According to a recent piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, David Segal (BCom’04) knocked one out of the park with DavidsTea, and he bets he can do it again with salad. His new venture, Mad Radish, brings premium salad to the fast-food scene, where Canadians currently spend $24 billion per year. There’s a growing hunger for healthier choices, which is why big-calorie chains like McDonald’s have started adding salads to their menus, but Mr. Segal believes that quality will make Mad Radish stand out.
Jonathan Ross Goodman (BA’89, MBA/LLB’93) is the CEO of Montreal-based pharmaceutical company Knight Therapeutics and a Desautels Global Expert. He is also a textbook case of how to overcome adversity: A 2011 biking accident left him in a coma for weeks and caused massive brain damage. Even today, his short-term memory is poor and he has trouble eating. But Mr. Goodman is also still a CEO and a leader in the pharma trade.
Clipper Round the World is an epic endurance event, a race that crosses 40,000 nautical miles and hits six continents. It’s unique in that there is no requirement to have ever stepped on a boat to crew one of the twelve 70-foot yachts. Simon DuBois (BCom’10) is on a mission to be the first Quebecer to complete a round-the-world yacht race. The last attempt by a Quebecer was when solo racer Gerry Roufs disappeared in 1997 while racing in the Vendée Globe.
The Remarketing Under Forty list in Auto Remarketing Canada’s Special Conference Issue is a roundup of the industry’s brightest young minds. Desautels grad Stephanie Turner (MBA'15) is the Senior Manager for Strategy and Business Development at Cox Automotive Canada in Toronto, where she has been since 2015.
A recent piece in Poets & Quants for Execs looks at how EMBAs are at a crossroads: As companies are less willing to invest in an EMBA for an employee’s advancement, those execs are looking more and more towards entrepreneurship, which was once the wheelhouse of the MBA set; and B schools are, in turn, facing disruption from microlearning tech startups.
Week seven of the McGill X-1 Accelerator was all about two things: Announcing a transformative $2 million gift from the John Dobson Foundation, and setting up for the upcoming Demo Days.
Geoffroy Sauvé (BCom'10) built on his 2014 stint on Quebec’s La Voix music competition show to make music his full-time job and land a record contract. But he’s not exactly a newcomer: Geoffroy worked on the music scene’s business side for a decade, and still hires composers for advertising and film work.
By all accounts, the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to be the next major paradigm shift in online technology. Rather than being about information transfer between humans, the IoT is all about contact between smart devices, a sensor in a field speaking to an irrigation system without human intervention, for example. X-Telia is a Quebec company that is rolling out a new network specifically aimed at connecting those devices.
Though today’s female comics are making breakthroughs, stand-up is still very much a men’s game. In a recent Le Devoir article, Louise Richer (EMBA’16), Director General of Quebec’s École nationale de l’humour, points out that humour is seen by many women as an attractive feature in a man, but that the reverse is not often true.
She also mentions how female comics often hear the old cliché “You’re good for a girl,” which is a sign that there is still work to be done.
Wireless broadband solutions specialist Cambium Networks has named Munich-based Tabatha von Kölichen (MBA’91) as the new Regional Sales Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, known collectively as the DACH region. She will be responsible for management solutions, Wi-Fi and Industrial Internet of Things activities, as well as for expanding the company’s network of resellers throughout the region. Ms. von Kölichen will answer to senior Europe Sales Director Allesio Murroni.
George Drummond Birks (BCom‘40) was practically destined to go into the jewellery business. Born into a family of silversmiths, he eschewed an apprenticeship in favour of a McGill Commerce degree and a stint in the Black Watch Regiment during World War II, where he served well enough to get a citation for bravery. After the war ended, he joined the family business and was running it a decade later. He was a director at Standard Life and a freeman of the City of London who kept up a lifelong association with the Black Watch.
The Quebec Press Council has elected Caroline Locher (BCom’01) to the position of Secretary General, effective September 5th. Prior to her election, Ms. Locher was Executive Director of the Fédération professionelle des journalistes du Québec. A journalist by trade, she worked as a CBC Radio One producer, and as a bilingual reporter on the international stage at BBC World Service, France24 and Radio-Canada. Ms. Locher says she will continue to “defend press freedom and the public’s right to information,” and to promote the value of journalistic integrity.
Desautels professor Karl Moore and actor-cum-management consultant Kat Garcia (BCom'16) recently appeared on ABC Radio in Australia to talk about skills that CEOs can borrow from actors to improve their own performance.
eFinancialCareers.com has published a list of eight young London-based investment analysts to watch, all of whom started at their respective companies in June. The high-octane London banking scene is highly competitive, but these newly-minted pros have what it takes to make a real impact.