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Silicon Valley's Azure Capital Partners Opens its Canadian Office in Alberta to Actively Seek Investments across Canada

Azure Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage information technology and internet companies, announced today the opening of its Canadian office in Calgary, Alberta. Headquartered in San Francisco, Azure has extensive relationships in Silicon Valley, which it has leveraged by investing almost half of its funds outside of the Bay Area across North America over the past thirteen years.

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Published on : 12 Apr 2013

Profession: homme de ménage

«Votre emploi ne devrait pas vous définir, vous définissez ce que vous faites, rappelle Tolulope Ilesanmi (MBA'05), cofondateur de l’entreprise d’entretien ménager Nettoyage Zénith. Être homme de ménage ne me définit pas, mais je le fais d’abord parce que j’aime ça.» C’est pendant ses études au MBA à l’Université McGill que le Nigérian d’origine a eu la piqûre et où l’idée de lancer une telle compagnie, avec la complicité de sa femme Ibironke Oyekanle, a germé, parcours étonnant s’il en est. Le point sur ce domaine des plus méconnus.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2013

Killer Snowplow Takes Tribeca

Anyone who’s experienced the absurdity and terror of being nearly run over by one of Montreal’s little sidewalk snowplows will certainly relate to the feature debut of screenwriter Marc Tulin (MBA'02). Co-written with and directed by Tulin’s long-time creative collaborator Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Whitewash premieres April 19 at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, with additional screenings April 21 and 27.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2013

McGill Grad Bettez Nominated for International FISU Award

Ann-Sophie Bettez (BCom'11), a McGill graduate and former BLG Award winner as athlete of the year in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, has been selected by the CIS as their nominee for best individual female university athlete honours for the third annual FISU Gender Equality - Sport Awards gala.As the Canadian representative of the Fédération internationale du sport universitaire, CIS has put Bettez's name forward as well as a nomination for the University of Victoria's "SheKicks" campaign, which has been nominated in the special projects category.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2013

Two Vancouver CEOs among Top 10 Bosses in Canada

Two Vancouver-based CEOs are among 10 Canadian bosses to receive top approval ratings by employees in a website survey.Telus CEO Darren Entwistle (MBA'88) received an 84-per-cent rating — seventh overall — while Lululemon CEO Christine Day got an 83-per-cent rating, or ninth overall.The two business leaders were rated on the website Glassdoor, a job and career site where employees anonymously dish on the pros and cons of their companies and bosses.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2013

Moderating MOOCs

MOOC, an acronym that's odd to pronounce, stands for Massive Open Online Course. In a nutshell, a MOOC allows free access online to top courses and teachers from elite universities."MOOCs are probably the most profound development in higher education in the past year," says Arshad Ahmad (MBA'81), an associate professor of finance at Concordia's John Molson School of Business. The experts envision classes of 100,000 students or more, from around the globe, taught by top professors with all the latest presentation tools.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2013

New Klondike Exploration Ltd.: New Klondike Appoints Chairman and Grants Options

New Klondike Exploration Ltd. (TSXV: NK) ("New Klondike" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. William Ollerhead (MBA'89) to the position of Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Board since February 2008 and will also continue to act as Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee. Mr. Ollerhead will take a leading role in advancing the Company's corporate governance policies and have a more active, day-to-day role, assisting management to meet the Company's objectives.

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Published on : 26 Mar 2013

Boise Inc. CEO Alexander Toeldte Receives ASPI 2013 Customer Executive of the Year Award

The Association of Supplier to the Paper Industry (ASPI) has awarded Alexander Toeldte (MBA'86), President and CEO of Boise Inc., with the ASPI 2013 Customer Executive of the Year Award. The Customer Executive of the Year Award is the highest honor that ASPI bestows on an individual. It is granted to a paper industry executive who has demonstrated extraordinary effectiveness in working with a range of suppliers to enhance productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of his or her company using a wide spectrum of supplied products and services.

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Published on : 26 Mar 2013

Scoring an MBA & Hockey Fame

There’s lots of reasons for girls to play hockey — the fun, the athleticism, the opportunity to travel and introduce Canada’s game to new circles of fans. But for Montreal native Catherine Ward (BCom'09), who will be playing defence for Team Canada next month, one of the perks of playing top-level hockey was the chance to score a solid post-secondary education with hockey scholarships.

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Published on : 22 Mar 2013

Not your average banker: where business degrees led three grads

Business school graduates once made a beeline for jobs in banking, accounting and marketing. But now many carve out careers in new or non-traditional fields. Here’s how three recent graduates are making a mark: … Fady Dagher (EMBA’12) Degree: Executive MBA, McGill University-HEC Montréal, 2012 Occupation: Chief inspector of innovative processes and operational practices, City of Montreal Police

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Published on : 13 Mar 2013

MidDel Consulting Announces the Promotion of Sean Spector, MBA, PMP to Principal, Energy Consulting Practice

MidDel Consulting is pleased to announce the Promotion of Sean Spector (MBA’97) to Principal of MidDel’s Energy Consulting practice. Sean will be based in Toronto, Canada. … Sean attained his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in 2010 and is a member in good standing with the Project Management Institute. He holds an MBA in International Business Management from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2013

People, Places and Players Making News on the Canadian Media Scene

Martin Longchamps (BCom’96) is the new Vice President, Business Development, Digital Solutions for TC Media. He will remain in his current position of Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions for TC Transcontinental. The appointment is effective immediately.

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Published on : 12 Feb 2013

Stimulus marathon good for gold price: Eric Winmill

Eric Winmill (BCom’97), mining equities research analyst with Casimir Capital, sees great potential for small-cap metals producers and developers in the Americas—home to good infrastructure, skilled workers and great geology. In this Gold Report interview, Winmill also explains how "all-in" cash costs are making it easier for companies and investors to understand—and predict—cash-flow generation and identifies companies that he expects to take off.

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Published on : 12 Feb 2013

The importance of research

The chances of a small business surviving passed its teething period are never good, with half of all startups falling to the wayside after five years. Here are four data collection methods that can help you beat the odds, even before starting your business. … Gathering information through research is exactly what co-founders Zaina (BCom’05) and Rania Kana'an (BCom’08) did before they launched Ananasa, an online marketplace that enables artisans, artists and designers in the Middle East to sell their work worldwide.

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Published on : 06 Feb 2013

Westmounter Dick Pound has dedicated his life to clean sport

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada’s upcoming conference “Lifting off and Flying High” focuses on cultivating talent and success in this country in the fields of culture, high-tech, and athletics. But one of the panelists, Westmount resident and former Olympian Dick Pound (BCom’62), knows that in sports where milliseconds separate first and second place, the drive for success at all costs can be a destructive force.

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Published on : 06 Feb 2013