10 Points of Pride at Desautels

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Desautels is growing

As the international business community’s continue to evolve, Desautels is growing – both in our course offerings and our facilities. The campus now reflects the scale of the Desautels Faculty of Management’s sense of ambition and purpose.

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  • Two 12-month interdisciplinary programs, the Masters in Management in Finance (MMF) and the Masters of Management in Analytics (MMA), were launched in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
  • In January 2018, the Donald E. Armstrong Building, home to the MBA and specialized Master programs, opened its doors to our MBA, Master and BCom students. The Armstrong Building represents 48,000 square feet of new space for our students, boosting the Faculty's footprint by almost 20%.
  • The Armstrong building also liberated over 10,000 ft.² of space for our BCom students in the Bronfman Building.
  • In late 2018, the new Bensadoun School of Retail Management will be the most recent addition to the building’s ground floor overlooking McTavish. Made possible by a $25 million donation from the Bensadoun Family Foundation, BSRM will be an interdisciplinary, state of the art school that puts Desautels at the forefront of retail management education and research.

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An unrivaled undergraduate program

With over 7,000 applicants and 50% of our student body coming from outside Canada, our BCom program continues to be one of the most selective and international undergraduate management education programs in the world. The opening of the new Armstrong building has liberated over 10,000 ft.² of space for our BCom students in the Bronfman Building while providing BCom students additional teaching & studying spaces in the Armstrong Concourse.

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Case competition excellence

In 2017, McGill launched the first-ever McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC), and the Bensadoun School of Retail Management has partnered with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) to launch the first (R)Tech Global Retail Challenge in November of 2018, a case competition that will address the complex issues facing the global retail industry. In the 2017-18 academic year, Desautels undergraduate and graduate students garnered several big wins in international case competitions.

More about our accomplishments on the world stage >

  • 1st Place for BCom Students
    2017 Copenhagen Business School's CBS Case Competition
  • 1st Place for Desautels Team (BCom, MMF & PhD) - MATLAB Options Volatility Case
    2018 Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC)
  • 2nd Place for MBA Students - Higher Education Right (HER) Bonds
    2018 Business for a Better World Case Competition
  • 1st Place for MBA Students
    2017 USC Marshall Global Case Competition
  • 2nd Place for MBA Students - Global Equity Portfolio
    2017 Business for a Better World Case Competition
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A catalyst for future leaders

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World-renowned professors

With faculty hailing from every corner of the globe, The Desautels Faculty of Management provides a truly global approach and perspective to teaching and research. Most of our faculty are involved in research and collaborations that cross international borders.

Our faculty continues to be lauded for their notable achievements & teaching methods >

  • Professor and Associate Dean, Research Vihang Errunza, (Finance) was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his work as a finance scholar, in recognition of the effect of his work on global welfare in September 2017.
  • Professor Nancy Adler (Organizational Behaviour) was listed as one of the world’s top 30 gurus in the Leadership Professionals category of the 2016 Global Gurus ranking.
  • Juan Serpa (Assistant Professor of Operations Management) was named by Poets & Quants’ 2017 top 40 Undergrad profs list in September 2017.
  • Professor Sebastien Betermier (Finance) was named by Poets & Quants as one of 2017’s Best 40 Under 40 Professors for his engaging teaching and excellence in research in March 2017.
  • Professor Saibal Ray (Operations Management) was named into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in March 2017.
  • Professor Alain Pinsonneault (Information Systems) was inducted into the Ordre national du Québec as a Chevalier in June 2016.
  • Henry Mintzberg (Strategy & Organization) is the 2015 recipient of the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award acknowledges an exceptional individual whose work has made an important contribution to global thought leadership over an extended period.

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A hub for entrepreneurship & social entreprise

McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship

The 2017 McGill Dobson Cup, McGill’s premiere start-up competition, featured 150 teams and over 500 participants who competed for over $100,000 in cash prizes. Since the centre's launch in 2009, 2,600 McGill entrepreneurs have been trained and mentored, $110 Million has been raised and 125 start-ups remain active as of 2017. The Dobson centre also offers the McGill Lean Startup, a program that challenges teams to test their business ideas and hypotheses outside the classroom, and the McGill X-1 Accelerator, a program that is designed to propel early McGill start-ups towards investment readiness and launch. UBI Global ranked the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship #8 in the category of World Top Business Incubator - Managed by a University.

McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE)

As part of C2 Montreal, the 2018 Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI) showcased the social impacts of 10 collaborative research projects through an interactive circuit in May of 2018. Featured was the McGill project Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE). Run by students at the MCCHE and the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science (FAES), FLEdGE investigated how consumer behaviours could be impacted by student initiatives such as Share the Warmth, which piloted pay-what-you-can fruit and vegetable markets.

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Exceptional career prospects

Located in the Soutar Career Centre, Career Services at Desautels is dedicated to helping students develop their career management skills and explore career paths that enable them to ultimately achieve their career goals. Innovative programs, workshops and speaker series coupled with an integrated learning approach prepare our students and give them the skills to make an impact in their careers throughout their lifetime.

See our latest employment statistics to learn why employers recognize the quality of a Desautels graduate:

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Sustainability can be understood as the pursuit of economic prosperity while living within the carrying capacity of ecosystems and achieving social equity – across all sectors and types of organizations. Economic sustainability is at the heart of Desautels' Strategic Plan. The Faculty has set out to grow self-sustaining degree programs, grow revenue-generating executive education, and continue to build on its research-driving fundraising capabilities. In addition, our degree programs and courses in Managing for Sustainability have been recognized for their innovative design, and the research interests of many of our faculty members focus on the economic, environmental, and social impacts of conducting business.

Professor Dror Etzion’s Sustainability & Environmental Accounting class, for instance, won the 2017 Aspen Institute Business & Society Program Ideas Worth Teaching Award.

The McGill campus as a whole and in its own right has won recognition for its sustainability. In 2017, Corporate Knights Green Campus Ranking recognized McGill as the second greenest campus in Canada. Evaluation criteria included initiatives undertaken to improve environmental impact (including green buildings), greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable transportation, purchasing, and waste management.

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The finest students & notable Desautels Alumni

The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be one of the world's most prestigious scholarships. More than any other Canadian university, McGill can lay claim to an astounding 144 Rhodes Scholars. Among these, four Rhodes Scholars hail from the Desautels Faculty of Management.

  • 2015: Joanna Klimczak, BCom'2014
  • 1983-84: William Hinz, BCom'83, DipEd'88, MA'91
  • 1979: John Charles Collis, BCom'79
  • 1946: Mervyn Lester Weiner, BCom'43

A small sample of the over 30,000 hugely successful alumni we have around the globe

  • Inez Jabapurwala, MBA'01, CEO Brain Canada and NeuroScience Canada Partnership
  • Samira Sakhia, BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01, President, Knight Therapeutics Inc.
  • Alain Bellemare, MBA’93, President and CEO, Bombardier Inc.
  • Rima Qureshi, BCom’87, MBA’96, Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon
  • Bertrand Cesvet, MBA'88, Executive Chairman and Senior Partner, Sid Lee
  • The Honorable Jeanne Atherden, BCom’69, Bermuda Parliament, Minister of Health, Seniors and the Environment
  • Seymour Schulich, MBA'65, Chairman & CEO, Nevada Capital Corp Ltd
  • William Shatner, BCom’52, Actor

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Last update: September 13, 2018