Desautels Faculty of Management

Since starting up in July, the second cohort of the Masters of Management in Finance program is in full swing.

The diverse class of 42 students represents 11 countries and is joining the program with an array of academic backgrounds.

The participants also have a full slate of social engagement activities and sports achievements under their belts, and will build upon their existing work experience as they delve further into the world of finance.

Classified as: Masters of Management in Finance (MMF)
Published on: 10 Aug 2017

Aldo Bensadoun (BCom’64) founded Aldo Shoes as a Le Château exclusive in 1972, then opened the first standalone ALDO store in 1987. Today, the ALDO Group is a major player in the shoe field, with locations in 95 countries. Throughout, Mr. Bensadoun has maintained an interest in corporate culture as an engine for doing good.

Classified as: Aldo Bensadoun, International advisory board, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 8 Aug 2017

A piece in Forbes co-authored by Desautels professor Karl Moore and Sandoz executive Vincenzo Ciampi (BCom’94) says that it takes a sense of purpose to realise one’s career potential.

The article makes the case that spending your early career chasing bigger job titles and paycheques is all well and good, but at some point it’s not enough. The authors point to their own experiences of changing vectors mid-career, and how friends who never made the jump often show the signs of burnout.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 8 Aug 2017

When Aspire Food Group started operations in 2013 under co-founder Mohammed Ashour (MSc’11, MDCM’15), the field it was playing on was wide open. Insects are a viable food source across much of the world, but to farm them on the industrial scale that Aspire needed in order to make crickets an affordable, scalable food-production option was going to take some doing. The answer comes in the form of a well-designed automated cricket farm. 

Published on: 8 Aug 2017

A news release at canadianinsider.com reveals that Montreal-based footwear giant ALDO is set to buy the shoes and accessories side of the Camuto Group. The deal plays nicely into ALDO’s expansion efforts and frees up Camuto to concentrate on its apparel unit. The ALDO Group’s ties to Desautels and McGill run deep: founder Aldo Bensadoun (BCom’64, LLD’04) is a McGill alumnus and a lifetime member of the Desautels International Advisory Board.

Classified as: Aldo Bensadoun, International advisory board, Norman Jaskolka, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni
Published on: 7 Aug 2017

A blog post at Virgin.com looks at how adventure-seeking CEOs come at business from a more open, experimental angle.

Desautels Professor Jingjing Zhang’s research shows that chief execs who fly small airplanes in their off-hours tend to be more open to innovation.

Classified as: Jingjing Zhang, Accounting
Published on: 7 Aug 2017

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.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 7 Aug 2017

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.

Classified as: Jonathan Goodman, Desautels Global Experts, MBA Program, MBA Alumni
Published on: 3 Aug 2017

According to research by Desautels professor DaHee Han and her colleagues, charities are losing out on donations by not targeting their fundraising campaigns properly.

People in diverse social classes react to different aspects of charity giving, and by not honing in on those factors, charities could be falling flat in certain areas. People on lower social strata tend to care more about helping others, while those near the top are more concerned about the benefits that they, themselves, can reap from giving.

Classified as: DaHee Han, Marketing
Published on: 3 Aug 2017

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.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 2 Aug 2017

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.

Classified as: MBA Program, MBA Alumni
Published on: 2 Aug 2017

Desautels Professor Karl Moore has been nominated in the leadership category of this year’s Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Thinkers50 was launched in 2001 as the first worldwide ranking of great thinkers in the management space, and publishes its definitive list every two years. To advance its goal of innovation through management thinking, the organization publishes books, produces a video series and develops apps.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 2 Aug 2017

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.

Classified as: MBA Alumni
Published on: 2 Aug 2017

Since being sold off by Bombardier in 2003, BRP has enjoyed a string of successes while its parent has staggered under the weight of economic, management and public relations woes. And though the worst might be behind Bombardier, its stock price has dropped by almost 50 per cent while BRP’s has climbed by 80 per cent.

The two companies are in different markets, but differences in management styles can’t be overlooked: At BRP, the Bombardier-Beaudoin family takes a more hands-off approach.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 2 Aug 2017

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.

Classified as: Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, McGill X-1 Accelerator, MBA Program, MBA Alumni, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 2 Aug 2017

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