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Student-mentor programs hit their stride

As students looking to start their careers realize the value of getting sound advice, the number of student-mentor pairings in Canada is growing at a rapid rate. The growth and evolution of the Desautels mentorship program echoes that of many other schools’ programs. When the Desautels MBA mentorship started a decade ago, it was aimed at female students, but has since expanded to include all students and an online component.

Published on : 28 Apr 2017

Announcing the 2017 SEI Impact Internship Cohort

The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) is pleased to announce the Social Economy Initiative’s Impact Internship cohort for the 2017 year. Now heading into its fifth consecutive year, the program pairs top McGill undergraduate students with social-purpose organizations for paid placements over the spring and summer months. Past interns have reported that the experience has allowed them to be more empowered to take on social impact an

Published on : 28 Apr 2017

Startups and raises, frank words by James Green

In a recent op-ed for Fortune.com, Magnetic CEO James Green (BMus'86) discusses how to ask for a raise when you work in the sometimes-volatile startup space.

Published on : 27 Apr 2017

Samira Sakhia to present at investor conference

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 (gudknight.com).

Published on : 27 Apr 2017

Affordable water purification arrives in India

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.

Published on : 26 Apr 2017

The Desautels alumnus at the centre of a CAE/JAL joint venture

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.

Published on : 26 Apr 2017

Dobson Cup judge on Montreal’s startup scene

Kristina Tomaz-Young knows a thing or two about startups. She’s been involved with several projects since 2007, both as an adviser and as founder of her own companies, including Venture Cap TV and Skill2Go. She sat with The Dobson Chronicles to discuss her development as a businessperson, how to garner success at home and beyond, and judging the McGill Dobson Cup. Of the Montreal startup culture, Ms. Tomaz-Young is bullish, pointing to universities like McGill, the city’s venture capital firms, and incubators as proof of a vibrant scene. As for the Dobson Cup, Ms.

Published on : 25 Apr 2017

Supremex announces addition of Desautels alumnus as CFO

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.

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Published on : 25 Apr 2017

Desautels alumnus featured in new sports series’ debut episode

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.

Published on : 25 Apr 2017

From class project to the Grit Prize: one Dobson Cup team’s journey

CardioLink was the winner of this year’s Dobson Cup Grit Prize, which honours “outstanding dedication towards establishing [a] business venture.” The multidisciplinary team’s members are pulled from McGill University, Concordia University and the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS). The CardioLink team is working towards a new, affordable method for replacing heart valves, which also happens to be safer for the patient and less frustrating for surgeons.

Published on : 25 Apr 2017

Leadership, management and a false dichotomy

In a letter to Malaysia’s The Star Online, management consultant Dr Ranjit Singh Malhi takes issue with the widely-held distinction between managers and leaders. Though many theorists draw a line between effectiveness (the bailiwick of leaders) and efficiency (a manager’s wheelhouse), Dr.

Published on : 25 Apr 2017

Movies that MBAs can learn from: professors have their say

Poets and Quants recently asked business educators to name their top picks for films from which MBAs could learn a lesson or two. The range of movies mentioned was wide, and included some films that do not, at first, seem to be obvious choices. So, while films like The Wolf of Wall Street, 1986’s Gung-Ho, and Margin Call show up on the list, some professors give the nod to movies like Zootopia and The Godfather.

Published on : 25 Apr 2017

Spotlight on McGill X-1 Accelerator

As part of its series on social innovations at different universities, Le Délit recently took a look the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s efforts, including the McGill X-1 Accelerator, which is a 10-week intensive that gives participants a chance at pitching their projects to the Centre’s network of entrepreneurs in hopes of landing funding. The program is a fantastic gateway into the world of finance.

Published on : 21 Apr 2017

Desautels alumnus to speak at emerging managers roundtable

On May 3rd, Brett Hickey (BCom'02), founder and CEO of middle-market alternative asset manager Star Mountain Capital, is slated to speak at the 20th Annual Milken Institute Global Conference. He will be addressing the Emerging Manager Roundtable, which will deal with best practises, innovation, and scale.

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Published on : 21 Apr 2017

Dobson Cup winners announced

From 136 initial pitches, 121 went on to compete. The semi-finals brought the field down to 40 finalists and now, the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup powered by National Bank has revealed the slate of winners. Up for grabs was a total of $106,000, which was awarded to the top teams in the categories of Social Enterprise, Health Sciences, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise. This year’s slate of entries came from all of McGill’s faculties and schools.

Published on : 21 Apr 2017