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Brendan Calder

Brendan  Calder

Brendan Calder

Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management


B.Math , University of Waterloo
Attended: Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School




Brendan Calder is a Professor Emeritus of Management at Rotman where he founded and co-conducted the award-winning course, GettingItDone®. He was the founding Chair of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management.

He lives well, with long-time sweetheart Mary and he has daughters Kate (with Ben, Sonny and Bo} & Tess (with Pauly and Mickey-Mary). They are both 'pretty and smart'.

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Other Info

Lives with long-time sweetheart Mary and has daughters Kate(with Ben&Sonny)& Tess(with Pauly), both pretty AND smart. Does Mountains,Motorcycles,Movies.

Academic Positions

  • July 2022-

    Professor Emeritus, Rotman School of Management

  • 2001-2022

    Professor , Rotman School of Management

  • 2001

    Executive Director, MBA Programs, Rotman School of Management

  • 2002-2022

    Faculty: GettingItDone 2nd yr MBA course, Rotman School of Management

  • 2001-2015

    Entrepreneur in Residence, Rotman School of Management

  • 2006-2008

    Faculty: Bridge to Business, Rotman School of Management

  • 2008

    Faculty: Omnium MBA, Rotman School of Management

  • 2003-2022

    Chair, Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking

  • 2002-2015

    Director/Dean's rep, Impact Consulting Group

  • 2010-2013

    Founding Board Member, FinSerAdvBd/ Rotman School of Management

  • 2004- 2008

    Founding Chair, Int'l Centre for Pension Management

  • 2016-2017

    Academic Mentor, Flexible Internship Program

  • 2013-2022

    Board Member, Johnston Ctre/Clarkson Ctre/Rotman School

  • 2013-2017

    Founder/Board Member, CreativeDestructionLab

  • 2001-present

    Champion of All Things Rotman,

  • 2012-2017

    Faculty, Creative Destruction Lab, Rotman School of Management

  • 2010-2012

    Faculty: Social CRM program, Rotman School of Management

  • 2010-2015

    Faculty: The Next 36 program, Rotman School of Management

  • 2003-present

    Senior Fellow, , Massey College

Non-Academic Positions

  • 1996-2000

    Chair, President and CEO, CIBC Mortgages

  • 1988-1996

    President/Co-founder & Significant Shareholder, FirstLine Trust Company

  • 1983-1988

    President, Director & Significant Shareholder , Counsel Corporation/Counsel Trust; Counsel Life, DirecTrust

  • 1980-1983

    President, CEO & Director, Fidelity Trust

  • 1978-1980

    Executive VP, Canadian Realty Investors

  • 1969-1979

    General Manager, Director & Significant Shareholder , Canavest House (TSX member firm)

Research and Teaching Interests

General Management

Honors and Awards

  • 2006-2020

    Excellence in Teaching, Rotman School of Mngt

  • 2012

    Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographic Society

  • 1979

    Fellow, Canadian Securities Institute

  • 1983

    Fellow, Canadian Trusts Institute

  • 2004

    Initial Inductee, Mortgage Hall of Fame

  • 2003

    Presidents' Circle, U of Toronto

  • 2003

    Arbor Award, U of Toronto

  • 2006

    ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors

  • 2012

    Faculty of Mathematics Alumni Achievement Award, University of Waterloo

  • 2013

    Inaugural Claudia 'helluvaguy' Award, Next36

  • 2015

    Master Effectiveness Leader, ReddinGlobal

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Chair, The Glenn Gould Foundation

  • Past Board Member, Haventree Bank

  • Co-Founder, Mortgage Centre Canada/MCC

  • Past Board Member, Mabin School

  • Past Director, EllisDon Corporation

  • Past Director, FirstService Corporation

  • Past Director, Equity Finacial Trust Co

  • Past Director, Canada's Top 40 under 40

  • Past Judge, Donner Awards

  • Past Director, CIBC Insurance Inc.

  • Past Chair, CIBC Mortgages Inc.

  • Past Chair, TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival Group

  • Past Director, Colliers International Mortgage Corporation

  • Past Director, WSIB

  • Past Chair, Coventree Capital

  • Past Chair, Custom Direct Income Fund

  • Past Director, Canadiana Financial

  • Past Director, ClearPoint Business Resources

  • Past Director, FiLogix Inc.

  • Past Director, First International Asset Management

  • Past Director, The Franchise Company

  • Past Director, iOwn Inc.

  • Past Director, Hammond Manufacturing

  • Past Chair, Peter F. Drucker Canadian Foundation

  • Past Director, Shred-it Inc

  • Past Chair, WirelessMoney Inc.

  • Member & Past RVP Canada, World Presidents Organization

  • Advisor for the Office of the Auditor General, Canada

  • Founding Chair, McLuhan Festival of the Future

  • Member & Past Chapter Chair, Young Presidents Organization

  • Founding Member, National Angel Organization

  • Member & Past Director, The National Club

  • Big Brother - 1975-82

  • Past Director, CNIB Ontario