Get Involved

As a Rotman Commerce grad, there are tonnes of ways for you to get involved with the program, our students, and your fellow alumni.

Participating as an alumni volunteer can offer many benefits, including strengthening your professional and personal networks, giving back to students by sharing your industry expertise and knowledge, and learning from the next generation of business leaders as they prepare for career success.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Rotman Commerce, check out the opportunities below and fill out an alumni volunteer application form.

Questions? Contact Bonnie Merchan-Douglas at b.douglas@utoronto.ca or by phone at 416-946-7168.

Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

Alumni Mentorship Program

Ideal for those who wish to develop a strong, ongoing, one-on-one relationship with a current student, our Alumni Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for you to share your experience and advice, network with young talent, and support your student on their journey. Alumni mentors participate in one-on-one meetings with their mentees, as well as group events with other mentors and students throughout the academic year.  

Time commitment: Moderate to high 

  • Complete the alumni volunteer form
  • Attend four in-person meetings with your mentee 
  • Take part in six to eight events throughout the year 

Alumni Coffee Break Speaker

Share your expertise with a small group of students in a relaxed setting. Students are eager to learn about what it takes to break into a career or to achieve success from professionals in all roles and industries – just bring yourself and your experience! Alumni coffee breaks are typically an hour long and can take place during the day at a time that is convenient to you.  

Time commitment: Low 

  • Provide your photo and bio 
  • Meet with students for an hour between 8 AM and 4 PM either on campus or at your office 
  • Tell your story and field student questions  

Admission Application Reviewer

As part of their application to Rotman Commerce, prospective students submit a supplemental video and essay application that allows us to consider non-academic experiences and attributes that inform the admissions decision-making process. Alumni volunteers help us with assessing these applications on an annual basis.  

Time commitment: Moderate to high  

  • The assessment period runs between November and May 
  • Assessors should have exceptional communications skills, experience with hiring and interviewing, and a willingness to learn more about the holistic review process 
  • Must be available for in-person training and occasional travel to campus 
  • Complete the alumni volunteer form
  • If you are selected, our recruitment and admissions team will get in touch with you with further information

Online Mentorship

If you’re not sure you can commit to participate in our in-person Alumni Mentorship Program, or if you live outside the GTA, consider being an online mentor through RC LINK. RC LINK offers an easy and flexible way to connect with students and new grads at your convenience. You determine what your time commitment is and what types of mentorship you’re available. To participate, simply create a profile on RC LINK using your LinkedIn credentials or email address.  

Time commitment: Variable 

  • You can choose to provide different types of mentorship (offer career advice, meet for coffee, review resumés, help with interview skills, host a site visit) to current students, fellow grads, or both 
  • Be a mentor according to your schedule – you can turn off your availability during peak times or vacation 

Volunteer with Rotman Commerce Students

Rotman Commerce has a dynamic student body that is highly engaged in extra-curricular activities and specialized programs. As a graduate, you can assist in enriching the student experience by participating in panels, judging competitions, coaching competition teams, and getting involved in events. 

Time commitment: Variable 

Career Services Alumni Volunteer

Our Career Services team is always looking for ways to prepare our students for the workplace. Share your expertise as a mock interviewer or a guest speaker on an industry panel.  

Time commitment: Variable 

  • Complete the alumni volunteer form
  • Mock interview volunteers may be asked to review job descriptions, prepare interview questions, interview students and provide feedback 
  • Guest speakers may be asked to prepare presentations or other speaking notes 

Alumni Steering Committee

Work with fellow alumni to provide Rotman Commerce with support and direction with respect to the alumni experience and engagement with the program. More information on the Alumni Steering Committee is available here. 

Time commitment: Moderate 

  • Complete the Alumni Steering Committee Application Form (the application period is open from the beginning of December to January 31 annually) and email your resumé to Bonnie Merchan– Douglas, Senior Alumni Engagement Officer, at b.douglas@utoronto.ca 
  • Be prepared to serve a two-year term 
  • Attend in-person and conference call meetings 
  • Act as an ambassador for Rotman Commerce at events 
  • Promote alumni events through your personal networks 
  • Share feedback with the Advancement Office