Lasting, Disruptive Change

Industry partners are a select group of established organizations that are front-runners in creating, leading, and managing change.  You should partner with the Institute for Gender and the Economy if you are ready to drive lasting, disruptive change by:

  • Engaging new perspectives on gender-related challenges;
  • Co-creating a world-leading hub to advance our understanding of problems related to gender and economy; and
  • Collaborating on actionable solutions to gender-based challenges.

Industry Partnership requires a minimum two-year commitment of at least $25,000 per annum.

See a list of our current Industry Partners below.

Bain & Company

The Industry Partnership Experience

Partner Charter

Partnership with the Institute for Gender and the Economy begins with meeting our faculty leadership and program team, spending 2-3 hours evaluating and discussing the partner’s current issues relating to gender and economy. The outcome of this meeting is a partnership charter which outlines opportunities to collaborate across the Rotman School.

Engage in Research

One of the most powerful ways to make the most of a partnership experience is to engage in research. Many of our researchers require access to corporate data, to setting where we can run field experiences, to people to interview or our academic research studies. Industry partners have already stepped up to provide data and offer other resources to support our projects. Not only does this benefit the academic research but it also provides the industry partner with an opportunity to learn about itself or its customers or other stakeholders (depending on the project). The key is to find a good match between the research interests of our faculty and the interests of the industry partner.

Bi-annual Conference

Your employees and/or clients will be invited to attend the Institute for Gender and the Economy’s bi-annual conference, alongside notable senior executives, business leaders and policymakers. The first bi-annual conference occurred in the fall of 2018. Find out more here.


Your employees will be invited to attend the Institute’s semi-annual workshops that involve reviewing and discussing new findings on critical issues relating to gender and the economy. These workshops will provide you with new ways of approaching gender-based challenges, as well as actionable insights to drive change within your organization.

Take a look at our previous Industry Partner Workshops here.

Lecture Series

You, and a select group of your employees and/or clients will receive complimentary passes to attend the Institute for Gender and the Economy’s lecture series. These lectures will provide you with access to leading thinkers active in the gender and economy space as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded peers and Rotman alumni.


You will have an opportunity to participate in the development of educational resources, such as video-series, podcasts, case studies, and infographics, which will be disseminated through various University of Toronto communication and marketing channels, including the alumni network. You can leverage all public multimedia to showcase your relationship with the Institute for Gender and the Economy and its commitment to advancing equality. See our current educational resources here.

In addition to the partner experience set out above, the Rotman School also has many opportunities for you to collaborate with students. In the initial partner meeting, you can propose a current business challenge you would like to address. Based on the scope of this challenge, we will identify opportunities for you to work with academic researchers to complete scholarly research, work with an MBA student to complete a discrete project, engage with one of our student business consulting practices, hire a Rotman student for an internship or present a business challenge to an MBA project team to solve through design thinking and other methodologies.

Recognizing Your Support

  • Your support of the Institute for Gender and the Economy will be central to our ability to achieve our mission. Without industry partners engaged in dialogue with us, we cannot mobilize our research to help make change. To recognize the importance of your contribution, we would:
  • Recognize your support in our annual report, various multi-media communications and on our website;
  • At your discretion, produce a “stories of impact” video blog;
  • Report annually on initiatives undertaken as a result of your support;
  • Recognize your gift on the GATE’s Donor Wall;
  • Include your name among a list of benefactors published in our annual donor report and on our website.
Interested in becoming an Industry Partner?
Please contact us at if you would like to have a conversation about partnership, and click here for a PDF of our brochure.