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Melissa Sonberg

Melissa Sonberg
Executive in Residence, Organizational Behaviour

DIVERSITY 50 - Canadian Board Diversity Council, Canada
Senior Human Resources Professional, Human Resources Professional Association, Canada
Certified Corporate Director, Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada
Master's, Health Administration, University of Ottawa, Canada                                  
BSc, Psychology, McGill University, Canada

Organizational Behaviour
Email Address: 
melissa [dot] sonberg [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Melissa Sonberg has enjoyed 30 years of leadership experience across a broad range of business, not-for-profit and academic environments. Three decades of increasing responsibility in highly integrated leadership roles leading to over a decade as a Corporate Officer and member of the C-suite leading a young and rapidly expanding public company, has resulted in a highly skilled executive, adept at navigating through the intricacies of effective governance and balancing multiple stakeholder demands.  Upon her recent retirement from Aimia, she has taken on several Board appointments and is currently Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.

Areas of Expertise: 
  • HR & Communications
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Board Governance

Cross-border Business Teams and the Entertainment Arena

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:16

More and more companies are abandoning traditional organisational structures and creating cross-border teams of people who live and work thousands of miles apart.

But there’s a catch. Nancy J Adler, the S Bronfman Chair in Management at McGill University in Montreal, puts it like this: “Interconnectedness through modern technology has deluded many people. There is the false assumption that just because we can reach anyone in the world so easily through e-mail or Skype, we are therefore all the same.”

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"Unmasking the Conflicting Trends in Job Tenure by Gender in the United States, 1983-2010," American Sociological Review.

Tue, 2013-12-03 13:38

Authors: Hollister, Matissa N.; Kristin E. Smith

Publication: American Sociological Review (Forthcoming)


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Success Is What You Make It

Wed, 2013-11-20 09:51

What is success and how do you measure it? The experiences of a diversegroup of workers show how – and how much – they managed to balance career success with family responsibilities. Those who managed to strike the balance defined success on their own terms, had a strong sense of self and wereprepared to make trade-offs.

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Faculty in the Organizational Behavior area teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For a listing of courses, please see the following:

PhD Specialization in Organizational Behaviour

The McGill PhD Program in Management provides students with a unique post-graduate educational experience that facilitates exposure to a variety of research approaches and interests, and to the combined resources of four top Montreal universities.

This collaborative program, offered in conjunction with Concordia University, École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) of the Université de Montréal, and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), provides McGill students with access to over 250 professors and to a full array of courses taught in both English and French.

Master of Business Administration Concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership

Drawing on a variety of cross-disciplinary courses, including strategy, organizational behaviour, entrepreneurship and international business, this concentration provides students with an integrated perspective on leading business issues. Students are prepared for the challenges posed by a globalizing marketplace and develop the skills valued by employers in the consulting, business development, project management, and related fields.

Bachelor of Commerce Major in Labour Management Relations and Human Resources

Mentor: Prof. Robert Hebdon

This 30-credit major provides students with a general understanding of the factors affecting employer-employee relations, including labour unions and laws that regulate the employment relationship. It is integral to the practice of human resource management, particularly in a unionized environment.

Bachelor of Commerce Concentration in Labour Management Relations and Human Resources

Mentor: Prof. Robert Hebdon

The objective of this concentration is to provide a general understanding of the factors affecting employer-employee relations, both at the micro-level and in relation to the socio-economic context in which they occur. Students interested in more intensive study of this area are urged to consider the major in Labour Management Relations and Human Resources.

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