Desautels Faculty of Management

Karl Moore can talk to anyone, writes prolifically, and lends his expertise on a wide range of subjects. But in a recent piece for Forbes, the Desautels Professor admits that one thing he can’t do is work from home.

He blames it on the fact that he is an extrovert: after a few hours spent banging out a book, Prof. Moore needs human contact in order to recharge his batteries.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 5 Jun 2017

According to a CBC piece, the mothers of two graduating McGill students received last-minute visa approvals at the Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi so that they could attend their children’s convocation ceremonies.

Graduating Desautels student Ach Gaddes (BCom’17) walked across the stage in front of his mother, Amelle Liazoghli, even though visa issues had been keeping her away. Calling it the happiest day of his life, Gaddes said that “It’s incredible to share this moment with her.”

Classified as: Convocation, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 5 Jun 2017

Jamie Robinson (BCom'03) is in as the new CFO of Liberty Leaf Holdings, and is replacing outgoing CFO and Director P. Joseph Meagher.

Mr. Robinson is a chartered accountant with experience in auditing and financial analysis at Deloitte, Whistler Blackcomb, and Corinex Communications. He is joining a company that supports the cannabis sector on several fronts, including growing, research and supply-chain solutions.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 5 Jun 2017

Cannabis company INDIVA Corporation is actively navigating the process of becoming licensed to cultivate medical marijuana. As part of its business activities, the company has entered into a reverse-takeover deal with Rainmaker Resources Ltd., which includes equity funding of $15 million that is partly earmarked for helping INDIVA expand its production facilities.

INDIVA was founded by President and CEO Niel Marotta (BCom'96) who previously served as a resource-company executive and an investment banker. The new company aims to be listed on the TSX.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 5 Jun 2017

After of a sell-off of shares in two Canadian companies was apparently triggered by a short seller’s morning tweet, Desautels professor Ken Lester derided the tweet, saying that “There’s no recourse. People can just put out whatever they want on the Internet.”

He goes on to say that there is a general uncertainty about Canadian financial firms, thanks in large part to the legal problems faced by Home Capital Group.

Classified as: finance, Kenneth Lester
Published on: 2 Jun 2017

Philippe Johnson (BCom'92) is a newly-minted Managing Partner at the Montreal offices of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. But he could easily have gone down the business route.

In fact, he did: A love of finance first landed him at Desautels as an undergraduate, then moving on to work for HSBC in Vancouver.

So how did that turn into a law degree and a high-profile job at a key Canadian business law firm?

Classified as: BCom Alumni
Published on: 2 Jun 2017

“We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge”

On May 25, 2017, more than 60 marketing academics in Canada gathered together for the 5th Empirical and Theoretical Symposium for Canadian Marketing Strategy at the Desautels Faculty of Management to present research ideas, provide feedback, and share commentaries. Through the conference, topics relevant to today’s changing markets, such as how news media portrays advertising and how firms conduct product recalls, were discussed.

Classified as: Marketing, PhD Program, Demetrios Vakratsas, Empirical & Theoretical Symposium
Published on: 1 Jun 2017

A two-person team from Quebec has brought home first place at the annual Championnat de débat francophone at the École Normale Superieure in Paris.

One of the team members is Desautels student Djavan Habel-Thurton (BCom'17), who was VP of the First Year Council 2014-2015, as well as President of the Jeux du Commerce McGill in 2016.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 1 Jun 2017

In a recent blog post, Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Director Sid Peimer of South Africa asks just what a “strategic plan” is, pointing out that a strategy and a plan are two different things. Mr. Peimer contends that a strategy is what one needs in order to attain a goal, while a plan is the “how.”

He goes on to reflect on Desautels Professor Henry Mintzberg’s concept of a strategy as a five-part entity, with the plan being just the first phase.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 31 May 2017

Sustainable Canada Dialogues is a network of academics that was commissioned by Ottawa to come up with a green-energy transition plan for Canada.

The result is Re-energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future. The report is product of efforts by 71 academics, including Desautels Professor Dror Etzion.

Classified as: Dror Etzion, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 30 May 2017

Marie-Lou Dorval (EMBA’15) has done almost everything: She’s been a filmmaker, she’s been the president of an agricultural business, and she’s run a restaurant.

Since graduating from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, Ms. Dorval has changed her course completely, becoming an investment advisor at Raymond James Ltd — and it’s a job she doesn’t see herself leaving any time soon!

Classified as: EMBA Alumni, McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 30 May 2017

At the 7th Femmes Leaders conference on May 16th, women executives came together to discuss today’s constantly-changing business landscape and what it requires from them as leaders.

TD Investments Associate VP Francine Laurin (EMBA’11) says that 1970s-style managing has given way to a role more akin to a coach and mentor. Radio-Canada Director General, Communications Guylaine Bergeron (EMBA’13) adds that a more collective approach can help, giving the example that her team is about to abandon offices for more collaborative, open spaces.

Classified as: EMBA Alumni, McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 30 May 2017

Richard Garneau has long been an advocate for Canada’s forestry industry, and now the Resolute CEO is being recognized for it with the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise.

In the words of Michel Kelly-Gagnon, CEO of the Montreal Economic Institute that awards the medal every year, “We look for individuals who are vocal in their defence of the free market,” and concludes that “This year’s winner is one hell of a fighter.”

The John Dobson Foundation supports efforts to spread education about free enterprise and entrepreneurial studies across Canada.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 29 May 2017

In a recent piece for Forbes, Professor Karl Moore details three leadership lessons from the theatre world that entrepreneurs can take to heart.

He discusses Stanislavski’s internalization technique as a starting point for the concept that an introverted leader can draw on past experiences of feeling powerful to take on an extroverted stance. Actors also undergo training in understanding characters and emotional intelligence that can be helpful in negotiations.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 29 May 2017

Desautels Professor Karl Moore recently appeared on Global News to talk about the difference between introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts.

He chalked it up to “How much stimulation do you take before you get tired,” and says that the three exist on a continuum, with the introvert taking the least amount of stimulation, while extroverts thrive on it — and the ambivert pulls strengths from both sides.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 29 May 2017

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