Desautels alumni

Deron Triff (MBA'98) has had an enviable career; he’s worked for PBS, TED, and Scholastic. Now, he’s founded a new media incubator with another former TED executive, June Cohen.

Wait, What? specializes in creating VR series, apps, and video for social media. The company’s latest creation is a 10-episode podcast called Masters of Scale. Each episode sees host and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman explore the ways that iconic founders grew their companies into major players, often from nothing.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 9 May 2017

On May 2nd, 300 guests gathered at Montreal’s Omni Mont-Royal Hotel for this year’s McGill Alumni Association Awards. All told, 17 members of the McGill community were honoured for outstanding service to the university and society.

Desautels International Advisory Board member Mark A. Hantho (BCom’81) and his wife, Monica (BEd’81), were given the Award of Merit, in part for service to the Desautels Faculty of Management and for setting up the Hantho Family Fund for Sustainability and Environmental Management.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, International advisory board, Mark Hantho
Published on: 5 May 2017

After four years as VP and Director at Valeurs Mobilières Desjardins, Luc Papineau (BA’81, MBA’91) thinks it’s time to kick his game up a notch by doubling VMD’s Montreal-area advisors and diving further into the opportunities offered by the allophone market.

Classified as: MBA Alumni
Published on: 4 May 2017

Michael Boychuk (BCom'77, DPA'78) is the new Chair of the Advisory Board at Fengate Real Asset Investments, a board that he’s been on since 2014. Mr. Boychuk’s experience in capital markets is an asset at a time when Fengate is undergoing a period of huge growth. He served as Senior VP Treasurer at BCE until 2009, then President and CEO at Bimcor until 2015.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Michael Boychuk, International advisory board
Published on: 4 May 2017

The Desautels Faculty of Management welcomes Brahm Spilfogel (BCom’91), Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Canadian Equities at RBC Asset Management Inc.,  as a Desautels Global Expert (DGE).
Mr. Spilfogel has worked in the financial-services industry since 1991. In 1993, he joined RBC, where he worked as a portfolio manager in the Private Client group and later moved to RT Investment Counsel to concentrate on portfolio management.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Desautels Global Experts, Brahm Spilfogel
Published on: 2 May 2017

Barclays Bank Kenya CEO Jeremy Awori (MBA’96) more or less fell into banking. He started out as a competitive swimmer, but when his Olympic dream fell apart he went to the UK on a scholarship and became a pharmacist.

After practicing for a few years, Mr. Awori opted for an MBA in Finance at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management, which led him into a job at Standard Chartered Bank.

Classified as: MBA Alumni
Published on: 2 May 2017

Northern Sphere Mining Corp. has announced that Monique L. Delorme (BCom’88, DPA’91) will be taking over from Robin Pilkey as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Delorme is already involved with Northern Sphere, having worked with the company as a consultant for the past three years.

Aside from that, she has over 25 years of experience guiding publicly traded companies, including Maple Leaf Foods, Hollinger, and most recently, Zonetail. Ms. Delorme has both Canadian and U.S. CPA designations.

Classified as: BCom Alumni
Published on: 2 May 2017

Vancouver-based mining company Callinex Mines Inc. has announced two new appointments to its c-suite: Jordan Butler has been made VP of Corporate Development, while Matthew Anderson (BCom’05) has been brought onboard as Chief Financial Officer, replacing the departing Rebecca Moriarty.

Mr. Anderson has lots of experience in natural resource extraction: he was previously a senior consultant with Malaspina Consultants, serving as CFO of I-Minerals, Terra Nova Energy and Dynamic Oil & Gas Exploration, Inc. Before that, he was an accountant at BDO Canada and EY.

Classified as: BCom Alumni
Published on: 2 May 2017

Montreal’s eXplorance has made it onto the Great Place to Work list of the best workplaces for the 4th year in a row. EXplorance is a learning experience management specialist that has gone through huge growth and acquired a business intelligence solutions provider over the past year without losing its corporate culture.

CEO Samer Saab (BEng'93, MBA'96) calls growth a “multidisciplinary challenge,” saying that “you have to constantly challenge the status quo, while sustaining your business culture.”

Classified as: MBA Alumni, Desautels Global Experts, Samer Saab
Published on: 2 May 2017

Les Mercuriades honours excellence and talent in Quebec companies. This year, the 37th annual awards show brought the cream of Quebec’s business set out to Montreal’s Palais des congrès for a night not to be forgotten.

In fact, McGill-HEC Montréal EMBAs were some of the evening’s biggest winners: Groupe Deschênes’ François Deschênes (EMBA’10) won for “Développement d’une technologie Web ou mobile” in the large enterprise category, while Edelman Montreal won “Employeur de l’année” in the small and medium-sized enterprise category.

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 2 May 2017

At the Bloom Burton & Co Healthcare Investor Conference this May, Knight Therapeutics’ president, Samira Sakhia (BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01) will be giving the Montreal-based specialty pharmaceutics company’s corporate update.

The event takes place at the Sheraton Centre Hotel at 11:30 on May 1. Those who won’t be at the event, but who are still interested in the presentation, can download a copy at the company’s website (

Classified as: Samira Sakhia, International advisory board
Published on: 27 Apr 2017

There are many parts of India where access to clean drinking water is a constant stressor. Now, a product invented by Desautels alumna Dr. Padma Venkat (IMHL’14) and funded in part by a $100,000 Grand Challenges Canada grant promises to alleviate the pressure on regions with little access to clean drinking water. After extensive field testing and design refinements, the Tamras device is ready for prime time.

Classified as: International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL), IMHL Alumni
Published on: 26 Apr 2017

Quentin O’Mahony is a long way from his Abbottsford, BC home. He lives, works and plays in Japan as the General Manager of CAE’s joint flight-simulator and flight training venture with Japan Airlines, a job that includes overseeing cost efficiencies, preparing the ground to expand operations, and overseeing a training centre in South Korea. He has been at it since 2015, when he helped launch the program at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

Classified as: MBA Program
Published on: 26 Apr 2017

Packaging specialist Supremex has announced the addition of Bertrand Jolicoeur to the executive team as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Jolicoeur comes off a stint as CFO and VP of rendering company Sanimax, and before that, he worked at Unican Security Systems and St Laurent Paperboard. He has also been the Corporate Controller at ABB and at Astral Media, though he got his start as an auditor at KPMG. Mr.

Published on: 25 Apr 2017

Montreal-based YouTube mega-channel Watchmojo recently launched a hockey web show through its new Watchmojo Studios division. The Lineup is part panel show and part gameshow, pitting teams of personalities against each other in a hockey-trivia battle, with each episode following a specific theme. The inaugural episode was about the all-time top 10 NHL forwards and featured Andy Nulman (BCom'83), co-founder of Play the Future and former CEO of Just For Laughs. Mr. Nulman enjoyed his experience, saying that “The Lineup was a blast.

Classified as: Desautels Global Experts, Andy Nulman
Published on: 25 Apr 2017