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From class project to the Grit Prize: one Dobson Cup team’s journey

CardioLink was the winner of this year’s Dobson Cup Grit Prize, which honours “outstanding dedication towards establishing [a] business venture.” The multidisciplinary team’s members are pulled from McGill University, Concordia University and the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS). The CardioLink team is working towards a new, affordable method for replacing heart valves, which also happens to be safer for the patient and less frustrating for surgeons....

Published: 25 Apr 2017

Leadership, management and a false dichotomy

In a letter to Malaysia’s The Star Online, management consultant Dr Ranjit Singh Malhi takes issue with the widely-held distinction between managers and leaders. Though many theorists draw a line between effectiveness (the bailiwick of leaders) and efficiency (a manager’s wheelhouse), Dr....

Published: 25 Apr 2017

Movies that MBAs can learn from: professors have their say

Poets and Quants recently asked business educators to name their top picks for films from which MBAs could learn a lesson or two. The range of movies mentioned was wide, and included some films that do not, at first, seem to be obvious choices. So, while films like The Wolf of Wall Street, 1986’s Gung-Ho, and Margin Call show up on the list, some professors give the nod to movies like Zootopia and The Godfather....

Published: 25 Apr 2017

Spotlight on McGill X-1 Accelerator

As part of its series on social innovations at different universities, Le Délit recently took a look the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s efforts, including the McGill X-1 Accelerator, which is a 10-week intensive that gives participants a chance at pitching their projects to the Centre’s network of entrepreneurs in hopes of landing funding....

Published: 21 Apr 2017

Desautels alumnus to speak at emerging managers roundtable

On May 3rd, Brett Hickey (BCom'02), founder and CEO of middle-market alternative asset manager Star Mountain Capital, is slated to speak at the 20th Annual Milken Institute Global Conference. He will be addressing the Emerging Manager Roundtable, which will deal with best practises, innovation, and scale.

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Published: 21 Apr 2017

Dobson Cup winners announced

From 136 initial pitches, 121 went on to compete. The semi-finals brought the field down to 40 finalists and now, the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup powered by National Bank has revealed the slate of winners. Up for grabs was a total of $106,000, which was awarded to the top teams in the categories of Social Enterprise, Health Sciences, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise. This year’s slate of entries came from all of McGill’s faculties and schools.

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Published: 21 Apr 2017

Diversity is big on campus

As the world becomes ever more diversified and globalized, it’s  time for the C-suite to reflect that reality. At the head of the pack, the joint McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program has aimed to keep its classes as diverse as possible. There is a fellowship in place for nominations from the non-profit space, and another for aboriginals. The program also takes advantage of conferences to reach out to women and entrepreneurs.

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Published: 21 Apr 2017

CEOs, academics and how to run a restaurant

Desautels Associate Professor Karl Moore was recently interviewed on The Grilled Podcast to discuss his development as a businessman and academic, collaboration and bringing CEOs in to speak to his classes. He then interviews those CEOs on his podcast, The CEO Series.

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Published: 21 Apr 2017

Eytan Bensoussan on mentoring, entrepreneurship and modern business banking

Eytan Bensoussan (BSc’05, MBA/LLB’10) loves a challenge. He has studied math, bio-chemistry, political science and management. In his career life, he worked for McKinsey & Company, the Globe and Mail, and Ferst Capital Partners before co-founding Ferst Digital, which is a modern banking platform for small businesses and start-ups.

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Published: 21 Apr 2017

Metaphor, literacy and ‘fake news’

Desautels Professor Reuven Brenner writes in a recent Asia Times op-ed that, as societies become literate, earlier metaphors become codified as literal truths, much to the detriment of those societies and the cultures that exist within them....

Published: 20 Apr 2017

As feds unveil pot legalization plans, producers’ shares slip

Ottawa has released its plan to legalize marijuana, and the hit on big cannabis shares has been heavy. Concerns about how fast the government is moving to squeeze out illegal producers, a law-enforcement-heavy public announcement and a feeling that the government is stepping back from its plans for an industrial-scale market are leaving investors with questions.

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Published: 19 Apr 2017

At the CAFAs, glitz and glitterati are on parade

In some ways, it’s the party of the year. On April 7th, Canada’s biggest fashion names gathered in Toronto for the fourth Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. The event was heavy on pizzazz, from the pre-event cocktails to the after-dinner party. The guest list was a who’s who of Canada’s glitterati, from Erdem Moralioglu to David Dixon.

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Published: 19 Apr 2017

A call to curb cabotage in Australia

In the Australian coastal shipping reform efforts, the discussion has come down to whether or not cabotage (the practice of using foreign companies for domestic shipping) should be promoted or limited.

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Published: 19 Apr 2017

Quebec’s hottest new microbrewery works local angle

New Deal Brewing Co. co-owner Daleyne Guay (EMBA’2016) says that, over the past five years, microbews have risen to 8.9% of the Quebec market, while the majors have lost 1% per year and imports have taken up the space in-between. Within this context, Mr. Guay is on a mission to make you to reach for one of his Boldwin beers before you grab that next Stella Artois....

Published: 19 Apr 2017

EMBA alumna on leadership, success and working in a male-dominated environment

France-Margaret Bélanger (EMBA’14) grew up in Matane, a world away from her current life as Chief Legal Officer at the Montreal Canadiens. She sat down with Desautels Associate Professor Karl Moore to talk about her journey from small-town Quebec to an English-language Cegep, then on to law school and a great job at a big-ticket law firm. On the way, she earned an MBA as a means of becoming a better business adviser.

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Published: 19 Apr 2017

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