Meet our alumni
McGill MBA alumni are diverse, ambitious, accomplished and ready to take on the world. They know that a solid career needs the foundation an internationally recognized degree offers. But just who are our alumni? No two are the same, as you'll see below.
Ana Cebrian Del Pino, Class of 2013
I chose McGill for its renowned reputation around the globe. I plan to have an international career and it was important for me to study in a well-known university. As I am doing a concentration in Finance, I find it a privilege to study in Canada, a country that has shown in the last crisis what a strong and healthy financial system it has.
Allison Lickley, Class of 2013
I was running my own business as a musician and entrepreneur. For four years I toured as a solo artist throughout Canada, the United States and Bhutan. In this role, I was not only a musician; I was also a PR manager, a booking agent, driver/roadie, bookkeeper and performer.
I really love Montreal as it is one the most amazing cities in the world, and I think most world-travelers would agree. The lifestyle is one that people enjoy life - maybe this is because there is such a large artist’s community - which has a nice influence on the culture.
Alexis Pradié, Class of 2013
Soccer was more than just kicks for Alexis Pradié, even at a young age. He was born in Lyon, France, and started playing football as a young toddler. By the age of 13, he joined the Olympique de Marseille soccer club, and was drafted to the First Team at 18. Alexis had the chance to train with famous French international soccer players such as Fabien Barthez, Samir Nasri, Franck Ribéry and Djibril Cissé. Studying did not keep him away from his first love, as Alexis had the opportunity to play varsity soccer with the McGill Redmen team, one of the 28 different varsity sports teams at McGill. In 2011, Alexis earned first-team All-Canadian honours at the CIS men’s soccer awards gala, and was voted by coaches as All Canadian, Best Defender in Canada.
Rafael Alencar, MBA’12, Manager, Commercial Insights, Aimia Inc
After growing up in Canada, Rafael returned to Brazil where he got his Bachelor in Computer Engineering. His career began in Strategy Consulting at Accenture but soon shifted into Business Intelligence and Marketing Planning when he accepted a Sr. Analyst position in Brazil's largest Telecom Incumbent responsible for Lifetime Value Analysis and Household Segmentation. There he worked his way up to Consumer Demand Specialist, in charge of the demand modeling and planning for all Brazil and oriented the deployment strategy over $1 billion in infrastructure investment from 2008 to 2010.
With over 5 years of Business experience, Rafael decided it was time to pursue his MBA and shift his career path to the North American Market. With that in mind, and his connection with Canada, he knew that getting a solid two-year MBA would help him be in the position to continue his career path in Canada or the US. Rafael just returned from Toronto where he spent the summer working at P&G in the Consumer Market Knowledge group for North America. Now, beginning his second year of MBA at McGill Desautels where he is also the President of the MBA Management Consulting Club and helping organize TEDxMcGill, he is very anxious to complete his MBA and leverage his contacts and education into a great full time position once he graduates. "I find that the MBA at McGill has given me a solid Business education, and has opened many doors, but ultimately the experience you get out of any MBA will only be as good as the effort and dedication you put into it." Read Rafael’s MBA blog entry in the Financial Post (September 2011).
Alex Brzostowski, MBA’12, Executive Consultant, CGI
Having grown up in Canberra, Australia, Alex moved to Montreal in 2005 after graduating from the Australian National University with Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Commerce. Alex started working soon after as a Business Analyst at Epicor, an ERP software provider servicing the retail industry. During Alex's years at Epicor he also worked as an Account Manager, and then managed implementations as a Project Manager. Alex decided to return to university to complement his earlier studies, establish a stronger network in Montreal, and to make a career change into corporate strategy - a path he is pursuing this summer as an intern at Standard Life.
Alex is also the host of the CEO Speaker Series, a forum in which he interviews CEOs from leading Canadian and international companies such as Tim Hortons and Rio Tinto. "My experience to date has far exceeded my expectations. I have found the course content to be very interesting and relevant. We often address real challenges that companies are facing today."
