Position Available:
 Program Coordinator/Administrator
(Deadline for Application: November 16, 2015)

Welcome to our CEO, AnnaMaria Toppazzini!

On behalf of the Search Task Force and Board of Directors, we are very pleased to announce that Ms. AnnaMaria Toppazzini, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of the University of Manitoba Business School Foundation, effective November 1, 2015.

AnnaMaria was born and raised in Winnipeg, is a proud alumna of the University of Manitoba, and has over 20 years of business experience. AnnaMaria brings a proven track record of developing and growing membership based Organizations through a recognition of the importance of broadening and increasing the membership base, bringing innovative ideas relating to revenue generation and recognizing the importance of collaborative partnerships in order to achieve the Vision and Mission of the Foundation.  AnnaMaria recognizes and embraces the Foundation's broad vision of pursuing and implementing strategies which will benefit the Asper School of Business and the Foundation and its members.

Over the last 8 1/2 years, Anna Maria has worked for the University of Winnipeg as Director of Alumni Affairs, Director of University Advancement and from 2012 - 2015 as the Senior Development Advisor, President's Office.  She is regarded as an experienced Organization development professional with a proven track record of achieving ambitious goals that have transformed the University.

Anna Maria was the Founding Director and Executive Director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Manitoba where, over a 7 year period, she transformed a small not-for-profit into a sustainable revenue generating entity.  She led numerous initiatives on investment and trade and business with government and leaders while contributing to both Italy's and Canada's economies.

Along with her B.A. and a MPA from the University of Manitoba, she has also attained a Master in Business Development from the MIB School of Management in Trieste, Italy.

AnnaMaria was conferred with the Order - Onorificenza di Cavaliere, Ordine della Stella Della Solidarieta Italiana, in recognition of the exceptional work in developing trade between Italy and Canada (2006) from the President of the Republic of Italy.

In her spare time she has turned her interest in the wine industry into a small business where she is currently representing and consulting eight Italian wineries, one Canadian and one Greek winery. She is also the president of the Fogolar Association a northern Italian organization, and board member of the Fogolar Federation of Canada and its international umbrella group in Italy.  She enjoys traveling, reading, organizing events, cycling, tennis and is an avid Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers fan. 


Working Together

The Associates are a unique group of top business leaders who share the Asper School of Business' commitment to excellence in business education.

An external organization created to advance the School's strategic development beyond what can be accomplished with public funding; the group is comprised of senior-level executives and leaders who understand the importance of having a strong, mutually beneficial relationship between the business community and the world-class business school that serves its higher-order education and research needs.

Membership in the Associates comes with tremendous value-added programs and events. We share knowledge, experience and opportunities with each other and with the business leaders of tomorrow through our unique relationship with the School.

Message from the Chair

As Chair of the Associates of the Asper School of Business, I am looking forward to facilitating the continued development and growth of an association of successful business leaders dedicated to ensuring that Manitoba has a world-class business school.

Making the most of any business school's potential requires coordination, commitment and ongoing involvement from the business community. By sharing knowledge, experience, and networks with each other, we create an environment of excellence and relevance which will prepare Manitoba's future business leaders for the opportunities and challenges that await them; and will serve to ensure a prosperous future for the Manitoba economy.

The Associates are the essential connection between the Manitoba business community and the Asper School of Business.

Rick MacKay, FCA 


Associates of the Asper School of Business

Partner (Retired)


Message from the Dean

The Associates is the finest program of its type in Canada. The Asper School of Business is indeed fortunate to have the continued strong support of the business community as it pursues its goal of excellence in management education. Over two hundred business men and women in Winnipeg and across Canada have assumed the commitment of the Associates through their annual membership.

Management education is undergoing major changes, and business schools must adapt to these changing conditions. As the Asper School of Business meets the challenges of the future, the Associates will be a vital part of the strategic initiatives undertaken. With the continued support of the business community, the Asper School of Business will maintain its reputation as one of the finest business schools in Canada.

Dr. Michael Benarroch
Dean and CA Manitoba Chair in Business Leadership


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