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‘Up until recently I was a rock star’s agent, now I’m a true CEO’: Cirque du Soleil’s Daniel Lamarre

Daniel Lamarre, 62, is the president and chief executive officer of Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil, which has about 4,000 employees working on more than 20 shows in about 50 countries.

Lamarre was born and raised in Grand-Mere, Quebec, about 170 kilometres northeast of Montreal. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, which later honoured him with a doctorate.

Lamarre spoke to Karl Moore, a professor of strategy and organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

Published: 3May2016

Thesis Defense Presentation: P. Judson Kenney

Bronfman Building 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G5, CA

Mr. P. Judson Kenney, a doctoral student at McGill University in the Area of Operations Management will be presenting his thesis defense entitled:

Information Sharing Behaviour in Assembly Systems

Research Proposal Presentation: Zachary T. Mendenhall

Bronfman Building 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G5, CA

Zachary T. Mendenhall, a doctoral student at McGill University in the Marketing area will be presenting his research: 

Two Essays on Charitable Behaviour

PhD alumnus wins AMR’s 2015 Best Paper Award

Warren Nilsson, PhD’10, won the Academy of Management Review’s 2015 Best Paper Award for his paper entitled, “Positive Institutional Work: Exploring Institutional Work Through the Lens of Positive Organizational Scholarship.” This paper was rooted in the theory portion of his thesis at Desautels. Warren is currently a Senior Lecturer in Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business of University of Cape Town. Read paper here. 

Published: 29Apr2016

Professor Etzion Receives Knowledge Synthesis Grant

Desautels Professor Dror Etzion has received a Knowledge Synthesis Grant given by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in the Energy and Natural Resources category for his project entitled, “From availability to accessibility: effectively using information disclosure to govern energy production.”

Published: 29Apr2016

Supplier selection considering product structure and product life cycle cost

Authors: Ebrahimipour, V., Maleki Shoja, B., Li, S.

Publications: International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management


Published: 28Apr2016

Obituary: Michal Hornstein was one of city's most renowned philanthropists

As a young man in Poland, Michal Hornstein was arrested by the Nazis and set to be deported to Auschwitz, the notorious death camp where thousands were executed during the Holocaust.

But Hornstein evaded his captors by jumping from a train and hiding in the forests of Czechoslovakia. Of the 70 people who tried to escape the Nazis on that day in 1943, only seven survived.

Were it not for this twist of fate, it’s unlikely Hornstein would have survived the war, immigrated to Canada and become one of the city’s most renowned philanthropists.

Published: 28Apr2016

McGill business students focus on helping Syrian refugees

Every semester, McGill University faculty lecturer Anita Nowak challenges her students to come up with projects for her social entrepreneurship and social innovation class based on a theme that she finds particularly timely and relevant.

For this semester, it was helping Syrian refugees integrate into Canadian society.

Published: 28Apr2016

Why Valeant Pharmaceuticals International’s new CEO may signal a shift from ‘disruptor’ to ‘plain vanilla’

 Less than a year ago Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s CEO Michael Pearson represented a disruption to big pharma by coming from outside the industry, using aggressive acquisitions and strategic business tactics to grow the company to a global giant.  

Now the company has hired Joseph Papa as the new CEO, a 35-year pharmaceutical industry veteran with a history of taking a balanced approach to business. If the past few months of Pearson’s tenure can be described as rocky road, Papa could help bring a new flavour to Valeant.

Published: 28Apr2016

Looking for love on a laptop

According to Jui Ramaprasad, an assistant professor in the Desautels Faculty of Management, digital dating can be remarkably – and dishearteningly – similar to off-line interfacing.

“We still see these off-line social norms. Our results are derived from the idea men make the first move and that women leave this weak signal. It was more than surprising, it was disappointing – you would have hoped we have evolved beyond that.”

Published: 28Apr2016