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Faculty & Instructors

At Smith School of Business, you’ll be learning from a team of professors who work together to integrate knowledge across functional disciplines.

Smith faculty members have outstanding academic credentials and have frequent contact with the business community through their own consulting practices and our executive education programs. The excellent student-to-professor ratio means you will have unparalleled access to your professors both in and outside of class, and you will find them very responsive to your needs.

Faculty and instructors subject to change.

Meet Your Professors

Jon Aikman is an adjunct faculty at Queen’s University and teaches graduate and executive courses in the Master of Finance, MBA, Master of Management of Artificial Intelligence and Master of International Business programs. He has taught courses on alternative investments, fintech for executives, artificial intelligence and finance, hedge funds and broker-dealers, derivatives and corporate finance.

He is a qualified lawyer in Canada, England & Wales, a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations. He is also a Chartered Investment Manager, sits on the investment committee of endowment and pension fund of Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Jon was a member of a working group on financial stability and systemic risk at the Federal Reserve of Chicago. Jon is an advisor to fintechs, investment managers, banks and other financial institutions. He was Chief Investment Officer and portfolio manager for an alternative investment fund and firm.

Jon was Vice-President and Counsel for Citigroup in London, U.K. He holds an MBA from Oxford University, Master of Arts from the University of Guelph, and a law degree from Queen's University, and has completed advanced certificates on artificial intelligence and fintech from MIT. He is currently completing two books entitled “U.S. and International Hedge Funds” and “AI and Finance”, respectively. He also produces a conference on Fintech and AI called www.finposium.com. He is the author of “When Prime Brokers Fail” published by Bloomberg Press.

Len Anderson, CA, has spent his career working with privately-held and Family-owned businesses and is an expert in the areas of auditing, accounting and taxation. He advises on issues relating to governance, strategy development and mergers & Acquisitions. He previously worked for KPMG serving clients across a broad range of industries and was Chair of the KPMG Learning council.

Goce Andrevski is an associate professor in Strategy and Organization. He received his PhD from the University of Kentucky. He also holds an MBA from Grand Valley State University and a BBA from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, R. Macedonia.

Goce Andrevski’s research explores how firms can systematically outperform rivals in dynamic competitive environments. His research interests include competitive dynamics, alliance networks, and strategic entrepreneurship. Goce is a member of the editorial board for Journal of Management and his research has been published in journals such as Strategic Organization, Information Systems Research and Journal of Management. His research has received 2011 Dorothy Harlow Best Paper Award (Academy of Management), 2010 Best Published Paper Award (Information Systems Research) and 2009 Best Doctoral Student Paper Award (Academy of Management).

Laurence is originally from Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He has spent the last 9 years in Vancouver where he completed an undergraduate degree in commerce at UBC and went on to do a Ph.D in consumer behavior. He moved to Kingston in August, 2003.

Laurence is interested in social and affective influences on consumer judgment and decision making. He has examined the psychological processes involved in perceptions of fairness and how consumers’ react to perceived unfair treatment. He has also conducted research on impression management. In particular, his research has shown that consumers will sometimes avoid saving money in order to avoid appearing cheap in front of others. These concerns were particularly prevalent in men when they were around women who they viewed as a potential partner. This research ties in with his interest in evolutionary psychology. In particular, he is planning on conducting research into how individuals allocate their resources in line with evolutionary important goals. Finally, he has looked at how consumers use their emotions when making important decisions and how individuals’ current feelings are differentially affected by the anticipation of future events and recollection of past events.

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.

Dr. Chakrabarti studies corporate strategy dynamics, exploring how firms scan and search for resources, select among alternatives, integrate across business units, overcome institutional constraints, and respond to environmental shocks. He studies these dynamics in the context of business reconfiguration, where firms reorganize using strategies of mergers and acquisitions, internal development, and asset divestiture. His work has appeared in Global Strategy Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal, and has achieved awards from the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada and the Strategic Management Society.

Dr. Chakrabarti’s courses align closely with his research. In the Queen’s Commerce Program, he teaches courses on organizational intelligence and on policy responses to economic shocks and recessions. For PhD students, he conducts seminars on corporate strategy dynamics and on research methodology, examining the application of econometrics to problems of strategy. For executive MBA participants, he has conducted sessions on organization growth and acquisitions strategy. While at McGill, Dr Chakrabarti co-directed the Analytic Mindset Module along with Henry Mintzberg during the initial years of the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA program.

