Desautels alumni news
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.
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.”
Lebanon native Fady Dagher (EMBA'12) has lived in Montreal since 1986. When he took over from Denis Desroches as chief of the Longueuil police in February, many on the south shore force didn’t want another Montrealer in charge.
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.
Deron Triff (MBA'98) has had an enviable career; he’s worked for PBS, TED, and Scholastic. Now, he’s founded a new media incubator with another former TED executive, June Cohen. Wait, What? specializes in creating VR series, apps, and video for social media. The company’s latest creation is a 10-episode podcast called Masters of Scale. Each episode sees host and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman explore the ways that iconic founders grew their companies into major players, often from nothing.
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.
After four years as VP and Director at Valeurs Mobilières Desjardins, Luc Papineau (BA’81, MBA’91) thinks it’s time to kick his game up a notch by doubling VMD’s Montreal-area advisors and diving further into the opportunities offered by the allophone market.
Michael Boychuk (BCom'77, DPA'78) is the new Chair of the Advisory Board at Fengate Real Asset Investments, a board that he’s been on since 2014. Mr. Boychuk’s experience in capital markets is an asset at a time when Fengate is undergoing a period of huge growth. He served as Senior VP Treasurer at BCE until 2009, then President and CEO at Bimcor until 2015.
The Desautels Faculty of Management welcomes Brahm Spilfogel (BCom’91), Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Canadian Equities at RBC Asset Management Inc., as a Desautels Global Expert (DGE). Mr. Spilfogel has worked in the financial-services industry since 1991. In 1993, he joined RBC, where he worked as a portfolio manager in the Private Client group and later moved to RT Investment Counsel to concentrate on portfolio management.
Barclays Bank Kenya CEO Jeremy Awori (MBA’96) more or less fell into banking. He started out as a competitive swimmer, but when his Olympic dream fell apart he went to the UK on a scholarship and became a pharmacist. After practicing for a few years, Mr. Awori opted for an MBA in Finance at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management, which led him into a job at Standard Chartered Bank.
Northern Sphere Mining Corp. has announced that Monique L. Delorme (BCom’88, DPA’91) will be taking over from Robin Pilkey as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Delorme is already involved with Northern Sphere, having worked with the company as a consultant for the past three years. Aside from that, she has over 25 years of experience guiding publicly traded companies, including Maple Leaf Foods, Hollinger, and most recently, Zonetail. Ms. Delorme has both Canadian and U.S. CPA designations.
Vancouver-based mining company Callinex Mines Inc. has announced two new appointments to its c-suite: Jordan Butler has been made VP of Corporate Development, while Matthew Anderson (BCom’05) has been brought onboard as Chief Financial Officer, replacing the departing Rebecca Moriarty. Mr. Anderson has lots of experience in natural resource extraction: he was previously a senior consultant with Malaspina Consultants, serving as CFO of I-Minerals, Terra Nova Energy and Dynamic Oil & Gas Exploration, Inc. Before that, he was an accountant at BDO Canada and EY.