Back in January, Karl Moore took a group of Desautels students to meet Warren Buffett at his Omaha offices. Mr. Buffett is known to be an introvert, and his conduct during the visit bore that out; rather than expounding on everything that came up, Mr. Buffett stuck to speaking on subjects he knows well. He also avoided working the crowd, rather staying with a small group of students and having a full-on conversation.
In a recent op-ed, Financial Times editor Andrew Hill takes issue with the methodologies of the MBA programs offered by the Harvard Business School and other schools worldwide. In this, he aligns himself with The Golden Passport author Duff McDonald and Desautels Professor Henry Mintzberg, who says that the HBS doesn’t train its MBA students to be good managers, but is rather “putting them on a fast-track they don’t deserve to be on.”
Rima Qureshi (BCom'87, MBA'96) knows all about learning to adapt. In an interview with Desautels Professor Karl Moore, she says that as a highly analytical, self-contained decision-maker, her position as senior VP and North American head of Ericsson has taught her the importance of listening, getting others involved in decision-making early, and finding a common position to build on.
The Pulse Innovation Platform of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) brings new methods of food production and marketing to India.
Deron Triff (MBA'98) has had an enviable career; he’s worked for PBS, TED, and Scholastic. Now, he’s founded a new media incubator with another former TED executive, June Cohen.
Wait, What? specializes in creating VR series, apps, and video for social media. The company’s latest creation is a 10-episode podcast called Masters of Scale. Each episode sees host and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman explore the ways that iconic founders grew their companies into major players, often from nothing.
Henry Mintzberg is looking beyond the MBA. For years, the Desautels Professor railed against what many in the corporate world see as the ultimate form of business education.
Instead, he launched the International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM) in 2004. The program eschews MBA staples like case studies and strategy in favour of a learning process based on sharing and learning from one’s fellow students.
Crowdfunding’s profile has been on a constant rise ever since it first landed two decades back. It’s an ideal platform for entrepreneurs in edgy sectors looking for capital, as well as for getting consumers directly involved in funding products that interest them. The other side of the equation has always been to get funding for traditionally under-served entrepreneur groups like women or people of colour.
Experts keep saying that median job tenure has been in free fall for years; that switching careers and jobs is just the new reality. But the facts don’t necessarily support that position. It’s a more nuanced field than most people realise, and some segments are actually seeing less movement than before.
On May 2nd, 300 guests gathered at Montreal’s Omni Mont-Royal Hotel for this year’s McGill Alumni Association Awards. All told, 17 members of the McGill community were honoured for outstanding service to the university and society.
Desautels International Advisory Board member Mark A. Hantho (BCom’81) and his wife, Monica (BEd’81), were given the Award of Merit, in part for service to the Desautels Faculty of Management and for setting up the Hantho Family Fund for Sustainability and Environmental Management.
After four years as VP and Director at Valeurs Mobilières Desjardins, Luc Papineau (BA’81, MBA’91) thinks it’s time to kick his game up a notch by doubling VMD’s Montreal-area advisors and diving further into the opportunities offered by the allophone market.
Michael Boychuk (BCom'77, DPA'78) is the new Chair of the Advisory Board at Fengate Real Asset Investments, a board that he’s been on since 2014. Mr. Boychuk’s experience in capital markets is an asset at a time when Fengate is undergoing a period of huge growth. He served as Senior VP Treasurer at BCE until 2009, then President and CEO at Bimcor until 2015.
The Desautels Faculty of Management welcomes Brahm Spilfogel (BCom’91), Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Canadian Equities at RBC Asset Management Inc., as a Desautels Global Expert (DGE).
Mr. Spilfogel has worked in the financial-services industry since 1991. In 1993, he joined RBC, where he worked as a portfolio manager in the Private Client group and later moved to RT Investment Counsel to concentrate on portfolio management.
Barclays Bank Kenya CEO Jeremy Awori (MBA’96) more or less fell into banking. He started out as a competitive swimmer, but when his Olympic dream fell apart he went to the UK on a scholarship and became a pharmacist.
After practicing for a few years, Mr. Awori opted for an MBA in Finance at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management, which led him into a job at Standard Chartered Bank.
Northern Sphere Mining Corp. has announced that Monique L. Delorme (BCom’88, DPA’91) will be taking over from Robin Pilkey as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Delorme is already involved with Northern Sphere, having worked with the company as a consultant for the past three years.
Aside from that, she has over 25 years of experience guiding publicly traded companies, including Maple Leaf Foods, Hollinger, and most recently, Zonetail. Ms. Delorme has both Canadian and U.S. CPA designations.
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.