Alberta Cefis, MBA’79, Executive Vice-President and Head, Global Transaction Banking, Scotiabank
I am always delighted to return to McGill’s Desautels Faculty to connect with current students, offer advice, give guest lectures, and donate my time to the Faculty Advisory Board. As someone who benefited from the tremendous experience of the MBA program and McGill’s global brand, it’s very important for me to give back and help build the next generation of business leaders.
Julie Holland, MBA’12, Associate Manager, Marketing and Product, Reebok-CCM
I chose McGill because of its prestigious international rankings and it fully exceeded any expectations I had thought about grad school. It was not only a learning experience but a life experience. It pushed me to my outer limits in which I competed, collaborated, made new friends and new connections. It opened up new doors for me, and I plan to stay in Montreal and work in my chosen field - the sports industry.
Molly Holmes, MBA’12, Account Manager, Ryan Solutions
Molly Holmes, born in Littleton, Colorado, graduated cum laude from Colorado College where she was also recognized with 1st Team All-Academic American honors as a Division 1 soccer player for her school. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and minor in Studio Art, and is currently focusing on a concentration in Marketing. Molly’s professional life originally brought her to Canada where she was one of six store managers to launch the first International expansion for Abercrombie & Fitch in Edmonton, Alberta. It was there that she learned of McGill and began her dreams of earning her MBA from the Desautels Faculty of Management.
She has also had the opportunity to work with Vail Resorts as an Account Executive for Spin Creative Studio and with many other ski resorts as a Research Analyst for Hannah Marketing Group. Molly plans to continue a Marketing career in the ski or athletic apparel industry. In her first year at McGill she has been active playing on the men’s soccer team and talking on leadership roles as the President for the Marketing Club, VP Finance for the Women’s Association and VP Communications for Net Impact. When asked to describe her experience in her first year of the program she states that, “Desautels has provided me with a continuously challenging and educational environment that fosters constant self-discovery, opportunity and adventure. The classroom is just the beginning of the knowledge and growth I have gained from my experience in this program, and the diversity of students adds a truly unique experience to my adventure.” In her free time, Molly enjoys running, yoga and painting and you may view some of her artwork at www.mollyholmes.com.
Maria Ponomareva, MBA’12, Business Analyst, Triotech Amusement Inc
I already had a marketing background before starting the MBA but I was impressed with how much more I learned about the wider business and financial contexts, as well as about strategic planning of marketing activities for businesses which pursue high profitability while respecting the environment and communities.
Jean-Philip Provencher, MBA’12, Market Manager, CN
Jean-Philip was born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and moved to Montreal at 19 years old. Four years later, he graduated from HEC-Montreal with a Bachelor in Business Administration and a dual specialization in operational management and quantitative methods. He was also recognized for his football abilities with the University of Montreal Carabins by being named three times to the All-Star Team Quebec Conference and once to the All-Canadian Team. His professional work experience includes five years of employment with Cott Beverages and Kruger.
Before completion of his bachelor, Jean-Philip began working as a Coordinator of Raw Materials and Transport Supervisor for Cott Beverages. He was hired for a summer internship and was extended part time during two years. After his bachelor, he was recruited by Kruger and worked over three years in the forest and wood products division. He was initially employed at Kruger as a Coordinator and was quickly promoted to Traffic Supervisor and Business Analyst during his first year. Jean-Philip decided to pursue his MBA to make a career change into finance and real estate. He is currently on exchange at the University of North Carolina for the fall semester where he is focusing on those two concentrations. He plans to continue his career in commercial real estate investment. At the end of February 2011, Jean-Philip was one of 29 McGill students who traveled to New Dehli, Mumbai, and Bangalore in India. Over the course of ten days, he met CEOs and other senior executives at numerous thriving companies. In his free time, Jean-Philip enjoys sports such as hockey, football, running, snow-boarding, and golf.
Tuesday Reitano, MBA’08, Programme Manager, UN Office on Drugs and Crime
The integrated approach of the Desautels MBA is absolutely unique and has given me a huge advantage in my role as a manager. It has enabled me to lead interdisciplinary teams much more effectively and
maximize value for my organization.
