Desautels alumni

Leaders should spend less time worrying about people who leave, and more time celebrating those that stay, according to Samer Saab (BEng’93, MBA’96), the CEO of Explorance, a leading experience management solutions company.

In an era of talent scarcity, the balance of power between employer and employee has shifted, Saab told Medium.com in an interview for Authority Magazine.

Classified as: Samer Saab, Desautels Global Experts, Desautels International Advisory and Advancement Board, MBA Alumni, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 26 Jul 2022

McGill celebrated its bicentennial in 2021, and as the university community began looking toward the next hundred years, it launched the Third Century Challenge Fund. Created by Chancellor Emeritus Michael Meighen, it encourages others to give by matching funds. Forty-eight new scholarships and bursaries have been created since the launch of the fund in 2019, and Chafik Hamad (MBA’15) is one of the donors who took up the call.

Classified as: Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni, McGill Giving, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Published on: 25 Jul 2022

Congratulations to Alice Félix da Silva (BCom’22) on being recognized by Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the United Nations' largest initiative to advance responsible management education in the world, for her outstanding contributions while representing McGill Desautels as the 2021/22 PRME Global Students (PGS) Regional Leader in North America!

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Sustainability
Published on: 25 Jul 2022

Craig Buntin (MBA’13) represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, but during the lead-in to the 2010 Games in Vancouver, the pairs figure skater sustained torn ligaments in his shoulder that would prevent him from competing on home ice. It was a setback, but he ably pivoted toward the next chapter. Buntin went on to complete an MBA at Desautels, and is now the CEO of SportLogiq, a Montreal-based company that uses standard sports game footage to track players and generate automated game statistics.

Classified as: Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 22 Jul 2022

Théadora Sauvé (BCom’22) believes that the power of the Law can be a powerful tool in making peace. The 2022 Valedictorian has plans to study Law at McGill, and was recently named one of 11 purposeful women leaders who are positively impacting the world. Sauvé has taken on a leadership role with Million Peacemakers, a youth initiative that seeks to co-create a culture of peace. To promote conflict resolution, the organization plans to work with other youth-led organizations and educational institutions.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 28 Jun 2022

Kimberly Quinn (BA’99, BA’01, EMBA’21) was on the lookout for new opportunities to learn when she came across the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive program, which stood out for its bilingual structure and its Scholarship for Managers of Indigenous Origin.

For Robert Auclair (EMBA’22), another of the scholarship’s recipients, the EMBA was the perfect way to uphold his family legacy by following in his mother’s footsteps, all while fulfilling a personal goal.

Classified as: McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni, Scholarships, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Sustainability
Published on: 28 Jun 2022

When Louis Morissette (BCom’95) was studying at Desautels, he was also performing in comedy shows. And when he went to the École Nationale de l’humour, he found himself wondering what the business plan for comedy could be.

In the years since then, he’s figured it out. Morissette is the co-founder and President of the production company KOTV and has been an actor and producer for television and film.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 16 Jun 2022

The McGill Sports Hall of Fame is honouring Desautels graduate Ann-Sophie Bettez (BCom '11) as part of its Class of 2022. Bettez’s induction follows a decorated university hockey career in which she was named the CIS rookie of the year as a first-year student, and Canadian university hockey player of the year as a senior. That same year, Bettez was also McGill's top female athlete and won the BLG Award as Canada’s top female student-athlete.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 16 Jun 2022

While he was still a law student, Dick Pound (BCom’62, BCL’67) competed in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. But that was only the beginning of the Desautels alumnus’ decades-long involvement in the Olympic movement. Pound was elected to the International Olympic Committee in 1978, and is now its longest-serving member. He has been the IOC’s Vice-President and the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and as he approaches retirement, he credits his success to a no-nonsense approach and an ability to get the job done.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 16 Jun 2022

Women in Communications and Technology celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala event that recognized the contributions of leaders who have championed women in Canada’s innovation industries. Among those honoured at the event was Liette Vigneault (EMBA’18), who received the WCT Leader award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the organization.

Classified as: McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni
Published on: 16 Jun 2022

When The Producers launched on Broadway in 2001, it took home the Tony Award for Best Musical. Its French adaptation repeated the feat at this year’s Molière awards, which recognize achievement in live French theatre. In Les Producteurs, Serge Postigo (EMBA’15) plays the lead role of Max Bialystock, a theatrical producer who seeks to get rich by convincing investors to back a play that’s all but certain to flop – only to find himself with an unexpected hit on hands.

Classified as: McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni
Published on: 16 Jun 2022

Théadora Sauvé’s classmates pushed her to become a better student, and Sauvé’s hard work was be recognized at the Spring 2022 Convocation, where she gave the valedictory address. The Bachelor of Commerce grad is preparing to study law at McGill, but when she came to university, this path was not yet clear. Sauvé initially studied psychology, but switched to Desautels after taking an Organizational Behaviour class taught by Chantal Westgate, a Senior Faculty Lecturer.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni, Chantal Westgate, Convocation, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 8 Jun 2022

Russia’s attack on Ukraine was not unexpected, but its scale surprised many. “There was a common expectation of escalation in the East and the South,” says Mykhaylo Petechuk (MBA’13), who has worked for McKinsey & Company in Ukraine. “But no one expected the launch of missiles into every region of the country.”

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy and Organization (C), Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 8 Jun 2022

Congratulations to Justin McGregor (BCom’21), James Akkaoui (BCom’21), Megan Abellera (BCom’21), Juliette Lapointe (BCom’21), Guillaume Ouimet (BCom’21), and Marie-Ève St-Jacques (BCom’21) who were awarded the Lionel Pelham Kent Scholarship by the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (CGPA) program.

In the memory of Lionel Pelham Kent, CA, this scholarship was established in 1998 to recognize academic excellence and strong communication skills among students entering the final year of the GCPA program.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA Program)
Published on: 6 Jun 2022

Joanne Liu (MDCM'91, IMHL'14, DSc'16) is no stranger to health emergencies. The physician and former International President of Médecins sans Frontières is leading McGill’s efforts to prepare for future health emergencies. As the director of the Pandemic and Health Emergency Readiness Lab, Liu is seeking to develop solutions to current crises and prepare for future ones. There is an acceleration of local epidemics becoming pandemics, and that is somewhat linked to pressure on our environment, Liu told Desautels Prof.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy and Organization (C), International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL), IMHL Alumni
Published on: 2 Jun 2022

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