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Meet Canada’s trailblazing female business school deans

The Financial Times interviews Desautels Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou as one among a new wave of female business school Deans in Canada.

As a leader in a city that is already known for its progressiveness, Dean Bajeux-Besnainou also cites the importance of exposing students to female role models in the classroom, particularly in the field of Finance.

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Published: 18 Jun 2018

Leadership insights from The Economist editor

In an interview with Professor Karl Moore, Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The Economist shares his optimistic take on journalism in the age of data analytics and “fake news.” In what he refers to as a “delicate moment” in world affairs, he also shares his perspective on the ebbs and flows of globalisation, as well as the nature of leadership in a large media organization.

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Published: 18 Jun 2018

Takeaways from a marketing guru and Dobson Cup judge

Tylenol, Band-Aid, and Neutrogena are just some of the brands that Jill Selick (BCom’02), Founder of Rubix Marketing and McGill Dobson Cup judge has helped market. She sits down with The Dobson Chronicles to share the insights she has gathered from her career so far, including some advice for fresh graduates.

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Published: 18 Jun 2018

EQUIS re-accreditation testifies to the strength of our Faculty

At its June 12 meeting in London, the Accreditation Board of the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) rendered its decision to re-accredit the Desautels Faculty of Management for a five-year period – the maximum term granted by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) through EQUIS.

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Published: 14 Jun 2018

EMBA alumna on financing Quebec’s SME’s

Based on a final project submitted during her EMBA studies, Caroline Laurin (EMBA’18) explores the local landscape of small and medium-sized enterprises and the degree of financial support available to them in Quebec. 

As it turns out, the demand for financial support by SME’s and the funding available do not always align.

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Published: 14 Jun 2018

The future of retail: Not as grim as you might think

If the media tends to focus on major store closures as a sign of a retail industry in turbulence, an article in Les Affaires sheds light on some of retail’s success stories, such as Simons.

The author also points to the Bensadoun School of Retail Management as a place for training leaders that will be able to thrive amid rapid changes in retail.

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Published: 14 Jun 2018

Desautels alumnus leverages potential of blockchain

As the Founder of McGill’s Cryptocurrency Club, Desautels graduate Michael Gord (BCom’16) continues to follow his interest in the blockchain industry as the Founder and CEO of MLG Blockchain Consulting.

Over the next few years, Gord is looking to steer the highly-scrutinized blockchain industry into the mainstream by backing some of the most promising business ventures.

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Published: 14 Jun 2018

2018 Lionel Pelham Kent Scholarship recipients

On June 12, the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA) program awarded the Lionel Pelham Kent Scholarship to the following students: Sorana Gyorgy, Eleni Panaritis, Michael Richardson and Ghassen Sabri.

In the memory of Lionel Pelham Kent, CA, this scholarship was established in 1998 to recognize academic excellence and strong communication skills among students entering the final year of the GCPA program.

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Published: 14 Jun 2018

Insights from Dobson Cup judge Debra Margles

With over three decades of experience working in the fashion industry, Debra Margles, President of Michael Kors Canada and McGill Dobson Cup judge, shares some words of wisdom about company growth, day-to-day operations, and how to stay ahead of the competition. 

Read more in The Dobson Chronicles

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Published: 13 Jun 2018

A call for better problem-solvers

In virtually any career path chosen, problem-solving skills are indispensable. Yet, these skills are often not formally taught in most business school curricula or in the workplace.

This is what prompted Professor Corey Phelps and HEC Paris co-authors to combine to their expertise by authoring a book on this very topic.

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Published: 13 Jun 2018

These entrepreneurs want you to eat bugs

The edible bug business is expected to grow to a whopping $720 million by 2024.

Looking to meet demand is the Aspire Food Group, co-founded by Mohammed Ashour (MBA’14).

Next year, Aspire will scale its 25,000-square-foot operation into an adjacent building that is ten times larger.

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Published: 13 Jun 2018

What can we glean from an unusual G7 summit?

Desautels Professor Patricia Hewlin joined a panel on CBC News to comment on the G7 summit as it unfolded.

For Prof. Hewlin, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s focus on the positive was the right approach in the midst of President Trump’s aggressive stance toward other G7 members. 

Watch on CBC News

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Published: 11 Jun 2018

Entrepreneurs on a mission to improve mental health

An article in Les Affaires sheds light on some of the innovative startups, including those affiliated with the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, which aim to treat symptoms of depression and other mental health issues.

One such venture includes a mobile application that allows users to monitor their level of anxiety as a means of proactively coping with manic episodes or depression.

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Published: 11 Jun 2018

Marcel Desautels honoured with the Friend of McGill in Toronto Award

The Desautels Faculty of Management is delighted to announce that Marcel Desautels, CM, O.Ont., LLD’07, was honoured with the Friend of McGill in Toronto Award at the inaugural McGill Toronto Excellence Awards in Toronto at a special luncheon event on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

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Published: 8 Jun 2018

RILA joins forces with the Bensadoun School to tackle retail’s grand challenges

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), in partnership with the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, have announced their first-ever (R)Tech Global Retail Challenge – a case competition that seeks to address the complex issues facing the global retail industry.

The case competition will ask students around the world to develop creative ideas for reshaping retail in the circular economy and will culminate with a world-class finale in November at McGill.

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Published: 6 Jun 2018

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