia, Co-Head of the Regional M&A Engagement Committee (Asia Pacific), Member of the Regional Equities Engagement Committee (Asia Pacific), Regional Capital Allocation Committee (Asia Pacific), Asia Pacific Banking Management Committee, Global M&A Engagement Committee, Global TMT Management Committee, Global TMT Capital Allocation Committee and the Asian Global Clients Management Team.

Mr. Robertson lived and worked in Asia (15 years) as well as in New York and San Francisco (4 years).   Prior to becoming an investment banker, Mr. Robertson spent over a year volunteering primarily with domestic female indigenous NGOs in remote areas of Central America followed by a year working and volunteering in Nanning and Wuhan, China.

Mr. Robertson currently teaches/has taught over 6,000 students in twelve different finance courses across seven different programs at the Smith School of Business, including courses in the Executive MBA, Master of Finance – Toronto, Full Time MBA, Master of International Business, Accelerated MBA, GDB and Bachelor of Commerce programs.  Courses taught include: Investment Banking (MFIN 840), International Investment Banking (MGBL 822), Investments (MBAS 824), Corporate Valuation and Merger and Acquisition Analysis (MBAS 823), Investments and Portfolio Management (COMM 324), Advanced Managerial Finance (MBUS 813), Financial Strategy (MBUS 925), Corporate Financial Decision Making (COMM 323), Global Financial Institutions (COMM 329), Financial Management (GDB – MBAS 821), Finance Fundamentals (MBAS 821) and Introduction to Finance (COMM 121).  

He is also works with Smith’s Career Advancement Centre.  Students trained/coached have successfully landed jobs at the world’s top hedge funds (including Point72, Citadel, etc.), private equity firms (including Blackstone, KKR, BC Partners, etc.), boutique investment banks (including Ardea, Armentum, Evercore, Greenhill, Lazard, Moelis, etc.) and bulge bracket banks (including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, CSFB/UBS, BMO, CIBC, RBC, Scotia, TD, etc.) in a variety of global financial centers including New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Calgary, Hong Kong and London.

Mr. Robertson is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish.  He is also a professional portrait photographer and has photographed people across the globe, often in extreme conditions (  Subjects have ranged from Balinese royalty to world class skateboarders to members of the award winning band The Tragically Hip (aka Canadian royalty!).  He earned his H.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Prior to joining Smith School of Business, Dr. Sartor was an Adjunct Research Professor at the Ivey Business School at Western University. He received PhD and MBA degrees from Ivey and a JD degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

His research and teaching are focused on international business and global strategy with an emphasis on the effects of corruption upon the strategies and performance of multinational enterprises. He has published research in Financial Times-50 peer-reviewed academic journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies and the Journal of Business Ethics. His research has received awards from the Academy of International Business (the Buckley and Casson AIB Doctoral Dissertation Award winner; and, the AIB-Sheth Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award winner) and the Academy of Management (the GWU-CIBER Best Paper on Emerging Markets). His doctoral dissertation research was the winner of the Udayan Rege Best Doctoral Dissertation Award which is conferred biannually upon the best Canadian doctoral dissertation in the administrative sciences. Additionally, he was a finalist for the Gunnar Hedlund-Stockholm School of Economics Doctoral Dissertation Award (European International Business Academy). His research has also been nominated for awards by the Strategic Management Society.

Dr. Sartor serves on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Management Studies and the Journal of World Business. He has received Best Reviewer Awards during the Annual Meetings of both the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management. 

Professor Sartor teaches Global Business Strategy in the Queen’s National Executive MBA Program and the Executive MBA Americas Program (a partnership between Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business and Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business). He is a recipient of the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Americas Program’s Professor of the Year Award. He is the author of multiple business case studies for teaching and he has co-edited a case study compendium for use within China’s burgeoning business education market.

Dr. Sartor has ten years of experience working variously in executive and corporate legal counsel capacities for publicly-traded and privately-held enterprises in the telecom and consumer packaged goods industries, prior to entering academia. Having been employed in the foreign subsidiary operations of a NASDAQ-listed MNE, he is intimately familiar with the opportunities and challenges facing MNEs in foreign markets.

Sandy Staples current research interests revolve around how mobile technology and social media can be used to influence behaviours related to environmental sustainability. Previous research mostly focussed on investigating distributed team issues such as the effects of diversity, trust, and other factors on team processes and outcomes and the role of technology to improve the effectiveness of these teams. He also worked on knowledge management issues such as knowledge sharing practices. He studies and teaches IT governance and strategy, and project management. He has worked on a variety of other research topics in the past including predicting and measuring IS effectiveness, business process reengineering, system development practices, and open source software development practices.

Selim Topaloglu is an Associate Professor and RBC Fellow of Finance at Smith School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University, an M.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Management from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Prior to joining Smith, he visited Purdue University. Dr. Topaloglu’s research interests include trading behavior of individuals and institutions, initial public offerings, and analyst behavior. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.