According to StockWatch, Vancouver-based resource company Colonial Coal International Corp. has appointed Matthew James Anderson to the roles of CFO and secretary, replacing the retiring William Filtness. Mr Anderson draws on a lifetime of experience in financials for the resources sector, including serving as CFO for I-Minerals, VirtualArmour International, Search Minerals and Callinex Mines. Colonial Coal develops coal mines in British Columbia, and dovetails nicely with Mr Anderson’s expertise.
Author Ronnie Mitra writes in The New Stack about how businesses are focussing on adaptability like never before, and how that is weighing heavy on tech teams. It looks more and more like the answer lies in microservices.
The idea is to take the traditional software concept, then decentralize the components so that change becomes easier to implement. But the knock-on effect is that it alters how teams work and decisions are made; decentralization on the team level gives the developers the power to make decisions that would traditionally be the bailiwick of managers.
Best Media Info reports that long-time Ogilvy & Mather exec Sumanto Chattopadhyay is moving over to Soho Square as CCO and Chairman. At Ogilvy, Mr Chattopadhyay helped bring many brands to prominence in India, including Dove, Pond’s, and The Economist. He also helped re-brand a bank and grow Ogilvy’s own business. Mr Chattopadhyay was named one of Asia’s top 10 advertising creatives by Media Magazine, and brings an enviable reputation, as well as his industry chops, to his new job.
Desautels professor Karl Moore writes in Forbes that, in-between extroverts and introverts, the ambivert pulls benefits from both social situations and alone time, giving them the best of both worlds.
Being able to talk and listen naturally makes ambiverts great at jobs where the give-and-take of a normal conversation plays into success.
Kaihua He, student of the Graduate Certificate in the Professional Accounting (GCPA) program, has been selected among the graduating class as this year’s recipient of the C. Douglas Mellor Prize for academic excellence.
The prize, which is valued at $2,300, is named after Douglas Mellor, the first Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Quebec, now the Ordre des comptables agrées du Québec, and is awarded each year to honor Mellor’s enduring contributions to both McGill University and his profession.
Montreal, Quebec, July 18, 2017 - The John Dobson Foundation has announced a donation of $2 million – its largest gift to McGill yet – to fund the McGill X-1 Accelerator program run by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. The gift will support the X-1 program, now in its third year, as it grows to support and promote entrepreneurship across McGill.
Product Development was the overall theme for week five of the McGill X-1 Accelerator. On the agenda was a talk by GrandeSlam Product VP Saad Benryane on adopting a customer-centric approach, followed by a networking talk by Desautels Director of Advancement Alexander King.
Of course, there was another Grilled by CEO session, this time by RetinadVR CEO Alexander Haque. Mr. Haque emphasised the importance of simplifying their presentations to suit people’s attention spans. Otherwise, there is a real risk of losing focus.
According to Stockwatch.com, Quantum International Income Corp. has announced that Red Cloud Klondike Strike CEO and Desautels alumnus Chad Williams (BEngr’ 89, MBA’93) has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Mr. Williams has plenty of experience to draw on: he’s on the Board at Denver Gold Group, and has worked in senior management at Victoria Gold, Blackmont Capital and TD bank. He also founded Westwind Capital and Agilith Capital, as well as his current company, which specializes in mining-sector growth financing and investment.
Desautels BCom student Thao Nguyen is finishing up a two-month internship with South African non-profit Aluwani, where she and fellow Desautels student Marie-Christine Bourgie helped set up a crowdfunding campaign for an early childhood development centre.
The seed of the International Society for Humor Studies was planted at a small meeting in Wales three decades ago. Today, the organization hosts a yearly conference, where serious scholarship about funny business gets discussed, and where outstanding graduate students in the field are recognized before their peers.
Actor, stage director and McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumnus Serge Postigo (EMBA'15) is a household name in Quebec, and with good reason. He made waves with Mary Poppins last year, so he was under pressure to really hit one out of the park this time around.
In a recent piece in Mind This Magazine, medical doctor Sven Jungmann talks with Desautels professor Karl Moore about generational stereotypes. As a millennial, Dr. Jungmann takes issue with the generalizations that come with generational discussions.
According to a recent piece in Bloomberg Markets, mysterious movement in the markets has brought about the worst plunge for CTAs since 2007, punched risk parity funds downward and hit tech stocks hard. As so many quants try to mitigate these losses, there is a danger that a further selloff will just exacerbate the damage.
A Weekly Standard op-ed examines the way the Fed is trying to tame a $4-trillion quantitative easing problem in case another recession hits.
The piece quotes Desautels professor Reuven Brenner’s withering criticism of current policies in American Affairs (in which he likens them more to astrology than science) but allows that the Fed is trying to make sense of a vastly confusing set of circumstances: low unemployment should be pushing wages and inflation upward, but it’s not happening.
Alexandra Conliffe was a judge for the semi-final round of the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup’s Social Enterprise track. She is the Policy Innovation Director for the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and used to be VP Operations for Engineers Without Borders Canada.