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Are crickets the meal staple of the future?

Mohammed Ashour (MBA'14), co-founder of Aspire Food Group, received the Highly Commended Award at FoodBytes, a startup competition that supports innovative ideas in food and agriculture. The Aspire Group transforms crickets into high-protein powder and snacks, and are looking to expand their market into the U.S., where the aversion to insects as food seems to prevail.

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Published: 2 Oct 2017

Desautels student wins Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Desautels undergraduate student Sydney Kalyn achieved the gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh award, which recognizes personal development and community involvement among today’s youth.

Recipients of the international award must demonstrate excellence in a variety of areas, including: skill, physical fitness, service, placement, volunteering, adventurous journey, and educational pursuit.

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Published: 2 Oct 2017

Ben Plomion talks startups, skateboards, and Donald Trump

­­­­­­­­­­For French native Ben Plomion (MBA’07), his early teenage years consisted of skateboards, Nirvana, and an unshakable dream of relocating to the U.S. After completing his studies in Canada, he made his dreams a reality by securing work at General Electric in New York.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

Desautels alumna appointed CFO at Loop Industries

D. Jennifer Rhee (BCom’88, DPA’89) has been named Chief Financial Officer at Loop Industries, a manufacturer of environmentally responsible Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) and Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG). Ms. Rhee has over 25 years of finance, accounting, international tax and management experience, having worked, most recently, as a partner with Richter LLP since January 2007.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

LIMRA names Desautels alumnus to list of financial innovators

LIMRA has released its 2017 Rising Stars of Innovation under 40 list and Jean-Michel Lavoie (MBA’09), Assistant Vice President, Product Development, Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial has made the final cut.

The list recognises individuals across many areas of the financial services who are using an innovative approach to their business practice and day-to-day activities.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

Alibaba and future directions of retail

Alibaba hosted its Gateway’17 conference, which brought together an array of forward-looking retailers, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who commented on the healthy trade relationship between Canada and China.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

Desautels alumnus and Global Expert makes Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

Imran Amed (BCom'97) has been named to the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his contributions as CEO of The Business of Fashion, an online news site for the fashion industry. The list recognises people in the UK who have made significant contributions to society.

Founded in 2007, The Business of Fashion has since become one of the leading sources of news for the fashion world.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

Subsidies for Bombardier may pale in comparison

In light of the controversial decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose 220 per cent tariffs on Bombardier products, an article in Les Affaires examines how Canada compares to other counties who subsidize their aerospace industry.

It turns out that Canada contributes considerably less to its aerospace industry (16%), as compared to the U.S. (63%), or France (27%).

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

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

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