Dr. Chakrabarti serves as an editorial board member for IIMB Management Review and Strategic Management Journal, and as an Honorary Research Associate at the Center for Economic Research of Korea (CERK). He is active at the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society conferences, and has served as 2015 editor and 2016 chair of the Strategy Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

Prior to joining Queen’s, he was Assistant Professor at McGill University. He has previously taught at Duke University and at the National University of Singapore.

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.

Dr. Jean de Bettignies is a Distinguished Professor of Business Economics at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. His research examines applications of contract theory to organizational economics, non-market strategy, entrepreneurship, and industrial organization. His work is published or forthcoming in top-tier academic journals including Journal of Labor EconomicsManagement Science; Journal of Law, Economics and Organization; Journal of Industrial EconomicsJournal of Economics and Management Strategy; and International Journal of Industrial Organization. He is the recipient of the 2014 Research Excellence Award at SSB.

Dr. de Bettignies has taught in a number of different programs since joining Smith in 2007, including Full-Time MBA, EMBA Americas, MSc/PhD, Master of Finance (MFin), Graduate Diploma in Business (GDB), Commerce, and Executive Education programs. He was awarded the Full-Time MBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2016; and the MFin Professor of the Year Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

Dr. de Bettignies received his PhD and his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago in 2001. He also holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a MA in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain.  Prior to joining Smith, Dr. de Bettignies was Assistant Professor at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Detomasi is an assistant professor of international business and strategy 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.

Evan Dudley is an Assistant professor of finance at the Smith School of Business. Evan studies markets for lending and derivatives, as well as corporate financing decisions. Evan’s work centers on how technology and financial innovation facilitated the 2007-2008 financial crisis. His research explores how technological Innovations in mortgage lending led to too much credit in the housing market, and maturity transformation through financial innovation led to too much risk taking in financial markets. His work has been published in the Journal of Law and Economics, The Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He is currently exploring how automated lending will change the market for lending. He was recently awarded a SSHRC grant to explore how artificial intelligence and big-data techniques are changing small-business lending.

Before starting at the Smith School, Evan was an Assistant professor at the University of Florida where he taught in the Masters, MBA and Professional MBA programs. Prior to his academic career, Evan worked as a derivatives trader in a client-facing role at National Bank Financial in Montreal.

Dr. Gagnon is an expert on capital markets and risk-management. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Toronto, a M.Sc. in Finance and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Université de Sherbrooke. Dr. Gagnon's research is published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Dr. Gagnon is a seasoned practitioner who oversaw the bank's global interest rate derivatives exposures and developed risk-management methodologies and policies during his stint in senior management at the Royal Bank of Canada. He consults for a number of organizations in the finance and the non-finance sectors and is actively involved in executive development both in Canada and abroad. Professor Gagnon has been quoted extensively in the Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star and featured on national television and radio programs including BNN, CBC' The National, CBC' Newsworld, CTV's Canada AM, CBC's Ontario Morning, TVO's The Agenda, TFO, RDI, CBC's National Radio Syndication, and CBC Radio-Canada. His recent editorial in the National Post, "Fees and Leverage", explains the origins of the credit crisis and provides a five-point plan to reform the financial system.

Peter Gallant is an authority on the financing of new ventures. He is Vice President, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies. In 20122, he was appointed by the Ontario government as a Director of WaterTAP – an organization created to facilitate Ontario’s economic advantage by capitalizing on the province’s innovative water sector. He was also the Founding President of Pathogen Detection Systems Inc. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Queen’s University.

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.

Anwar has taught Corporate Finance and International Finance in the Commerce and MBA programs of some of Canada’s leading business schools. As a teaching award recipient, he has been recognized for excellence in teaching at the university level.

Anwar has over 30 years of professional experience in finance and currently heads a wealth management practice with one of Canada’s top five banks. Prior to this role, he has held executive positions at some of the largest public companies in Canada. These roles included: Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and Assistant Treasurer at Bell Canada Enterprises, and Director of Financial Strategy at the Bank of Montreal. He has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of a Toronto-based private software company.

Anwar graduated with distinction in his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Additionally, he has obtained a CPA, CA designation with KPMG.

