Desautels Faculty of Management news
The protectionist wave sweeping across Washington right now spells trouble for Canadian businesses. After strong words from the White House about Canadian softwood and dairy, Boeing has opted to take a jab at Bombardier, filing complaints with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission over government subsidies that it claims have given Bombardier a pricing advantage.
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.
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.”
According to a recent piece at Cheatsheet.com, the news is good for students looking forward to entering the job market: the vast majority of employers are looking for college grads this year. That being said, many of today’s grads are missing the key abilities that those companies are looking for. Skills like good oral and written communication, teamwork, and problem-solving will open the door to career success.
Donald Trump’s 100-day-old presidency has come up short according to nearly any metric. As the U.S. President has failed to get major legislation passed, or to fill some key government positions, he has taken to governing by executive order. But even those orders haven’t really produced the results he was looking for. Still, President Trump has surrounded himself with captains of industry with as little experience in governing as he has. The upshot is a lack of movement on even seemingly easy GOP issues like repealing Obama’s healthcare law.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.