MBA Alumni

Vitalhub Corp. has announced the appointment of Mohan Plakkot (MBA'09), Partner and Chief Strategist at Valsef Capital, to its Board of Directors.

In this role, Plakkot will use his “extensive experience and analytical skills” to further the strategic plans of the Toronto-based organization.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

Mary Van Buren (MBA'88) has been appointed president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), bringing years of experience to the role.

Van Buren has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association's subsidiary, MD Financial Management, and Export Development Canada.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

Knight Therapeutics has announced the resignation of its chief financial officer, as the company’s president and Desautels International Faculty Advisory Board member, Samira Sakhia (BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01), takes on the additional responsibility of CFO.

In doing so, Sakhia will leverage her 14 years of prior experience as CFO for Paladin Labs Inc.

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Classified as: Samira Sakhia, International advisory board, BCom Alumni, MBA Alumni
Published on: 11 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

­­­­­­­­­­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

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

Light Reading reports that after leaving her position as Head of Ericsson North America, Rima Qureshi (BCom’87, MBA’96) has been hired as Verizon’s new Chief Strategy Officer. She will be working for CEO Lowell McAdam.

Qureshi has a deep understanding of the issues involved with running a successful tech company in today’s network-heavy reality: she started at Ericsson as a system analyst in 1993, before moving up through the ranks.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 20 Sep 2017

Marie Laure Leclercq (MBA) started her career, and indeed her life, as a male. According to the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) National Magazine, when she began the process of changing her gender in 1995, it was what she calls an act of survival.

For years, the former Mr Leclercq had been hiding growing feelings of unease in his gender and suffering from depression, but at the time, transgender people had to jump through hoops before becoming eligible for gender-reassignment surgery.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

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.

Classified as: Masters in Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 15 Sep 2017

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.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), MBA Program
Published on: 11 Sep 2017

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.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, MBA Program, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 8 Sep 2017

Sumanto Chattopdhyay (MBA’90) recently sat down with Impact to discuss his new job as Chairman and CEO of Indian marketing powerhouse Soho Square. The former Ogilvy & Mather Creative Director has only been at the job for a month, but he has already taken steps to set the tone in terms of the corporate culture and the corporate vision.

Classified as: MBA Program, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 5 Sep 2017

Ram Panda (MEng’71, MBA’77) is the new chair of the McGill University Board of Governors. He came to Canada from his native India in 1968 to study electrical engineering at McGill, and never left. In 1978, he co-founded metal-industry software maker Invera Inc., which rapidly became a major player in its market.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, MBA Program, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 1 Sep 2017

According to a piece at BarrieToday.com, Dr. Mark Kotowycz (MBA’01, MDCM’04) is moving from the Windsor Regional Hospital to the new Advanced Cardiac Centre at the Royal Victoria Health Centre as Director of Advanced Cardiac Care / Catheterization Labs. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role, having worked at Toronto’s University Health Network and Northumberland Hills Hospital.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, MBA Program
Published on: 23 Aug 2017

Jonathan Ross Goodman (BA’89, MBA/LLB’93) is the CEO of Montreal-based pharmaceutical company Knight Therapeutics and a Desautels Global Expert. He is also a textbook case of how to overcome adversity: A 2011 biking accident left him in a coma for weeks and caused massive brain damage. Even today, his short-term memory is poor and he has trouble eating. But Mr. Goodman is also still a CEO and a leader in the pharma trade.

Classified as: Jonathan Goodman, Desautels Global Experts, MBA Program, MBA Alumni
Published on: 3 Aug 2017

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