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Troosts’ $1-million gift supports leadership research and curriculum

  • Sep 16, 2019
Troosts’ $1-million gift supports leadership research and curriculum

Kathleen & William Troost MBA Leadership Day

For Kathleen and William (Bill) Troost, MBA ’75, good leadership isn’t an isolated skill that executives access only during big decisions or moments of crisis. It is a finely-tuned ability that constantly informs the work of every good leader.

Troost and his wife Kathleen feel so strongly about this that they recently made a new $1-million gift to support Ivey’s work in developing new research and curriculum on leadership and leader character.

The Troosts’ latest gift provides renewed support for the Kathleen & William Troost Post-Doctoral Fellow in Leadership and the Kathleen & William Troost MBA Leadership Day. It also provides new funds in support of case writing, curriculum development and research through a new collaboration between Ivey, the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering at the University of Toronto, and Western Engineering. The curriculum development will include establishing an online leader character course as part of a blended-learning initiative. The activities in each of these areas will be led by the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Ivey, and will run over a five-year period, starting in 2020. The Troosts’ previous gifts to Ivey have supported faculty positions and scholarships, as well as various leadership-focused programs and events for HBA and MBA students. This latest gift brings their total giving to Ivey to almost $4 million.

Kathleen and Bill have been among Ivey’s most committed supporters in this increasingly important area of management education. The work their generous giving supports is directly aligned with Ivey’s commitment to delivering real-world leadership that transcends sectors and industries. This support has a direct impact on the School’s international research profile, and has provided a unique leadership event called the Kathleen & William Troost MBA Leadership Day, which has brought prominent alumni and influential speakers to Ivey.

 “Bill and Kathleen’s tremendous support has helped embed leadership research and teaching as a unique strength across all our programs,” said Ivey Dean Sharon Hodgson. “This new gift also enables an exciting new collaboration with the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering at the University of Toronto, and Western Engineering, which will further expand our impact.”

After enjoying progressively senior roles as an engineer in operations management, Bill Troost returned to Ivey for an MBA in 1973. He founded Brampton-based Peel Plastic Products Limited in 1978. Combining his previous engineering experience with his Ivey-acquired business insights, Bill established Peel as a leader in the flexible packaging sector. Today, the company provides products and process innovation for major international brands in the pet food, lawn and garden, and health and wellness markets.