The board of media and entertainment producer Frima has appointed Martin Carrier (EMBA'16) to the post of President and CEO. Mr. Carrier replaces outgoing chief Christian Daigle, and comes to the job with years of experience at other media production houses and organisations, including the New Media Business Network, consulting firm O&O, Ubisoft Montreal, and Warner Brothers Games.
Aldo Bensadoun (BCom’64) founded Aldo Shoes as a Le Château exclusive in 1972, then opened the first standalone ALDO store in 1987. Today, the ALDO Group is a major player in the shoe field, with locations in 95 countries. Throughout, Mr. Bensadoun has maintained an interest in corporate culture as an engine for doing good.
A piece in Forbes co-authored by Desautels professor Karl Moore and Sandoz executive Vincenzo Ciampi (BCom’94) says that it takes a sense of purpose to realise one’s career potential.
The article makes the case that spending your early career chasing bigger job titles and paycheques is all well and good, but at some point it’s not enough. The authors point to their own experiences of changing vectors mid-career, and how friends who never made the jump often show the signs of burnout.
When Aspire Food Group started operations in 2013 under co-founder Mohammed Ashour (MSc’11, MDCM’15), the field it was playing on was wide open. Insects are a viable food source across much of the world, but to farm them on the industrial scale that Aspire needed in order to make crickets an affordable, scalable food-production option was going to take some doing. The answer comes in the form of a well-designed automated cricket farm.
A news release at canadianinsider.com reveals that Montreal-based footwear giant ALDO is set to buy the shoes and accessories side of the Camuto Group. The deal plays nicely into ALDO’s expansion efforts and frees up Camuto to concentrate on its apparel unit. The ALDO Group’s ties to Desautels and McGill run deep: founder Aldo Bensadoun (BCom’64, LLD’04) is a McGill alumnus and a lifetime member of the Desautels International Advisory Board.
According to a recent piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, David Segal (BCom’04) knocked one out of the park with DavidsTea, and he bets he can do it again with salad. His new venture, Mad Radish, brings premium salad to the fast-food scene, where Canadians currently spend $24 billion per year. There’s a growing hunger for healthier choices, which is why big-calorie chains like McDonald’s have started adding salads to their menus, but Mr. Segal believes that quality will make Mad Radish stand out.
Jonathan Ross Goodman (BA’89, MBA/LLB’93) is the CEO of Montreal-based pharmaceutical company Knight Therapeutics and a Desautels Global Expert. He is also a textbook case of how to overcome adversity: A 2011 biking accident left him in a coma for weeks and caused massive brain damage. Even today, his short-term memory is poor and he has trouble eating. But Mr. Goodman is also still a CEO and a leader in the pharma trade.
Clipper Round the World is an epic endurance event, a race that crosses 40,000 nautical miles and hits six continents. It’s unique in that there is no requirement to have ever stepped on a boat to crew one of the twelve 70-foot yachts. Simon DuBois (BCom’10) is on a mission to be the first Quebecer to complete a round-the-world yacht race. The last attempt by a Quebecer was when solo racer Gerry Roufs disappeared in 1997 while racing in the Vendée Globe.
The Remarketing Under Forty list in Auto Remarketing Canada’s Special Conference Issue is a roundup of the industry’s brightest young minds. Desautels grad Stephanie Turner (MBA'15) is the Senior Manager for Strategy and Business Development at Cox Automotive Canada in Toronto, where she has been since 2015.
A recent piece in Poets & Quants for Execs looks at how EMBAs are at a crossroads: As companies are less willing to invest in an EMBA for an employee’s advancement, those execs are looking more and more towards entrepreneurship, which was once the wheelhouse of the MBA set; and B schools are, in turn, facing disruption from microlearning tech startups.
Week seven of the McGill X-1 Accelerator was all about two things: Announcing a transformative $2 million gift from the John Dobson Foundation, and setting up for the upcoming Demo Days.
Geoffroy Sauvé (BCom'10) built on his 2014 stint on Quebec’s La Voix music competition show to make music his full-time job and land a record contract. But he’s not exactly a newcomer: Geoffroy worked on the music scene’s business side for a decade, and still hires composers for advertising and film work.
By all accounts, the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to be the next major paradigm shift in online technology. Rather than being about information transfer between humans, the IoT is all about contact between smart devices, a sensor in a field speaking to an irrigation system without human intervention, for example. X-Telia is a Quebec company that is rolling out a new network specifically aimed at connecting those devices.
Though today’s female comics are making breakthroughs, stand-up is still very much a men’s game. In a recent Le Devoir article, Louise Richer (EMBA’16), Director General of Quebec’s École nationale de l’humour, points out that humour is seen by many women as an attractive feature in a man, but that the reverse is not often true.
She also mentions how female comics often hear the old cliché “You’re good for a girl,” which is a sign that there is still work to be done.
Wireless broadband solutions specialist Cambium Networks has named Munich-based Tabatha von Kölichen (MBA’91) as the new Regional Sales Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, known collectively as the DACH region. She will be responsible for management solutions, Wi-Fi and Industrial Internet of Things activities, as well as for expanding the company’s network of resellers throughout the region. Ms. von Kölichen will answer to senior Europe Sales Director Allesio Murroni.