Hiring looks up on Toronto’s Bay Street

By many accounts, the employment outlook on Bay Street could almost be characterized as rosy, wrote the National Post April 4, in a story about job prospects for business graduates. “There’s always people who struggle, but I think the reality is that, overall, the financial markets in Toronto are quite strong,” said Joseph Palumbo, executive director of the Career Development Centre at the Schulich School of Business at York University. Read full story.

Canadian business schools at frontier of internationalization
“(Canadian business schools) were way ahead of everyone in recognizing the importance of a global market and the importance of internationalization,” said York University President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri, in a story in The Chronicle of Higher Learning April 4. York’s Schulich School of Business is collaborating with a partner institution in India to build a new campus in Hyderabad, adding to the school’s international profile, reported the Chronicle. Link not available.

Air Canada downgraded by Moody’s
Air Canada shares fell two per cent Tuesday as Moody’s Investor Service cut the Montreal-based airline’s credit rating, reported CBC News online April 3. The downgrade is “no surprise,” said Fred Lazar, professor of economics at York University’s Schulich School of Business. The main problem, he said, is the airline’s high costs, which are “way out of line with those of the major US carriers and with the Asian and Gulf carriers, and those are Air Canada’s major competitors.” Read full story.

York University professor discusses possibilities of augmented reality
Caitlin Fisher
wonders what it would be like if books came alive, wrote the University of North Carolina’s Daily Tar Heel April 4. Fisher, director of the Augmented Reality Lab at York University in Toronto, gave a lecture Tuesday on how new technology is making this a “virtual” reality. Read full story.

Passion, vision fuel niche lawyers
When Toronto lawyer Sara Cohen (LLB ’06) was studying at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, she gobbled up any courses that had to do with reproductive technology law, reported The Lawyers Weekly in its issue dated April 6. With some trepidation and a lot of research, she took the plunge and launched one of Canada’s few practices devoted exclusively to fertility law at Raviele Vaccaro LLP, a small firm comprising two married couples. “It’s very scary to leave Bay Street,” she said. “But it’s really exciting to have your own practice and to do a niche area that you couldn’t afford to do on Bay Street.” Read full story.