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Entrepreneur stretches herself by opening fitness studios

Tue, 2014-10-14 10:04

It has been a journey of nearly a decade and it’s not over yet, but for Alexandra Schwartz, starting her own business lets her Breathe.

... Ms. Schwartz made her move into her own business after working for a dozen years as a manager and buyer for Italian designer Gianni Versace, then getting her MBA at McGill University in Montreal. After that, she moved to Los Angeles to work at American Apparel’s headquarters.

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Kelowna's Buntin to act as athlete ambassador for 2014 Skate Canada International

Mon, 2014-09-22 14:35

Olympian Craig Buntin returns home to Kelowna to act as the 2014 Skate Canada International Athlete Ambassador.

... Since retiring from skating in 2010, Buntin has completed an MBA at McGill University and worked as an entrepreneur. His most recent project is VeriSkate, a software app that is used to analyze the movements of figure skaters: how high they jump or throw, the distance the move travels, the speed at which it travels, the flow, the ice coverage.

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Where they are now

Tue, 2014-09-09 12:26

Tolulope Ilesanmi, MBA McGill University, 2005

Founder and Cleaner, Zenith Cleaners

Cleaning, for most, is a chore. But for Tolulope Ilesanmi, it is a practice, a business, and an agent of social change.

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Warp Speed: 6 CEOs who climbed the corporate ladder crazy fast

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:16

At 34, Daniel Schwartz isn’t exactly a child anymore. But it’s certainly tempting to label him as some kind of “wunderkind” given his meteoric career trajectory. He was 33 when he landed the top executive job at Burger King.

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eXplorance Named in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Education, 2014” Report

Fri, 2014-05-23 16:21

Providing course evaluation and Learning Experience Management tools, eXplorance is being designated by Gartner as innovative, intriguing and impactful in the arena of adaptive learning.

... “We are proud to be recognised by Gartner, a globally renowned analyst firm, as a Cool Vendor. We are committed to assisting academic leaders in improving the teaching and learning experience,” says Samer Saab (MBA'96), eXplorance’s CEO. 

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McGill Alumni Association Celebrates Top Volunteers and Student Leaders

Fri, 2014-05-09 15:20

The McGill Alumni Association (MAA) celebrated some of its most dedicated alumni and volunteers at its annual Honours and Awards Banquet tonight. Student leaders, graduates who have had a significant impact on alumni life and the community, and volunteers with outstanding records of service to McGill were honoured at a banquet held at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel in Montreal.

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CEO Relearns, Rebuilds After Brain Injury

Fri, 2014-04-25 10:35

On Aug. 17, 2011, everything changed for Jonathan Goodman (MBA'94).

The aggressive, hard-driving executive - at the time the CEO of hugely successful drug distributor Paladin Labs Inc. - had just sealed one of Paladin's biggest acquisitions. Taking a celebratory bicycle ride with fellow employees in the hills north of Montreal, he fell off his bike and hit his head. Despite wearing a helmet, the result was a serious brain injury.

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McGill Alumni Association Awards

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:28

Eight Desautels students and alumni have been selected to receive the McGill Alumni Association (MAA) Awards. They will be honoured at the MAA's Annual Honours & Awards Dinner.

Award of Merit: Lili de Grandpré, MBA’81

Lili has a long record of service as a volunteer for the MAA and the Faculty of Management, and she most recently served as Vice-Chair of the McGill Board of Governors. In addition to her McGill involvement she has sat on the boards of Centraide, the OSM, Y des Femmes, and the Montreal Circus School.

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Paladin Labs Founder Finds a New Knight

Wed, 2014-04-02 15:04

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

Wed, 2014-04-02 15:01

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.

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