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Welcoming a new cohort of GCPA students

The second week of May marks the start of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting program (GCPA) for an incoming cohort of 49 students. This year’s cohort consists of 43 of McGill University’s very own Bachelor of Commerce graduates, with the remaining students coming from other Canadian universities.

Published: 7 May 2021

Playing the odds

From Olympic figure skater to CEO of a multi-million-dollar company, Craig Buntin (MBA’13) has never shied away from risk. As he and his team at Sportlogiq harness the power of AI to offer analytical insights to professional sports teams, Buntin points to the role of McGill and the surrounding community in providing a launching pad for success.

Published: 5 May 2021

8 signs you’re an ambivert

It’s rare to find a pure introvert or extrovert. Most people fall somewhere on the spectrum between the two, and those who can combine traits from both dispositions have a significant advantage in the workplace. Professor Karl Moore shares eight indicators that someone is an ambivert.

Published: 5 May 2021

Former Dobson startup aims high

Sonder, an industry-disrupting hospitality company created by former McGill student and McGill Dobson Centre alumnus Francis Davidson, aspires to become a “hosting Amazon” through an IPO. The new entity, whose shares will trade on the NASDAQ, just obtained a $30 million loan from the Quebec government to create 700 jobs at a new technological growth center in Montreal. In the long-term, Sonder has plans to operate in the 100 largest cities in the world.

Published: 5 May 2021

What indigenous communities can teach us about sustainability

Professor Karl Moore interviews Sean McCormick, a Métis from Manitoba, about his journey to founding Manitobah Mukluks, an Indigenous-owned and operated global footwear brand. McCormick touches on the unique challenges that Indigenous entrepreneurs face and the excellence they demonstrate in preserving finite resources.

Published: 5 May 2021

When sovereign debt becomes a problem

Professor Patrick Augustin and three other North American economists are ringing an alarm bell about the increasing risks associated with heavy borrowing at the state level. In their recent study of 30 developed countries and 30 U.S. states, they measure the effect of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on the borrowing costs of governments.

Published: 28 Apr 2021

Authentic leadership in indigenous communities

Professor Karl Moore joins Wáhiakatste Diome-Deer in interviewing leading indigenous scholars in business, science, and beyond to hear their stories and strategies for success. A central theme that emerges is the importance of developing an authentic leadership style that honours one’s history, culture, and beliefs.

Published: 28 Apr 2021

Canada’s fashion retailers are under pressure to go green

For Canada’s fashion retailers, reinvention is critical to success in a business landscape where consumers are becoming more aware of the impact of the fashion industry on global climate change and other forms of environmental degradation.

Published: 28 Apr 2021

BCom students earn CPA Quebec Assistance Towards Success Scholarships

Congratulations to Desautels BCom students Mahsa Ghazi, Yi Li and Lucas Schachtler on each earning CPA Quebec Assistance Towards Success Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually to students across Quebec who are active in social and extracurricular activities while achieving success in their post-secondary studies.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Global banking executive gives back to her alma mater

Alberta Cefis (BA’75, MBA’79) was one of only a dozen women in her MBA class at McGill, but she never felt discriminated against because of her gender. The male-dominated banking industry, on the other hand, was a different story. Fortunately, Cefis was able to land a managerial role at the Royal Bank of Canada through a recommendation from a professor.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Transforming air travel for people with disabilities

An idea that arose from a nightmarish flight experience for Sandra Gualtieri, founder of Gualtieri Inventions, has blossomed into an innovative new product for people living with disabilities. Informed by her own experience in living with cerebral palsy, Gualtieri designed a prototype for the Universal Seating Apparatus, a portable device that allows people with disabilities to sit comfortably upright on airplanes.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Introducing the ‘HENRYs’: ‘Highly Educated, Not Rich Yet’

Coined in Fortune magazine in 2003, the term HENRY describes a sub-group of consumers with modest resources and luxurious taste. These individuals, typically older millennials with six-figure incomes and investable assets of less than $1 million, aren’t high-net earners just yet, but they’re spending like they are.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Lean Six Sigma transforms care at Canadian Mental Health Association

In 2002, McGill became the first university in Canada to offer the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program through the Desautels Faculty of Management. Alex Boussetta, a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt who teaches the Green Belt and Black Belt programs at McGill, has expanded his reach to help organizations like the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) improve the quality of their services.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Vaccine benefits far outweigh the risks

Professor Saibal Ray, Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, joins the Scott Thompson Show to offer his perspective on the safety of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the wake of health scares.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Retail innovation lab on forefront of trends in convenience stores

For a glimpse into the future of convenience stores, look no farther than the Bensadoun School of Retail Management’s brand-new retail innovation lab, a live laboratory of innovation that is carefully designed to provide complex insights about consumer habits and preferences.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

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