Desautels Faculty of Management

Desautels alumna and Global Expert, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86), has launched Well Told Health to respond to an alarming gap in the market for organic supplements that are made without any synthetic ingredients.

After considerable market research, which included partnering with a researcher at McGill University, Ruffo has crafted supplements that are Non-GMO Project certified, vegan, and free of synthetics, fillers and isolates.

Classified as: Monica Ruffo, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 5 Oct 2017

Desautels Global Expert and Chief Executive Officer at Magnetic, James Green (BMus'86), explores the cause and effects of the rise of ad opportunities available for auction online, or bidstream.

He attributes the dramatic increase to header bidding, which lets publishers offer ad inventory to multiple buyers simultaneously.

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Classified as: James Green, Desautels Global Experts
Published on: 4 Oct 2017

In the age of technology with growing emphasis on sustainable living, many in the fashion world, including Desautels Global Expert, Imran Amed (BCom'97), have questioned the continued prevalence of paper fashion show invitations.

It turns out that wastage permeates every facet of the fashion industry, from excessive fabric waste spurred by fast fashion, to unsustainable product packing.

Classified as: imran amed, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 4 Oct 2017

An opinion piece for News24 argues that, in general, business leaders in South Africa have been heavily influenced by greed, showing little interest in using their resources for improving the nation’s socio-political context.

The author cites Desautels professor Henry Mintzberg’s four pillars for a high-performing government: public, private, non-profit and co-operative sector leadership, as a framework for socio-economic progress in South Africa.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 4 Oct 2017

Professor Warut Khern-am-nuai is a co-author on a study revealing that Pokémon Go does not merely bring health benefits, as has been widely studied, but also contributes to increased restaurant business revenues.

His research finds that restaurants located in close proximity to PokéStops, a key element of the game, see a visible increase in customers, as compared to those that do not have a PokéStop nearby.

Classified as: Warut Khern-am-nuai, Information Systems
Published on: 4 Oct 2017

The general trend among MBA programs worldwide points to a rise in digitised course readings, as opposed to the use of bulky textbooks.

The digital distribution of course materials has not, however, been favored by business students everywhere.

Classified as: Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Steve Fortin, Financial Times
Published on: 2 Oct 2017

Mohammed Ashour (MBA'14), co-founder of Aspire Food Group, received the Highly Commended Award at FoodBytes, a startup competition that supports innovative ideas in food and agriculture. The Aspire Group transforms crickets into high-protein powder and snacks, and are looking to expand their market into the U.S., where the aversion to insects as food seems to prevail.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), aspire food group
Published on: 2 Oct 2017

Desautels undergraduate student Sydney Kalyn achieved the gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh award, which recognizes personal development and community involvement among today’s youth.

Recipients of the international award must demonstrate excellence in a variety of areas, including: skill, physical fitness, service, placement, volunteering, adventurous journey, and educational pursuit.

Kalyn was among a group of 150 young adults who received their award on September 24 in the presence of Prince Harry.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 2 Oct 2017

­­­­­­­­­­For French native Ben Plomion (MBA’07), his early teenage years consisted of skateboards, Nirvana, and an unshakable dream of relocating to the U.S. After completing his studies in Canada, he made his dreams a reality by securing work at General Electric in New York.

Since then, he has moved into the startup scene in California, working as Chief Marketing Officer for GumGum, an artificial intelligence company. He remains, however, wary of Donald Trump’s stance on immigration and how this might impact his future in the U.S. 

Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

D. Jennifer Rhee (BCom’88, DPA’89) has been named Chief Financial Officer at Loop Industries, a manufacturer of environmentally responsible Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) and Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG). Ms. Rhee has over 25 years of finance, accounting, international tax and management experience, having worked, most recently, as a partner with Richter LLP since January 2007.

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Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

LIMRA has released its 2017 Rising Stars of Innovation under 40 list and Jean-Michel Lavoie (MBA’09), Assistant Vice President, Product Development, Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial has made the final cut.

The list recognises individuals across many areas of the financial services who are using an innovative approach to their business practice and day-to-day activities.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

Alibaba hosted its Gateway’17 conference, which brought together an array of forward-looking retailers, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who commented on the healthy trade relationship between Canada and China.

Also in attendance was Aldo Group International’s Director of Business Development, Martina Gimenez-Comas (BCom’11) who shared that, while Aldo continues to expand into global markets, it recognises the importance of meeting business objectives, while also leaving room to dream.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

Imran Amed (BCom'97) has been named to the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his contributions as CEO of The Business of Fashion, an online news site for the fashion industry. The list recognises people in the UK who have made significant contributions to society.

Founded in 2007, The Business of Fashion has since become one of the leading sources of news for the fashion world.

Classified as: imran amed, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

In light of the controversial decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose 220 per cent tariffs on Bombardier products, an article in Les Affaires examines how Canada compares to other counties who subsidize their aerospace industry.

It turns out that Canada contributes considerably less to its aerospace industry (16%), as compared to the U.S. (63%), or France (27%).

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 29 Sep 2017

Desautels MBA student, Moises Meza, originates from Venezuela, but has lived all over the world. After working for five years in consulting, Meza always envisaged pursuing his MBA studies in a vast metropole like New York.

Montreal, however, has far exceeded his expectations thanks to its unique multiculturalism and multilingualism, as well as its work-life balance and reputation as a hub for innovation.

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Classified as: MBA Program, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 27 Sep 2017

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