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EMBA alumna profiled for excellence in leadership

Anik Girard (EMBA’14), General Manager and Publisher for Constructo Group, shares what she believes are the key traits of a good boss. 

For Girard, trusting your employees and leaving room for them to innovate are essential, as are being an active motivator and listener.

At the end of the day, her greatest pride and joy is fostering a happy work environment for her employees.

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Published: 4 Jun 2018

Desautels PhD students recognized for teaching excellence

Congratulations to the following Desautels PhD students who were recognized for their outstanding performance with respect to teaching.

Dean Isabelle Bajeux, PhD Program Director, Professor Samer Faraj, and Evan Zhou, Desautels Doctoral Society President presided over the presentation of awards.

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Published: 1 Jun 2018

MBA alumnus to head the board of Capagro

Thomas Espiard (MBA’95) has been nominated to the Board of Directors for Capagro, effective June 1, 2018, bringing considerable international business expertise to the role.

Specifically, he has acquired over a decade of experience in Canada, the US, and France, particularly in the field of investments and management.

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Published: 1 Jun 2018

Canada Goose sets up shop in China

Canada Goose, the upscale outerwear brand, announced that it will open two locations this fall in China: a Hong Kong flagship outlet in October, followed by a store in Beijing the following month.

In light of this news, Charles De Brabant (BCom'83), Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, posits that the history of counterfeiting Canada Goose products in China might have contributed to their massive market appeal.

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Published: 1 Jun 2018

A year of impact

The 2017 Desautels Impact Report is now available online.

As its name suggests, the annual Impact Report reflects on the strides that the Faculty has made in its four strategic priorities over the year and celebrates the achievements of its community members.

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Published: 30 May 2018

Will Quebec’s black market stymie marijuana business ventures?

A vote on the federal government’s cannabis bill, C-45, is scheduled in the Senate for June 7 — bringing the country closer to legalization.

In the midst of this, experts such as Professor Ken Lester are weighing in about whether legalized marijuana can thrive in Quebec where the black market is known to be pervasive.  

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Published: 30 May 2018

ABB Canada CEO on people power

In an interview with Professor Karl Moore, Nathalie Pilon, CEO of ABB Canada, reveals that, while a major part of her job revolves around numbers, it’s the people behind an organization that inspire her most.

As she says, “This is what gives me energy every day. It’s the people that I can affect and make a difference for.”

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Published: 30 May 2018

IMPM: A Life-changing Experience

Hear from Professor Henry Mintzberg on what sets the International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM) apart from all the rest.

The key is the power of learning from other managers and the convergence of diverse perspectives; the effect is life-changing.

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Published: 29 May 2018

Desautels alumnus promoted at one of largest Canadian law firms

The Partnership Board of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) announced that effective July 1, 2018, John G. Murphy (BCom’86) will assume the role of National Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer.

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Published: 29 May 2018

The price to pay for airline passenger rights

Professor Karl Moore joins CBC News to talk about how new passenger rights rules affect airline strategy.

Prof. Moore predicts that the emerging regulations will not impact strategy per se, but the cost of undertaking this initiative will inevitably trickle down to consumers.

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Published: 29 May 2018

Duped by the promise of riches, investors are left in the cold

Graphite Energy Corp (GRXXF), a Vancouver company with a mining operation in the Laurentians, was believed to be the next big thing among investors.

With news that their stock has crashed, Professor Ken Lester shares his commentary on the turn of events. 

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Published: 29 May 2018

Weighing the meaning behind a new order for C Series planes

With news that Bombardier closed a deal for 30 new CS300 planes for airBaltic, Professor Karl Moore comments on whether this will yield job creation for the company.

For Prof. Moore, avoiding delays is crucial and hiring more employees might be the only option to meet demand.

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Published: 29 May 2018

Living a fulfilling life and growing older

Growing older should not limit your mindset or outcome. A recent article cites Desautels Professor Karl Moore’s tips for ensuring that each of us taps into our talents to make a lasting impact – even well into our old age.

According to Professor Moore, we need to ask ourselves three key questions so that our aspirations align with our actions and impact.

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Published: 29 May 2018

How a Desautels professor is sensitizing students to fake news

“Fake news” is a term that has planted itself firmly in the common lexicon over the past year and its implications are serious – from swaying consumers to undermining the tenets of democracy and free debate.

These profound consequences are what prompted Elena Obukhova, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management, to take action in the classroom through an innovative assignment.

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Published: 24 May 2018

Canadian finance community honors BCom alumna

Nathalie Bernier (BCom'86), Senior Vice President, Strategic and Business Planning, and Chief Financial Officer, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) has been named Canadian Financial Officer of 2018.

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Published: 22 May 2018

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