On May 23rd, the Malaysia Canada Business Council’s 25th anniversary Business Excellence Awards Gala took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This year’s awards recognized companies that have been transformative in the Malaysian market, and which have helped strengthen Malaysian-Canadian trade.
A Montreal Gazette op-ed co-authored by Just For Laughs co-founder (and Desautels Global Expert) Andy Nulman (BCom'83) makes the case that the new lights on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, which were switched on for the first time on May 17th for Montreal’s 375th birthday, will help remake the bridge as a city landmark on par with the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Andrea Courey (BCom’82) was newly divorced, with three kids to feed and no money in the bank when she started Grandma Emily’s Granola. She credits her BCom education with giving her the tools she needed to get through the early days of her business, but notes that real-world experience is a very different thing than classroom knowledge.
Dire predictions about the impending robot-worker invasion abound. It seems like every day, academics and other thought-leaders trot out statistics about how many jobs are going to be vaporized by technology.
Well, new research from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation suggests otherwise. While not all jobs are safe, there are many tasks that robots just can’t do — and technology also creates jobs, though admittedly not as many as it eliminates.
Save the date! Desautels alumni with degree years ending in 2 and 7 are invited to gather at Homecoming on October 12-15, 2017.
After less than a year at the job, Ericsson Senior VP and head of North American operations Rima Qureshi (BCom’87, MBA’96) has left the company. Chief Strategy Officer Niklas Hueveldop has stepped in on an interim basis, and the company has started the search for a permanent replacement. Ericsson is in the midst of a turnaround, streamlining operations and bumping up its investment in R&D.
Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. has announced the slate of 2017 director nominees to be voted on at the annual meeting, which will be in Toronto on June 21, 2017. Among the list of nominees is Charles B. Main (BCom’79), who has three-decades of mining and finance experience, including positions at Yamana Gold, Normandy Mining, TVX Gold and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
J. Pearce Bunting (BCom'52) grew up during the Great Depression, then rose through the ranks of his father’s brokerage firm to become president in 1967. Ten years later, he became president of the TSX and modernized the operation by introducing a computerized trading system.
The technology was immensely unpopular with old-guard floor traders, but times were changing—and Mr. Bunting is now remembered as having been good for the exchange. Patrick Mars, who ran Bunting’s old company, said that “Under his watch the exchange prospered and did well.”
Desautels alumna and Ericsson senior VP on travel, networking, and engaging others in decision-making
Rima Qureshi (BCom'87, MBA'96) knows all about learning to adapt. In an interview with Desautels Professor Karl Moore, she says that as a highly analytical, self-contained decision-maker, her position as senior VP and North American head of Ericsson has taught her the importance of listening, getting others involved in decision-making early, and finding a common position to build on.
On May 2nd, 300 guests gathered at Montreal’s Omni Mont-Royal Hotel for this year’s McGill Alumni Association Awards. All told, 17 members of the McGill community were honoured for outstanding service to the university and society.
Desautels International Advisory Board member Mark A. Hantho (BCom’81) and his wife, Monica (BEd’81), were given the Award of Merit, in part for service to the Desautels Faculty of Management and for setting up the Hantho Family Fund for Sustainability and Environmental Management.