“For me, it’s not giving back but paying it forward. Many of us received bursaries, awards or scholarships, typically funded by alumni, and I feel it’s only fitting that we return the favour for the next generation,” stated Jared Kligerman (MBA ’11), President of The Think Tank.

This past March, Jared joined the Dean’s Society, Schulich’s premier leadership giving society, and he also established the Jared Kligerman MBA/IMBA Award, which aims to help graduating MBA/IMBA students get a jump-start in their career after graduation. Dean Horváth presented the award to the inaugural recipient, Ace Mirali (MBA ’17), at the Convocation breakfast this past summer.

“I was motivated to join the Dean’s Society by a fellow alumnus while we were discussing the best ways to network and connect with business leaders in Toronto. Not only does joining provide high-value networking opportunities, being able to give back really appealed to me because I received bursaries during my time at Schulich,” stated Jared.

Jared calls Schulich “the secret sauce” in his career, since it led to multi-year full-time employment and connected him with amazing people, one of whom provided him with an opportunity to become a business partner in a new industry. “Schulich was such a critical part of my development, so when it became feasible for me to contribute, it was at the top of my list. I would like to extend the same helping hand that was extended to me when I was a student,” Jared concluded.