Sarah Jordan is a proven executive, both in the retail industry and as a management consultant. She is a passionate, energetic leader with a track record of delivering results while leading transformational change at organizations. She is a strategic influencer and big picture thinker with the ability to inspire teams to create value. She is deeply dedicated and committed leader known for developing and attracting diverse talent and who is committed to lifelong learning.

Sarah is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Mastermind Toys, the largest specialty toy and kids book store in Canada. They are the Authority on Play, and look to provide wonder and experiences that feed curious minds. She is leading the change at Mastermind Toys as it has become even more customer obsessed by wowing customers in their channel of choice, at the key moments that matter. Previously she was the Senior Vice President, Customer Experience and Omni Channel Strategy where she led the bank from #5 to #1 in customer experience ratings in advice and digital banking.

She started her career in management consulting. She spent a decade with The Boston Consulting Group, where she advised Fortune 500 companies on large scale customer centric transformations and cultural change. Prior to joining BCG, Sarah worked as a management consultant with Accenture in Finland, Brazil and the United States.

Sarah holds both an MBA and an Engineering degree from Queen’s University. She is the recipient of the University Medal for both programs, awarded to the graduate with the highest average. She is a lecturer at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in the MBA program, with a decade of experience on the advisory council for the program.

As the Founder of Level5, David has built a firm dedicated to creating value for client partners’ most important asset: their brand. This has provided David with a unique insight into a global range of market sectors. As a result, he has been able to work alongside progressive, brand-driven business leaders in creating and delivering brands that have been successful financially, socially, and culturally.

David received his BA (Hons) in Political Studies at Queen’s University and has studied Strategic Leadership at the Kellogg School of Business. His rich corporate and consulting experience from previous positions such as the CMO of Corus Entertainment and the SVP Marketing and Strategic Planning at Labatt, has allowed him to thrive in uncovering provocative insight and potential – in people, brands, and businesses. He has a proven strategic business sense and is both a world-class communicator and facilitator.

Entrepreneurs, business professionals, and students want to hear what David has to say. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker at Canada’s leading business schools and conferences – David is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at both the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University. He has published three books: The Brand-Driven CEO, The Value of a Promise Consistently Kept, and Brand Forward, Brand Back. In 2013, he was honoured for his outstanding work and contributions by being inducted into the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Hall of Legends.

Patrick joined Smith School of Business in November 2012 following two years of teaching in Kyoto, Japan. As a university administrator, Patrick has held roles in recruitment & admissions, database management and program leadership. As the Associate Director, Master of Management Analytics, he played a principle role in significant curriculum updates and the successful development & launch of the Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence program. Until recently, Patrick acted as Director, Strategic Planning & New Initiatives, working closely with the Smith Executive Leadership team to lead cross-portfolio strategic planning, policy development, implementation, communications, and operational support.

The Centre for Course Development provides pedagogical and content development support for faculty at Smith School of Business. As Director of the Centre, Patrick oversees a team of instructional designers, multimedia content creators, case writers, and technical supports who work collaboratively with faculty to create learning resources to improve the Smith learning experience.

Salman is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at Smith School of Business.  He is an award-winning teacher and has extensive domestic and international teaching experience in both degree and non-degree executive education. He is a former Director of Smith's Executive MBA and Full-time MBA programs and former Executive Director of Queen's Executive Education. He regularly advises senior managers in corporations and the public sector, and is frequently featured in the press on matters relating to managerial decision making and technology strategy.  He has consulted with numerous organizations including Bell Canada, Sun Life Insurance, Canadian National Railway, Accenture, and Business Development Bank of Canada.

Dr. Martha Munezhi is an Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Business and at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and is an Adjunct Professor at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is also the Assistant Director, Research Promotion and Initiatives in the Research Office at Smith School of Business.

Martha holds PhD, MSc and BSc degrees in Sociology, Demography and Economics. Her current work at Smith School of Business focuses on research development, promotion and initiatives. Her research and grant consultant expertise has provided guidance to faculty in the development, review and submission of successful research funding applications for national and international research projects. She also provides operational support for the school’s robust research program initiatives and promotes faculty research collaborations.

