George Kosmas

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George Kosmas, BCom ’93

“Building a relationship takes effort. You can’t expect to go to a recruiting session just once and wow them, especially since you’re competing with other more involved students.”

George Kosmas (BCom ’93) has been one of Rotman Commerce’s most dedicated volunteers since July 2004. A recipient of the University of Toronto’s 2011 Arbor Award for outstanding personal service to the university, George, an audit partner at Deloitte, has been engaged with the program as a recruiter, as a guest speaker, and as a champion for Rotman Commerce at Deloitte, which has hired 186 Rotman Commerce students since 2004. Following his graduation in 1993, Kosmas joined Arthur Andersen and worked there for nine years. He joined Deloitte in 2002, when Andersen’s Canadian practice went to Deloitte. In 2004, he took on the lead recruiter role for UofT.

As an ambassador for Rotman Commerce at Deloitte, Kosmas works as a mentor figure for Rotman Commerce recruits. “My role,” he says, “is getting them here, making sure they have a good experience when they get here, and then helping them in what they want to do next.” For Kosmas, relationship-building is a key part of his commitment to Rotman Commerce: the people he recruits often continue to use him as a reference, even years after they began their careers at Deloitte.

In fact, George advises current students to think of the recruitment process as building a relationship. He notes that “building a relationship takes effort. You can’t expect to go to a recruiting session just once and wow them, especially since you’re competing with other more involved students. Even if you do wow them, employers can put a lot of pressure on students to sign an offer, so you need to get to know the firms beforehand so you can make decisions … you need to be involved in commerce life to go to the small events to nurture the relationship.”

For his own part, Kosmas says he was less focused when he got to university, and wasn’t as active in commerce life at the beginning, though he became more involved as he moved through his degree. An active participant in Commerce Students Association events, as well as with the Greek Students Association, George laughingly characterizes his student group involvement as “taking the full-body experience rather than leadership.” Still, he credits the community he found in commerce as incredibly important to him, and as the source of some of his most lasting friendships. Indeed, as an important ally of Rotman Commerce, and as a mentor to those students he hires at Deloitte, George no doubt has many more commerce-based relationships than the ones he established when he was an undergraduate.