Desautels Faculty of Management news
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The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s recent Startup Financials workshop gave attendees a solid basis from which to build out financial projections, which can be the weakest link in many business plans. Expert presenters included pros from White Star Capital, Appetite (Honorable Mention at the 2016 Dobson Cup), and of course, National Bank.
A recent post on Changeboard examines what leadership will mean for coming generations, seen through the lens of Brexit and Trump in the world today. The piece throws the question to leading business departments from around the world.
Consulting Magazine has released its 2017 Rising Stars of the Profession 35 Under 35 list, and number 34 on that list is KPMG’s Matthew O’Connell, who is named for Excellence in Financial Services. Mr. O’Connell works in the company’s Forensic Advisory Services Practice, where he deals in anti-corruption, regulatory compliance and conflict minerals. He has taken point on several big-ticket investigations in a multitude of nations.
On March 9, 2017, the Desautels Faculty of Management was delighted to welcome Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University Suzanne Fortier to one of Professor Elliot Lifson’s classes on Strategy in Context (MGPO 645). Strategy in Context explores strategy-making in a series of contemporary industry contexts and how different environments enable some competitive modes and maneuvers, while constraining others. Along the way, students learn to analyze:
A key method for highly-successful people A new study by Desautels Assistant Professor Nathan Yang explores how to attain short-and long-term goals, using the database of mobile weight-loss app Lose It! to track user information and success rates.
As Bombardier’s Swedish office is rocked by allegations of collusion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that Canadian companies operating abroad must operate in good faith, but that the case shouldn’t affect Ottawa’s recent $372.5-million loan to the company to fund the CSeries and Global 7000 projects.
Porter Airlines CEO Robert Deluce knows a thing or two about airlines. His father was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, his parents started an airline in Ontario after World War II, and the whole family worked there at some point. Deluce himself got his pilot’s license while attending high school in Toronto.
Monia Mazigh became a household name when her husband, Maher Arar, was detained and held without charge in the US, then deported to Syria in 2002. As Arar suffered in a Syrian cell, Mazigh’s persistent campaign to get him released not only brought Arar home, it also resulted in a Commission of Inquiry, which cleared him of wrongdoing — and it changed Mazigh’s life. She went on to run for the federal NDP in the next election, and has been working in civil liberties and as an author ever since.
A new generation, a new model of leadership With each session at the Institute of Leadership, cofounder Eric Paquette helps turn 250 managers and executives into true leaders, developing rhetoric skills, personal awareness and methods for getting everyone working together towards a unified goal.
Aldo Bensadoun (BCom'64, LLD'12) is stepping down as chairman of the company that bears his name, as is CEO Patrik Frisk — but continuity won’t be a problem: Bensadoun’s son, David, is taking on the CEO job, starting this April.
In its 2016 financial results press release, Mississauga-based Profound Medical announced the appointment of Samira Sakhia (BCom’90, MBA’01) to its Board of Directors. Ms. Sakhia is also a member of the Desautels International Advisory Board and serves as President of Knight Therapeutics. Prior to that, she was CFO of Paladin Labs, which she helped sell to Dublin-based pharma giant, Endo International.
Congratulation to Desautels undergraduates Amir Fawzy Guirguis, Charles Lavoie-Aubuchon, Maria Power, and Samantha Simpson for winning the 2017 CBS Case Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as to Amir Fawzy Guirguis, in particular, for securing the award for Best Speaker. The latest win at CBS coincides with Desautels’ record of achievement at the international case competition, first securing a win in 2015 and then coming in second the following year.
The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) recently hosted Shaun Donovan, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget of the United States Government under President Obama, as its latest Integrated Management Symposium speaker.