Her main research interests are in education population and health. Her research has been published in Healthcare Management Forum. Her research has been funded by grants from Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) and Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She is a Fulbright Fellow (2011-2013), Population Reference Bureau Fellow (2014-2015) and Philanthropic Education Organisation Fellow (2013-2014). She has worked in various public, private, non-profit and scholarly positions in the United States, Zimbabwe and Canada. Martha is on the Board of Kingston Community Health Centres.

Elspeth Murray has served as the Associate Dean - MBA and Masters Programs since 2012, and has been a professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Smith School of Business since 1996. She also holds the CIBC Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, and founded Smith's Centre for Business Venturing. Prior to joining Smith, she worked in industry for 7 years for several firms including IBM, and Canadian Tire. As an integral part of her work in the strategy and new venture fields, Dr. Murray specializes in the management of change. In 2002, she co-authored a best-selling book, Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days, Oxford University Press, with Dr. Peter Richardson. She has recently co-developed (with Dr. David Saunders) the Analytics Climate Assessment Tool (ACAT), which is used to assess organizations technological capacity, skill sets, and analytics culture. Current research is focused on best practices in leading and managing change to create an analytics culture.

Dr. Murray teaches on many MBA and Executive Education programs, and consults widely with a diversity of firms including BMW, Detour Gold, Wawanesa Insurance, Versacold Logistics and the Auditor General for Canada. She serves as a Director for several firms and is an advisor to several start-ups and CEO's. Dr. Murray received an undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics, and an MBA, both from Queen's University. Her doctorate in Strategy and Management Information Systems was completed at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Arcan Nalca holds a PhD degree in Operations Management from the Desautels Faculty of Management in McGill University, Montreal. His primary research interest lies in the field of supply chain management, especially in the context of modeling and analyzing practically motivated research problems at the interface of operations and marketing. Issues related to competition, coordination, and contracting in the presence of demand uncertainty constitute some of his research thrusts in this area.

His current teaching interests are in the areas of operations management and operations research; particularly Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management, Strategic Management of Operations/Supply Chains, Inventory Models. Arcan Nalca is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Anton Ovchinnikov is a Distinguished Professor of Management Analytics at Smith School of Business in Kingston, Canada. His research interests include, on the theoretical side, behavioral operations, revenue management and environmental sustainability. On the applied side, he studies data-driven applications in business, government and nonprofit sectors.

Anton’s work has been published in the leading academic journals. One of his academic papers was recognized as the finalist of the 2009 Junior Faculty Best Paper Competition held by the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), and his applied work was recognized as the finalist in the 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing section Practice Prize. In 2015 Anton received the Paul Kleindorfer Award in Sustainability from the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) for his work on sustainable operations. His case studies also won several awards, including the 2005 and 2011 INFORMS Case competitions. Anton organized several conferences and is on the editorial review boards of two leading operations management journals; his contributions to the academic community also received multiple service awards.

Shyam Ramchandani, Ph.D., Vice President of Research, is a serial life sciences entrepreneur with over a decade of drug discovery industry experience, having founded and successfully financed two biopharma ventures. Before his entrepreneurial endeavors, Shyam was a research scientist at Tularik Inc. and Cytokinetics, where he actively participated in preclinical activities, including drug discovery and business development efforts in cancer, immunology, and cardiac muscle biology. Shyam currently serves in adjunct appointments in Ophthalmology and the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Shyam has an M.B.A. from Queen’s University and earned his doctorate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University with his thesis work being the basis for the founding of MethylGene, a prominent Canadian biopharma company that merged with Mirati Therapeutics.

Dr. Raver is an Associate Professor and E. Marie Shantz Faculty Fellow in Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business, and is also cross-appointed to the Department of Psychology. She is an authority on interpersonal relations and group processes at work, with a specific emphasis upon the ways in which employees support each other and build high-performance environments (e.g., helping, promoting learning) versus engage in counterproductive actions that undermine each other (e.g., harassment, bullying, relationship conflicts).

