Our alumni community is over 14,000 members strong. From Toronto to New York City to Hong Kong and beyond, our graduates are making their marks in businesses and communities around the globe. We are exceptionally proud of all of our grads and are excited to share their stories.
Featured Alumni Profile
Shyrose Janmohamed, BCom ’94
“I love coming back to campus as an alumni – the old buildings, the classrooms and I think I still miss the fries from the truck outside Sidney Smith!”
Shyrose Janmohamed (B.Com. 1994) is a chartered accountant who knows the value women add to the workplace and a graduate who knows what being a mentor can do for today’s students.
Starting the program as a part time student based out of Woodsworth College, Shyrose found her entire university experience very positive. “I found the faculty staff and instructors to be great,” she says. “I still remember professors Wiecek and Losell each time I have an auditing principle or a complex financial transaction!”
She goes on to say that having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto means that she has never had to explain what she has studied as the program is so well respected, which all makes for much easier interviews.
During her third year, Shyrose was recruited to an internship with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where she stayed while she completed her CA. Janmohamed has gone on to work in senior positions for private companies including Grand and Toy and Royal Lepage as well as public sector organizations like Bloorview Kids Rehab and the Ontario Telemedicine Network.
Shyrose now runs her own consulting business, SJ Powerhouse Inc., which focuses on strategy, process and infrastructure building for mid-size startup organizations in both the private and public sectors. SJ Powerhouse helps bring order out of chaos, Shyrose says, “it’s exciting and crazy at the same time.”
Since her graduation, Shyrose feels the workplace has seen great change for women. With more women in fields of finance and business, organizations that promote mentoring and development of female executives, flexible working environments and more, things are moving forward.
“Women have carved out places alongside men,” she says. “I also think men have recognized the need for women in the senior levels of management – it makes sense – they make more money when the other half of the population is understood and represented.”
After being contacted by the Rotman Commerce alumni office, Shyrose became an alumni mentor four years ago. “I volunteer quite a bit, and it allows for continued personal growth and satisfaction,” Shyrose says. “I enjoy working with different students and knowing that I may be able to help them – and maybe play a small part in helping them reach their goals – you really gain more than the student does each time.”
Shyrose has certainly made a difference to many students in the Rotman Commerce program, and interestingly, she has seen the results first hand. “My first student ended up at my last organization as the auditor – now that was funny!”