During a recent roundtable, I was startled when a participant brought me a recent Financial Times (Nov. 10, 2015) article, titled “Shareholders think they own the company – they are wrong,” subtitle elaborating “So whose is the business? No one’s, just like the river Thames.” Eh?
Second time will likely be a charm for Lowe’sCos. in its attempt to acquire Quebec’s Rona Inc.
The fact both boards agreed to the C$3.2 billion ($2.3 billion) offer, along with Lowe’s commitment to preserve head-office jobs and maintain supply agreements, will likely seal the deal. Political conditions in Canada’s second-most populous province also favor the acquisition after helping to scupper a hostile offer in 2012.
A BCom student case competition team won the Montreal PRMIA Risk Management challenge for the second consecutive year. The roster of the McGill-Desautels team includes Simon Altman, Evan Coulter, Liam Maclure, and Valentyn Litvin. They are coached by Professor Sebastien Betermier.
The team will compete in Chicago for the International Championship early March, against 7 other finalist teams. PRMIA is the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association.
Some of the most recognized national and international companies are opening their doors to give third and fourth year university students a first-hand glimpse of what it takes to be a leading Canadian CEO. Championed by global executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, the CEO x 1 Day program has selected 18 students from across the country for the unique chance to shadow some of the country’s most highly accomplished industry leaders for one day.
From baseball to banking, the ability to mine data on performance, customer preferences and other trends is the new must-have for the corporate bottom line.
But still too rare, say employers, is the analyst who combines technical expertise to delve into “big data” and communication skills to explain the findings in everyday language to colleagues and senior managers.