Desautels Faculty of Management

Rima Qureshi (BCom’87, MBA’96), former president and CEO of Ericsson North America, has been named executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon Communications Inc., effective November 6, 2017.

In this role, she will take over responsibility for the development and implementation of Verizon's overall corporate strategy, including business development and strategic investments.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, BCom Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 1 Nov 2017

Following three successful cohorts in Calgary and growing demand from business professionals in Western Canada in general, the McGill Executive Institute has announced the launch of the next cycle of its Mini-MBA program in Calgary for summer 2018.

Over the years, the Calgary edition of the Mini-MBA has served the professional development needs of companies and individuals in a variety of sectors, such as education, dentistry, engineering, aerospace, IT services, agriculture, and real-estate, to name a few.

Classified as: McGill Executive Institute, Mini-MBA
Published on: 30 Oct 2017

If the Desautels Faculty of Management thrives, it is thanks to the success of our alumni, our greatest ambassadors. Congratulations to Turki Alahmadi (IMHL’16) who was recently appointed Chairman of the Pediatric Department at the College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“It’s not what you know, it’s what you learn.” - Turki Alahmadi

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

Desautels is behind some of the country’s most innovative startups

Taiga Motors, founded by McGill graduates Gabriel Bernatchez (Beng'16), Sam Bruneau (Beng'15) and Paul Achard (Beng'14), have developed the world’s first electric snowmobile, eliciting interest and enthusiasm from local and international snowmobilers and investors alike.

Classified as: Taiga Motors, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, mcgill dobson cup
Published on: 25 Oct 2017

On October 18, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted its third workshop of the fall season, which focused on the technological innovations that are shaking up the business world.

The two invited guest speakers were Matthew Boerum from Audible Reality, winner of the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup, and Yves Guillaume A. Messy, founder of insurance startup QGS Technologies Ltd.

Both speakers led discussions on the opportunities enabled through technological advancement, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.   

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, mcgill dobson cup
Published on: 25 Oct 2017

Quantum International Income Corp. has appointed Chad Williams (MBA’93) as chairman of the board of directors. Williams is currently the director of the corporation, and is the president and chief executive officer of Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc.

To this role, be brings two decades of experience in corporate finance and management, having previously held the positions of chief executive officer of Victoria Gold Corp., and head of mining investment banking at Blackmont Capital Inc.

Classified as: Masters in Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 25 Oct 2017

Teenagers are always asked “What do you want to do when you grow up?”.

At Desautels, we want to know who our students aspire to become.

Throughout their few years at Desautels, students get to discover Montreal and McGill University, learn from some of the best professors in the world and partake in multiple experiences that allow them to grow into who they want to become.

Discover why our students think YOU should join the #DesautelsFamily.

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Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 24 Oct 2017

Pascal Lépine’s (EMBA’12) career aims have certainly evolved over time. As a young graduate, he aspired to become a poet, later switching focus to build and lead a highly successful business-consulting firm, Atypic.

Then, five years ago, following what he refers to as a professional existential crisis, he revised Atypic’s clientele to cater exclusively to non-profit charities. A bold move for the sake of social good, given that most of Atypic’s revenues at the time originated from private companies. 

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 20 Oct 2017

Charles de Brabant (BCom'83), Executive Director of the Bensadoun Retail Initiative, says that popular perceptions of a declining retail industry are misleading; the reality is actually far more complex.

If the industry is undergoing major transformation, it is also experiencing tremendous growth. One of the challenges, according to de Brabant, is that the change is occurring at such a fast pace. Today’s consumers are looking for efficiency and ease, along with an immersive and personalized experience; and some retailers simply do not have enough time to adapt.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bensadoun School of Retail Management
Published on: 20 Oct 2017

Desautels professor Karl Moore shares insight into what Bombardier’s new product priorities will be, as they cede control of their CSeries planes to long-time competitor Airbus. 

Bombardier is likely to move away from commercial aviation, according to Prof. Moore, favoring instead opportunities in executive jets and trains.

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Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 20 Oct 2017

Ann-Sophie Bettez (BCom'11) sat down to talk about her inspirations and the moments that defined her path toward becoming a professional hockey player for the women’s league of the Montreal Canadiens.

Above all else, she cites her family as a motivational source and credits her success to a lot of hard work.

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Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 20 Oct 2017

Amid uncertainty among Bombardier’s workforce and its representative union regarding the recent deal between Bombardier and Airbus, Professor Karl Moore weighs in on the great benefits that this agreement will yield, from greater credibility and a thriving economy, to a way to circumvent the heavy duties placed on Bombardier products by the U.S. Government. 

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

Vitalhub Corp. has announced the appointment of Mohan Plakkot (MBA'09), Partner and Chief Strategist at Valsef Capital, to its Board of Directors.

In this role, Plakkot will use his “extensive experience and analytical skills” to further the strategic plans of the Toronto-based organization.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

Mary Van Buren (MBA'88) has been appointed president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), bringing years of experience to the role.

Van Buren has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association's subsidiary, MD Financial Management, and Export Development Canada.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

By popular demand, storytelling app Wattpad has introduced an ad-free option, but it comes with a cost of $5.99/month for users.

Desautels professor Jui Ramaprasad shares her expertise on paid premium versions of online platforms and in what contexts they work.

According to Prof. Ramaprasad, many free apps have already converted users into paying subscribers through the introduction of a premium version, citing Spotify as a success story.

Classified as: Jui Ramaprasad, Information Systems
Published on: 19 Oct 2017