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Desautels inaugurates world’s first pension portfolio challenge

This weekend, twenty-five student teams from Berkeley, Chicago, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Geneva, amongst others will participate in the final round of the McGill International Portfolio Challenge.

Organized by Desautels BCom students under the guidance of Professor Sebastien Betermier, this is the world’s first pension asset allocation competition.

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Published: 3 Nov 2017

A new role for Desautels alumna, Rima Qureshi

Rima Qureshi (BCom’87, MBA’96), former president and CEO of Ericsson North America, has been named executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon Communications Inc., effective November 6, 2017.

In this role, she will take over responsibility for the development and implementation of Verizon's overall corporate strategy, including business development and strategic investments.

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Published: 1 Nov 2017

Mini-MBA Cycle II in Calgary

Following three successful cohorts in Calgary and growing demand from business professionals in Western Canada in general, the McGill Executive Institute has announced the launch of the next cycle of its Mini-MBA program in Calgary for summer 2018.

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Published: 30 Oct 2017

IMHL alumnus to lead pediatric department

If the Desautels Faculty of Management thrives, it is thanks to the success of our alumni, our greatest ambassadors. Congratulations to Turki Alahmadi (IMHL’16) who was recently appointed Chairman of the Pediatric Department at the College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“It’s not what you know, it’s what you learn.” - Turki Alahmadi

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Published: 26 Oct 2017

Who commercialized the world’s first electric snowmobile?

Desautels is behind some of the country’s most innovative startups

Taiga Motors, founded by McGill graduates Gabriel Bernatchez (Beng'16), Sam Bruneau (Beng'15) and Paul Achard (Beng'14), have developed the world’s first electric snowmobile, eliciting interest and enthusiasm from local and international snowmobilers and investors alike.

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Published: 25 Oct 2017

Dobson Centre explores the future and emergent technologies

On October 18, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted its third workshop of the fall season, which focused on the technological innovations that are shaking up the business world.

The two invited guest speakers were Matthew Boerum from Audible Reality, winner of the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup, and Yves Guillaume A. Messy, founder of insurance startup QGS Technologies Ltd.

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Published: 25 Oct 2017

Quantum International Income names new board chairman

Quantum International Income Corp. has appointed Chad Williams (MBA’93) as chairman of the board of directors. Williams is currently the director of the corporation, and is the president and chief executive officer of Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc.

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Published: 25 Oct 2017

Who do you want to be?

Teenagers are always asked “What do you want to do when you grow up?”.

At Desautels, we want to know who our students aspire to become.

Throughout their few years at Desautels, students get to discover Montreal and McGill University, learn from some of the best professors in the world and partake in multiple experiences that allow them to grow into who they want to become.

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Published: 24 Oct 2017

An EMBA alumnus’ bold move for the good of society

Pascal Lépine’s (EMBA’12) career aims have certainly evolved over time. As a young graduate, he aspired to become a poet, later switching focus to build and lead a highly successful business-consulting firm, Atypic.

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

The end of retail as we know it? Not so fast

Charles de Brabant (BCom'83), Executive Director of the Bensadoun Retail Initiative, says that popular perceptions of a declining retail industry are misleading; the reality is actually far more complex.

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

Bombardier-Airbus agreement means a shift in focus

Desautels professor Karl Moore shares insight into what Bombardier’s new product priorities will be, as they cede control of their CSeries planes to long-time competitor Airbus. 

Bombardier is likely to move away from commercial aviation, according to Prof. Moore, favoring instead opportunities in executive jets and trains.

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

Desautels alumna on her journey to hockey stardom

Ann-Sophie Bettez (BCom'11) sat down to talk about her inspirations and the moments that defined her path toward becoming a professional hockey player for the women’s league of the Montreal Canadiens.

Above all else, she cites her family as a motivational source and credits her success to a lot of hard work.

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

Despite union worries, the Bombardier-Airbus deal brings great possibilities

Amid uncertainty among Bombardier’s workforce and its representative union regarding the recent deal between Bombardier and Airbus, Professor Karl Moore weighs in on the great benefits that this agreement will yield, from greater credibility and a thriving economy, to a way to circumvent the heavy duties placed on Bombardier products by the U.S. Government. 

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

MBA alumnus appointed to Board of Vitalhub

Vitalhub Corp. has announced the appointment of Mohan Plakkot (MBA'09), Partner and Chief Strategist at Valsef Capital, to its Board of Directors.

In this role, Plakkot will use his “extensive experience and analytical skills” to further the strategic plans of the Toronto-based organization.

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

Desautels MBA alumna takes the helm at CCA

Mary Van Buren (MBA'88) has been appointed president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), bringing years of experience to the role.

Van Buren has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association's subsidiary, MD Financial Management, and Export Development Canada.

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

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