At the inaugural session for the Université de Montréal Law faculty’s 2017-18 school year, Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens extended a warm welcome to the new and returning students, then invited Cogeco Connexion’s VP Legal Affairs, Chief Privacy Officer, and Desautels alumna Caroline Dignard (EMBA'10) to the podium to deliver the annual speech.
A recent piece in Le monde du droit announces that French business law firm Bersay & Associés has brought Thibault Lasserre (MBA'07) on board as an associate. Mr Lasserre concentrates on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. Before joining Bersay & Associés, he advised several corporations about international mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs; and worked at Law firms such as Veil Jourde, Coudert Brothers and Jones Day.
The McGill Reporter’s summer photos gallery is now live, and features shots from far-off locales as well as spots that are close to home. From McGillians waiting to watch the recent solar eclipse atop the Grand Teton, to a street festival in Grenada, the photos show that the McGill Family really gets around between semesters.
It’s a vicious cycle: Companies cut back on promotions to try to minimize big salary loads, but more promotions keep employees around longer. According to a piece at incentiveandmotivation.com, the answer could be more frequent, but smaller, promotions.
Desautels Professor Alain Pinsonneault points to recent research indicating that frequent little promotions help to minimize turnover at IT firms. Also, because the wage increases are minor, the dollar impact of a promotion is not dramatic.
A CTV News piece about the latest developments in Boeing’s complaint against Bombardier states that London is now pressuring the White House because wings for the C Series are made in Northern Ireland, and Ottawa is hinting that its deal to buy $6.3 billion worth of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighters may be up in the air.
Joey Adler (EMBA’14) was a successful businesswoman when her husband and business partner died of cancer in 2001. She sat down with HEC Montreal’s Gestion magazine to talk about life without her husband, earning a McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA, and having loss open her up to philanthropy.
Mark “Jappy” Gonzalez is thrilled to be included on BoF 500, the list of people moving and shaking the fashion industry. Mr Gonzalez says that being included on the list can only open doors, and maybe even “create a retail environment that evolves into Manila as a retail centre.” After nearly thirty years of experience in Philippine shopping, he knows just what the country needs. In 1995, he brought that knowledge to life in H&F Retail Concepts, which runs several stores known for impeccably curated product lines, as well as franchises for big-name labels.
Jason Wood’s (MBA’94) construction company, Diamond Head Development, has been a going concern in Squamish, BC for over 10 years now. He sat down with Canadian Business Journal to talk about his development as an entrepreneur, his work history, his company’s dual role as a builder and a developer, and building sustainability into new construction projects.
The Desautels Faculty of Management is pleased to congratulate Professor Vihang Errunza, Associate Dean, Research, on being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s Social Sciences Academy.
Craig Buntin (MBA’13) is a Desautels alumnus, a former figure skating champion, and the CEO of hockey analysis company Sportlogiq. The company’s software uses video and machine learning to track what players are doing on the ice, and help them up their game.
The software is being used by 22 NHL franchises; Mr Buntin’s team has just raised $5 million towards improving the system and expanding into soccer, with five teams in North America and Europe already signed on.
The end of summer saw a lot of new alcohols come from Quebec distilleries. La Presse tested three of them, including a special gin inspired by Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
Cirka Distilleries’ Gin375 is the first Old Tom Gin distilled in Quebec, and is based on a lightly sweet style that was popular in 18th-century England.
Cirka Distilleries is a craft distillery founded by Paul Cirka and Joanne Gaudreau (EMBA’10), and emphasizes the terroir approach, using a non-GMO Quebec corn base, as well as a selection of local herbs and honey.
TerraCycle Marketing Manager Jessica Panetta (BCom’16) recently appeared on Toronto’s Breakfast Television to talk about recycling “non-recyclable” waste, specifically used cigarette butts.
TerraCycle collects them, composts the tobacco and the paper, then recycles the plastic filters. Members can package their used butts in a TerraCycle box and send them in via an included UPS label, but that is not the only solution: the company has collection receptacles on street corners in several Canadian cities.
Groupe Deschênes CEO François Deschênes (EMBA’10) was recently interviewed for a piece in Montreal French-language newspaper La Presse. He spoke about recently being put in charge of the family company, the corporation’s growth and acquisition strategy, and the dynamics involved when there are four family members on the board of directors.
Over the company’s history, it has grown from a small Quebec business to the third-largest distributor of plumbing and electrical products in Canada, as well as the largest Canadian-owned player.
Desautels Associate Professor Karl Moore writes in Forbes that executives and older people who are disoriented by the post-fact world can do themselves a favour by looking to millennials for help.
Millennials have come of age steeped in social media, they check their phones up to 150 times a day, and have become experts at wading through multiple layers of subjectivity to suss out individual ‘truth’ from the more universal ‘Truth.’
This summer, a combined group of Desautels MBA Japan students and participants from the PMBA cohort in Montreal accompanied Associate Professor Desmond Tsang on a Study Tour of Vietnam to get a feel for the country’s culture and learn about its status as a rapidly-emerging market.