The seed of the International Society for Humor Studies was planted at a small meeting in Wales three decades ago. Today, the organization hosts a yearly conference, where serious scholarship about funny business gets discussed, and where outstanding graduate students in the field are recognized before their peers.
Actor, stage director and McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumnus Serge Postigo (EMBA'15) is a household name in Quebec, and with good reason. He made waves with Mary Poppins last year, so he was under pressure to really hit one out of the park this time around.
After a year as Deputy Executive Director of ACEM — Microcredit Montreal, Indu Krishnamurthy (EMBA’15) has been promoted to full Executive Director.
As a student of the 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, Ms. Krishnamurthy was recipient of that year’s EMBA Scholarship for Non-profit Organization Manager, which reflects her long experience in the field. She has been with ACEM since 2008, fulfilling roles, such as project coordinator and credit counsellor. Before that, she was an account manager at BDC.
Marie-Lou Dorval (EMBA’15) has done almost everything: She’s been a filmmaker, she’s been the president of an agricultural business, and she’s run a restaurant.
Since graduating from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, Ms. Dorval has changed her course completely, becoming an investment advisor at Raymond James Ltd — and it’s a job she doesn’t see herself leaving any time soon!
At the 7th Femmes Leaders conference on May 16th, women executives came together to discuss today’s constantly-changing business landscape and what it requires from them as leaders.
TD Investments Associate VP Francine Laurin (EMBA’11) says that 1970s-style managing has given way to a role more akin to a coach and mentor. Radio-Canada Director General, Communications Guylaine Bergeron (EMBA’13) adds that a more collective approach can help, giving the example that her team is about to abandon offices for more collaborative, open spaces.
Every year, the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program offers a $50,000 scholarship for aboriginal managers. The first recipient of the scholarship was Mi’kmaq urban councillor Manon Jeanotte in 2014. Her EMBA experience prompted her to make a successful run for chief of the Gespeng Mik’maq Nation in 2015.
Kativik School Board director Jason Annahatak will graduate from the EMBA next February, and calls the EMBA a good fit for aboriginal leaders because it gets them networking with a wide range of influencers.
HEC Montreal Associate Professor Cyrille Sardais recently led a panel on leadership and management in today’s business world, specifically seen from a female perspective.
The panel was made up of McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumni Geneviève Comtois (EMBA'12), who is a director at Shell International, Guylaine Bergeron (EMBA'13), who is a director at the CBC, and TD Direct Investing Associate VP Francine Laurin (EMBA'11).
UbiMobility is a program run by Bpifrance and Business France to give companies in the connected and autonomous car space a leg up in the United States. The program can boast several successes: Of the 16 startups from the 2015 and 2016 editions, 11 have opened US operations.
Among the 2017 startups, is CS Communications and Systems Canada, which is developing a software validation method for embedded systems that promises to reduce testing costs and speed up the process.
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.
Les Mercuriades honours excellence and talent in Quebec companies. This year, the 37th annual awards show brought the cream of Quebec’s business set out to Montreal’s Palais des congrès for a night not to be forgotten.
In fact, McGill-HEC Montréal EMBAs were some of the evening’s biggest winners: Groupe Deschênes’ François Deschênes (EMBA’10) won for “Développement d’une technologie Web ou mobile” in the large enterprise category, while Edelman Montreal won “Employeur de l’année” in the small and medium-sized enterprise category.
As the world becomes ever more diversified and globalized, it’s time for the C-suite to reflect that reality. At the head of the pack, the joint McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program has aimed to keep its classes as diverse as possible. There is a fellowship in place for nominations from the non-profit space, and another for aboriginals. The program also takes advantage of conferences to reach out to women and entrepreneurs.
France-Margaret Bélanger (EMBA’14) grew up in Matane, a world away from her current life as Chief Legal Officer at the Montreal Canadiens. She sat down with Desautels Associate Professor Karl Moore to talk about her journey from small-town Quebec to an English-language Cegep, then on to law school and a great job at a big-ticket law firm. On the way, she earned an MBA as a means of becoming a better business adviser.
A commitment to change: nonprofits, business sense and research in action
Perhaps you are only just now considering an EMBA and have not even filled in your first application but it is never a bad idea to move forward keeping the end in sight. So, with that in mind, we went to top business schools around the world to find out what career advice they would offer to new EMBA graduates to help them take full advantage of their degree.
... 5. Make an impact - Marianne Vandenbosch, director of the EMBA Program, McGill-HEC Montreal
From the time it was first conceived in 1943 by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Executive MBA has traditionally been a degree offered by large corporations to their top executives. Times have changed though and, especially over the last decade, the background of the typical EMBA participant is no longer reserved for corporate climbers. Doctors, lawyers, NGO professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs often make up today’s EMBA cohorts alongside more traditional demographics.