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How interviewing CEOs informed Adam Bryant’s views on leadership

According to a Financial Post article by Desautels professor Karl Moore and BCom undergrad Sara Avramovic, New York Times journalist Adam Bryant has spent the past eight years interviewing some of the world’s biggest-name CEOs for his column, Corner Office.

Published: 26 Jul 2017

McGill business grad was head of Birks for four decades

George Drummond Birks (BCom‘40) was practically destined to go into the jewellery business. Born into a family of silversmiths, he eschewed an apprenticeship in favour of a McGill Commerce degree and a stint in the Black Watch Regiment during World War II, where he served well enough to get a citation for bravery. After the war ended, he joined the family business and was running it a decade later....

Published: 25 Jul 2017

Desautels alumna named Secretary General of Quebec Press Council

The Quebec Press Council has elected Caroline Locher (BCom’01) to the position of Secretary General, effective September 5th. Prior to her election, Ms. Locher was Executive Director of the Fédération professionelle des journalistes du Québec. A journalist by trade, she worked as a CBC Radio One producer, and as a bilingual reporter on the international stage at BBC World Service, France24 and Radio-Canada. Ms....

Published: 25 Jul 2017

Desautels alumnus gets a great start in London’s investment banking scene has published a list of eight young London-based investment analysts to watch, all of whom started at their respective companies in June. The high-octane London banking scene is highly competitive, but these newly-minted pros have what it takes to make a real impact.

Published: 24 Jul 2017

Desautels BCom student on her two months in South Africa

Desautels BCom student Thao Nguyen is finishing up a two-month internship with South African non-profit Aluwani, where she and fellow Desautels student Marie-Christine Bourgie helped set up a crowdfunding campaign for an early childhood development centre.

Published: 13 Jul 2017

Desautels alumnus promoted at CIBC

According to, changes are afoot at CIBC: a shakeup of the management team has two department heads leaving the company, as well as a couple of promotions. One of those promotions sees Desautels alumnus Jon Hountalas (BCom’84, MBA’91), bumped up to Group Head, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, Canada from his previous role of running the company’s commercial banking arm....

Published: 7 Jul 2017

Evening delivery startup hopes to expand quickly

BoxKnight is a new kind of delivery service. For an extra few dollars, consumers can have their packages delivered while they’re home in the evening. A text message lets them know that their goods are at BoxKnight’s warehouse, and asks when they’d like it delivered. Right now, it only works for online purchases at four Montreal-area retailers, but the company is already looking at expansion beyond the city limits.

Published: 5 Jul 2017

Why does advertising matter? FreeWheel Europe knows

The FreeWheel Council for Premium Video has been a thought-leadership player in North America since 2015, educating stakeholders on the differences and benefits of premium video, from marketing to monetization. The company recently opened a European division to tackle the unique perspectives and issues present in that market.

Published: 4 Jul 2017

Desautels alumnus named new president of CFA Montreal

Frederick Chenel (BCom'04) has big plans for CFA Montreal. As the Association’s new president, his goal is to up its exposure, both at home and on the world stage. He’ll be doing this by bringing industry heavyweights to Montreal to speak at the Association and by forging partnerships with major finance organisations. You can also expect to see Mr. Chenel promoting the city at conventions and other events....

Published: 4 Jul 2017

Desautels alumni included on Canada’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 list

According to a piece at, over 900 nominations have been reviewed and pared down to the final Canada’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 list. The list is a roundup of some of Canada’s most outstanding young business and medical leaders, and technologists. Goodfood CEO Jonathan Ferrari (BCom'10) is also listed, as is DAVIDsTEA co-founder David Segal (BCom'04)....

Published: 29 Jun 2017

For a Desautels alumna, the road to the Bermuda Bar was a bumpy ride

Alexis Haynes (BCom'08) had a degree from Desautels and a plan. Then life got in the way: in quick succession, her sister and father both fell sick, and her mother suffered a seizure that required brain surgery. Ms. Haynes fought through the stress to finish her first year of law school in England, and though her mother gradually recovered, her father passed away from his illness. Ms....

Published: 28 Jun 2017

Desautels alumnus named director at Sama Graphite Inc.

Desautels alumnus Yves Grou (BCom’77, DPA’78) has been appointed to Sama Graphite Inc’s Board of Directors, effective June 14, 2017. Mr. Grou has pertinent experience, which makes him a good fit for the position: he is on the boards of several companies that operate in the energy and natural resources sectors.

Published: 28 Jun 2017

Desautels alumnus Peter Cundhill was a Canadian Warren Buffett

According to an op-ed in The Chronicle Journal, Desautels alumnus Peter Cundill (BCom’60) was an investor’s investor. He was inspired by Benjamin Graham’s investment philosophy, and used it to become extremely successful....

Published: 28 Jun 2017

The future of retail, according to a Desautels alumna

Jaclyn Ling (BCom’14) writes for that the future of retail looks entirely different, and you can glance at what’s happening in the chatbot space to see where we’re headed. She points to chat apps with added payment functionality, as well as the development of brand-specific shopping chatbots, for proof that the future of shopping is mobile.

Published: 15 Jun 2017

Now retired, world-class Canadian triathlete headed to Desautels

Montreal’s urban triathlon boasts several events set against the backdrop of the Old Port, and is one of two Canadian courses on the ITU World Triathlon Series. As a major international event, big-name competitors are sure to be there and racing for gold.

Published: 14 Jun 2017