Diane Francis Named Distinguished Visiting Professor by Ted Rogers School of Management

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Dr. Ken Jones, dean, Ted Rogers School of
Management at Ryerson University today announced the appointment of Diane
Francis, columnist, author, and noted public speaker as Distinguished Visiting
Professor for a one year term.
    Ms. Francis is Editor-at-Large for the National Post and the author of
eight best-selling books. As a speaker she is much in demand and is a regular
radio commentator. She participates in business conferences around the world
and has been a Media Fellow at the Davos World Economic Forum for the past 11
    Her books include Immigration: The Economic Case; BRE-X: The Inside
Story; Fighting for Canada; Underground Nation; A Matter of Survival; The
Diane Francis Inside Guide to Canada's 50 Best Stocks; and Contrepreneurs and
Controlling Interest - Who Owns Canada.
    "Diane Francis brings a unique business world perspective to the Ted
Rogers School of Management," said Ken Jones, dean. "We believe she will
provide an exceptional learning experience for our students in the coming
year. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have her with us."
    "It is great to welcome Diane Francis to campus," said Sheldon Levy,
President of Ryerson University. "In her writing and world view, she is a
perfect fit for Ryerson. Our academic tradition is about addressing issues of
concern to Canadians, and rising to the challenge of advancing professional
education and research that is relevant and real."
    During her year at Ryerson Francis will present a lecture each term,
address the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans, deliver a writing
seminar to business students and lecture on "Blogging and business" to an MBA
and BComm class.
    In 2008, she will publish a research paper under the banner of the Ted
Rogers School of Management and will lecture on "Social Responsibility and
Entrepreneurship." Francis will also work with other faculties and schools at
Ryerson, in addition to her work at the Ted Rogers School of Management.
    In April, 2008 the Ted Rogers School of Management will host a conference
featuring Francis themed around the release of her ninth book, Who Owns Canada
Now, a study of 75 billionaires in Canada, including 36 who have never before
been interviewed for publication.
    "I don't consider myself a journalist who covers business, but rather a
businessperson who delivers insight through journalism," said Francis. "I'm
looking forward to sharing my experience and views in the classroom and
engaging students. I'm very excited to be part of the Ryerson community."
    Francis was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Aurizon Mines
Ltd. She has served on the advisory board of York University's East/West
Enterprises and was a member of the Business School Advisory Board at Queen's
University, where she was an Executive-in-Residence. She just completed a
Fellowship at the Shorenstein Centre on Press, Politics and Public Policy at
Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
    She sits on many boards, including CANFAR, the Canadian Foundation for
Aids Research. She also chaired the fundraising committee for the Sally
Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health, which opened at Ryerson
in 2002. The Centre allows a diversity of professional disciplines to work
together to enhance the health and social well-being of individuals, groups
and communities.

    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education,
offering more than 95 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty
of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community
Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted
Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate
enrolment of 24,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading
provider of university-based adult education.

    Note: Photo of Diane Francis with Ken Jones, Dean, Ted Rogers School of
    Management available upon request

For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Kathleen Powderley, Ted Rogers
School of Management, Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000 x 7505,

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