Desautels Faculty of Management

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA) program is delighted to have welcomed 49 new students, along with a returning cohort of 45 that will write the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA) Common Final Exam (CFE) this September.

The CFE is three-day examination that requires candidates to demonstrate the depth and breadth of their abilities in accordance with the CPA competencies, which includes an understanding of leadership, teamwork, communications, and strategy.

Classified as: Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA Program)
Published on: 12 May 2017

McGill University is on its way to becoming a global centre for retail-management training, thanks to a $25-million gift from Aldo Bensadoun (BCom'64, LLD'12) via the Bensadoun Family Foundation.

The goal is to launch an inter-disciplinary school where students can come together with researchers and industry insiders to develop solutions for the ever-changing modern retail landscape.

Classified as: Aldo Bensadoun, Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, International advisory board, Bensadoun School of Retail Management
Published on: 12 May 2017

J. Pearce Bunting  (BCom'52) grew up during the Great Depression, then rose through the ranks of his father’s brokerage firm to become president in 1967. Ten years later, he became president of the TSX and modernized the operation by introducing a computerized trading system.

The technology was immensely unpopular with old-guard floor traders, but times were changing—and Mr. Bunting is now remembered as having been good for the exchange. Patrick Mars, who ran Bunting’s old company, said that “Under his watch the exchange prospered and did well.”

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 11 May 2017

Lebanon native Fady Dagher (EMBA'12) has lived in Montreal since 1986. When he took over from Denis Desroches as chief of the Longueuil police in February, many on the south shore force didn’t want another Montrealer in charge.

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

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.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 11 May 2017

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.”

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

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.

Classified as: Karl Moore, BCom Alumni, MBA Alumni, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 11 May 2017

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.

Classified as: Laurette Dube, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics, PIP, PIP-India
Published on: 11 May 2017

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.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 9 May 2017

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.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM), Strategy & Organization
Published on: 9 May 2017

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.

Classified as: Peter Younkin, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 9 May 2017

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.

Classified as: Organizational Behaviour, Matissa Hollister
Published on: 5 May 2017

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.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, International advisory board, Mark Hantho
Published on: 5 May 2017

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.

Classified as: MBA Alumni
Published on: 4 May 2017

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.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Michael Boychuk, International advisory board
Published on: 4 May 2017