On March 21st, the McGill HEC Montreal EMBA program organised an event to celebrate its 5th anniversary. Participants from five alumni classes and the current class joined together for the first time as one group and discussed with an energy and openness you’d expect from people who have known each other for years. The EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal was the common thread and common language which made that possible. Fully 60% of the alumni took part in the day’s activities, confirming the strong link they feel to the program and the network it has created.
Every day of EMBA classes starts with an hour devoted to reflections, and so it was with the EMBA reunion as well. 100 senior managers reflected on “What does managing with impact mean for you?” and “How do you manage with impact?” The diversity of the EMBA McGill-HEC alumni was reflected in the many lenses through which they considered “Leading with Impact.
This was an excellent start to a full day of learning that included:
- the launch of EMBA McGill-HEC alumni affinity groups
- a CEO Panel on “Making the Tough Calls” with Robert Card, CEO of SNC Lavalin and Michael Roach, CEO of CGI.
- a series of four learning sessions, on e-Leadership, Neuro-marketing, Conflict resolution, and Communicating for Impact
The day concluded with a keynote speech by Bernard Voyer, an accomplished explorer and mountaineer who has been to both the north and south poles and has scaled the highest mountain on each continent. He used his own experiences to illustrate how each of us could go “Step by step, towards the summit”.
It was a powerful day, where connections were renewed, and new connections were forged, between an impressive group of alumni, including more than 30 CEO and company presidents, leaders in non-profit organizations, businesses owners and senior executives.
The participants and alumni ended the event at the Omni Mont Royal Hotel with the program’s first “Black tie” Gala. Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, Michel Patry, Director of HEC Montreal and Peter Todd, Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University have all delivered a speech on their memories of the first five years of the McGill HEC Montreal EMBA program.