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Montreal is the place to be for Desautels MBA student

Desautels MBA student, Moises Meza, originates from Venezuela, but has lived all over the world. After working for five years in consulting, Meza always envisaged pursuing his MBA studies in a vast metropole like New York.

Montreal, however, has far exceeded his expectations thanks to its unique multiculturalism and multilingualism, as well as its work-life balance and reputation as a hub for innovation.

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Published: 27 Sep 2017

Has Uber’s relationship with Quebec soured?

Desautels professor Karl Moore joined BNN to share his insight on Uber’s possible exit from the Quebec market over the new rules proposed by the provincial government. Prof. Moore views Uber as a healthy competitive presence that has yielded considerable improvements among the taxi industry, as well as created thousands of part-time jobs.

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Published: 27 Sep 2017

Desautels Global Expert Monica Ruffo takes aim at the supplements market

While looking into supplements as part of her treatment for breast cancer, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86) realized something was amiss. “I couldn’t actually understand what was written on the labels,” Ruffo says. Further research uncovered a lack of legal framework surrounding the use of the word “natural” in Canada and the U.S., and that most supplements labelled so are hardly natural at all....

Published: 26 Sep 2017

Dobson Demo Days take McGill innovations on the road

This year’s McGill X-1 Accelerator program has culminated with a series of Demo Days designed to give participants the opportunity to deliver their refined business pitches to McGill alumni and potential investors. In addition to Montreal, McGill’s budding entrepreneurs have made their way to Boston and San Francisco, with additional Demo Days planned for Toronto and New York in October.

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Published: 26 Sep 2017

Desautels alumnus named to the board of Teekay Offshore Group

David Levenson (BCom'96) has been nominated to the Board of Teekay Offshore Group as news of a completed comprehensive transaction with Brookfield Business Partners L.P. is also shared.

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Published: 26 Sep 2017

Turbulence for Bombardier on rail and aerospace fronts

The U.S. Department of Commerce is due to announce its preliminary determination in the countervailing duty investigation launched by Boeing Co., which some maintain will disfavor Bombardier.

The findings come as Bombardier faces challenges in its rail operations with news of a multi-billion dollar rail merger between Siemens AG and Alstom.

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Published: 26 Sep 2017

Professor Chaudhury on the new Rohingya approach

In a blog post for bdnews24.com, Desautels professor Mo Chaudhury assesses the Bangladesh Government’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar concerning the Rohingyas, asserting that the current response contrasts with past related policy.

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Published: 26 Sep 2017

Desautels joins UN’s PRME initiative

The Desautels Faculty of Management has become a member of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative.  The faculty joins leading business and management schools from across the globe in working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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Published: 21 Sep 2017

Air Canada sets sights on budget-friendly flights

At its latest Investor Day, Air Canada announced that it will be considering the possibility of introducing an ultra-low-cost airfare plan. The news comes as more and more airline companies, such as WestJet and Flair Airlines, begin to dabble in the cheapening airfare market.

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Published: 21 Sep 2017

Saibal Ray on the potential benefits and costs if Amazon chooses Montreal

As Amazon hunts for a location for its second North American headquarters, Canada’s major cities are building their cases.

In a short interview with the McGill Media team, Desautels Professor Saibal Ray talks about the benefits that a Montreal Amazon office would bring in terms of jobs and indirect benefits to the city’s academic and research sectors.

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Published: 21 Sep 2017

Desautels’ Juan Serpa included on Poets & Quants’s top 40 Undergrad profs list

Poets & Quants has released its inaugural 2017 Top Undergraduate Business Professors list, and on it is Desautels’ own Juan Camilo Serpa, Assistant Professor of Operations Management.

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Published: 20 Sep 2017

Desautels alumna and former Ericsson exec joins Verizon as CSO

Light Reading reports that after leaving her position as Head of Ericsson North America, Rima Qureshi (BCom’87, MBA’96) has been hired as Verizon’s new Chief Strategy Officer. She will be working for CEO Lowell McAdam.

Qureshi has a deep understanding of the issues involved with running a successful tech company in today’s network-heavy reality: she started at Ericsson as a system analyst in 1993, before moving up through the ranks.

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Published: 20 Sep 2017

Desautels alumna mixes dance and brand strategy

In an interview for Flare Magazine, Toronto-based Shereen Ladha (BCom’10) talks about finding success both as a brand strategist and as a busy Bollywood dancer in movies, Netflix shows, on Canada’s Got Talent and since 2014, on her own YouTube channel.

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Published: 19 Sep 2017

Desautels alumna on being a woman in comedy, her big break and the value of failure

Nour Hadidi (BCom’10) is a comedian and TV writer who grew up in a family of doctors, earned a BCom, and spent a half-decade as a financial analyst before leaving Montreal for the comedy stages of Toronto.

In an interview with Flare Magazine, Ms Hadidi says that she got her big break in the form of an appearance on a CBC Radio special. That event led to other CBC appearances and gigs at comedy clubs.

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Published: 19 Sep 2017

Desautels alumna on law, business and her transgender journey

Marie Laure Leclercq (MBA) started her career, and indeed her life, as a male. According to the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) National Magazine, when she began the process of changing her gender in 1995, it was what she calls an act of survival.

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Published: 19 Sep 2017

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