Desautels Faculty of Management

Mohammed Ashour (MBA'14) and the Aspire Group have come a long way since winning the Hult Prize in 2013 for their vision of creating a high-tech cricket farm to produce foods for human consumption.

The Aspire Group has since erected a 25,000-square-foot building in Austin, Texas, which produces roughly 22 million crickets every month.

Despite great headway, Ashour recounts his plans for further expansion, along with the nutritional benefits of crickets.

Classified as: aspire food group, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 16 Oct 2017

Corporate Knights has released its 2017 Top 40 Better World MBA ranking, and the Desautels Faculty of Management has placed 9th among top business schools who put issues of sustainability at the core of business education.

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Classified as: Corporate Knights, University Rankings, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 16 Oct 2017

A piece for Financial Times explores the value that EMBA programs bring to seasoned leaders looking to break out of their comfort zone.

One such leader is Isabelle Graveline (IMPM'17), who shares how the International Masters Program for Managers’ partnership with schools across the globe helped broaden her perspective on management.

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Classified as: International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM)
Published on: 16 Oct 2017

Desautels professors are behind some of the most unique research projects in the world

This week, we replaced the exterior billboards along the Bronfman building façade. Our new bilingual campaign showcases a diverse selection of change-making students, professors, alumni and McGill Dobson Cup participants.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 13 Oct 2017

EMBA participant Leanne Bayer is the executive director of West Island Community Shares (WICS), a non-profit based in the West Island that fundraises to support smaller non-profits. She recently joined her fellow EMBA classmate, Davender Gupta, on his podcast co-produced with radio station The Beat 92.5 to talk about the lessons she learned over her decades of community work in third world countries, the moving stories she has come across, and our collective responsibility to get involved when people are in need.

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 12 Oct 2017

Following the imposition of heavy duties on Bombardier products by the U.S. Government, the Canadian Government has responded with a pledge to cancel an order of fighter jets from Boeing.

In the hopes of mending ruptured ties, Boeing has launched a PR campaign that Desautels professor Karl Moore critiques as a misuse of funds that would have been better allocated toward making superior aircrafts.

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Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 12 Oct 2017

Knight Therapeutics has announced the resignation of its chief financial officer, as the company’s president and Desautels International Faculty Advisory Board member, Samira Sakhia (BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01), takes on the additional responsibility of CFO.

In doing so, Sakhia will leverage her 14 years of prior experience as CFO for Paladin Labs Inc.

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Classified as: Samira Sakhia, International advisory board, BCom Alumni, MBA Alumni
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

A piece for Forbes.com argues that good management is not akin to a competitive sport, and that managing a company as if it were can yield disastrous results. The sports analogy often used in business promotes the extreme use of resources to create rapid growth, which seems to invariably lead to collapse.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

Shopify recently came out in defense of its business model following an attack on the company by short seller Andrew Left of Citron. According to Desautels professor Kenneth Lester, short sellers actually do an investigative service by exposing information about companies that might have otherwise been strategically concealed; though he remains wary of the insider trading sometimes tied to shorts.

Classified as: Kenneth Lester, finance
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

As the general manager at Edelman Montréal, Eve Laurier (EMBA'11) recently sat down to share some insights into building a successful career in the PR world. She credits her MBA studies with helping her to attain the focus needed to take her career further, and her father as a major source of motivation.

Over the years, Laurier has learnt to channel her extroverted energy toward inspiring a confident and capable team, and that nurturing a network is an important part of achieving success. 

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

In response to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the United Nations, Unleash 2017 assembled youth from across all continents to Denmark for ten days of untethered ideation to help resolve some of the world’s most persistent issues.

Classified as: Richard Donovan, Information Systems, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

As with any major organisation, reassessing the services offered in relation to market demand and future directions is key to remaining competitive and relevant.

According to Michael Rogers (EMBA’17), Vice President Business Development, Insurance Solutions at Desjardins, this will be the scope of the proposed restructuring at SFL. He also maintains that SFL will not be absorbed under Desjardins as the restructuring evolves. 

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

Podcasts have become an integral part of people’s daily media browsing, and the Business of Fashion’s Founder and Editor-in Chief, Imran Amed (BCom'97), is set to expand into this influential platform.

The BoF podcasts will comprise new and archival conversations with a cast of designers, executives and other industry insiders whom Amed has spoken to since the blog’s inception in 2007. The six initial episodes are currently available for download, with new content to be featured weekly moving forward.

Classified as: imran amed, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

Established under the McGill Innovation Collective, the McGill-Notman partnership offers short-term residencies to startup cofounders affiliated with McGill either as students, alumni, or as staff or researchers.

During their residency, companies have access to resources such as office space, mentoring sessions and workshops dedicated to start-ups. To-date, Notman House has welcomed more than twenty startup companies, many of which have also benfitted from the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

Montreal-based chef Antonio Park is behind some of the city’s most renowned restaurants, including Park, Lavandaria, and Jatoba. In a recent interview with Desautels professor Karl Moore, Park revealed that he always knew he wanted to be a chef and that his unique blend of flavours comes from a deep understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

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