Desautels Faculty of Management

The general trend among MBA programs worldwide points to a rise in digitised course readings, as opposed to the use of bulky textbooks.

The digital distribution of course materials has not, however, been favored by business students everywhere.

Classified as: Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Steve Fortin, Financial Times
Published on: 2 Oct 2017

Mohammed Ashour (MBA'14), co-founder of Aspire Food Group, received the Highly Commended Award at FoodBytes, a startup competition that supports innovative ideas in food and agriculture. The Aspire Group transforms crickets into high-protein powder and snacks, and are looking to expand their market into the U.S., where the aversion to insects as food seems to prevail.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), aspire food group
Published on: 2 Oct 2017

Desautels undergraduate student Sydney Kalyn achieved the gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh award, which recognizes personal development and community involvement among today’s youth.

Recipients of the international award must demonstrate excellence in a variety of areas, including: skill, physical fitness, service, placement, volunteering, adventurous journey, and educational pursuit.

Kalyn was among a group of 150 young adults who received their award on September 24 in the presence of Prince Harry.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 2 Oct 2017

­­­­­­­­­­For French native Ben Plomion (MBA’07), his early teenage years consisted of skateboards, Nirvana, and an unshakable dream of relocating to the U.S. After completing his studies in Canada, he made his dreams a reality by securing work at General Electric in New York.

Since then, he has moved into the startup scene in California, working as Chief Marketing Officer for GumGum, an artificial intelligence company. He remains, however, wary of Donald Trump’s stance on immigration and how this might impact his future in the U.S. 

Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

D. Jennifer Rhee (BCom’88, DPA’89) has been named Chief Financial Officer at Loop Industries, a manufacturer of environmentally responsible Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) and Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG). Ms. Rhee has over 25 years of finance, accounting, international tax and management experience, having worked, most recently, as a partner with Richter LLP since January 2007.

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Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

LIMRA has released its 2017 Rising Stars of Innovation under 40 list and Jean-Michel Lavoie (MBA’09), Assistant Vice President, Product Development, Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial has made the final cut.

The list recognises individuals across many areas of the financial services who are using an innovative approach to their business practice and day-to-day activities.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

Alibaba hosted its Gateway’17 conference, which brought together an array of forward-looking retailers, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who commented on the healthy trade relationship between Canada and China.

Also in attendance was Aldo Group International’s Director of Business Development, Martina Gimenez-Comas (BCom’11) who shared that, while Aldo continues to expand into global markets, it recognises the importance of meeting business objectives, while also leaving room to dream.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

Imran Amed (BCom'97) has been named to the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his contributions as CEO of The Business of Fashion, an online news site for the fashion industry. The list recognises people in the UK who have made significant contributions to society.

Founded in 2007, The Business of Fashion has since become one of the leading sources of news for the fashion world.

Classified as: imran amed, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

In light of the controversial decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose 220 per cent tariffs on Bombardier products, an article in Les Affaires examines how Canada compares to other counties who subsidize their aerospace industry.

It turns out that Canada contributes considerably less to its aerospace industry (16%), as compared to the U.S. (63%), or France (27%).

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

Desautels MBA student, Moises Meza, originates from Venezuela, but has lived all over the world. After working for five years in consulting, Meza always envisaged pursuing his MBA studies in a vast metropole like New York.

Montreal, however, has far exceeded his expectations thanks to its unique multiculturalism and multilingualism, as well as its work-life balance and reputation as a hub for innovation.

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Classified as: MBA Program, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 27 Sep 2017

Desautels professor Karl Moore joined BNN to share his insight on Uber’s possible exit from the Quebec market over the new rules proposed by the provincial government. Prof. Moore views Uber as a healthy competitive presence that has yielded considerable improvements among the taxi industry, as well as created thousands of part-time jobs.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 27 Sep 2017

While looking into supplements as part of her treatment for breast cancer, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86) realized something was amiss. “I couldn’t actually understand what was written on the labels,” Ruffo says. Further research uncovered a lack of legal framework surrounding the use of the word “natural” in Canada and the U.S., and that most supplements labelled so are hardly natural at all. Even worse, the companies aren’t obligated to say where their ingredients are sourced.

Classified as: Monica Ruffo, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 26 Sep 2017

This year’s McGill X-1 Accelerator program has culminated with a series of Demo Days designed to give participants the opportunity to deliver their refined business pitches to McGill alumni and potential investors. In addition to Montreal, McGill’s budding entrepreneurs have made their way to Boston and San Francisco, with additional Demo Days planned for Toronto and New York in October.

This year’s startups range from a software to help diagnose concussions, to a specialty food business and multiple-choice quiz generator.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, McGill Demo Days, McGill X-1 Accelerator
Published on: 26 Sep 2017

David Levenson (BCom'96) has been nominated to the Board of Teekay Offshore Group as news of a completed comprehensive transaction with Brookfield Business Partners L.P. is also shared.

Mr. Levenson is a Managing Partner at Brookfield and oversees the company’s opportunistic credit initiatives, including the Brookfield Credit Opportunity Fund and Brookfield Private Credit. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and restructurings.

Classified as: David Levenson, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 26 Sep 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce is due to announce its preliminary determination in the countervailing duty investigation launched by Boeing Co., which some maintain will disfavor Bombardier.

The findings come as Bombardier faces challenges in its rail operations with news of a multi-billion dollar rail merger between Siemens AG and Alstom.

Regarding the merger, Desautels professor Karl Moore comments that it will greatly hamper the company’s ability to compete on a global scale.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 26 Sep 2017

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