Desautels International Advisory and Advancement Board

Global Networks

Desautels International Advisory and Advancement Board is comprised of industry leaders from around the globe.

These highly successful executives provide regular support and recommendations to our Dean and the Faculty.

The Desautels International Advisory and Advancement Board also helps link the Faculty to their own global networks, connecting us to leading companies and executives who bring industry expertise into our classrooms, hire our students, and provide sponsorship and participants for our executive programs.

Neil Murdoch


Neil Murdoch (BCom'81)
Former President and CEO of Conner Clark & Lunn Capital Markets

Mark Hantho


Mark A. Hantho (BCom'81)
Vice Chairman, Banking, Capital Markets, and Advisory, Citigroup Inc.

Board members

Rami Aslan (BCom'94, MBA'97) CEO, Board Member & Investor
Alex Banh (BCom'93) Partner at IPV Capital
Alain Bellemare (MBA’93) President-International, Delta Airlines
Benoit Lacoste Bienvenue (BCL’00, LLB’00) Partner, National Service Line Leader, Canadian Corporate Tax, KPMG Canada
Franca Ciambella (BCom’84) CEO-Riau (Canada) Inc. and Lawyer/Advisor, Global Law Alliance
Robert Fetherstonhaugh (BCom'78, DPA'80) President of Belvoir Investments Corporation
Anil Gondi (BCom’98) Co-Founder, 6elm Capital
Mark A. Hantho (BCom'81) Vice Chairman, Banking, Capital Markets, and Advisory, Citigroup Inc.
Ali Hedayat (BCom’96) Managing Partner, Maryana Capital
Roy Kabla (BCom’99) Managing Director, Barclays Investment Bank
Martin Kon (BCom'93) President & COO, Cohere
Elliot Lifson Vice-Chairman, Peerless Clothing Inc. and Professor of Practice, Strategy and Organization, McGill University
Neil Murdoch (BCom'81) Former President, Ashton Hill Asset Management Inc.
Pierre-Olivier Perras (MBA’97) Managing Partner of the Energy Infrastructure Partnership, Power Sustainable
Samer Saab (BEng'93, MBA'96) Chief Executive Officer, eXplorance Inc.
Samira Sakhia (BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01) President and Chief Executive Officer at Knight Therapeutics Inc.
Mark Smith (BCom'82, DPA'83) President, Pandion Investments Ltd.
Steven Sonnenstein (BCom’96, DPA’98) Senior Managing Director, DigitalBridge Investment Management
David J Stenason (MBA’80) Founder & Managing Director, Rempart Asset Management
Sharon H. Stern (BA'07) President, Eastmore Management and Metro Investments
G. Richard Thoman (BA'66) Managing Partner, Corporate Perspectives
Susanna Tisa (BCom’82) Board member, Treliant LLC
Luce Veilleux (BCom'77) President & Chief Executive Officer, ANAi Global Technologies
Gregory Vit (BCom’80) Associate Professor (Professional), Strategy & Organization (Retired); Board Advisor, The John Dobson Foundation; CEO, Vit Innovation Thinking Inc.
Rody Yared Managing Director, Trussbridge

Lifetime members

Aldo D. Bensadoun (BCom'64, LLD'12) Executive Chairman and Founder, The Aldo Group Inc.
John Cleghorn (BCom'62, LLD'04) Retired Chairman and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada
Marcel Desautels (LLD'07) President & Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Credit Management Foundation
Paul Desmarais Jr. (BCom'77, LLD'12) Chairman and Co-CEO, Power Corporation of Canada
David Laidley (BCom'67) Chairman Emeritus, Samson Belair Deloitte & Touche
Donald Lewtas (BCom'75) Former Managing Director, Onex Corporation
J. Robert Swidler (BCom'68) President, J. Robert Swidler & Associates


For more information, contact susanne.major [at] (subject: Inquiry%20about%20the%20Desautels%20International%20Advisory%20and%20Advancement%20Board) (Susanne Major) 

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