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  • Alain Bellemare, MBA'93, is currently President and Chief Executive Officer at Bombardier Inc.
  • George Garvin Brown, BA’91, is the chairman of the Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the largest spirits companies in the world. Its brands include Jack Daniels, Finlandia Vodkas and Southern Comfort.
  • François-Jean Coutu, BCom’76, is the president and CEO of the Jean Coutu Group, which operates a network of more than 400 pharmacies in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.
  • Paul Desmarais, Jr., BCom'77, is the Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada.
  • Darren Entwistle, MBA'88, is Executive Chairman of TELUS.
  • Mitch Garber, BA’86, is the CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, one of the world’s largest online gaming companies. He is also the CEO of the Caesars Acquisition Company, which oversees legendary hotel-casinos like Bally’s and Planet Hollywood, and events like the World Series of Poker. He is one of the “dragons” on Dans l’oeil du dragon, the French version of Dragon’s Den, and chairs the board of directors for the Cirque du Soleil.
  • Rhodes Scholar John McCall MacBain, BA'81, founded Trader Classified Media and served as its President and CEO until 2006. Under his leadership, it has become one of the world's largest classified advertising companies. He is a founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation and of the European Climate Foundation.
  • Brad Martin, BA’77, is the president and CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, the country’s largest publisher.
  • McGill University professor Henry Mintzberg, BEng'61, is an acclaimed management thinker, author and iconoclast, who has advised some of the world's largest corporations. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997.
  • Claude Mongeau, MBA’88, is the President and CEO of CN Rail, which operates the largest rail network in Canada and the only transcontinental network in North America.
  • Hicham Ratnani, BEng’08, is the co-founder and chief operating officer for Frank & Oak, an online clothing shop for men that was named one of the world's most innovative retail companies in 2015 by Fast Company.
  • Shannon Rogers, BCL’96, LLB’96, is the president and general counsel of digital-message archiving firm Global Relay Communications, whose clients include 22 of the world’s 25 largest banks. She has been named Canada’s top female entrepreneur three times in the last five years by Chatelaine and Profit magazines.
  • Lawrence Rossy, BA’65, is the founder and CEO of Dollarama, the leading dollar store operator in Canada with 900 locations across the country. He and his wife Cookie played an instrumental role in the creation of McGill’s Rossy Cancer Network.
  • Seymour Schulich, BSc'61, MBA'65, DLitt’04, is a leading Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur. He was made an Officer of Order of Canada in 2012.
  • Lorne Trottier, BEng'70, MEng'73, DSc’06, is an engineer, businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.
  • Les Vadasz, BEng'61, DSc’07, is one of the founding members of Intel Corporation, where he served as President and Executive Vice President until 2003. He is currently a Director at eSionic Corp.