Mixing Art and Business

Come get your hands dirty with us!

Make art and learn about how the arts and business can intersect in our second annual Rotman Commerce family-friendly day of connection.

Bring the kids out to an interactive clay workshop at the Gardiner Museum, connect with fellow alumni and their families at our barbecue lunch, and spend the afternoon learning about how the arts (and science) can impact your career, creativity, and success.

Check out the schedule of events below and register to attend today!

Schedule of Events

10 AM-12 PM | Clay Workshop

Bring the kids for an interactive, hands-on session with clay! Learn basic clay techniques, and come away with some of your very own creations to remember the day. Cost per adult is $21.59 (accompanying children are free).

Location: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park

12-2 PM | Alumni Barbecue (Face painting, photobooth, u of t mascot and more…)

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at our alumni family barbecue! Hotdogs and burgers will be on offer (vegetarian, gluten-free, and halal options available). Free for everyone who registers!

Location: Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street

2-3 PM | Melding Arts and Science

In this talk, Angela Sims discusses how to survive in a world where arts and science overlap and living in the gray is required. To achieve success, you need to be realistic about your strengths and weaknesses and find an environment that aligns with your skill set and values. You need to recognize when it’s time to move on, and figure out the best way to leverage all your skills while consciously choosing what success looks like for you.

Angela Sims is the Senior Vice President at BMO, leading the technology teams for DevOps, Engineering and Operations. Angela has held various roles, starting as a computer programmer and then moving into various development roles, project manager and technical manager roles.  She has lead 13 core platforms including the Payments Gateway, Business Banking Websites, ATMs and middleware web services. Angela’s team was awarded the Best Corporate Payments Initiative at the 2016 Banking Technology Awards and received an honorable mention at the 2018 RedHat Innovation conference.  Angela has also been awarded the Silver Stevie Award Winner for “Leader in Transforming Customer Engagement” awarded by the American Business Awards Association.

Location: WW126, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street



3-4 PM | Hidden in Plain Sight: How the Arts Impact Everything

Photo of Gillian StoryIt’s easy to dismiss the arts as a frill compared to the “Really Important Stuff” — but creative expression has been part of the human experience since the dawn of time. It offers a powerful tool for communication and connection in a world that’s increasingly complex. From Rembrandt to Rihanna, Gillian Story shines a light on how deeply the arts are embedded in our history and day-to-day lives, and explores how the arts can fuel excellence in business, innovation, society, and ourselves.

Gillian Story has held positions in education and leadership with some of Canada’s largest arts organizations, including the Canadian Opera Company and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her interest in business and strategy led her to her current position as Program Manager at Sun Life Financial. She is currently pursuing an MBA in the executive stream at Rotman. She is a keytarist/singer/songwriter with the band Villainest, who released their first full-length album last year, and is vice-chair of the board for Xenia Concerts, a Toronto-based not-for-profit that presents accessible concerts welcoming of diverse audiences. She also is the host of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra’s Pre-Performance Talks, and sits on the Koerner Hall Committee.

Location: WW121, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street

4-5 PM | wine tasting at kruger hall

Join us for wine tasting at Kruger Hall. Celebrate our local wineries and find out Ontario wines and how to appreciate them with the help of wine experts, the Grape Witches. Cost is $15/person; must be 19 years and older to participate.

Location: Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street