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Air Canada, Transat AT deal remains unfinished

Pandemic-related airline changes are making it difficult for Air Canada to finalize its planned purchase of Transat. The details of the deal remain mostly unknown following the passing of the original deadline of February 15th.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

IMPM alumnus proves there’s no wrong age to go back to school

With nearly 15 years of professional consulting experience under his belt, Rick Heinick (IMPM’09) decided to return to the classroom in 2009 to earn a master’s degree. After graduating from McGill at age 44, he founded the Boston-based pharmaceutical company Tear Clear, where he still serves on the Board of Directors. While Heinick believes that there is no wrong age to earn a graduate degree, he views prior experience as a major asset, not a liability.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

BCom alumnus pays it forward

After receiving substantial financial support to complete his BCom degree at Desautels, Pierre LeBrun (BCom’72) has been paying it forward for over five decades. From the time he joined RBC as summer student in 1965 to his retirement from a Senior VP position in 2000, he has steadfastly worked to give students the same opportunity he received.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

Airline industry could take two years to recover from pandemic

Following another round of Air Canada layoffs in Atlantic Canada, it could be well into 2023 before airlines return to normalcy, says Professor Karl Moore. As airline companies continue to wait for federal funding packages, Moore believes that robust government support is necessary to get the industry back to where it was before the pandemic.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

EMBA graduates excel at international public speaking competition

Two McGill graduates have reached the divisional championship of the Toastmasters International, a speech evaluation competition created in 1924 to promote public speaking and leadership skills internationally. Jean-Francois Bertrand (EMBA’14) captured first place in the discourse of assessment in French, while Michael Rodrigues (EMBA’20) won the English speech assessment.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

BCom students honour their role models at 41st DMAA

At this year's 41st Desautels Management Achievement Awards, McGill BCom students honoured four individuals who have made significant contributions to the Canadian economy and way of life throughout their professional careers. This was the first edition of the ceremony to be held virtually, with the organizers and honourees truly personifying the values of the DMAA - resilience, pushing ahead and innovation.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

KPMG donation will support retail education and fund EDI award at McGill

A generous $500,000 contribution from KPMG to the Made by McGill campaign will support the Bensadoun School of Retail Management (BSRM) through funding an annual retail summit that fosters collaboration among leading global retailers.

Published: 22 Feb 2021

McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA candidate makes 2020 Women of Distinction list at Women’s Y Foundation

Kate Arthur (EMBA’21) will soon be recognized as a 2020 Woman of Distinction at Women’s Y Foundation for her leadership at Kids Code Jeunesse, a non-profit organization that strives to give every Canadian child access to digital skills education, with a focus on girls and underserved communities.

Published: 22 Feb 2021

BCom team wins Canadian Finals of Accuracy Business Cup

Congratulations to BCom students Shelley Sorkin, Dixon Wong, and Angel Miao who won the National Finals of the Accuracy Business Cup case competition. The team will be representing Canada at the virtual international finals on March 12 to compete against seven other countries.

Published: 22 Feb 2021

McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA candidate breaks glass ceiling at Pratt & Whitney Canada

Congratulations to Dominique Mathieu (EMBA’21), the first woman in the history of Pratt & Whitney Canada to be named Vice President, Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Mathieu’s promotion follows 19 years of experience in the company’s legal department, most recently as the deputy general counsel.

Published: 22 Feb 2021

Airline competition tricky due to COVID-19 concerns

As Air Canada grapples with a year-end revenue loss of 70% due to the pandemic, its purchase of Transat AT has drawn criticism from competing airlines.

Professor Karl Moore sees both sides of the argument: On one hand, the merger makes sense considering the state of the industry. On the other, it will significantly reduce industry competition.  

Published: 22 Feb 2021

EMBA alumnus explores impact of humour in the workplace

Catherine Patry (EMBA’20) sits down with Quebec Reveille to discuss her final paper at Desautels, which examines the relationship between humour and women leaders in business.

In “Humor, a coat of epoxy on the glass ceiling,” Patry studies seventeen women leaders across industries and concludes that managerial humour remains gendered.

Published: 22 Feb 2021

Authenticity is key to successful personal branding

While the term ‘personal brand’ remains fluid and difficult to define, Professor Karl Moore says the best way to influence others is to be authentic and stay true to your value system.

Moore uses Elon Musk as an example: The success of his personal brand stems from his authentic online presence.

Published: 22 Feb 2021

BCom students win National Finals of KPMG Ideation Challenge

Congratulations to Desautels BCom students Reda Ouazzani Touhami and James Xu, and their teammates from Concordia University and Western University, for winning the National Finals of the KPMG Ideation Challenge. Over 750 applications were submitted for the Canadian finals of the competition. The team will compete for the global title in April when each country will present their solution/prototype to a panel of industry judges.

Published: 22 Feb 2021

Professor Katrin Tinn proposes unique design for digital currency

Professor Katrin Tinn recently teamed up with Professor Christophe Dubach from the Faculty of Engineering to propose a new design for the Bank of Canada’s digital currency. By protecting the identity and transactions of individual spenders, their design would address ongoing privacy and compliance concerns with Central Bank digital currency (CBDC).

Published: 22 Feb 2021

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