Professor Raver's scholarship in this area has been internationally recognized through best paper awards from the Academy of Management and from the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM), and her work on these topics has been published in prestigious outlets including the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review. A second area of Professor Raver's expertise pertains to workplace diversity and cultural differences, where her current focus is on the integration of diverse or dissimilar employees into work groups and organizations. Her work has also included cross-cultural investigations of conflict processes and societal control systems. Her scholarship in this domain has also earned awards, including the Outstanding Article Award from IACM, and has been published in the Journal of Applied PsychologyHuman Resource Management Review, and in several book chapters. Professor Raver has worked with a number of organizations from both the private and public sectors in the U.S. and Canada. She is also regularly invited to speak about building positive organizational cultures, teams, workplace harassment, conflict, and diversity to associations of academics, policy makers, and employees. Her work has been profiled in media outlets including The Globe & Mail, the National Post, and the Chicago Tribune.  Professor Raver teaches courses in human resource management, organizational behaviour, and group processes that span academic programs (Commerce, MBA, MSc, PhD). She is also actively involved in professional service, including serving on the Editorial Board of Negotiation and Conflict Management Journal and acting as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous top-tier journals.

Matthew Reesor is the Director of the Full-time MBA at Smith School of Business. He has held administrative leadership and faculty positions at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (NUCB) and Queen’s University.  He was a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award while at NUCB. His research, focusing primarily on communications and language policy, has been published and widely referenced in academic journals. He is the author of a best-selling communications textbook published by Macmillan Japan. 

Peter Richardson is a leading expert in corporate turnarounds and an authority on strategic management and the management of innovation. His strategic approach to cost management and margin improvement has been widely adopted by industry. During his years at Smith School of Business, Peter has authored over 75 papers and case studies on strategic management. With Elspeth Murray, he co-authored Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days. A previous book, Cost Containment: The Ultimate Strategic Advantage, remains one of the few books to be written on cost improvement. He consults widely for many organizations including BHP Billiton, Alcoa, CIBC Mellon, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Auditor General of Canada, and Natural Resources Canada, working closely with senior executives on strategy development and deployment.

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, corporate lending and restructuring experience (>US$20 billion collectively) across a broad group of sectors.  Mr. Robertson has executed numerous award winning and notable transactions across the globe having lived and worked in Asia (15 years) as well as in New York and San Francisco (4 years).  He has held numerous senior positions, including Co-Head of Investment Banking, Asia and Head of Sectors, Asia.  Employers have included Lazard Freres, Credit Suisse First Boston/Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and The Royal Bank of Scotland/ABN Amro. 

Mr. Robertson currently teaches a variety of finance courses across numerous programs at the Smith School of Business, including courses in the Executive MBA, Master of Finance, MBA, Master of International Business, Accelerated MBA and Bachelor of Commerce programs.  He is also the Finance Expert in Residence in Smith’s Career Advancement Centree.  Mr. Robertson is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish.  He earned his H.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Kate Rowbotham is an assistant professor at Smith School of Business. Dr. Rowbotham received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies and French and her Master of Science in Management from Queen’s University. She completed her PhD at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in 2009.

Dr. Rowbotham’s research focuses primarily on the interaction of personal and professional lives. Her dissertation examined the relationship between employee knowledge of a coworker’s deviant behaviours outside the workplace and reactions to the coworker within the workplace. Other research interests include gender issues, modesty, and negotiations. Dr. Rowbotham’s work has been presented at international conferences in North America and Europe.

Dr. Rowbotham has taught human resource management, organizational behaviour, and negotiations at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, where she won a teaching effectiveness award. Dr. Rowbotham has worked in educational and non-profit industries, and in small business management.

Professor Schneider does research in empirical microeconomics, with a focus on industrial organization, information economics, and behavioral economics. He uses both laboratory experiments and small and large-scale field experiments with firms and government agencies; analysis of large observational data sets; and collaboration with applied theorists to test economic theories.

For example, in the field of information economics, his work has tested a range of classic theories of asymmetric information, such as adverse selection in the used car market and agency problems in the auto repair market. Some of this work also examines solutions to the inherent contracting and incentive problems, such as when personal connections are a viable substitute for formal contracts. In behavioral economics, he has examined why people do not always complete tasks on time – for example, why people sometimes pay a parking ticket or file taxes late – and in auctions, he examined why bidders sometimes overbid and whether competitive spirits, inattention, and other psychological phenomena are to blame.

Kurt Schobel is a Lecturer at Smith School of Business and also an Assistant Professor in the Management & Economics Department at the Royal Military College of Canada. In addition to teaching, Kurt is a moderator in CMA Ontario's Strategic Leadership Program and is the President of Schobel Associates Inc., a small research company based in Kingston, ON.