Mike Ross, MBA’11, Associate, McKinsey & Company
Mike’s international background and experience made the McGill MBA a perfect fit for him. Having worked as a lawyer in 5 different countries and as a project manager for a Middle East peace initiative, the diversity of the program was a major factor in his choice of McGill. “For me, returning to Montreal to do my MBA at McGill was both a homecoming and an opportunity to meet people from around the world. I came back to my native city after 13 years away, but did so in the context of a top-rated international program with some of the best and most interesting students I have ever encountered.”
A graduate of Concordia University and the University of Toronto, Mike brought a strong educational and professional background to bear on the program. But having been out of school for a while, Mike was challenged in the program right from the start. “The rigor of the McGill MBA was daunting, but the collegiality and collaborative nature of the program meant that I never felt that I was facing the challenges it presented alone. From the staff and professors to each and every one of the students, I always knew that we were working together towards a common goal rather than competing against each other.” Not one to shyly wait for others to take the initiative, at McGill Mike co-founded the MBA squash club, was elected first year class representative to the MBA Students Association and ran a team of students for the McGill Not-For-Profit Consulting Program. “McGill presented great opportunities to get involved in existing structures, while also leaving room for innovation and personal initiative. Getting involved in the program is the key to really benefiting from it from the personal, professional and academic standpoints.” Mike completed a summer internship at McKinsey & Co. in Montreal and worked in the private equity group at Sprott in Toronto. Mike has returned to McKinsey this past August.
Melanie Walsh, MBA’12, Specialist Strategic Planning & Business Development, Pratt & Whitney Canada
After growing up in Montreal, Melanie received her Bachelor in Kinesiology in Nova Scotia. Her career began at McKinsey & Company in Belgium where she rapidly progressed to Research Analyst. She worked in knowledge development in the pharmaceutical and medical products practice focusing on market access and diabetes. “I returned to McGill for my MBA to get the best value, top ranked education, while studying in a highly internal context.
In November 2010, Melanie has travelled to Germany for the Global Social Business Summit as the representative of Desautels and McGill. Three months later she left for India having organized the Hot Cities India 2011 trip. Next up is South Africa in February 2012 for the next edition of the Hot Cities World Tour. During her first year, Melanie worked part time for Wire Rope Industries as an internal consultant in business development. For her summer internship, Melanie worked with Bristol-Myers Squibb as a marketing analyst. “I chose McGill Desautels for the intimate class sizes, allowing students to really get involved with the program and go beyond business as usual.” Read Melanie’s blog on India in The Economist and follow the activities of the India and South Africa Hot Cities trips.
Lyndsay Webster-Rozon, MBA’97, GM Strategic Marketing, Pick n Pay
I really enjoyed McGill’s location in the heart of downtown Montreal – it creates an amazing atmosphere and provides easy access to the many activities this vibrant, multi-cultural city has to offer.
Angela Wiebeck, MBA’01, Executive Director, Wealth Management, UBS AG
The McGill MBA combines all facets of working in the business world. It introduces students to the financial and strategic models required to make business decisions, layers in extensive project work to highlight collaboration skills, requires students to formally present their solutions to enhance effective communication and forces strategic decision making through the addition of a large work load. McGill's focus on these elements has provided me with the tools required to achieve the success I have had to date.
Jun Yeo, MBA’12, Client Partner, Circus Social
Native Singaporean Jun Yeo is currently a second-year MBA student at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management with a concentration in Finance. Jun is passionate about leadership through innovation, and her love for social media technology makes her vulnerable to creating crazy projects that involve the Internet. Since joining McGill's Desautels MBA program, Jun has experienced incredible life-changing opportunities.
Supported by the entire Desautels administration and staff, Jun led more than 90 students and professors in 2010 to film a successful Lipdub music video to raise money for charity, which was picked up as a major news item on CTV Montreal News. Early 2011 saw her packed off to India alongside 27 McGill MBA and BCom students to raise $17,600 in education funds for underprivileged Indian girls, all of which was done under Desautels’ Hot Cities program. Jun’s previous work experiences include creation and implementation of a strategic business unit in Universal Music and launching an award-winning music download program, and co-spearheading a start-up business in Shanghai, China, in 2008.