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Gady Jacoby
By MYRON LOVE
The Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba has made it official. As of April 1, Gady Jacoby, formerly the acting dean, is the Asper School’s new dean (as well as the CPA Manitoba Chair in Business Leadership).

 Jacoby assumed the role of acting dean last July 1, following the departure of Michael Benarroch, who left the Asper School to accept the positions of Provost and Vice President Academic at Ryerson University in Toronto.

 Gady Jacoby began his academic career at the Asper School of Business in 1998. He left in 2009 to teach at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, returning to the Asper School four years later.

 Originally from Jerusalem, Jacoby has a Master of Finance degree as well as a double major undergraduate degree in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His Ph.D. in Finance is from the Shulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

 The Asper School of Business, Jacoby reports, has a student body of about 2,000 – including over 1,700 undergraduates, about 150 MBA students and 60 M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates. “We are among a selected small group of Business Schools with a Ph.D. program,” Jacoby points out. “Many of our Ph.D. graduates have become professors at other business schools in Canada and the United States, England and even China and Hong Kong.”

 He reports that the Asper School launched a new Master of Finance program last fall. “The new MFin is a 12-month graduate program focused on the curriculum required for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation,” he points out. “We are very encouraged by the caliber of student in the first cohort and we are on track to expand the program.

 “At the same time, we are developing three additional graduate programs. These include a Master in Supply Chain and Logistics management, a Master in Business Analytics (in co-operation with the Faculty of Science) and a JD-MBA which will allow students to pursue a dual graduate degree in Business and Law.”

 He notes that there is a lot of diversity within the student body. About 20% of the students are international students, he points out. And the gender balance is about 50-50.

 The Asper School, he notes, is now involved in several social initiatives. Indigenous initiatives are now an integral part of business education at Asper.

 He adds that the School is making efforts towards hiring an Indigenous Business Scholar to provide mentorship to young Indigenous entrepreneurs.

 “In addition, we recently launched an Indigenous M.Sc. & Ph.D. student recruitment campaign with enhanced funding to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous people in Business Academia,” he reports.

 The Asper School also recently established the Asper Indigenous Awareness Infusion Committee. “This committee is in charge of integrating Western and Indigenous perspectives in the classroom as well as raising awareness at Asper to Indigenous culture,” Jacoby says.

 The Asper School recently received a generous donation from Richard Morantz and Sheree Walder Morantz to establish a named Professorship in Business Ethics, he reports. “We will soon select a faculty member to hold this professorship, with a focus on integrating business ethics into our curriculum and providing academic and professional leadership in this area.”
 
Dean Jacoby emphasizes that “the Asper school is a part of our community and we are deeply committed to grow leadership that considers social responsibility, business ethics, and social justice. These initiatives speak to that commitment.”

 Naturally, no business school is an island – and the Asper School of Business has exchange programs with close to 70 universities worldwide – including the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, his alma mater, and where his daughter, Uma, has been studying for the past year.
 (Jacoby notes that he goes back to Israel to visit once or twice a year.)

 Of particular note is the Arni Thorsteinson Student Exchange Program to Israel – funded by the Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation – which annually pairs Asper students with their peers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The students first spend time together taking a class at the Asper School, then go to Toronto for a few days of activities and finish the month in Israel. Faculty members accompany the students.

 “We have 160 graduates of the program in Winnipeg,” Jacoby says. “We will be celebrating the program’s tenth anniversary this year.”
 Jacoby says that he has found his years at the Asper School to be very rewarding. What free time he has, he likes to spend travelling with friends and family.

 “I have always been a runner,” he adds. “I still run when I can – but, with the new position, that is not very often.”

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