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Founder's Day Celebrations

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Centennial Centre Ballroom
10:00 AM
(seating limited to 500; doors will close at 10:05)

 

Join the Mac Clan for the annual celebration of the birth of Sir William Macdonald, who founded Macdonald College in 1906!

On the Program...

Gold Key Awards:
The Gold Key Award is given by the Macdonald Branch of the McGill Alumni Association to worthy students in recognition of their outstanding contribution to extra-curricular activities at the Macdonald Campus. Students nominated for the Award must show leadership and excellence in the promotion and development of extra¬curricular activities at Macdonald, to the benefit of the Macdonald community as a whole.

Mastery for Service Award:
Every five years, Macdonald honours an individual who has provided "outstanding contributions to the Macdonald community as demonstrated by a commitment and dedication to the Campus which has added immeasurably to the quality of the institution, its programs and student life".

Key Presentation:
The Changing World of Agri-Business
, with guest panelists Professor Karl J. Moore, Associate Professor (Professional), Strategy and Organization, Desautels Faculty of Management; Nicola Urbani, BScAgr’91, MSc’93, PhD’98, VP Commercialization Jewish General Hospital & Executive Chairman Canetique Electrocatalysis Inc.; and Steven Singer, BA’95, Founder and Former CEO of Glutino Foods & currently Founder and CEO Live Love Snack, who will share their ideas on how innovation, new ideas and leadership are emerging in this growing field.


ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

Karl J. Moore joined McGill's Faculty of Management in autumn 2000, where he teaches graduate courses in globalization and leadership.  He has taught extensively in executive education and MBA programs with leading universities including: Oxford, LBS, Cambridge, Darden, Cornell, INSEAD, Duke, the Drucker School, the Rotterdam School of Management, IIM Bangalore, Queen's and McGill.

An experienced senior corporate manager prior to joining academia, Dr. Moore worked 12 years in sales and marketing management positions in the high tech industry with  IBM, Bull and Hitachi. He is a cycle director for the Advanced Leadership Program, a program chaired by Henry Mintzberg. He also works with Henry as a module director on the International Masters for Health Leadership and the IMPM. In 2002 he won the Faculty teaching award at the MBA level. His current research is on postmodern leadership and globalization.

Since 2007, Karl has been doing a weekly videocast for the Globe and Mail, where he interviews CEOs one week and leading business professors from the top universities in the world. It can be watched at wwww.globeandmail.com In March 2011 he started a weekly blog, Rethinking Leadership, for Forbes, which can be read at: http://blogs.forbes.com/karlmoore/. In spring 2014 he started a radio show, The CEO Series, on CJAD where he interviews a CEO for an hour.

Every year since 2007, Karl has taken a group of students and alumni on a "Hot Cities of the World" tour to wherever he sees a dynamic and interesting economic climate. In 2015, they will be going to Jakarta, Bali and Hong Kong.


Nicola Urbani, BScAgr’91, MSc’93, PhD’98, is heading the commercialization efforts of technologies stemming from the Jewish General Hospital/Lady Davis Institute. Prior to that, he was a venture capital Portfolio Director in four life-science funds since 2001 (GeneChem Technologies Venture Fund l.p., GeneChem Therapeutics Venture Fund l.p., AgeChem Venture Fund l.p. and AmorChem l.p.). He has been involved in the growth of several companies developing therapeutics through human clinical trials, and participated in numerous financing rounds with top tier Canadian and international venture capital funds. He has also advised several start‐up companies on corporate and legal matters, financing, technology transfer and intellectual property protection. Dr. Urbani was also a director at Genome Quebec (responsible for the launch of the Genomic Application Partnership Program for Genome Quebec) and a business adviser to the National Research Council Canada. He has also played an important role in getting the clean tech company Canetique Electrocatalysis off the ground and has been the Chairman of the Board since 2012. Dr. Urbani earned his PhD and MSc from McGill in molecular genetics in 1998 and 1993, respectively, his BScAgr from McGill in Renewable Resources in 1991 and his MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2002.


Steven Singer, BA’95, Founder and Former CEO of Glutino Foods & currently Founder and CEO Live Love Snack, is a Canadian-born food business entrepreneur who started his first business venture when he was 26. 

Today, Singer is the Founder and CEO of Live.Love.Snack, a new healthy snack food company.  Live.Love.Snack launched in the USA and Canada in March 2013.  The products are a range of healthy snacks that contain chia, sprouted grains, kale, ancient grains, and more.  All their products are all natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, certified kosher, and a great source of fiber.

From 1999-2011, Singer was the Founder and CEO of Glutino Foods, North America's leader in the manufacturing and branding of gluten-free foods.  As CEO of Glutino, Singer is credited as one of the true trailblazers in a fast developing gluten-free industry.  Under Singer, the company grew from zero to 65 million in annual revenues across America. 

During his tenure at Glutino, Singer partnered with manufacturing partners across the globe in Israel, Italy, UK, Australia, and other parts of Europe help him develop innovative gluten-free offerings.   As well, Glutino built a state-of-the-art gluten-free manufacturing facilities in Laval, producing bakery items, bars, baking mixes, and frozen meals.  In 2004, Singer worked out an exciting partnership with the Claridge Group and the Bronfman family to acquire part of Glutino.  In 2005, Singer led the acquisition of Connecticut based Gluten-Free Pantry and glutenfree.com, the leader in gluten-free baking mixes and e-commerce in the USA further establishing their footprint in the US market. 

Among other highlights of Glutino under Singer included an industry changing agreement where Singer and Glutino partnered with General Mills, one of the global leading food companies, to introduce gluten-free baking mixes under the Betty Crocker brand across America.  And in 2008, Singer worked out a North American licensing agreement with the UK based Genius Brand from Scotland, the UK's leading gluten-free bakery bread.

In August 2011, Glutino was acquired by Smart Balance, now Boulder Brands (BDBD:Nasdaq) of Boulder, CO for approximately 70 million dollars.  It was an exciting deal for Claridge, Singer, the Glutino team, and the entire gluten-free industry.  It was the largest acquisition of a gluten-free company.  Singer remained with the "new" Glutino until Fall 2012 at which time he started his latest venture.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from McGill University (1995) and in 2002 Glutino was named small/medium sized business of the year by the Banque Nationale (Laval/Rive Nord Region). Singer has been a supporter of many local Montreal children's charities through the years.  Singer also was a big supporter of the Celiac Associations across the USA, ensuring Glutino supported all the celiac disease research efforts and the various centers of celiac disease research.

He lives in Montreal, Canada with his wife Lianne and has three beautiful children.