Sumanto Chattopdhyay (MBA’90) recently sat down with Impact to discuss his new job as Chairman and CEO of Indian marketing powerhouse Soho Square. The former Ogilvy & Mather Creative Director has only been at the job for a month, but he has already taken steps to set the tone in terms of the corporate culture and the corporate vision.
Quebec celebrity news site envedette.ca recently posted a list of stars who hold degrees that have nothing to do with show business. Some of the stars are pure over-achievers (James Franco has BA in English from UCLA, a doctorate from Yale, and has done arts and writing studies at NYU and Columbia), while others are head-scratchers (Brad Pitt quit journalism school two weeks before graduation to become an actor).
Ram Panda (MEng’71, MBA’77) is the new chair of the McGill University Board of Governors. He came to Canada from his native India in 1968 to study electrical engineering at McGill, and never left. In 1978, he co-founded metal-industry software maker Invera Inc., which rapidly became a major player in its market.
A piece in Breaking News Pakistan announces the appointment of Nadia Rouchdy (BCom’09) as Head of Sustainability & Social impact at Careem, the Dubai-based rideshare company. Her appointment shows the company’s interest in sustainability as a business practise. Ms. Rouchdy has experience in environmental and social development, including climate change, energy efficiency and sustainability practises.
In a piece for SFGate, Drs. Deepak Chopra and Anoop Kumar (MMGMT’15, International Practicing Health) write that, though the times we live in are worrying at best, taking on a new worldview can really help restore some hope.
The starting point should be to remember that we are conditioned to view nature and human nature through a skewed collective worldview, but that we have the power to escape it. As the product of a technology-driven age, we believe that the concrete is the real, and that humans are uniquely gifted with consciousness.
Canadian Jewish News profiles William Shatner (BCom’52, DLitt’11) as part of its series on prominent Jewish Canadians. The Shakespearian actor’s career was catapulted into the stratosphere when he was hired to skipper the USS Enterprise on Star Trek. The profile traces his history from a McGill BCom student through his early stage work at the Stratford Festival and Broadway before the role that changed his life forever. Mr. Shatner built on Captain Kirk to work in many TV shows, including his equally seminal T.J.
A recent piece at AdvocateDaily.com looks at the career of Toronto-area labour lawyer Stefan Rosenbaum (BCom’10). While Mr. Rosenbaum’s Desautels education equipped him well for boardroom work, his professional development left him with a major interest in social-justice. He learned the value of unions and worker’s rights early, and continues to love working on labour-related cases.
According to a piece at BarrieToday.com, Dr. Mark Kotowycz (MBA’01, MDCM’04) is moving from the Windsor Regional Hospital to the new Advanced Cardiac Centre at the Royal Victoria Health Centre as Director of Advanced Cardiac Care / Catheterization Labs. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role, having worked at Toronto’s University Health Network and Northumberland Hills Hospital.
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.