Desautels alumni news
Imran Amed is the founder and editor-in-chief of online fashion news hub The Business of Fashion (BoF), which has overtaken the venerable Womens Wear Daily as the industry’s main news source. But it wasn’t a hidden desire to be a designer that made him start blogging about fashion; he was always more interested in the business side of things. Or, as he says, “I was less drawn to what Michael Jackson wore than how his latest album was performing on the Billboard charts.”
On March 15, 2017 our #DesautelsFamily came together to raise money for both our Faculty and McGill University as a whole. A big thank-you to all those in our community who helped make this year’s #McGill24 a success! Did you know that Desautels graduates alone gave a remarkable $187,000 to McGill? Whether you are a student, a graduate, a parent, or you work at Desautels, you made a difference for our University. You set records, you inspired others to get involved, and you supported our community. Thank you so much!
Monia Mazigh became a household name when her husband, Maher Arar, was detained and held without charge in the US, then deported to Syria in 2002. As Arar suffered in a Syrian cell, Mazigh’s persistent campaign to get him released not only brought Arar home, it also resulted in a Commission of Inquiry, which cleared him of wrongdoing — and it changed Mazigh’s life. She went on to run for the federal NDP in the next election, and has been working in civil liberties and as an author ever since.
Aldo Bensadoun (BCom'64, LLD'12) is stepping down as chairman of the company that bears his name, as is CEO Patrik Frisk — but continuity won’t be a problem: Bensadoun’s son, David, is taking on the CEO job, starting this April.
In its 2016 financial results press release, Mississauga-based Profound Medical announced the appointment of Samira Sakhia (BCom’90, MBA’01) to its Board of Directors. Ms. Sakhia is also a member of the Desautels International Advisory Board and serves as President of Knight Therapeutics. Prior to that, she was CFO of Paladin Labs, which she helped sell to Dublin-based pharma giant, Endo International.
The second edition of the Next Einstein Forum is on! The NEF’s goal is to find 54 next-generation science and technology prodigies to help kick-start a new African renaissance. NEF founder Thierry Zomahoun (EMBA ’11) says that “The NEF Ambassadors, part of the NEF Community of Scientists, bring a fresh, local perspective, in addition to their growing expertise in science and technology.”
La Matanie’s local economic development agency is getting $255,000 in financial support from the federal government. François Rioux (EMBA ’10), president and founder of the Fonds d’innovation et de développement local de la Matanie (FIDEL), welcomes the cash injection, which helps bump the fund to almost $1.2 million.
SmartCEO magazine has named asset management firm Star Mountain Capital to its 2017 New York Future 50 awards list. Star Mountain founder and CEO Brett Hickey will be presented with the award at the Future 50 Gala on March 16. Mr. Hickey was previously President of Aegis Capital Group and an investment banker at Citigroup. Star Mountain Capital is an up-and-coming lower middle-market asset manager. The Future 50 Awards showcase companies that are playing a notable role in the region’s economy and future.
Alain Brunet (EMBA’11) got his start at the SAQ as a retail part-timer in 1981, and climbed the ranks to become the CEO in 2013. Over the years, he has seen the Quebec wine market grow from a field dominated by white wines like Hochtaler to a mature scene where you can find specialty wines galore at the SAQ, or amazing private imports at any fine wine bar. Mr. Brunet sat down with Bill Zacharkiw of The Montreal Gazette to discuss pricing, availability and the direction he sees the SAQ taking in the future.
The Desautels Management Achievement Awards Members of the Desautels community came together in February to celebrate this year’s recipients of the Desautels Management Achievement Awards (DMAA), Mitch Garber (BA’86), CEO, Caesars Acquisition Corporation, and Norman Jaskolka (BCom’76, DPA’78), President - Aldo Group International, The Aldo Group Inc.
Mark Michaud, MBA'14, Director of Administration, recently received a commendation letter from the Ministry of Education’s Director General of University Affairs, Jean-François Lehoux, thanking him for his outstanding contribution to the workgroup that spent over a year reviewing the academic classification system used by the Quebec Government.
Retailers are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On top of growing competition, retailers now have to deal with new, challenging regulations and rising wages. Many retailers are struggling to keep up due to their heavy reliance on traditional, manual and top-down employee management processes. Luckily, retailers are starting to realize that operating with such outdated processes won’t cut it anymore, and more companies are turning to tech-driven solutions to help lower labor costs, drive increased sales and reduce employee turnover.
As climate change and sustainability become higher priorities for companies across all sectors more chief financial officers have been given responsibility for how the issues impact the bottom line.
Here is my 20th annual column of the past year’s heroes and zeros. Hero Legendary Dykes to Watch Out For cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. ... Hero Out TD Asset Management CEO Timothy Thompson (MBA'90), who for five years will donate an annual scholarship of $20,000 to a student at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management who demonstrates leadership within the LGBT community. The first recipient will be named in September 2016.
Joanne Liu has treated patients in the most dangerous parts of the globe as a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor. Now, as MSF’s international president, she is holding the world’s leaders to account for the way they handle medical crises. The body of a six-year-old Syrian refugee is on the cover of every newspaper arrayed in the lobby of the Montreal restaurant where Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Médecins Sans Frontières, has just arrived.