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After DavidsTea, Desautels alumnus goes for something new

According to a recent piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, David Segal (BCom’04) knocked one out of the park with DavidsTea, and he bets he can do it again with salad. His new venture, Mad Radish, brings premium salad to the fast-food scene, where Canadians currently spend $24 billion per year. There’s a growing hunger for healthier choices, which is why big-calorie chains like McDonald’s have started adding salads to their menus, but Mr....

Published: 7 Aug 2017

Desautels alumnus and Global Expert rebuilds after major biking accident

Jonathan Ross Goodman (BA’89, MBA/LLB’93) is the CEO of Montreal-based pharmaceutical company Knight Therapeutics and a Desautels Global Expert. He is also a textbook case of how to overcome adversity: A 2011 biking accident left him in a coma for weeks and caused massive brain damage. Even today, his short-term memory is poor and he has trouble eating. But Mr....

Published: 3 Aug 2017

Fundraising could improve if tailored to social status

According to research by Desautels professor DaHee Han and her colleagues, charities are losing out on donations by not targeting their fundraising campaigns properly.

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Published: 3 Aug 2017

Desautels alumnus and amateur sailor hits the high seas to make history

Clipper Round the World is an epic endurance event, a race that crosses 40,000 nautical miles and hits six continents. It’s unique in that there is no requirement to have ever stepped on a boat to crew one of the twelve 70-foot yachts. Simon DuBois (BCom’10) is on a mission to be the first Quebecer to complete a round-the-world yacht race. The last attempt by a Quebecer was when solo racer Gerry Roufs disappeared in 1997 while racing in the Vendée Globe....

Published: 2 Aug 2017

Desautels alumna on Auto Remarketing Canada’s Under Forty list

The Remarketing Under Forty list in Auto Remarketing Canada’s Special Conference Issue is a roundup of the industry’s brightest young minds. Desautels grad Stephanie Turner (MBA'15) is the Senior Manager for Strategy and Business Development at Cox Automotive Canada in Toronto, where she has been since 2015....

Published: 2 Aug 2017

Karl Moore nominated for Thinkers50 prize

Desautels Professor Karl Moore has been nominated in the leadership category of this year’s Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

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Published: 2 Aug 2017

Change is in the air for European EMBAs

A recent piece in Poets & Quants for Execs looks at how EMBAs are at a crossroads: As companies are less willing to invest in an EMBA for an employee’s advancement, those execs are looking more and more towards entrepreneurship, which was once the wheelhouse of the MBA set; and B schools are, in turn, facing disruption from microlearning tech startups.

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Published: 2 Aug 2017

BRP largely immune to malaise afflicting Bombardier

Since being sold off by Bombardier in 2003, BRP has enjoyed a string of successes while its parent has staggered under the weight of economic, management and public relations woes. And though the worst might be behind Bombardier, its stock price has dropped by almost 50 per cent while BRP’s has climbed by 80 per cent.

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Published: 2 Aug 2017

McGill X-1 Accelerator: seventh week at a glance

Week seven of the McGill X-1 Accelerator was all about two things: Announcing a transformative $2 million gift from the John Dobson Foundation, and setting up for the upcoming Demo Days.

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Published: 2 Aug 2017

A Desautels alumnus steps towards international stardom

Geoffroy Sauvé (BCom'10) built on his 2014 stint on Quebec’s La Voix music competition show to make music his full-time job and land a record contract. But he’s not exactly a newcomer: Geoffroy worked on the music scene’s business side for a decade, and still hires composers for advertising and film work....

Published: 2 Aug 2017

Giving disruption a new face

A recent article in Forbes India looks at the buzz-concept of disruption, and how many companies are caught up in a disrupt-or-die philosophy.

When the idea of disruption was first floated in the early 20th century, it reflected the standard market movements of the day; today’s lightning-fast disruption cycle has completely turned the old concept of “normal” on its ear. But is disruption just a by-product of the modern world?

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Published: 2 Aug 2017

Catherine Dagenais talks about being at the top of the SAQ

SAQ VP and COO  Catherine Dagenais, an EMBA student, recently appeared on 98.5 FM’s Inspiration, Inc to talk about being a woman at the top of her game, her management style, and how she has dealt with the infamous glass ceiling.

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Published: 27 Jul 2017

A new French technology takes aim at drones

An Air Traffic Management article states that French airport operator Groupe ADP and DSNA Services are working together on a system designed to detect drones in areas where they shouldn’t be. The Hologarde system uses radio frequency, radar and high-definition video to detect drones within a distance of five kilometres.

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Published: 27 Jul 2017

A new networking company aims to get Quebec IoT-ready

By all accounts, the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to be the next major paradigm shift in online technology. Rather than being about information transfer between humans, the IoT is all about contact between smart devices, a sensor in a field speaking to an irrigation system without human intervention, for example. X-Telia is a Quebec company that is rolling out a new network specifically aimed at connecting those devices.

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Published: 27 Jul 2017

Women speak out on gender and comedy

Though today’s female comics are making breakthroughs, stand-up is still very much a men’s game. In a recent Le Devoir article, Louise Richer (EMBA’16), Director General of Quebec’s École nationale de l’humour, points out that humour is seen by many women as an attractive feature in a man, but that the reverse is not often true.

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Published: 27 Jul 2017

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