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McGill School of Information Studies newsletter - Spring 2016 edition

Announcing the Spring 2016 edition of the McGill School of Information Studies newsletter, featuring updates about the School and achievements of our alumni, faculty, and students. Download the Spring 2016 newsletter as a PDF via our website, or browse articles on our SIS news blog.

Published on : 26 Apr 2016

Dr. Naved Bakali (PhD, Educational Studies, 2016) quoted in Le Devoir article concerning radicalization

Dr. Naved Bakali, recent graduate of our Education Studies PhD program, was interviewed by Le Devoir last week for an article concerning radicalization and islamophobia. "Anti-extrémisme extrême," by Marco Fortier, was published April 16, 2016. [Read the article on Le Devoir's website]

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Published on : 25 Apr 2016

Marc Gélinas (BEd 1983, MA 1989) named Executive Director of McGill Athletics and Recreation

Marc Gélinas is McGill alum with strong sports leadership background at both federal and provincial levels Marc Gélinas (B.Ed. (Phys. Ed) 1983, M.A. 1989) brings over twenty years of sports leadership experience to his new role as McGill’s Executive Director of Athletics and Recreation. A former pitching prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from McGill, Gélinas comes to McGill from the Institut national du sport (INS) du Québec.

Published on : 04 Apr 2016

Charline Labonté (BEd 2012, MA 2015) "happy to be back at worlds," writes National Post

Charline Labonté (B.Ed. (Phys. Ed.) 2012, MA (Sport Psych.) 2015) told Steve Ewen of Postmedia News that she "missed playing for Canada," and that she is happy to be at the worlds competition, in a recent article published by National Post.

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Published on : 01 Apr 2016

A McKinsey grad offers eight pointers for success at work

When Shu Hattori started working at McKinsey & Co. in 2008, he constantly jotted down in a notebook insights into how to do his job better, harvested from his own experiences and by watching others around him. At one point, a colleague suggested the native of Britain and McGill University commerce graduate consider writing a book. By then, he had amassed about 70 principles drawn from the firm. He trimmed those to 47, which are featured in his new book The McKinsey Edge.

Published on : 21 Mar 2016

eQube Gaming appoints Murray as board adviser

eQube Gaming Ltd. has appointed Bill Murray as an adviser to the company's board of directors. Mr. Murray will be formally appointed to the board subject to regulatory approval.

Published on : 16 Mar 2016

Portex firms up deal to acquire Direct Metals Recycling

Portex Minerals Inc. has executed a definitive agreement to acquire Walker Norris Capital Partners III, doing business as Direct Metals Recycling (DMR). DMR is company based in Atlanta, Ga., excelling in the procurement of platinum-grade metals (PGM) through the processing of catalytic converters.

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Published on : 16 Mar 2016

CAE’s Sonya Branco appointed Chief Financial Officer

CAE today announced that it has appointed Sonya Branco as the Company's Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, effective May 23, 2016, after the Company has reported its fiscal 2016 year-end results. She succeeds Stephane Lefebvre who has recently accepted a leadership position with le Cirque du Soleil, a company held by private equity. ...

Published on : 03 Mar 2016

Uvolt: le projet scientifique auquel personne ne croyait

C'est finalement lors de la finale d'un concours organisé par la Jeune Chambre de commerce qu'il a rencontré un autre entrepreneur, Marc-Antoine Bonin, lui aussi âgé de 20 ans. À 20 ans, Marc-Antoine en était déjà à sa deuxième entreprise. Après les vêtements de sport, il s'apprêtait à vendre À l'affût, son réseau de représentants pour les microbrasseries. « J'ai été vraiment impressionné par le projet d'Antony. Je n'y croyais pas au début », confie-t-il.

Published on : 18 Feb 2016

Poxel Appoints Janice Bourque and Pierre Legault to its Board of Directors

POXEL SA (Euronext – POXEL - FR0012432516), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative drugs to treat type 2 diabetes, today announced the addition of Janice Bourque, Managing Director of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, and Pierre Legault, President and CEO of Nephrogenex Inc, to its Board of Directors. Both appointments were approved by Poxel’s shareholders at the Annual Shareholder Meeting held in Paris last Friday, January 29, 2016.

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Published on : 17 Feb 2016

Beth McKenna (B.Ed./B.Mus. 2013) documenting life in Montreal with jazz-rock suite

Faculty of Education alumnae Beth McKenna (B.Mus. 2013, B.Ed. 2013) is documenting her eight years of life in Montreal with a new jazz-rock album called Home: Montreal, funded in part through a Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec (CALQ) grant. The 26-year old musician and composer, who studied Education and Music while attending McGill University, grew up in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. In January 2015 the Beth McKenna Jazz Orchestra released their debut EP START.

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Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Ron Sharp (1925-2016) was McGill Education alumni and supporter, championship coach

SHARP, Ronald David (B.Sc.(Physical Education) 1951, M.Ed. (Educational Administration) 1971) "In his 91st year, Ron Sharp (1925-2016) passed away after a short illness in Ottawa. Born in Ottawa, May 1, 1925, Ron achieved much in his life as an athlete, teacher, coach, mentor, husband and father. 

Published on : 15 Feb 2016

The challenge of merging new acquisitions with company culture

There are two different kinds of acquisitions: ‘scale acquisitions’ and ‘bolt-on acquisitions’, and we tend to focus on the latter. We like to buy a technology and ‘plug it in’, because our sales force and distribution channel are second to none. The last six deals we’ve done were all about technologies or products that we wanted to own. In these cases, some of the management team stays with us, but we’re really taking on a new product and adding it to our existing culture.

Published on : 11 Feb 2016

BeaverTails bets on skiers and fair-goers being in the mood for its quintessential Canadian treat

BeaverTails found success when the Montreal-based company finally decided to embrace the iconic dessert’s biggest asset — marketing the decadent hand-stretched sweet pastry made to resemble a beaver’s tail as a treat for special occasions, rather than positioning it as a food for people to eat every day.

Published on : 08 Feb 2016