The University of Ottawa names a new dean for the Telfer School of Management

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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The University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, will begin a new chapter in its rich history this winter with Stéphane Brutus as its new dean.

Stéphane Brutus holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and an MA and PhD from Bowling Green State University. His academic interests lie in the areas of feedback processes in organizations and, more recently, in the use of innovative pedagogical approaches in business curricula. He is currently a professor in motivation and employee performance at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, where he served as interim dean from 2015 to 2017 and as associate dean of graduate professional programs from 2013 to 2015.

“I have no doubt that Stéphane Brutus is the right candidate to lead the Telfer School of Management. On behalf of the University, I would like to offer him my warmest congratulations and best wishes for success in his new position,” said University of Ottawa President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont.

Professor Brutus previously chaired the Department of Management at Concordia (2009-2012), where he was also director of the Bell Research Centre for Business Process Innovations (2006-2009). While at Concordia, Professor Brutus also co-chaired the President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism. Prior to that, he was a visiting professor at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Brazil, and at the Instituto de Empresa in Spain.

Portrait of Stephane Brutus

Stéphane Brutus, the new dean of the Telfer School of Management beginning in March 2021. Photo credit: Concordia University

Throughout his career, Stéphane Brutus has served in a number of regional and national associations, including the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management, and L’Ordre des Conseillers en Ressources Humaines du Québec. He also serves on several committees, including the Comité-conseil sur le racisme et la discrimination du Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion, and, from 2015 to 2018, he chaired the board of the KANPE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that brings support to the most vulnerable communities in Haiti to help them achieve autonomy.

“To be in a position to shape the future of the Telfer School of Management is a privilege. I really look forward to meeting Telfer Nation and the broader uOttawa community,” said Professor Brutus. “When I think about my new academic home, I know we have many things to be excited about – thanks in large part to the strong foundation created by my predecessor.”

The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa is the proud academic home of some 4,300 students, 200 faculty members, and over 25,000 alumni. Everything they do, from teaching, to research, to policy advice, is firmly aligned with helping Canada reach its potential.

Professor Brutus will replace Professor François Julien, who served as dean for two terms, from 2010 to 2020. Professor Wojtek Michalowski has been interim dean of the Telfer School of Management since summer 2020.

Professor Brutus’ term as dean will officially begin on March 9, 2021. The Gazette looks forward to introducing Dean Brutus to the uOttawa community by writing a more in-depth profile on him this winter.

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