In the 2003 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Survey conducted by the Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute, the McGill MBA is among 36 MBA programs selected for their contribution to social responsibility. The survey, which analyzed 100 schools from 20 countries, celebrates the achievements of MBA programs that are infusing environmental and social impact management into the classroom, activities and faculty research.
Gerald Ross, Dean of McGill's Faculty of Management, last night received the initial Excellence Award in Corporate Governance from the Federated Press. The award ceremony was part of the Montreal Directors' Summit, attended by prominent speakers, executives and board members.
For an intensive three-week summer session, McGill MBA students are joined by MBA Japan students who fly in from Tokyo. Both groups are experienced professionals who pursue their McGill MBA within two years while maintaining their full-time jobs. "The international perspective of our MBA colleagues is very enriching. Working in teams with students from different cultures may be a little uncomfortable at first, but one quickly sees the value of building this cross-cultural capacity — and global network. This is what the business world today is all about," says Joseph McCarthy, Delivery Project Executive at IBM Global Services.
Professor Frances Westley was named as one of seven Knight School Pioneers — a distinction awarded by Corporate Knights magazine to celebrate and recognize Canadian business school professors who have furthered the evolution of corporate social responsibility issues.
The Financial Times survey of 100 MBA programs in the world, released today, gives the McGill MBA program top ranks in North America: first for international mobility of its graduates, first for percentage of international professors, and in the top five for percentage of international students. Worldwide, McGill graduates rank in the top ten — for the third year in a row — for their international mobility. This criterion is made up of various components, the most important being the percentage of graduates who work in different countries after graduation.
BCom students Vanessa Guimond and Dave Lavallee placed first overall in the Accounting portion of the Inter-Collegial Business Competition (ICBC) held at Queen's last week. In a first round of written cases where Canadian and international universities were invited to participate last October, Dave and Vanessa placed in the top six, which allowed them to take part in the accounting case competition on January 10. Congratulations also go to Accounting professor Steve Fortin, who coached the students throughout the fall.
McGill MBA student Noah Billick has been named one of 10 finalists in Magna International's 2003 As Prime Minister Awards program. Noah was selected as a finalist from over 500 entrants nationwide for offering among the most innovative visions for the country, demonstrating his ability to defend his ideas in front of a national panel of judges, and for his background and contributions to community and volunteer organizations. He has won $10,000 and a paid four-month internship at Magna International Inc., Canada's largest supplier of automotive systems and components.
From January 9-12, 2004, the Université de Sherbrooke hosted the 16th edition of Jeux du Commerce. The McGill delegation excelled in all categories to earn a solid third position overall on the podium. Seven McGill teams earned first or second positions out of nine podiums, a nice reward for the months of preparation and tedious efforts directed towards this prestigious academic event.
The Best Paper Award for the Track Society at European Conference on Information Systems — ECIS, Naples, Italy, June 19-21, 2003, was given to Maira Petrini and Marlei Pozzebon for their paper "The Value of Business Intelligence in the Context of Developing Countries."
Professors from McGill's Finance Area won two out of three awards presented at the Northern Finance Association meetings in Quebec City, September 19-21, 2003.