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Gain fresh perspectives on the challenges facing business and society at Rotman Events this fall.

August 25, 2023

Designed for the broader community, these events feature prominent thinkers, scholars, and business leaders from around the globe. Explore the latest in artificial intelligence, the new wild west of capitalism, and how to say “No”.

Please see individual event details for in-person and livestream options. For a complete list of upcoming events, see our events page.

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Chris Guillebeau on 'Gonzo Capitalism'

Monday, September 18 | 5 to 6 p.m. EST

If it feels like the economy hates you right now, you’re not alone. From artificial intelligence to bitcoin, the market is running a bit like the wild west – but if you capitalize on the right tools, you can make it work for you. Serial entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and podcast host Chris Guillebeau explains how.  

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Bob Joseph on '21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act'

Monday, September 25 | 5 to 6 p.m. EST

Since 1876, the Indian Act has constrained the lives of Indigenous Peoples. As Canada advances its reconciliation process, Bob Joseph will share how Indigenous Peoples can return to a place of self-reliance and determination, and how we can work together to form a better country for all Canadians. Joseph is a leading cultural sensitivity trainer, and the founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.

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On Trial: Can Big Tech be Trusted with AI?

Wednesday, September 27 | 5 to 6:30 p.m. EST

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no doubt part of an exciting technological revolution. But it also raises important questions about privacy, copyright, and ethics. With all this in mind, we want to explore the question Can Big Tech be trusted with AI? The format of this event will be a mock trial. Fiona Schaeffer (Milbank LLP) will act as prosecution, while Dany Assaf (Tory’s LLP) will serve as defense. David Skok (CEO and Editor-in-Chief at The Logic) will sit in the role of judge. As audience members, you will form part of the jury, and have the opportunity to give the final judgement.

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Vanessa Patrick on 'The Power of Saying No'

Monday, October 2 | 5 to 6 p.m. EST

You probably say "yes" all the time - to bosses, family, friends, even strangers. But do you sometimes want to say “no”? We're taught to say yes often, in order to be agreeable, and perhaps so we do not miss out. Patrick will introduce a ground-breaking idea, called "empowered refusal" - a framework for saying no that puts you back in charge of your life.

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Jay Barney on 'The Secret of Culture Change'

Wednesday, October 4 | 6 to 7 p.m. EST

If you want to change the culture of a company, how do you begin? Many of these endeavours fail – so how do leaders ensure that they don’t? Top strategy professor Jay Barney from the University of Utah will share how leaders can take dramatic action that embodies the cultural values they want to espouse. This event is moderated by Rotman Professor Anita McGahan.

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