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Who's moving and shaking Canadian HR? We're showcasing this country's high achievers as the industry faces growing challenges and success. Three EMBA alumni are featured in this list:  Florent Francoeur (EMBA'11) – Président-Directeur general, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agrees (page 19)  Giulia Cirillo (EMBA'11) – Corporate Vice President, Human Resources, Bombardier Recreational Products (page 22) 

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Published on : 11 Apr 2014

Immobilier résidentiel: printemps post-électoral à Montréal

Maintenant que la saison froide - et surtout la campagne électorale - est terminée, l'industrie immobilière anticipe un certain redressement du marché ce printemps à Montréal. «On prévoit que le prochain trimestre sera probablement beaucoup plus fort que celui qu'on vient de vivre, là, maintenant que les élections et l'hiver sont derrière nous, a fait valoir à La Presse Affaires Dominic St-Pierre (EMBA'14), directeur de Royal LePage pour le Québec. Il y a des signes encourageants.»

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Published on : 11 Apr 2014

Canada’s Bensadoun Becomes Billionaire Selling Aldo Shoes

Tanya Graber, a resident of Switzerland, researched fashion retailer Aldo on the Internet before her vacation to New York City. “We saw these handbags and we wanted to buy these handbags,” Graber said, gesturing to the camel-colored leather model on the checkout counter at the company’s store on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. ... The retailer has a value of $1.7 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, making Aldo’s executive chairman, Aldo Bensadoun (BCom'64, LLD'12), a billionaire.

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Published on : 11 Apr 2014

Surgery Not A Magic Cure For Obesity

It is alarming, but obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Kuwait. Oil has not only brought great wealth to the Gulf, but a huge change in lifestyle and food habits. Fast food, fast cars and everything else that money can buy has led to the rise of obesity so much so that today at least 88 percent of Kuwaitis are considered overweight. 

Published on : 08 Apr 2014

LG Electronics changes tack for smartwatch battle with Samsung

Wearable devices are just starting to take off and global electronics companies are racing to release smartwatches ahead of rivals to capture a bigger slice of the emerging next-generation market.

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Published on : 24 Mar 2014

What I Learned This Week: Here Are The Crayons

Since January, I've been teaching a somewhat different type of course at McGill University. While saddled with the unfortunate standard curriculum name "Marketing and Society," the class is anything but. ... When I first put this course together, I had a discussion with two academics I respect immensely, Prof. Morty Yalovsky of McGill (who used to be MY stats prof in my undergrad years) and Prof. Pete McGraw of the University of Colorado at Boulder (and co-author of the upcoming book "The Humor Code"). 

Published on : 24 Mar 2014

Paladin Labs Founder Finds a New Knight

Entrepreneurs Jonathan Goodman (MBA'94) and Mark Beaudet built Paladin Labs Inc. from zero into a $3.2-billion international pharmaceuticals distributor in only 19 years. Now Goodman, chairman of Paladin Labs when it was sold to Pennsylvania-based Endo Health Solutions Inc. on Feb. 28, has founded Knight Therapeutics Inc. in Montreal.

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Published on : 02 Apr 2014

Montreal Firm Formula Growth Makes Donation to Four Business Schools

Montreal-based investment firm Formula Growth Ltd. is hoping its $1.1-million gift to four business schools on Monday will inspire other private companies to help out the province’s struggling universities. ... Four Quebec business schools — Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, Bishop’s University and HEC Montréal — got a much-needed private injection of funds with the $1.1-million donation, which is intended to foster entrepreneurship and innovative learning environments.

Published on : 02 Apr 2014

Darren Entwistle to Step Aside as Telus CEO, President But Remain as Executive Chairman

Darren Entwistle (MBA'88) is stepping down as chief executive of Telus, but his influence in running the company he built from a regional telephone service into a $25-billion national wireless player will remain. ... McGill University professor Karl Moore said most CEOs leave after six to 10 years and don’t stick around as long as Entwistle. “It may be a little long, but I wouldn’t be too critical of it because of the kind of change he has brought to Telus in the time that he has been there and been in charge,” he said.

Published on : 02 Apr 2014

Malaysia Airlines : message de condoléances

L’Université McGill tient à offrir ses plus sincères condoléances aux parents et amis des passagers du vol MH370 de Malaysia Airlines, à bord duquel se trouvaient Muktesh Mukherjee (MBA'98), diplômé de McGill âgé de 42 ans, et son épouse Xiaomo Bai, 37 ans.

Published on : 24 Mar 2014

Malaysian Airlines: message of condolences

McGill University wishes to express its deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, who included McGill graduate Muktesh Mukherjee (MBA'98), 42, and his wife Xiaomo Bai, 37. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced today that according to data analysis, the plane crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 passengers. The plane, which was heading from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared on March 8.

Published on : 24 Mar 2014

Woulfe Mining Appoints Michel Gaucher as Chief Executive Officer

Woulfe Mining Corp. is pleased to announce the appointment of Michel Gaucher (MBA'69) as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Gaucher replaces Hubert Marleau as CEO although Mr. Marleau remains a member of the Company's Board of Directors. The Company wishes to extend its gratitude to Mr. Marleau for his tenure as Interim Chief Executive Officer.

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Published on : 19 Mar 2014

Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian on How to Change the World with a Little Code and Some Internet

Alexis Ohanian is many things: a dedicated entrepreneur who is an ambassador for the prestigious Y Combinator program he graduated from; a political and social web activist; the founder of Reddit; the author of Without their Permission; and as it turns out, extraordinarily tall. Thanks to the McHacks organizing committee, and McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management, he came to speak to a jam-packed room in the center of Montreal. -Article by Roger Huang (BCom'13) 

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Published on : 19 Mar 2014

Career Rocket Fuel: Whether You're a Millennial or Eyeing Retirement, Here's What You Really Need to Get Right about Work

Ogilvy One's Brian Fetherstonhaugh (BCom'79) spends a lot of time thinking and talking about careers. Here, he offers a detailed plan for each stage of work life, designed with long-term success in mind. Having spent over 35 years in business in global firms, I have seen tens of thousands of career trajectories--from the first steps of entry-level millennials to the long journeys of Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Published on : 19 Mar 2014

Talking Management with Karl Moore: How Jennifer Heil Makes It a Perfect Day

Professor Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University speaks to Canadian freestyle skier Jennifer Heil (BCom'13), one of Canada’s great Olympic athletes. Read full transcript: The Globe and Mail, February 18, 2014 

Published on : 17 Feb 2014