Prior to working at RMC, Kurt spent 20 years in Canada's Air Force and fulfilled a number of Comptroller positions at 4 Wing Cold Lake, at the Canadian Forces Support Unit at NORAD Headquarters in Colorado Springs, and in the Middle East as part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights. He was also part of the National Defence Headquarters team that conducted internal audits of Canada's deployed units from 1994 to 1997.

Kurt completed his MBA in 2002, earned his CMA in 2007 and became a Fellow of The Society of Management Accountants in 2014.

Current research includes: Balanced Scorecard for Public and Non-profit Entities; Strategic Outsourcing; and CIO/CFO relations.

Matthias Spitzmuller is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business. His research focuses on team motivation/team leadership, and on helping behaviours/cooperative work behaviours and has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, American Psychologist, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Matthias has taught classes on Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management to undergraduate students, MBA students, and doctoral students. He has also served as a lecturer on leadership in executive education programs at the National University of Singapore and Harvard Business School Publishing. Prior to joining Smith School of Business, Matthias worked as an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore. Matthias completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour under the guidance of Prof. John R. Hollenbeck at Michigan State University. He also holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Before embarking on his academic career, Matthias worked for Kienbaum Management Consultants as assistant to the CEO and consultant. In his work for Kienbaum, Matthias consulted organizations on Strategic HRM issues and on realigning / reorganizing their HRM.

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.

With a unique ability to present technical topics in an easy-to-understand and inspiring way, Steve is a sought-after professor and AI expert at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business. He leads both introductory and expert-level courses on multiple aspects of AI in undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs. He has been selected by students in the Master of Management Analytics as MMA Professor of the Year for the last three years running.

Holding PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees in Computer Science, Steve’s research focuses on analytics, machine learning, and natural language processing. His work has been published in leading journals including IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering, and others. In recognition of his work in the analytics and AI space, he was awarded a prestigious Scotiabank Scholar research grant.

Beyond teaching and research, Steve has run a big data startup company and conducted industrial operations research at Raytheon, a major U.S. defense contractor and commercial electronics company. He regularly consults with a wide range of organizations on the application of AI for best business outcomes.

Ken Wong is a faculty member and the Distinguished Professor of Marketing at Smith School of Business, where he has held both teaching and administrative positions. He was the principal architect of the first full-time degree program in Canada to operate completely outside of government subsidy: a distinction that earned him the cover of Canadian Business in April 1994. (The new Program has been rated by Business Week as #1 worldwide among non-US MBAs in the last four bi-annual rankings). Ken is also the Vice President, Knowledge Development for Level 5, a marketing consulting firm focused on brand strategy and execution.

As a teacher, Ken has received numerous awards for his courses in strategic planning, marketing and business strategy. Most recently, he was named an Inductee into Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends. In 1998, Ken won the Financial Post's Leaders in Management Education award, a lifetime achievement award for his work in undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Development programs. Beyond Queen's, he has also taught in degree programs at Cornell, Carleton University, Radcliffe College and Harvard's Continuing Education Program and in executive programs at York University, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and the University of Alberta.

Ken is a frequent speaker and facilitator in conferences and executive development programs around the world.

As a researcher, Ken has worked with the Strategic Planning Institute (Cambridge, MA) and the Conference Board of Canada. He writes regularly for Strategy magazine,  Canadian Grocer and Meetings and Incentives, and had served as a regular columnist for Marketing magazine and the National Post. He has also written for the Financial Times, Globe and Mail and the Conference Board Review.  His current research focuses on enhancing "marketing productivity" and brand profitability.

In addition to consulting for private corporations,  Ken has served as a marketing and strategic planning consultant to a number of government agencies and departments and on various local, provincial and federal government task forces. He often assists on judging panels, most recently for the 2010 Canadian "Best 50" competition (excellence in management) and the Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year.

He received his B.Comm and MBA degrees from Smith School of Business, Queen's University prior to a period of doctoral studies at the Harvard Business School. He is former Chairman of the Board, PBB Global Logistics Inc and a member of  Advisory Boards/Boards of Directors for the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA), Everest Asset Management AG, Equifax, Nature's Path, Southmedic and the Kingston YMCA.. He is listed in the Canadian Who's Who and International Who's Who of Business Professionals.

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