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Desautels alumna is new Concordia controller

The former senior project director for Finance and Administration at the McGill Faculty of Medicine, Gracie Pardillo (BCom'89, DPA'91) is the new controller at Concordia University, replacing outgoing interim controller Lyne Bouret as of August 7. She comes to the job with almost 30 years’ experience in management, including over a decade in post-secondary education. She is a chartered professional accountant and certified as a fraud examiner and internal auditor.

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Published: 13 Jun 2017

Female deans share advice for young women graduating from business schools

For convocation season, Poets & Quants asked several female deans of business schools what the current crop of new female grads should think about as they start out in the high-octane world of business, whether they’re entering the workforce or striking out on their own.

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Published: 9 Jun 2017

Desautels researchers link thrill-seeking CEOs to increased innovation

CEOs with a real taste for excitement can be a company’s best bet for upping its innovation cred, according to a paper co-authored by a Desautels professor Jingjing Zhang.

The paper studied 88 CEOs who were pilots, comparing them to 1,123 non-pilot chief executives over ten years. Pilot CEOs helped increase their companies’ patents by almost 67 per cent.

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Published: 9 Jun 2017

Boeing-Bombardier dispute heats up

Boeing’s petition against Bombardier for allegedly dumping the C Series jet in the American Market sparked off a possibly long and winding legal process. Boeing claims that government subsidies have allowed Bombardier to undercut Boeing, giving a Delta aircraft order as an example. As for Bombardier, the company states that any material injury related to its practises are speculative at best.

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Published: 9 Jun 2017

How employers must change to suit Generation Z

In a recent piece for Retail TouchPoints, WorkJam’s Joshua Ostrega (BCom’98) discusses the difference between millennials and Generation Z, and how employers should be prepared to mould their management style to suit this important and emerging workforce.

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Published: 8 Jun 2017

How to keep showrooming from killing your business

Salesfloor CEO and Desautels alumnus Oscar Sachs (BA’96, MBA’99) knows his stuff when it comes to showrooming and the retail overhaul. His company specializes in helping retailers transition into a new paradigm that merges e-commerce with a personalized on-site shopping experience.

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Published: 8 Jun 2017

Karl Moore calls LinkedIn the introvert’s secret weapon for networking

Desautels Professor Karl Moore writes for Thinkers50 that LinkedIn is the perfect networking tool for introverts, because it lets them communicate with others from the comfort of their own homes or offices, without the “working the room” aspect that extroverts thrive on.

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Published: 8 Jun 2017

Mintzberg on healthcare management and how to fix it

In his new book, Managing the Myths of Healthcare, Desautels professor Henry Mintzberg decries the current management culture being foisted on society by leadership programs, describing it as “detached, generic, technocratic,” before going on to claim that it can too easily lead to bullying and divisiveness.

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Published: 8 Jun 2017

Desautels professor on Bangladesh Government’s bank-deposits tax

In a recent piece for The Daily Star, Desautels professor Mo Chaudhury calls the tax on bank deposits in the Government of Bangladesh’s 2017-18 budget a bad call, and gives six examples that outline exactly why....

Published: 8 Jun 2017

Introducing our newest Global Experts

The Desautels Faculty of Management welcomes Darshan Jain (MBA’88) and Harsha Rajamani (BCom’06) as its latest Desautels Global Experts.

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Published: 7 Jun 2017

Desautels Dean on retail changes and opportunity

In a recent op-ed for the Montreal Gazette, Desautels Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou discussed the seismic changes that have affected the retail sector over the past thirty years.

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Published: 6 Jun 2017

Karl Moore on taking an extrovert break

Karl Moore can talk to anyone, writes prolifically, and lends his expertise on a wide range of subjects. But in a recent piece for Forbes, the Desautels Professor admits that one thing he can’t do is work from home.

He blames it on the fact that he is an extrovert: after a few hours spent banging out a book, Prof. Moore needs human contact in order to recharge his batteries.

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Published: 5 Jun 2017

Last-minute visa approvals bring relief to graduating students

According to a CBC piece, the mothers of two graduating McGill students received last-minute visa approvals at the Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi so that they could attend their children’s convocation ceremonies.

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Published: 5 Jun 2017

Liberty Leaf names Desautels alumnus as CFO

Jamie Robinson (BCom'03) is in as the new CFO of Liberty Leaf Holdings, and is replacing outgoing CFO and Director P. Joseph Meagher.

Mr. Robinson is a chartered accountant with experience in auditing and financial analysis at Deloitte, Whistler Blackcomb, and Corinex Communications. He is joining a company that supports the cannabis sector on several fronts, including growing, research and supply-chain solutions.

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Published: 5 Jun 2017

Medical marijuana company moves closer to TSX listing

Cannabis company INDIVA Corporation is actively navigating the process of becoming licensed to cultivate medical marijuana. As part of its business activities, the company has entered into a reverse-takeover deal with Rainmaker Resources Ltd., which includes equity funding of $15 million that is partly earmarked for helping INDIVA expand its production facilities.

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Published: 5 Jun 2017

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