Rose Patten was elected to serve as the 34th Chancellor of the University of Toronto and took office on July 1, 2018.
Dr. Patten’s 30 year business career has spanned four financial sectors – banking, trust, insurance and investment banking – in senior leadership roles with responsibilities for Canada, U.S. Europe and Asia.
In parallel throughout this time, she has held continuous leadership roles in Community Service for Education, Health and Public Policy.
U of T awarded Dr. Patten an honorary degree in 2009, for her leadership as a role model for women executives in Canadian banking, community volunteerism and service to the university. That same year the university established the Rose Patten Leadership Program, in recognition of her commitment to mentorship. She also received the U of T Arbor Award for Outstanding Service.
In 2017, Dr. Patten was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for her financial acumen as a senior banking executive, for her sustained involvement in her community, and for her contributions to the advancement of women in leadership roles.
At U of T, Dr. Patten has served on the Governing Council for nine years, from 1998 to 2007, including three years as Chair. She also chaired the Task Force on Governance, whose report in 2010 included the recommendations that led to the university’s current tri-campus governance structure. She is a member of Massey College, a member of the Boundless Campaign Executive Committee and Honorary Patron of Kings College Circle.
In addition, her commitment to Education and Health of women, underprivileged children, children’s health research and new Canadians has been repeatedly reflected through provision of scholarships, fellowships and other awards.
As Adjunct Professor at Rotman School of Management she teaches senior leaders having co-designed the Executive Leadership Program and, since 2013, has been its co-director.
Currently Special Advisor to the CEO and Senior Executives at BMO Financial Group, she previously held simultaneously the positions of Executive Vice President of Business Strategy as well as Executive Vice President Global Human Resources. Her wide ranging expertise in strategy execution, senior leadership development and succession and governance are at the core of the many roles she has held in both business and in the community. Earlier business roles include Executive Vice President of BMO Nesbitt Burns, Senior Vice President of Manulife and General Manager of Lloyds Bank Canada.
In addition to her service to U of T, examples of Dr. Patten’s extensive record of volunteer leadership in other major institutions and organizations, are most recently serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children, from 2014 to 2017. She is also a founding Director of Metrolinx, the provincial agency for transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
She has held directorships at a number of other institutions including BMO ChinaCo in Asia and Videotron, National Ballet of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Recognized by U.S. Banker Magazine as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, Dr. Patten was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Awards, in 2007. She received the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for Corporate Leadership, in 2009. In 2012 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian H.R. Industry.