Ushering in a new era in management education

Marcel Desautels (middle) and Principal Heather Munroe-Blum (far right) pose with Desautels award recipients.
Marcel Desautels (middle) and Principal Heather Munroe-Blum (far right) pose with Desautels award recipients.

Tanya Di Genova, MDCM’07, is a pediatrician working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She is also an MBA student at the Desautels Faculty of Management and the first recipient of the Marcel A. Desautels MBA Fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2011 thanks to the support of Marcel Desautels, CM, O.Ont., LLD’07.

While working in the ICU, Di Genova helped establish a four-bed, step-down unit for patients requiring less extensive monitoring. The unit, positioned between intensive care and the regular ward, promotes efficiency in the ICU and helps decrease the length of stay for patients.

“During that process, I became interested in administrative work, and decided to pursue an MBA,” she explains. “I’m still working at the hospital to pay tuition, but the Desautels Fellowship gives me more leeway to focus on schoolwork.”

Di Genova’s story is repeated across the Faculty by students and professors who have been touched by Desautels’s incredible generosity. Desautels’s landmark $22-million donation in 2005 established new scholarships, fellowships and scholars awards, improved student services, and transformed the curriculum and facilities. An additional gift of $10 million in 2008 created the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management to develop and foster an integrated approach to management education across the different programs and institutes within the Faculty.

Tamer Boyaci, an Associate Professor of Operations Management, is among the beneficiaries of his support. Boyaci was named a Desautels Faculty Scholar in 2011, an award he says enables him to continue to pursue his research on policy issues surrounding electronic waste.

“I’m exploring solutions that will satisfy companies and consumers, while encouraging firms to find environmentally friendly ways of disposing of obsolete electronics,” he explains. “I can’t overstate just how critical Desautels’s support is to the advancement of projects like mine.”