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Macquarie Names Ex-BMO's Farkas Head of U.S. Equity Research

Macquarie Group Ltd. named Christine Farkas head of U.S. equity research for its securities arm as the Australian investment bank pursues expansion in the world’s biggest economy.

...She holds a bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal and will start at Macquarie on Jan. 11, according to the statement.

Read full article: Bloomberg Business, January 5, 2016

Published: 8Jan2016

Boxing Day losing its appeal with Canadian shoppers

If you’re planning to skip the Boxing Day sales this year, you’re not alone. Once considered the best day of the year for deals, Dec. 26 is increasingly losing its appeal for Canadian shoppers. 

“For the longest time, Boxing Day was considered to be the day — and realistically the week — to enjoy lower prices,” Robert Soroka, a marketing professor at McGill University, tells Yahoo Canada News. “It was really a very exciting time because it was considered to be that one day of the year where you could essentially walk off like a bandit."

Published: 7Jan2016

Bugs on the menu in Ghana as palm weevil protein hits the pan

Kyei Manu is one of four people farming palm weevil larvae in Donyina village under a scheme run by Aspire Food Group, which operates Ghana’s first commercial insect farm. Aspire wants to bring insects from the culinary margins to the mainstream to address food shortages, as well as to boost people’s iron intake.

... Aspire was founded by students from McGill University in 2013, and launched the Ghana project last year.

Published: 7Jan2016

McGill students give future Syrian newcomers English lessons online

Many people are offering help to Syrian refugees after they arrive in Quebec, but students are reaching out to refugees while they remain overseas.

... "We're filling that void," said Anita Nowak.

The Mentor-in-Residence at McGill said the image of Alan Kurdi, the young Syrian boy who drowned trying to make it to Turkey, motivated them to reach out overseas.

Read full article: CTV News, January 5, 2016

Published: 7Jan2016

Making the business case for climate change and the bottom line

As climate change and sustainability become higher priorities for companies across all sectors more chief financial officers have been given responsibility for how the issues impact the bottom line.

Published: 18Dec2015

Bombardier’s financial fortunes are slipping, but some investors are up for the risk.

While high risk, airplane maker’s preferred shares could offer high reward. Bombardier Inc. is teetering on the edge of a financial precipice.

Published: 18Dec2015

The most effective organizations have a culture than can easily adapt

This is Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University with Talking Management for The Globe and Mail. Today I am delighted to sit down with Jennifer Chatman from UC Berkeley.

Published: 18Dec2015

These Four Letters Could Make You the Best...Boss...Ever

The modern workplace is full of abbreviations: KPI, ROI, SWOT. But it’s a bit of alphabet soup from decades ago that could prove most critical to the success of managers in the digital age.
... Last month, at the Global Drucker Forum in Vienna, a number of experts on organizational and human behavior—Henry Mintzberg, JC Spender, Sherry Turkle, and others—implored managers to retain a close, personal connection with their employees and their customers, even though that may run counter to one’s instincts when everybody is just a click away.

Published: 18Dec2015

Heroes and Zeros of the Year 2015

Here is my 20th annual column of the past year’s heroes and zeros.

Hero Legendary Dykes to Watch Out For cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
... Hero   Out TD Asset Management CEO Timothy Thompson, who for five years will donate an annual scholarship of $20,000 to a student at  McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management who demonstrates leadership within the LGBT community. The first recipient will be named in September 2016.

Published: 18Dec2015

Desautels MBA Delivers the Global Leadership Lecture in Sydney, Australia

Usman W. Chohan, a graduate of Desautels MBA in Strategy and Leadership (2014) delivered the 2015 Foreign Affairs Lecture in the Global Leadership Program (GLP) at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. The lecture was titled "The World Bank and the New Dynamics of Development", and drew on Mr. Chohan's WB experience to map the development field, particularly in the context of emergent institutions such as AIIB. The lecture was praised for its cultural context, appeal to a young audience, and breadth of content.

Published: 18Dec2015