Roland Mascarenhas is a Research Associate at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He has worked in the public sector, private enterprise, and has been actively involved in nonprofits for close to a decade. Whether it be working in high-poverty communities in Washington D.C, or teaching in some of Canada's most properous neighbourhoods, Roland brings a multifaceted perspective as a public thinker, innovative researcher and entrepreneurial leader, stemming from his days as a campus leader at York University where he was declared as one of the “fifty most dynamic, energetic and visionary students,”
At the age of 23, he was announced as a Sessional Guest Lecturer at York University, becoming one of the youngest speakers in school history, covering youth culture, higher education and the Arab Spring amongst others. His essay on Multiculturalism was a 2013 Winner of the Literary Review of Canada, and was re-produced in the Toronto Star, Canada’s most-circulated newspaper. He has appeared on Television as an expert on the World Cup 2010 for CBC News, and current affairs show, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, where he debated the Millennial Generation, Jobs & the Labour Market and the Economy on one show, while spoke about Canadian Politics and Conservative thought on another.
Working for a global market research firm, he focused on employee engagement across portfolios, including international airlines and pharmaceutical corporations. His experience was informed during his time at the District of Columbia Public Schools, where he integrated dynamic private sector initiatives in a historically-static bureaucracy based on research-based insights. Attune to the pulse of others, his he has presented at seven academic conferences, including the American Sociological Association, one of the few students detached from a higher education institution.
For over a decade he has served as a community organizer in the Indo-Canadian community, overcoming financial deficits and demographic fragmentation to produce record profits and be featured in South Asian Generation Next Magazine. His discernment into the changing role of South Asians in the media, was noted in his Vancouver Sun Op-Ed about Nina Davuluri, the first Miss America of Indian-descent. He is part of the Next Generation Network at the Canada-India Business Council, an invite-only enterprise at the leading blue-chip private sector trade association linking Canada and India.
His passion for working with young people extends to his background as a teacher, where he was a Finalist for Ontario’s New Teacher of the Year in 2010, having founded an intramural ball hockey program featuring over half of the school’s students and leading the Girls’ Soccer team to Regional Championship and undefeated record, despite having a handful of experienced soccer players.
Prior to graduating from Harvard University with his Masters, he attended the University of Toronto, and York University, where he was the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award for graduating at the top of his class. He has represented two universities in two different sports (football and soccer), culminating in being invited to tryout for Team Canada in the former. Beyond his deep love of athletics, he has great passion for reading, the arts, politics, documentaries and community mobilizing.
Whether it be working in elite private schools in Toronto to supporting lower-income urban communities in Washington D.C, Roland brings a global and multifaceted perspective having visited thirty countries across five continents.