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Brian Segal was president of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute between 1980-1988.
Brian Segal is a former president of Ryerson University, and has been a distinguished visiting professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management since September 2009. With a PhD in social welfare policy, Segal started his career in academia, becoming president of what was known as Ryerson Polytechnic Institute from 1980 to 1988. Following his tenure at Ryerson, Segal was the president and vice-chancellor at the University of Guelph from 1988 to 1992. After his time at Guelph, Segal moved onto publishing and was executive vice-president of Rogers Publishing and publisher of Maclean’s magazine. In 1999, until his retirement in 2012, he was president and CEO of Rogers Publishing, overseeing more than 70 consumer, business, parenting and medical publications.
Segal is also well-known in the Toronto community. A founding member of the Design Exchange, he served on the United Way Toronto’s Campaign Cabinet and was a strategic planning director for Canada’s Department of the Secretary of State. Other positions include director of IBM Canada, Union Gas, Sun Life Trust and Schneider Corporation. In 2008, Segal received an Honorary Doctorate from Ryerson and was honoured as a Legacy Laureate by the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2009, Segal created the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and is the volunteer chair, director of strategy and programming, and director of development for the centre. As founder and chair, he created the “Dare to Lead” program for MBA students and the “Top 200 Leadership Summit” for undergraduate business students. Segal has also been instrumental in founding the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Research and Education Program, and in developing (along with the director of the program, Professor Chris MacDonald) a range of events and research activities.