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WestJet pilots vote to unionize

Tue, 2017-05-16 09:54

The last time WestJet’s pilots voted on unionization, only 45 per cent were in favour — but times change.

Last Friday, 62 per cent voted to make the Air Line Pilots Association their bargaining agent, despite WestJet’s stance that being non-union represents a competitive advantage.

Professor Karl Moore calls the vote a likely result of the growth that WestJet has undergone since its early days, saying that the airline has “lost that kind of feisty upstart David and Goliath feeling.”

Source Site: /desautels

Global Ransomware Attack - WannaCry

Tue, 2017-05-16 09:37

An unprecedented cyber-attack, named WannaCry, began targeting Microsoft Windows users worldwide on Friday, May 12th, 2017. WannaCry is a type of malware called “ransomware”, which works by encrypting all files on a user’s computer and network drives, and holds information hostage in an attempt to extort money for its release.

Source Site: /it

The Milton Quartet wins the Gold Medal & Grand Prize at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:32

The Milton String Quartet, composed of Schulich School of Music students Roman Fraser, Maithéna Gireault, Evan Robinson and Joshua Morris, has won the Grand Prize and Senior String Division Gold Medal at the 44th Annual Fischoff Competition at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. 

Source Site: /music
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Prof. Brian Lewis (McGill University) Homecoming Lecture | Decidedly Queer: A Brief History of Gay Marriage and Brexit in the Disunited Kingdom

Sat, 2017-10-14 16:00 - 18:00
Leacock Building : 2nd Floor 232, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC H3A 2T7 Canada, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 2T7
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Public pressure, executive chairman resignation come among wider troubles for Bombardier

Mon, 2017-05-15 14:13

Ballooning C Series costs, job losses and government cash all played into the recent investor revolt at Bombardier, but running underneath are other problems: The C Series is picking up steam after a slow start, but faces new hurdles in the form of complaints filed by Boeing.

On the rail side, the company’s Swedish office has been rocked by bribery charges, while flaws are hampering rail-car development in Australia — and the company has missed delivery deadlines for Toronto’s new street cars and light rail cars.

Source Site: /desautels

Public outcry prompts Pierre Beaudoin to give up Bombardier executive role

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:55

Public demonstrations and a shareholder revolt weren’t enough to keep Bombardier chairman Pierre Beaudoin from re-election, though he has stepped back from his former executive role.

Bombardier’s institutional investors by and large withheld support for Beaudoin and the executive pay raise, but Bombardier’s two-tiered share structure gives the founding family control; both measures passed easily.

Source Site: /desautels

For Quebecers, Bombardier’s shine has worn off

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:49

By all accounts, Quebecers have had it with Bombardier, and they showed it during the company’s annual meeting last week. After months of bad news, culminating in government bailouts and 14,000 jobs hitting the chopping block, the word that top execs were getting an almost 50-per cent pay raise made many throw up their hands in disgust.

In response, the founding family doubled down on the executive compensation in the name of retailing top talent.

Source Site: /desautels

Jingjing Zhang awarded 2017 FRQSC New Academics Grant

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:31

Jingjing Zhang, Assistant Professor in Accounting, was recently awarded a 2017 FRQSC New Academics Grant for her project "Effet d’entraînement réglementaire transfrontalier : impact des réformes du processus de notation aux États-Unis sur la notation des obligations des sociétés canadiennes. / Cross-Border Regulatory Spillover: The Effect of U.S. Credit Rating Reforms on Canada’s Corporate Bond Ratings".

Source Site: /desautels

Warut Khern-am-nuai awarded 2017 FRQSC New Academics Grant

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:12

Warut Khern-am-nuai, Assistant Professor in information Systems was recently awarded a 2017 FRQSC New Academics Grant for his project "L’impact du système de questions et réponses sur les plateformes en ligne / The Impact of Questions and Answers on Product Sales”.

Source Site: /desautels

Juan Serpa awarded 2017 FRQSC New Academics Grant

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:12

Juan Serpa, Assistant Professor in Operations Management was recently awarded a 2017 FRQSC New Academics Grant for his project "Estimation de la relation entre la qualité du produit et la proximité de la chaîne d'approvisement".

This project will study the effect of supply chain proximity on product quality with data from the auto industry. To this end, we merge four independent data sources, collecting

(i) auto part failure rates,

(ii) upstream component factory locations,

Source Site: /desautels