Robert Furtado

Founder & CEO at CourseCompare
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Bio

As a former marketing agency executive and instructor at the Humber School of Media Studies, Robert has always had one foot in industry and another in education. Robert founded CourseCompare.ca to empower people to become lifelong learners and help them identify and pursue the skills needed to succeed in a fast-changing economy. Robert has advised more than 50 startups and global brands across a range of industries, including finance, real estate, media and education. He’s also a mentor at the Founder Institute, the world’s largest idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. His writing and commentary about higher education, technology, and careers has appeared in Global News, the Toronto Star, The National Observer, Strategy Magazine, MoneySense, University Affairs, BetaKit, The Logic and B2B News Network.

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  • The full impact of this year’s pandemic on higher education will take time to measure, but many Canadian business schools are proving they’re up to the challenge and able to adapt to whatever economic circumstances come their way. That, after all, is what they should be preparing their students to do: Lead in a fast-changing economy, in which ambiguity itself is an unavoidable reality.

    18 March 2021
  • The key to developing a worthwhile education plan is to get clear about your long-term objectives. Part-time or full-time, online or in-person, a graduate business degree will exact the price of tuition and an opportunity cost. What it ultimately offers in return depends on the student.

    18 March 2021
  • When we look at all of our data, the one thing that really strikes me is how much uncertainty still exists around fall pandemic plans. Post-secondary schools in Canada typically get between 10 per cent and 35 per cent of their total revenue from the 642,000 international students in the country. Private colleges are especially vulnerable to revenue shortfalls, and I think this could be calamitous for some of them, especially those with a particularly large population of international students and smaller alternative revenues streams.

    18 March 2021
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